Joanne Fagnou

Joanne Fagnou
Joanne Fagnou

Dr. Joanne Fagnou earned her DVM degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in her home town of Saskatoon in 2002. She moved east to Ontario with her husband (ACVS surgeon Dr. Kevin Isakow) and together, in 2005, they founded the 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Dr. Fagnou’s interests have always leaned towards physical medicine, lameness evaluation, neurological cases and geriatric care. In 2004 she pursued her certification in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee and followed this with completion of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s course in veterinary acupuncture in 2006. Over the years she has worn many hats – general manager/medical director, emergency vet, general practice vet, shelter vet and through it all, rehab vet. Upon selling the practice to VCA in 2015, Dr. Fagnou stayed on in her position as director of rehabilitation services at the 404. She and her husband have rediscovered their love of travel since selling the practice and are avid wildlife enthusiasts, addicted to safaris in her husband’s native South Africa. When not traveling, you can find her enjoying her 2 horses on their hobby farm, riding in the regional forest, or building various little projects in her woodshop. She shares her life with 2 cats, retired blood donor “Bruce”, SPCA foster fail “Raisin” and her horses Ben and Jerry, and of course, her husband! “Bailey’s Place” at the 404 (the rehab suite) is dedicated in loving memory to her chocolate Labrador “Bailey” whose achilles injury inspired her to pursue additional training in rehabilitation so many years ago.


  • DVM, University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, 2002
  • CCRP (certified canine rehabilitation practitioner), University of Tennessee 2004

Advanced Clinical Training

  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Certification course (IVAS) 2006
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound Course- VOSM 2015
  • Companion Regenerative Medicine Course 2017

Areas of Special Interest

  • Soft tissue injuries – medial shoulder syndrome, iliopsoas strains – diagnostic ultrasound and regenerative medicine applications
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Geriatric wellness


Rehabilitation provides for optimal patient outcomes following orthopaedic and neurosurgery, and is a key element in a number of non-surgical neurological conditions (eg. Fibrocartilagenous Emboli (FCEM), Coonhound Paralysis and Degenerative myelopathy).

Along with her neurorehabilitation and orthopaedic rehabilitation caseload, Dr. Fagnou also diagnoses and treats a variety of soft tissue complaints such as iliopsoas and biceps muscle strains, and medial shoulder instability (rotator cuff strains).

Rehabilitation also alleviates pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia and helps to maintain healthy body weight, mobility and muscle mass (especially in senior pets).
Our mission is to support and enable healing and strengthening in our patients and empower their parents to become part of that process.

404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital

510 Harry Walker Parkway South

Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 0B3

Main: 905-953-1933

Fax: 905-953-8845

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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