If I roll up my sleeves, you will see many scars. I have worked in veterinary hospitals for 20 years now and the first ten years were spent in a hospital that cared for a lot of exotic pets including iguanas. Iguanas are quite entertaining, and while I was getting used to handling them, I discovered that they like to continue moving their legs when you pick them up. Iguana toenails can leave a good scratch if you aren’t prepared for it and in my early years I wasn’t, and have the scars to show. None of the iguanas were aggressive; they just had places they wanted to go!

I have been bitten by a few kitties and was once bit in the face above my eye by a dog that was recovering from anesthesia and had a moment of confusion.

These are the scars you can see. The scars that people cannot see are shared by all of us who work in veterinary hospitals; they are the ones that leave the deepest scars. If you look at 20 years as a full-time staff member and look at the average life expectancy of many pets, in theory, almost every pet that came in as a puppy or kitten would have passed away by now. We become so attached to our patients and care deeply for all animals. We watch them grow, are there when they need medical care, and we are often present when they leave this life.

As each of us goes through this life and meet each other, know that everyone in one way or another has scars; seen or unseen and be kind.

Written by Jen Kendrick, Site Coordinator



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Last updated: September 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

The province of Nova Scotia will enter Stage 5 of the COVID re-opening plan on September 15. Here is what Stage 5 will look like at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital:

  • Masks are required for all clients entering our hospital, as well as for all our staff
  • Telemedicine appointments are available to anyone who cannot wear a mask inside our hospital
  • 1 client per exam room allowed (exceptions will be made for end of life procedures)
  • Credit cards are the preferred method of payment
  • Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available. Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital