Andrea – RVT
Andrea always knew she wanted to work in veterinary medicine. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in her hometown of Thunder Bay, ON, she moved to Ottawa to pursue an education and career as a Veterinary Technician. While attending the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College, Andrea worked as a Veterinary Assistant at Alta Vista Animal Hospital. Upon graduating, Andrea became a Registered Veterinary Technician at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital where she learned a great deal about emergency medicine, surgery and patient care. After starting her family, she realized that balancing shift-work and parenthood can be quite a challenge, and she joined us here at the Queensway West Animal Hospital in 2014.
Andrea has a passion for pet nutrition and client education. She enjoys working with behaviourally challenging pets and continuing to learn new things every day.
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family – her husband, 2 sons, 2 male cats and a female hound/shephard mix, camping, doing crafts, reading and enjoying the small things in life.
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 – RVT
Dawna Lucas started with Queensway West Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Technician in June of 2010. She is a mother of 3 daughters ranging in age from 16 to 22 years of age, Dawna lives with her family on a 12 acre hobby farm in rural Kinburn. Animals on the farm include 8 cats, 5 horses, 2 miniature donkeys, 6 ducks, Lily a Golden Retriever and Lawna a miniature Dachshund.
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 in Mountain Ontario with her husband Theo, 2 dogs ( Buddy and Harley) and her 1 cat (Edicus) Her interests outside the hospital consist of camping, crafts, ATVing and spending time with family and friends.
Sara Quigley – Hospital Coordinator
Sara became a part of the QWAH family in October of 2012. Prior to working at Queensway West, Sara worked at Alta Vista Animal Hospital for 22 years managing the Client Care Team. Moving to Canada from England, Sara attended Algonquin College and Ontario Business College, completing both Management and Animal Health Care programs. She shares a home with her husband and a proud French Brittany Spaniel named Cate. Away from work Sara enjoys spending time with her family, snow shoeing, kayaking, learning photography, and going to the lake for the weekends.
Erin – 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.