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Dr. Mark Wallar

Graduated from OVC (Ontario Veterinary College) in 1979, and has been a partner at OVH since 1983. Within the practice, Dr. Wallar has a special interest in critical care and orthopedics. Outside of work the Wallar family consists of wife Jocelyn, son Matthew, daughter Kathryn and nephew Joseph who keep busy with a variety of activities. Hockey, skiing, golf, gymnastics, riding, scuba and Tae Kwon Do keep the family and the car in perpetual motion.

Dr. Sue Armstrong

Sue graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984. She and her husband Mark live in Dunrobin with their three senior cats Dan, Emily, and Diva. They are currently "between" dogs, and still miss their Boxer Katie very much. Sue loves reading and running – especially long distance; Sue has been a member of the Canadian National 24-Hour Ultramarathon team several times, and currently serves on the Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners Medical Committee.

Dr. Michael Smith

Dr. Michael Smith graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992. Shortly thereafter, he began his career at Ottawa Veterinary Hospital as an associate and has remained there since. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Michelle and two sons, Kai and Logan. He has two other boys in the form of Samson, his Boston Terrier and Drake, his German Shepherd. Outside of veterinary medicine and looking after his family, canine and otherwise, Dr. smith enjoys skiing and windsurfing, biking and running, and generally staying in shape.

Dr. John Swatman

Dr. Swatman joined the team at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital in the spring of 1999. He has always enjoyed the mix of emergency/critical care work along with seeing his regular clients for preventive health care. Working along side of the incredible team of receptionists, technicians and veterinarians has always been Dr. Swatman's fortune since joining the veterinary group. He is very proud of the work that he and and his colleagues perform every day at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Lisa Ypma

Dr. Lisa Ypma, an O.V.C. graduate, joined the OVH team in August 2000, when she and her husband Mark decided that Ottawa provided several career and leisure opportunities. Lisa was intrigued by the variety of cases routinely encountered at a 24 hour Emergency Hospital. In particular she enjoys critical care, general surgery, and oncology. Aside from her career, Lisa enjoys equestrian riding, skating, and spending time with family and friends, which include a collie named "Laida".

"I look forward to meeting you and your pets. Until then, happiness and good health to you both!"

Dr. Karyn Arthur

Dr. Arthur joined our team as a 2010 graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Montréal, completed her undergraduate degree at Queen's University and now happily calls Ottawa home. Prior to vet school she worked as an emergency veterinary technician in Vancouver. Her special interests include emergency and critical care, soft tissue surgery, complimentary medicine and pain management. She has also worked extensively as a pet loss grief counsellor. Outside of work she loves wilderness camping, painting, traveling and vegetarian cooking. Her life is run by Ruby, a loving rescue golden retriever and 2 acreage cats Mama and Gracie.

Dr. Beth Emans

Beth attended the University of Guelph for her undergraduate degree in Animal Biology, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009. She joined the team at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2010 after working as an equine and small animal veterinarian in Exeter Ontario. Beth enjoys playing soccer and spending time at the barn riding her horse Tobias.

Dr. Carol Ann Galway

Dr. Carol Ann Galway graduated from Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1986. She practiced for two years in Newfoundland before returning to Ottawa and joining the team of Ottawa Veterinary Hospital where she has been for the past 22 years. Dr Galway can usually be seen on our emergency shifts where she enjoys the variety and challenges presented by emergency medicine.

Carol Ann enjoys reading, needlework, canoeing and hiking.

Dr. Charles Garneau-So

Charles graduated from UCD (University College Dublin) in 2013. He is originally from Quebec City, but moved to Ottawa as a child. He attended the University of Ottawa, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology in 2009. He has been part of the OVH team since October of this year. His hobbies include cycling and hiking, and he holds certification as a PADI scuba diver. At home, he rescued a 3 year old retired racing greyhound named Maggie, who keeps him busy on a daily basis.

Dr. Vir Hans

Graduated in 2006 from Gadvasu, India. Received her license to practice veterinary medicine in Canada in 2009. Dr. Hans joined The Ottawa Veterinary Hospital team in 2012 after working at the Pembroke Animal Hospital in Pembroke, Ontario since 2009. Enjoys painting with water colours in her free time and exploring the outdoors with her husband Raman and daughter Ramneek. Two pets (cats): Leon & Star.

Dr. Kristin Isnor

Dr. Kristin Isnor joined the team at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital in 2011, after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Previously, she had completed a four year honours degree in zoology and psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London.

Having grown up in and around the GTA, she is very excited to experience Ottawa's culture, history, and outdoor activities (as well as avoiding all of the traffic!). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cottaging, and improving her golf game. She and her partner Justin are enjoying raising Digby, their golden retriever puppy.

Dr. Etienne Ranger

Etienne was born and raised in Ottawa's east end. He attended the University of Ottawa in biology before going to the Ontario Veterinary College where he graduated in 2006. He worked in both Kingston and Mississauga before coming to the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital. He currently lives with his wife, Corinne, and their two Boston Terriers, Isidore and Fleurette.

Dr. Betty Szyngiel

Dr. Betty Szyngiel graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2000. She is originally from Pierrefonds, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal). She came to the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital in January of 2002 after working in a mixed animal practice in Carleton Place, Ontario.

Dr. Szyngiel enjoys playing volleyball and tennis, soccer, riding horses, downhill skiing and making a general nuisance of herself (her words not ours!).

Her furry masters include two cats (Willa and Silou).

Dr. Orisha Yacyshyn

After completing her Master of Science at the University of Toronto, Orisha left the world of research to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In 2011, she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and joined the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital. Although raised in Toronto, Orisha is excited to be living in Ottawa and able to pursue her interest in emergency medicine. In her spare time, Orisha keeps active by riding, playing badminton, hockey and golf, and spending time exploring the outdoors. Orisha also enjoys teaching a variety of tricks to her young kitten, Millie.

Also: Charles Garneau-So (DVM)
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