We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Caitlin Johnston, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

I have wanted to work in the veterinary industry since I was a child. My grandmothers' on both sides were huge animal lovers, so I think that is what likely inspired my aspirations. I probably drove my parents crazy bringing home injured birds and trying to catch stray kittens, but look where it got me! I had always thought that I wanted to a be a veterinarian until I realized the RVT side of things is much more exciting (in my opinion)! I did a co-op in high school and realized that the variety of things that RVTs get to do daily is more my speed. I graduated with honours from Georgian College’s veterinary technician program in 2011. I then went straight into a full-time position at a local emergency clinic, and the rest is history!

I joined the AAC team in May of 2014. I had been working in emergency medicine for 3 years and was basically looking for a little more structure (and day shifts!). We had worked closely with AAC over the years, and I was impressed with the medicine and the staff, so when the opportunity arose, I jumped! I still have an interest in emergency medicine and work part-time at a referral/emergency clinic. I am also quite interested in behaviour and dentistry.

What I love most about my job are the patients! Nothing feels better than a helping a sick pet get well and go home with their family. I have two favourites: the staff and the clients. The staff at AAC are awesome; it's literally like one big family. I also believe that we have the best clients in the world.

I currently have three dogs (Tucker, Flynn and Fergus) and two cats (Julius and Fuller) all of whom have been adopted along with my veterinary journey. I am a sucker for big mutts and orange tabbies. In my spare time, I play hockey, kayak, run, and try to sneak in some reading!

My first pet was a Teddy Bear Hamster named Zippity. My parents also had a Beagle named Jenna at the time.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-727-9449. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will call you after the examination and update you on their findings and recommend a treatment plan, if needed. We ask that you pay over the phone with a credit card for your examination and necessary food and medications. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet and prescriptions, if needed.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN, but please call the clinic for updated hours.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Aurora Animal Clinic