Dr Penny Richards
Dr. Penny is from rural Hants County, where she grew up on a hobby farm with four brothers. Her love of animals started early, as she was raised surrounded by cows, horses, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, etc. From high school, Penny set off for Dalhousie University intent on pursuing a career in medicine. When her goal changed to veterinary medicine, she transferred to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College for a year, and then was accepted at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. She spent five years there completing her DVM degree.
Penny graduated from OVC in 1989, returned to Truro and has been at Central Nova Animal Hospital ever since. Penny enjoys the problem solving aspects of veterinary medicine and certified in acupuncture at Colorado State University in 2009. She is the mother of four boys and recently was blessed with a granddaughter.
As with most in the veterinary field, her own pets have been beset by odd medical problems. Previous pets have included cats with fibrotic cardiomyopathy, hyperthyroidism and kidney failure, a dog born with a rare heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot, and her most recent dog passed away from an uncommon liver cancer. Currently she shares her house with a cat, a leopard gecko and a corn snake.
Dr Ed Macmillan
Dr. Ed grew up in the Annapolis Valley before heading off to University. During this time, he spent his summers working for a neighboring farmer. There he developed a keen interest in animals of all sizes. After high school, he began his formal education at the Dalhousie University's Faculty of Agriculture completing a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and nutrition. He was then accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown.
After graduating in 1992, Ed began practice in Picton, Ontario where he worked in a large mixed animal practice. Working with both pets and farm animals gave Ed a broad base of experience to draw from. He moved back to Nova Scotia in 1994, where he began working at CNAH. He has a special interest in orthopedic diseases, oncology and surgery of dogs and cats. Hence, many of the broken bones and ruptured ligaments that come in end up being diagnosed and repaired by Ed.
Outside of work Ed has taught curriculum through Dalhousie's Animal Health Technician program, lectured for the Pawsitive Direction program at the Women's Correctional Center, served on the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association Board of directors as a member and president. He continues to serve as chair of the NSVMA Small Animal Committee. Coaching hockey and keeping up to a busy family use up the remainder of his spare time. Ed is married and surrounded at home by 4 children.
Dr Kim Babineau
Dr. Kim grew up in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia on her parent's blueberry farm. Her career decision to become a veterinarian was made early so upon graduating from high school, she headed to Truro to attend the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She was accepted into the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI after finishing her third year at the NSAC. She graduated from AVC in 1993. She worked briefly as an emergency veterinarian in Calgary, Alberta before she started working full time at Central Nova Animal Hospital in the summer of 1994.
Kim enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine - the challenges of medicine and surgery as well as the opportunity to meet and care for all the healthy pets that come in for wellness exams.
In her spare time Kim likes to cycle, run, read and spent time outdoors with her family. Married with two kids, her family also includes 2 cats, Sinamin & Rosie, a yellow Labrador Retriever named Gale and a new black Labrador Retriever puppy called Aspen.
Dr Jennifer McKay
Dr. Jennifer grew up in Truro but after high school headed for Acadia University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science. She returned to Truro in 1998 to attend the Agricultural College where she did her research in Animal Science. While there she volunteered with us and this gradually turned into a part time job.
In 1999 Jennifer headed to PEI to attend the Veterinary College and graduated in May 2003 and joined our team as a Veterinarian in September of the same year. She continues to love dealing with animals and the public and her enthusiasm is contagious to the rest of our team.
Jennifer lives with her husband Tom and three young boys, Ty, Jay and Coen. She has two Golden Retrievers, Olivia and Levi who are littermates, and a cat named Easton. Jennifer's interests include playing and coaching soccer, playing ball and spending time with her family.
Dr Kayla Collins
Dr. Kayla grew up in the small town of Lewisporte, Newfoundland with a younger sister and brother. Kayla attended Memorial University where she completed her Chemistry Degree. While there she worked at an animal shelter and a medical research laboratory. From there she headed to the Atlantic Veterinary College and graduated in 2013. Kayla joined our team to cover a maternity leave and we are happy that she has become a permanent member.
Kayla lives with her partner Derrick and his young son along with many animals. She has two snakes, two cats, two dogs and a Leopard Gecko. In her spare time Kayla is taking guitar and horseback riding lessons and she also loves to read.
Dr Lacey O'Toole
Dr. Lacey grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick with an older sister and brother. She attended the University of New Brunswick following high school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Wildlife Conservation. She then went on to attend the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI and graduated in 2014 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, Lacey returned to her hometown in NB and joined the Saint John Animal Hospital as a veterinarian where she had previously worked as a student for 7 years during her undergraduate and veterinary degree. In 2016 she moved to Nova Scotia where she was delighted to join the tearm at Central Nova Animal Hospital.
Lacey lives with her partner Alexander and their two rescue dogs Lola and Izzy. Her interests include travelling, being outdoors with her dogs and spending time with family and friends.