Hilary brought home mediocre report cards from school and was told that university was probably out of her reach. But, at age 15, a Newfoundland pony came into her life giving her purpose and the determination to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Hilary graduated with a BSc from Memorial University of Newfoundland and in 1988 received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.
For 30 years, Hilary has practiced on the front lines of busy veterinary clinics in Ontario and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with others striving to deliver quality patient care in demanding environments.
In 2001, Hilary was the first woman to become a partner of Alta Vista Animal Hospital, a large GP/specialty/emergency practice in Eastern Ontario and became director of Bayview Animal Hospital, an associated clinic. Under her leadership, Bayview was recognized for its standard of care, receiving second place in the AAHA Accredited Practice Awards (2010).
Hilary recently served on the inaugural Well-Being at Work Committee for VC/Canada (2018-2019) and has a keen interest in workplace culture, particularly its impact on health-care delivery and team well-being.
She is a former member of the AAHA’s board of directors and served two terms as the board’s secretary/treasurer (2013-2017). She currently volunteers with Community Veterinary Outreach, providing pro bono health care to pets whose owners are homeless or vulnerably housed.
Hilary cherishes the many connections veterinary medicine brings to her life. She continues to be moved and humbled by the power of the human/animal bond and carries a special place in her heart for the pony that nudged her to follow her dream.
Hilary is married to Craig, a lab animal veterinarian, and they have two grown children, Rosalind and Christian. She can often be found running or riding in the great outdoors.