Anne – Receptionist
After growing up in Riverview, New Brunswick and doing her thing at UNB, Anne moved to Ottawa where she attended Algonquin College. She worked for a combined large and small companion animal practice for 7 years before beaming in to join us at the Queensway West Animal Hospital. Anne has two daughters. Jenny, a University graduate has left the nest to experience life on her own. Anne lives in Richmond with Amy, her second daughter who is now in college; two dogs (Tasha and Bobby) and two cats (Willow and Ernie). This doesn’t leave much time for her interests which include horses, cycling, swimming, gardening and playing with recorders and tin whistles.
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, 3 dogs (Lincoln, Buddy, Harley) and her 1 cat (Crazy) Her interests outside the hospital consist of camping, crafts, ATVing and spending time with family and friends.
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 in vet tech school, 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 having her son, she realized that balancing shift-work and parenthood can be quite a challenge, and she joined us here at the Queensway West Animal Hospital.
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time with her son Chace, her partner Tyler, and her pets – a lab/greyhound mix named Mica, a long-haired tabby cat named Lenny, and a double-mained lionhead rabbit named George.
Mary – RVT
After graduating from Centralia College of Agricultural Technology and obtaining RVT status, Mary has had a varied career including managing a horse farm, breeding horses and teaching riding; working in veterinary clinics in the Ottawa and surrounding area; running a successful pet sitting business; and doing drug testing of race horses. Mary is now happy to be part of the team at QWAH where she especially enjoys helping clients with providing advice for their pets’ care, particularly in the areas of nutrition and geriatric care.
Away from the clinic Mary enjoys participating in dog agility, both as an instructor and competitor with her dog, Buddy, who has achieved his titles as an Agility Dog of Canada, Agility Games Dog of Canada, and most recently, Advanced Agility Dog of Canada. Buddy is still actively participating in agility at the age of 14! Other activities include travelling to spend time with family in England and California, gardening, and photography. Mary recently became qualified in the field of Medical Transcription and works from home as a transcriptionist and editor of human medical records.
Mary shares her home with her husband, and in addition to Buddy she has her cat, Arthur, who some may remember as a former clinic resident until he drove everyone crazy with his antics. Finally there are her 3 beloved “kittens”, orphaned at 5 weeks, and now 4 years old – Charles, Camilla, and Diana.
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.