A Langley veterinarian and her team have won a national award for going above and beyond in providing care for local pets.
Dr. Renee Ferguson and the team at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital in Willowbrook were recognized by the Got a Pet, Get a Vet national contest.
The competition, in its third year, allowed the public to vote for a winner. Earlier this month she became the first vet outside of Ontario to receive the honour.
“This award means so much to us because it is a national award that is the result of support from our wonderful community,” said Ferguson.
“They were the ones that took the time to vote and since the award was announced, we’ve been flooded with incredibly kind notes of congratulations,” she added.
“I think that this award is a real tribute to our amazing staff. I am extremely fortunate to have wonderful team members who love animals and work hard to give our patients the best care possible. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t receive a compliment about the staff from a client.”
Mountain View is a small-animal practice located on Willowbrook Drive, on the Langley-Surrey border, that opened four years ago and provides a full-service animal hospital focused on preventive, medical, surgical, and dental care for cats and dogs.
“I think another reason that we won the award is because we are working with extremely innovative rescue organizations like Tinykittens and Langley Animal Protection Society. They are redefining what animal rescue can be, and other organizations in Canada and around the world are watching. We just help them where we can,” said Ferguson, who has practised veterinary medicine for more than 20 years in a variety of different small animal hospitals, and has taught accredited health technologist and veterinary assistance courses at local colleges.
The competition was put on by the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, and other participating SPCA’s and humane societies across the country.
It is designed to encourage pet owners to establish a relationship with a vet when they get a pet, versus scrambling to find someone in case of an emergency.
Establishing that relationship early, Ferguson concurred, helps ensure a pet stays happy and health.
Just one checkup a year can help protect pets against a variety of potentially life-threatening diseases, detect health problems sooner, and avoid unexpected costs.