lady and a dog

Dr. Emily Hines

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I decided when I was four years old that I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. The idea became a passion, and has led me to a career that I love.

I grew up in Ottawa surrounded by a family of animal-lovers. I completed my biology degree at the University of Ottawa in 2006, and I had some interesting and exciting jobs before I went to vet school: I studied lake ecosystems in the Canadian Arctic, tagged Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills on a rocky island off the east coast, and volunteered at the Canadian Experimental Farm cleaning stalls and milking cows. I completed my doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2011 at the Ontario Veterinary College (Guelph). After my first position in a general practice in Petawawa, Ontario, my husband and I moved to Melbourne, Australia for two years, where I worked in a general practice clinic and an emergency and critical care hospital. We then moved home to Ottawa, and I am very proud and excited to be a member of the Beechwood Animal Hospital team.

We are the proud parents of Louie, a bouncy labrador cross, and his best friend Sara, a senior whippet cross, both of whom were abandoned stray dogs before they found their way onto our couches and into our hearts.

Outside of my passion for veterinary medicine I enjoy long-distance running, cycling, travel and reading.

I look forward to meeting you and all of your four-legged family members!


Un jour, après la maternelle, j’ai annoncé à mes parents que je voulais devenir vétérinaire. Cette idée est devenue une passion, et m’a menée vers une carrière que j’adore.

J’ai grandi à Ottawa dans une famille adorant les animaux. J’ai complété mon baccalauréat en biologie à l’Université d’Ottawa en 2006, et j’ai eu plusieurs emplois différents avant de commencer mes études en médecine vétérinaire: j’ai étudié les écosystèmes de lacs de l’Arctique Canadien, j’ai étudié des Macareux de l’Atlantique sur une île de la côte est, et j’ai fait du bénévolat à la Ferme Expérimentale Canadienne où je nettoyais des stalles et je trayais des vaches. J’ai complété le programme de docteur en médecine vétérinaire au Collège Vétérinaire de l’Ontario de Guelph. Après ma première position de vétérinaire à Pétawawa, mon époux et moi avons déménagé à Melbourne, Australie, pour deux ans où j’ai travaillé dans une clinique de pratique générale et un hôpital d’urgence et de soins critiques. Nous sommes récemment revenus à Ottawa et c’est avec beaucoup de fierté et d’engouement que je me joins à l’équipe de Beechwood.

Nous sommes les fiers parents de Louie, un Labrador croisé plein d’énergie, et de Sara, une Whippet croisée d’âge sénior. Tous les deux étaient des chiens abandonnées avant de retrouver leur chemin sur nos divans et dans nos cœurs!

En dehors de ma passion pour la médecine vétérinaire j’aime la course longue distance, le vélo, le voyage et la lecture.

J’ai hâte de faire connaissance à vous et vos membres de famille à quatre pattes!

female veterinarian

Dr. Marie-Andree Poulin

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Passionnee par le monde animal depuis sa plus tendre enfance, Dre Poulin savait très tôt que sa voie était tracee et qu’elle mettrait tous les efforts nécessaires pour atteindre son reve de devenir vétérinaire. Apres une enfance tranquille dans une petite ville au sud de Montreal, a chasser les papillons et tenter de guérir les petites bêtes sauvages, elle entame des études de médecines vétérinaire a l’Université de Montreal. Au cours de ses études, elle développe un fort intérêt pour les animaux exotiques et la chirurgie qu’elle continuera a perfectionner par la suite. Apres sa graduation en 2006, elle pratique dans différentes villes du Quebec pour finalement élire domicile dans la région de l’Outaouais. L’amour lui fait délaisser son Quebec natal pour venir fièrement s’installer en Ontario. Elle est heureuse de se joindre a l’équipe de Beechwood Animal Hospital.

A l’extérieur du travail, Dre Poulin partage son temps entre le dessin, la course a pied et le tennis.

Dre Poulin sera heureuse de vous servir en Francais ou en Anglais

Passionate about the animal world since her childhood, Dr Poulin knew soon that her path was traced, and that she would put every effort needed to achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian. After spending a peaceful childhood in a small town South of Montreal, chasing butterflies and trying to heal small wild animals, she began her studies in veterinary medicine at the University of Montreal. During her studies she discovered a strong interest for exotic animals, and surgery, in which she continued to enhance her skills in the work field. Following her graduation in 2006 she had the chance to practice in several cities in the province of Quebec. Finally she chose the Gatineau-Ottawa region to continue her passion for veterinary medicine. Love persuaded her into leaving her native province to proudly join the Beechwood Animal Hospital team.

Outside of work, Dr Poulin divides her time among drawing, running and playing tennis.

Dr Poulin is looking forward to and is excited about helping your animal needs either in French or English.

female veterinarian

Dr. Monique Sandoz

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Growing up, I had a variety of pets, from hamsters, turtles, birds, and fish, to rabbits and cats. Unfortunately, I was the only member of my family who had an interest in animals, so each new adoption only transpired after months of begging and pleading with my considerably reluctant parents.  I spent a major portion of my childhood living overseas with my family, and so along with my love for animals, I developed a love for travel.

During my undergrad in Montreal, I volunteered at an animal hospital where I got to care for their high numbers of parvo puppies.  I would go into the isolation ward and pretty much stay there for hours on end, cleaning up diarrhea and vomit, and giving the attention-starved puppies some much needed love.  This was my first real introduction to the world of veterinary medicine, and I liked it! After graduating, I was at a bit of a loss as to where I wanted to go career-wise. I was not enamoured with my microbiology job, so I started volunteering again, this time at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital. At the same time, I had decided it was time to live abroad again, and as luck would have it, I was accepted to Glasgow’s veterinary program.

Education and Memberships:

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (University of Glasgow, 2007)

Bachelor of Science (Animal Biology) (McGill University, 2001)

College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO)

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)

Veterinary Information Network (VIN)

Areas of Interest:

My first 2 years after graduating, I worked at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital, where I learned a lot about emergency medicine and surgery. Since then, I have maintained a special interest in emergency medicine and critical care. I started here at Beechwood in September of 2009 and am now fostering some of my other interests, such as rabbits and internal medicine.


I met my husband Andrew in 2005, in Glasgow.  We now have delectable twin girls and we consider ourselves incredibly lucky. We love to travel, which is helpful, considering our families are spread all over the globe. We regularly head back to Scotland to visit friends and family in both Glasgow and in the North. We share our home with two incredibly tolerant cats, Shortbread and Haggis.