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In the Community
Please join us again this summer starting May 31, 2017! 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.
Click here to watch Dr. Purcell's Pet Safety Tips for Easter that aired on April 12, 2017.
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.
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.