Dr. Steven Duns
Dr. Steven Duns received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph in 1990. He began his doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College the same year and graduated, with honours, in 1995. During his years at the Veterinary College he took opportunities to work in a veterinary virology laboratory in Punjab, India and in the anesthesiology department at the veterinary college in Bern, Switzerland. After graduation, he moved to Ottawa, not too far from where he grew up in the West Island of Montreal. He spent four years working in companion animal practices in Kemptville, Manotick and Barrhaven. He opened the Queensway West Animal Hospital in 1999. His interests include scuba diving, hiking and camping, photography, travel and occasionally skydiving. He has two cats, Chester and Kramer and a Redbone Coonhound named Mabel.
Dr. Shelagh Morrison
Dr. Shelagh Morrison graduated with honours from the Ontario Veterinary College, at the University of Guelph, in 1998. During veterinary school she spent 2 summers working with the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife center, helping to raise and rehabilitate hundreds of wild animals and participating in the center’s public education program. She continues to be involved, whenever possible, with wildlife rehabilitation.
Upon graduation, Shelagh went on to complete a 1 year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Alta Vista Animal Hospital, working with the specialists in ophthalmology, surgery and internal medicine. She then joined the staff there for the next 7 years, working primarily in the Critical Care Unit and the emergency department. During that time she was also the official veterinarian for the Parliament Hill cat colony. After two maternity leaves and three children she decided to continue practicing quality medicine, but in an atmosphere with regular hours and a more relaxed pace. She joined the staff at the Queensway West Animal Hospital part time in 2005 and then on a full time basis in the Spring of 2006. She enjoys getting to know clients and their pets and following puppies and kittens as they grow up, something she did not get to do often while practicing emergency medicine.
Shelagh shares her home in the country with her husband Garth, her daughter Madelyn and her twin son and daughter Jaron and Paige. Her household is run by 4 black cats- Phoebe, the oversized diabetic, is the “boss” and was Shelagh’s college roommate, Maggie is a tiny Oriental Longhair with a large personality, Dexter is a sweet boy who was rescued from the Humane Society after a severe head trauma, and Panda is “the baby”, rescued in 2008 also after a severe injury. The 2 dogs are kept in line by the cats- but get to come to work with Shelagh to “let loose”. Vegas is the feisty little Brussles Griffon Terrier and her crazy puppy side-kick is Potter the schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle mix) who can often be seen trying to socialize at the front desk or sneaking into exam rooms to “visit”. Rhino the hamster rounds out the pack of furry four legged critters in the household.
Shelagh spends most of her spare time with her young children and family. She teaches Sunday school at their local church and volunteers at the elementary school. When she’s not running the kids between swimming, underwater hockey, soccer, baseball and riding lessons, she enjoys yoga and jogging and just “relaxing” whenever she gets the chance.
Dr. Lara Jamieson
Dr. Lara Jamieson spent much of her time as a child at her grandparents’ small farm in rural PEI. From her family, she learned a love for all types of animals- from dogs and cats, to farm animals and rescued wildlife. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to make veterinary medicine her career.
Dr Jamieson graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2001. After a year working in New Brunswick, she was offered a job at Alta Vista Animal Hospital, where she was a part of the General Practice team until 2018.
While a student, Dr Jamieson volunteered with organizations that provided therapeutic horseback riding and pet visitation. Since graduating, she has volunteered with spay/ neuter and vaccine clinics in the Caribbean, with the local Pony Club and with Ottawa Veterinary Outreach services.
An avid pet owner herself, she has two rescue cats, two dogs who moved to Canada from the Caribbean, and two horses.
She looks forward to joining the Queensway West Animal Hospital team and continuing to provide thorough and compassionate veterinary care.