About Us

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Our Background

The Ottawa Veterinary Hospital first opened its doors to the public in 1967 by Dr. Jim Bodendistel. Both the physical size of our practice as well as the number of people involved in caring for you and your pets’ needs has increased over time. The original building, which was a house, has had a number of renovations and now covers approximately 6000 square feet, thanks to another major expansion and renovation during 2000/2001.

In 1974 the veterinary staff rose to four and in 1978 it was obvious there was a growing need for a veterinarian to remain overnight. The hospital officially became a 24/7/365 with the purpose of providing extended care to all hospitalized patients. Many years later our hospital continues to provide a wide variety of veterinary services. The hospital currently operates with over 50 staff including 14 veterinarians.