Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Tamara Bernier-Bland

Practice Manager

Tamara is responsible for overseeing our day to day operations. While Tamara has been an animal lover all her life, her journey to veterinary medicine began at the age of 12 when she started volunteering at a local vet clinic. From there she was hooked and jumped at any opportunity to work with animals; volunteering in shelters, clinics, and even pet stores became her favourite pastime.

Over the years Tamara has worked in pet retail, grooming, and rescue but for the last 15+ years, Veterinary Medicine is where she has thrived. She has a keen interest in animal nutrition, practice management, team building, client education, continuing education and takes pride in helping others develop and grow their passion for Veterinary Medicine. She believes in maintaining and growing clinic culture for the patients, clients, team, and the ever-changing world of Veterinary Medicine.

Tamara lives in Rural South East Manitoba with her husband and 3 children. They have 3 horses (Jackson, Timbit, and Babe) a few barn cats, and Muscovy ducks. To add to the craziness inside the house they have 2 dogs Tucker (Sealyham Terrier), and Jasper (Lab). The 2 indoor cats Simon, and Belle round out the troop and keep things under control....or at least they seem to think they do!

Tamara is a very community orientated person and volunteers with various organizations in her community. In the winter months, she can usually be found at the Hockey rink (or driving from rink to rink) as she follows her 3 kids, 4 hockey teams. She spends the summer months enjoying the outdoors or relaxing at the family trailer in Hillside Beach.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) Only 1 family member may accompany the pet in the appointment.

b) You must wear a mask while in the hospital. If you do not have one we can provide you one for a $2 donation to our OSCAR fund.

c) You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry.

d) You must maintain a 6-foot distance from team members.

e) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Debit).

f) Upon arrival, please call us (204-253-2668) from your vehicle, and we will provide direction as our waiting room still remains closed, and our doors locked. If you do not have a cell phone you may ring the doorbell and wait by the "Please Wait Here" sign.

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you prefer not to be present for your pet's appointment and would prefer us to conduct the appointment via telephone please let us know.

In addition to the above-mentioned protocols we are screening all clients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to protect our clients and team members.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital