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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: December 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

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

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

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 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