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, 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. 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 became a partner in the business with Dr. Duns in 2013. She enjoys getting to know clients and their pets, supporting that bond that makes our pets a member of the family. She also enjoys supporting a local cat rescue and wildlife rescue, helping animals in need.
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 3 cats: Maggie the matriarch, a senior Oriental Longhair (who was born in Sweden!), Panda, who was rescued in 2008 after a severe head injury, and Luna the Siamese mix who thinks she’s a dog. The 2 dogs are kept in line by the cats- but get to come to work with Shelagh to “let loose”. Most who have visited the clinic know Potter, a schnoodle who is typically found lounging on the front counter and Neville, the tiny chihuahua with a big personality. A prickly hedgehog named Arnold rounds out the furry (and not so furry) members of the family.
Shelagh spends most of her spare time running around with her 3 kids. She also enjoys spending time working with refugee families (with the help of her kids) and working on community arts and social justice events at her church in her hometown of Chelsea, Qc.