Dr. Kent Ackerman
After working as an exotic animal veterinarian for several years, as the head of Earth Rangers Wildlife Center, Dr. Kent decided to change gears and open King West Vets in 2006. Dr. Kent is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in 1989. He is especially passionate about animal behaviour and takes pride in his ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of species. He is an experienced surgeon with expertise in an assortment of surgical techniques. He is also trained and has completed courses in veterinary ultrasonography. When he is not working at the clinic Dr. Kent’s free time is mostly occupied by kitesurfing and teaching his dog Newf new tricks.
Andrea joined our clinic in the summer of 2015, and has her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in animal behaviour and ecology.
She bringing a great deal of experience garnered from years spent at an innovative veterinary clinic in British Columbia. She has worked with the rehabilitation of post-surgical, injured, and geriatric dogs using an underwater treadmill, as well as other alternative forms of therapy. Andrea also has valuable experience in many areas, such as surgery and nutrition. She grew up surrounded by cats and dogs, and loving any and all animals – she becomes fast friends with many pets, furry and non-furry alike!
Her best friend is her Rottweiler/Golden Retriever, with whom she shares many walks and snuggles.
Qadis has been with King West Vets since June 2015. He graduated from Veterinary college in Afghanistan and completed his post graduate studies (Ph.D) in large animal medicine in 2014 at Gifu University (Japan). Qadis enjoys working with companion animals. He misses his dog he had to leave at home, and would like to adopt a black retriever soon. Qadi’s spare time is spent with friends, reading books, learning professional English, and swimming.
Elaine graduated from high school 2 years ago and started working at King West Vets in March 2015 as a co-op student (post-graduation) and is now a fulltime staff member. In her spare time, she volunteers at Westpark Health Care Centre.
Head Dog Trainer in the Dog Parks
He loves hanging out at the clinic and greeting all the friendly dogs and cats. Newf is constantly on the prowl for his next meal, so be sure to hide any treats or lunches you may have on you when you come to the clinic. He thinks all dogs should look as handsome as he does with a lion cut.
He is often the first person to greet anyone who enters the clinic. Don’t be frightened by Gus’ prominent canine teeth. He’s just smiling and would love a good scratch under the chin!
Having worked at the clinic since 2007, We want to wish her the best. Ali was a familiar face to most clients and pets. Ali is a veterinary technician who just can’t help falling in love with every cat she meets! Currently she has eight cats and three ferrets, so please, no more! While her hair color may change from time to time, you can bet that her love of animals is here to stay.
As an addendum, we want to wish Ali Congratulations as she is now married, and unfortunately not working with us anymore.