It didn’t take long for Dr. Renee Ferguson to realize that performing C-sections on cows in the middle of the night during the dead of winter in Manitoba was not a very glamorous reality for her veterinary dreams.
The south Surrey native, who always longed to be a horse vet, had just finished veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and was starting out her career as a mixed animal vet.
“I was always one of those girls that loved ponies and horses and I thought that I was going to be a horse vet initially, probably just like tons of other little girls,” Ferguson explained. “But horse vet is a tough life.
“I kind of had this fantasy of James Herriot, but being from B.C., working in minus 40 degrees where you had to keep your truck running … I was like, OK, this is not for me.”
Fast forward 16 years and today Ferguson is back in B.C. as the proud owner of her own practice, Mountain View Veterinary Hospital, which opened two weeks ago at 132-19653 Willowbrook Dr.
The brand new small animal clinic deals with all needs for Langley’s cats, dogs, and other “pocket pets,” including examinations, vaccinations, dentistry, and small surgeries.
Ferguson has also installed brand new state-of-the-art equipment, such as a dental X-ray machine and a top of the line anesthetic monitor to service her furry patients.
“We have a high priority on patient care and we have a staff that has a lot of experience,” Ferguson said. “We focus on patient care and treating patients well, because people come in and they are nervous, their pets are sometimes sick, so it’s important to me that they get treated properly.
“That was one of the biggest things for why I wanted to open my own practice and have the quality equipment and the quality staff. And I think it can be done really well. That’s what I’m going to make myself do.”
In addition to veterinary services, Mountain View also carries a full line of prescription pet foods and other medicines.
And, as a special opening offer, Dr. Ferguson is giving away free deworming and flee prevention for the summer.
“We just want to offer really good patient care, good client communication, clients options and treat each pet as an individual,” Ferguson said.
“Every household and every pet has different needs, and you can’t have a specific cookie cutter plan for each family and for each patient. I think that’s what we do well.”
For more information on Mountain View Veterinary hospital visit www.mountainviewveterinary.ca or call 604-427-2744.