Abby – Receptionist / Vet Assistant
After graduating from the Veterinary Assistant Program at Algonquin College the beginning of 2019, Abby immediately began working in general practice, and joined the QWAH Family in February 2020. Growing up she was constantly surrounded by all types of animals, which incited a love and need to help them. Abby is passionate about wildlife and exotics. In clinic she loves watching and being a part of the bonds that form between people and their pets.
Abby currently lives with her cat Knox and her Hognose snake, Peach. In her spare time she likes to visit friends, read and play video games.
Dana – Registered Veterinary Technician
Dana was born and raised in Ottawa. She has always had a great love for animals and it was no surprise when she decided that she was going to become a Veterinary Technician. Dana graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario in 2016. After working in a neurology clinic for over 3 years, Dana decided to join our team and live the general practice life. When not at work, Dana is at home with her cat Arabella and her mischief of rats Rowena, Helga, Godric and Salazar. Her favourite part of her job is creating relationships with clients and patients.
Anne – Receptionist
Anne grew up in Riverview, New Brunswick with a dog, cat and her own horse (MyBet). After UNB and moving to Ottawa; Anne worked in a Dental office for 7-8 years before pursuing a career in the Veterinary field. Anne came to Queensway West April 1st, 2000, after working for 7 years as receptionist and vet assistant with a large and small animal practice.
Anne has two adult daughters and now lives on her own. When not working, she enjoys doing dinner parties with friends, reading, celtic music and biking.
Dawna – Registered Veterinary Technician / Hospital Manager
Dawna Lucas started with Queensway West Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Technician in June of 2010. She is a mother of 3 adult daughters and grandma to 1 sweet baby girl. Dawna lives with her family on a 12 acre hobby farm in rural Kinburn. Animals on the farm include 3 cats, 3 horses, 2 miniature donkeys, and Loki an Afghan Hound.
Dawna worked as a Credit Union Administration Manager for 15 years prior to her position here; she then left this job to raise her 3 daughters while operating a successful Hobby Farm Childcare business from home, introducing many children to life on a hobby farm sharing her love of animals. When her children were older, this love of animals lead her to a complete career change, taking her back to school full time to make her dream of working with animals a reality as a Registered Veterinary Technician graduating from Algonquin College in June of 2010.
Amanda – Reception / Veterinary Assistant
After working in a pharmacy for 10 years, Amanda received her Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician diploma in the spring of 2010. She also received her Ontario Society of Medical Technologists certification the same year. Amanda has always wanted to work in the veterinary field and that dream was fulfilled when she started with Queensway West Animal Hospital in May 2010. Amanda shares her home with her two dogs, Buddy, and Harley and her cat, Edicus. Her interests outside the hospital include photography, camping, crafts, ATVing and spending time with family and friends.
Erin – Registered Veterinary Technician
After living in many different parts of the world, Erin came back to Ottawa to attend Algonquin College. She first completed the Veterinary Assistant program but realized she wanted to do more in her career, so she went on to complete the Veterinary Technician program, graduating in 2018.
Erin currently lives with her two cats Jinxx and Sasha. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her friends and go travel to visit her parents.