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Dr. Don Rushton, B.Sc, DVM

Veterinarian

I decided to be a veterinarian before entering kindergarten. I graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and Dalhousie University. I also went to the Ontario Veterinary College to acquire a DVM in 1976. I was one of the founders of Bedford South.

An area that interests me is orthopaedics. Since 2003, I’ve concentrated primarily on TPLO (tibial plateau levelling osteotomy) to repair the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) joint which accounts for more than 80 percent of lameness in dogs.

As a team, we can help dogs that cannot walk and help restore their mobility and return them to a normal life with their owners. That’s very rewarding for all of us. We’re a dedicated team and I enjoy working with them to solve challenging problems each day. It also helps that we have access to a state-of-the-art surgery facility, which is one of my favourite things about the clinic.

In my free time, I enjoy running marathons, adventuring racing, motorcycles and old British cars. My first word was “dog.” My first pet was Goldie – a small terrier cross.

Dr. Kersey is a wonderful vet. The care and compassion she showed not only our cat Seamus, but also for…

Kathryn Fox

We recently began bringing both of our dogs to this clinic - one is a 3 month old puppy and…

Alee W

The best of the best! Layla has seen her fair share of visits here: two TPLO's and most recently,…

Lynsay Mcguigan

Took my dog Marley for her first appt this week. She is a senior dog that I recently adopted…

Kathy Jones

Ocean, my half newf/ half Bernese just had TPLO surgery. I was super impressed with Dr. Rushton and his staff.…

Ashley Westhaver

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Leptospirosis

Cases of Leptosirosis are on the rise in Nova Scotia. This is a bacterial born infection that is spread through the bodily fluids of an infected source. Dogs are most commonly affected by Leptospirosis, commonly known as Lepto, due to them drinking out of stagnant water that has been urinated in by an infected host. Reports of cats being affected by this are rare and they seem to be mild cases although not a lot is known about Lepto in cats. It is found worldwide in soil and water. Lepto is a zoonotic illness which means it can be spread from animals to people.

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