Dr. Dorothy Kitchen
I grew up outside of Ottawa, in North Gower, breeding and raising Old English Sheepdogs with my family. I moved to Guelph for school and returned to practice in Ottawa after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002.
Over the years my main interests in clinical practice have shifted more to rehabilitation, palliative medicine and end of life care. I started Rideauview Mobile Veterinary Services in order to be able to provide the option for this kind of care for families and pets in their homes.
Saying goodbye to our fur babies is always heartbreaking, they give us so much and ask for nothing in return. As they come to the end of their time with us, as much as we would like that time to never come, we can't stop it. All we can do is ensure they are afforded as much comfort and dignity as possible as they come to the end of their lives. I work with families to help guide end-of-life decision making by providing quality of life assessments, palliative care and gentle in-home euthanasias.
I thank you for entrusting your family member to my care.
Vicki Smythe, VT
Originally I'm from London, England where my love for animals started at a young age. I showed and bred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with my family. This then led on to a career where I worked and trained as a veterinary nurse. I moved to Canada in 1997 and I have worked in small animal practice ever since. Through my time as a technician I have come to see the very important roll we have in helping our clients and their beloved pets at the end of their life. I'm very passionate about making this time as peaceful as possible for all involved.