We have been treating, saving and helping pets in the Gatineau Hills region since 1979. Our three licensed veterinarians share over 90 years experience in the treatment, diagnosis, management and wellness of your pets.
Our bilingual, committed team of trained technical support and office staff are here to help.
Dr Mark Froimovitch grew up in Montreal and graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Ethology.
After graduation Mark worked in a large animal practice north of Calgary for one year before being accepted into the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. He graduated in 1975 then went west again to work in a Wildlife Park in Sherwood Forest, Alberta.
The following three years were spent working in mixed practices (beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats , dogs and cats) in Fort St John ,B.C. and Ormstown, Quebec. In 1978 he worked at the Toronto Small Animal Emergency Clinic.
Finally, in 1979, Dr. Froimovitch moved to the Gatineau Hills with his wife Carol and started Clinique Veterinaire de la Gatineau serving all types of animals based out of the historic Meech Creek Valley.
Dr Penny Wootton began her studies at the University of Guelph in Wildlife Biology. After graduation she spent several years working as a biologist on projects around the country from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Eventually, after working as a technician in medical research at the University of Calgary, Penny decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College(OVC) at the University of Guelph in 1991 she moved back to Calgary and for a few years worked at a small animal clinic just north of the city. More experience was then gained as a locum veterinarian in and around southern Alberta.
An avid outdoor enthusiast Penny spent as much time as possible hiking and back country skiing in the Rocky Mountains but eventually the Montreal native felt the pull to come back closer to her roots. She and her family decided to move to Chelsea in 2002, complete with one dog and two cats.
After two years at a practice in Ottawa Dr Wootton joined Dr Froimovitch at the clinic he started in 1979. It felt like the right choice and the Gatineau Hills, although not quite as big as the Rockies, have turned out to be the most amazing place to live. There is unlimited opportunity for outdoor pursuits, great proximity to our nation’s capital and the Hills are home to a vibrant bilingual community.
Becoming co-owner of the practice in 2011 Penny is happily settled in Chelsea and hopes to continue to serve pets and their families in the Gatineau Hills for years to come.
Dr Melissa Jowett was born in the south of England and wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age, and so, with much determination she ended up going to Nottingham Veterinary School.
After graduating at the age of 22 she decided to take a year off to travel around Canada before starting work. Mel started this trip with friends in Wakefield and never ended up leaving.
Melissa is now married and has many animals (dogs, cats ,ferrets, horses and chickens) and moved recently to a farm in Quyon. She is very excited to have her very own sugar bush and the opportunity to get more animals.
Mel works part time as a large animal and horse vet and part time in Chelsea and Wakefield at the Clinique Veterinaire de la Gatineau with Mark and Penny. She has a true love of all animals and is very pleased to be able to be involved with them all.
Dre Thivierge commences her academic path with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies (major in International Law). Passionate about diplomacy and peace operations she completes a Graduate Diploma in Communication at Concordia. After pondering she realises how important it is to actively participate in the local community and decides to apply at that point to become a veterinarian. Passion for human contact, care for the environment and fondness for private practice guide this decision.
The Degree is completed at the University de Montreal in Ste Hyacinthe, Quebec. During her training Dre Thivierge organises the Conference for sustainable veterinary practice and directs the latter for almost 4 years (speakers: Jane Goodall and David Suzuki). Furthermore, a couple of months are spent in Vancouver, learning about veterinary practice on the Pacific Coast.
Having grown up in the La Peche area she decides to come back as a graduate to her childhood village.
What a privilege to be able to practice in the Gatineau Hills. The community is beautiful and the air so pure.
Compassionate, patient and authentic are words that describe well the young doctor. The wind in her sails, she wishes to become an integral part of the community and to actively participate.
Be it either swimming, biking, jogging, skating or water or downhill skiing, she is ready to put on her running shoes (or snow boots) and dash outside. There is definitely always time saved for family and good friends.
We also benefit from two mobile vets who come to our clinic to provide services:
- Dr. Denis Philibert Diplomate ACVS, Mobile Boarded Veterinary Surgeon
- Dr. Jean-Sebastien Boileau Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) Mobile Cardiology Consultant