Willowdale Animal Hospital
OPEN 24 HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK

OPEN 24 HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK

Phone:(416) 222-5409


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Open 24 Hours, Year Round

256 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON M2N 1N3
(416) 222-5409

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About Us

Your pet’s health is our passion! That’s why we’re committed to providing around the clock, quality veterinary care to customers in the GTA Greater Toronto Area.  Day or night, when your pet needs us, we’ll be here.

Willowdale Animal Hospital is a leading edge 24-hour emergency Animal Hospital located in the North Toronto community of Willowdale servicing the GTA or Greater Toronto Area. We believe in harnessing the latest innovations in equipment, medicine and procedures to ensure your pet receives the highest quality in pet health care.

Established in 1960 as one of the first vet clinics in North York and in 1986 as the first 24-hour emergency animal hospital in Toronto and Ontario, Willowdale is still widely recognized as a national leader in veterinary pet health care. In 2008 the 24-hour Toronto veterinary emergency hospital was renovated to accommodate both its growing client base and the changes in technology, which have allowed us to provide a wide range of specialized on-site services.

The veterinary practice now has 10 doctors/veterinarians and 45 support staff to serve our Toronto clients and their pets. The Willowdale 24-Hour Emergency Animal Hospital is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and in March 2000 received its 25-Year Merit of Excellence Award.

Thank you to all of our wonderful Toronto clients whose support and referrals have allowed us to establish and maintain our 24-hour emergency North Toronto veterinary hospital. We love caring for your pets!

Our goal is to deliver leading edge health care to your pet.

We believe that excellence is the cornerstone of our practice and we abide only by the highest standards. We’re pet owners too, and we know the value a pet brings to your life, that’s why we focus on preventive medicine as the benchmark for superior veterinary care.

It’s normal to be curious about who will be caring for your pet. That’s why we invite you to meet our team right from the comfort of your computer!

Join Our Team

Dr. John A. Catherwood

Partner + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. John A. Catherwood

Partner + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Jonathan Bloom

Partner + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Jonathan Bloom

Partner + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jonathan Bloom was born in Toronto and graduated from, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 1993. He joined Willowdale group in 1995. His special areas of professional interest include preventive healthcare and early detection screening, diseases of the eye and endocrinology. He was lead author in one of the most revered veterinary journals for his research in diseases of the eye and more recently, a key opinion speaker at veterinary seminars. He holds proud affiliations with the Ontario veterinary medical association, Canadian veterinary medical association, and College of Veterinarians of Ontario. Dr. Bloom also has a love for continuing education and professional advancement.

For Dr. Bloom his journey into veterinary medicine started as a child, with his love for the family dog – Bentley. Combine that with his affinity for helping people and soon after that, suggestions that he become a teacher because of his gift for communication and bringing about understanding. Helping pets became his passion, and knowing that I helped their owners became his gratification. Given a strong medical upbringing, looking after pets and their owners is simply where he had to be – nothing could be better.

Dr. Bloom’s hobbies include skiing, cooking, swimming, biking and more recently, a venture into snowboarding!

He has a wonderful family of 6 – including his fantastic wife, 2 wonderful daughters, a fantastic son, and the cutest pug ever – Ripley.

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Dr. Sheldon Jafine

Partner + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Sheldon Jafine

Partner + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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General Manager
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General Manager
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Dr. Cindy Krebs

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Cindy Krebs

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Cindy Krebs was born in Toronto and graduated with honours from Ontario Veterinary College in 1991. She joined Willowdale group in 1992. Her special areas of professional interest include emergency and critical care, pocket pets.

She had always wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age and has a keen interest in medicine and caring for animals. Since she adores animals, she deeply proud to be a practitioner of veterinary medicine.

Her Hobbies include: Hiking , wilderness camping and travelling.

Dr. Krebs grew up in North York and currently lives in the beaches with her husband and their 2 dogs:
Jessie – bullmastiff x hound
Wiley – daschund x jack russell

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Dr. Doris Neculoiu

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Doris Neculoiu

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Ehab Malik

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Ehab Malik

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Horatiu Petrut

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Horatiu Petrut

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr.Kate-Hall

Dr. Kate Hall

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Kate Hall

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Kate Hall was born right here in Ontario and graduated from the University of Guelph in 1993.
Her special areas of professional interest includes treating and caring for pocket pets, rabbits and greyhounds.

Dr. Hall’s hobbies include knitting, scuba diving, running ans she is a retired amateur boxer.

She has 2 wonderful sons, Ted and Christopher and her family pets include:
2 Dogs: Maddy a Chocolate Lab and Lily a black Lab/Sheppard Mix.
2 Cats: Max and Tbag
Amazon Parrot named Poncho
Her beloved retired greyhound Dawson passed away peacefully in 2011 at the age of 14 ½ years .

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Dr. Kathy Alcock

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Kathy Alcock

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Lehel Koszti

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Lehel Koszti

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Michelle Azan-Backx

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Michelle Azan-Backx

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Michelle Azan-Backx, was born in Toronto, Ontario and graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1984. She joined the Willowdale group in 1994. Her areas of professional interest are, Small Animal Clinical Medicine and preventative medicine.

Dr. Azan-Backx wants owners to be able to enjoy their pet companions. With the proper care she believes vetrinarians can improve the quality of a pet’s life and increase the length of time that owners can share with their pets; it’s a win-win situation.

Her hobbies include: Reading, traveling, needle crafts, gardening (badly, but she tries), skiing, volleyball, tennis, aerobic training, Pilates.

She has been married since 1983, and has 4 children. Her pets include:
Zeus-my wonderful Boxer (10 years)
Oreo- our geriatric DLH  ( 18 years)
Ming-soo- our finicky Siamese (15 years)
Franky-newest edition, white Cockatiel, he’s the adolescent brat (1 year)

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Dr. Nagi Bekhit

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Nagi Bekhit

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Patricia J. Lee

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Patricia J. Lee

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Patricia J. Lee was born in Saskatchewan and graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1977, the same year that joined Willowdale group. Her areas of professional interest include veterinary ultrasound and canine and feline medicine and surgery.

She is a deeply compassionate and caring person who loves life in the countryside in all seasons. Her hobbies include gardening, sailing and travelling.

Her pets include:
Juno – dachshund
Vixen, Beagle and Micah – G.Sx
Gus, Liam, Lucy and Misty – pussycats
Quakers and Dandelion – Ducks

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Marsha

Animal Health Technician
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Marsha

Animal Health Technician
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Surgical Technician
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Surgical Technician
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Jessica

Registered Veterinary Technician
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Jessica

Registered Veterinary Technician
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Rebecca

Registered Veterinary Technician
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Rebecca

Registered Veterinary Technician
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Registered Veterinary Technician
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Vanessa

Registered Veterinary Technician
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Ovi

Veterinary Technician
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Ovi

Veterinary Technician

Ovi has graduated from University of Spiru Haret, Bucharest, Romania in 1996 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Prior to his arrival in Canada with his family, he worked as a veterinarian in a small animal clinic, in Bucharest. He joined the Willowdale Animal Hospital Group in 2001 as a veterinary technician. He is interested in surgery and imagistic diagnostic. Ovi owned a German shepherd, a cocker spaniel and a jack russel terrier that passed away recently. He was also a cocker spaniel breeder with great results at dog shows in Romania. Ovi loves to spend time with his family. He enjoys dancing, swimming and watching his son’s basketball games.

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Slawomir

Veterinary Technician
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Veterinary Technician
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Amanda

Veterinary Assistant
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Amanda

Veterinary Assistant
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Mike

Veterinary Assistant
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Mike

Veterinary Assistant
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Olga

Veterinary Assistant
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Olga

Veterinary Assistant
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Alicia

Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Alicia

Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Daniella

Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Lauren

Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Lauren

Client & Patient Care Coordinator
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Marianna

Patient Care Coordinator
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Marianna

Patient Care Coordinator

Marianna joined our team in August 2009. She graduated from the Pavit Asaf College (Israel) as a Make-up Artist and n 2008 Marianna graduated from the Herzing College (Winnipeg) as a Human Medical Assistant. In 2004 Marianna won “Employee of the Year” while working at Shoppers Drug Mart.

She enjoys music, singing along to karaoke and dancing.  Plus, she spends much of her time off cooking…mmmm…yummy.  Marianna is a very happy person, knows how to appreciate every moment in her life. She has a wonderful family (a son and a daughter…plus a great husband) and very good friends.

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Cheryl

Patient Care Assistant
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Cheryl

Patient Care Assistant
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Dorin

Animal Health Technician
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Dorin

Animal Health Technician
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Cathy

Client Care Coordinator
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Cathy

Client Care Coordinator
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Client Care Coordinator
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Client Care Coordinator
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Client Care Coordinator
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Client Care Coordinator
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Mike

Facilities Manager
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Facilities Manager

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Willowdale Animal Hospital

Our Address:

256 Sheppard Ave. West Toronto, ON M2N 1N3

Our Hours:

We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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