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Hermitage Veterinary Hospital Dog Walk Club 

Please join us again this summer starting May 2018! We meet at 5:45 pm every Wednesday at Rundle Park. Please enter at the first parking lot on the left, by the tennis courts.



Watch Dr. Purcell on Global Edmonton

Dr. Purcell visits Global Edmonton on behalf of the Edmonton Humane Society every Wednesday morning at 8:48 am. Please tune in!


Dr. Purcell Receives ABVMA Award

Communications Award - Dr. Ted Purcell 

It is with great honour to present the Communications Award to Dr. Ted Purcell. Dr. Purcell graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1982. Upon graduation he started at the Hermitage Veterinary Hospital where he has been since then. He has helped the practice grow from a small 2 vet practice to a large 8 vet practice and I've had the privilege of working with him for 20 of those years

When I was a new graduate he was always there to mentor me. He helped teach me how to communicate with clients, how to deal with difficult clients and was always there to help when my communications failed. Over the last 20 years I have seen his patience with all of the staff from volunteers to vets.  He is a firm believer in the veterinary team and cares about the lives of every staff member. 

His dedication to clients is amazing. He takes the time to know all his clients on a personal basis and develops a bond with both the client and pet. He takes the time to ensure that every question they have is answered both in an appointment and and on any follow up calls (which has resulted in many late nights). His clients are very loyal and will wait weeks to see Dr. Ted. 

He has promoted the veterinary profession through the media as the host on "Calling All Pets" and as the Pet Ambassador for The Edmonton Humane Society on Global TV on Wednesdays for years. TV, radio and news reporters all look to him as a valuable and reliable source of information. He is recognized in the community as a promotor of veterinary medicine.

He is a huge believer in community involvement. He has gone to many career days and reading week events at local schools promoting the veterinary profession to children of all ages.  He has coached many basketball teams.  He has served on a Medical Ethics board. He is an Investigator for the ABVMA. He has been on the board of the Glenrose Foundation including serving a term as its chair. Education and participation are two of his core values. 

His dedication to and promotion of veterinary medicine deserves to be recognized. His ability to communicate with staff, clients, colleagues and the community are the reason he is so successful. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Purcell on this well deserved award.

-Dr. Kim Romanufa


Dr. Romanufa Volunteers with Dominican SPCA (February 2016)

Having the ability to combine 2 of my passions (travel and veterinary medicine) is truly a blessing. Going to the Dominican and donating my time to spay, neuter, and treat animals in need turns a holiday into one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

My patients are a combination of both stray and Dominican or Haitian owned dogs and cats. These are pets that would never receive veterinary care without this program. The Dogs and Cats of The Dominican Republic have created an amazing outreach program where volunteers go into some of the poorest communities bringing pet food, vaccinations and parasite prevention. Once the pet is in the program they get placed on a waiting list to be sterilized when a visiting vet volunteers for a clinic. The waiting list is huge which is one of the reasons that I travel there so much. They also focus on education trying to instil the importance of veterinary care for pets and try to help increase the bond between pets and people.

The volunteers are a mix of Americans,  Canadians, Europeans and Dominicans that have an amazing passion and dedication for animals. They start out with limited medical knowledge and within a short time they are the first line in treating many true medical emergencies (poisonings, hit by cars, distemper, dog fights, etc.) as veterinary care may not be readily available.

Once the vet arrives the patients are given medications to sedate them. The drugs that are used happen to be whatever is available. This means that the drugs are not the newest and safest. Despite this the anesthetic complications are minimal. Once the pet is sedate they are intubated (a breathing tube placed) and they are given the same gas anesthesia that they would receive here. At home they would also have an IV catheter and fluids to further minimize the risk of the anesthesia and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

The veterinarians complete the surgery using donated supplies. They sterilize themselves, wear sterile gloves and use sterile instruments for each procedure. At home this would be completed in a surgically clean room with the surgeon wearing a cap, mask and sterile gown for each procedure.

Once the surgery is completed my patients receive an injection of antibiotics and pain medications and are transferred to recovery. The patient's breathing tube is removed and they are monitored until they are ready for discharge. When the patients go home they are sent home with instructions for rest and an emergency contact number.

One of the volunteers will go into the community the next day to check on the patient. It's truly amazing to see how quick they recover. Their incisions are healed and they are back to normal within 48 hours.

One of the reasons I love the Dominican is the people. The majority of the community have an amazing joy for life despite the fact that they have little by our standards. Shoes for the children are considered a luxury, but are a requirement for attending school. This means that many kids are running through the streets in bare feet to save their shoes for school.

There is a lot of poverty that breaks your heart but even in the face of this there is always a smile. Education is very important as it gives the kids hope for a better life especially the girls who tend to be marginalized in the male dominated society.

There are some crazy things here. The motos (the main source of Dominican transport that can be seen carrying just about anything. I've yet to be brave (or maybe dumb) enough to go on one...

As in any society where there is huge disparity in income there is crime and you need to use common sense while travelling, but it is still one of my favorite places to hit the beach.

I will be returning again in early April for a week. This time I will be taking one of our AHTS and we will be doing 2 Spay and Neuter clinics as well as a community outreach. Please contact me at the hospital if you'd like to donate items for the kids or help in other ways or if you'd like to hear more about this amazing adventure..

Hola from the Dominican. Another awesome day of clinics. Today's clinic was at Boca de Yasica a tiny village about 15 minutes from Cabarete. It was held at the home of 2 of the founding members of the DCDR. This couple  gives 150% to dogs, cats and people of the Dominican Republic.

At any one time they are fostering 10-15 + pets (currently they have 10 of the cutest pups).  They  work tirelessly holding all the spay and neuter clinics.  We neutered 14 dogs today. They educate the Dominicans about how dogs are part of the family and can be loved ( so much so that villagers know Cooper's name (the family beagle) and not Debs.. They build a basketball court so the kids have someplace to go after school.

They should inspire all of us to do more. Thanks Deb and Mark.
Hope everyone's pets are happy and healthy. More in a few days.