Maybe you’ve always had pets in your life. You’ve always understood the deep emotional bond you can feel with a cat or a dog.
Or maybe you didn’t get your first pet until you were an adult. You thought having a pet would be nice, but it wasn’t until you actually had one of your own that you really got it.
Whatever the reason, though, you recognize your pet as an important part of your family.
Here at Bickford Park Animal Hospital, we understand how you feel.
Serving the Toronto area since 2012, Bickford Park Animal Hospital is committed to the highest level of caring, compassionate veterinary treatments for cats and dogs.
“I wanted to feel passionate about what I do,” says Dr. Helen Foster,the clinic’s founder, “so I started my own clinic. I put my heart and soul into my patients’ care, and so do the other vets who work here.”
That passion comes through when you visit Bickford Park Animal Hospital. And it’s about so much more than just giving you a list of services and credentials.
It’s about getting to know you both and creating a long-term relationship.
It’s about empowering you with the knowledge you need to provide the best care possible for your animal between visits.
It’s about developing trust so you understand your cat or dog is more than just a number, they’re an important part of the Bickford Vet community.
Bickford Park Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic in Toronto, providing a wide range of veterinary health services to cats and dogs.
From chihuahuas to great danes, from Maine coons to tiny kittens, Bickford Park Animal Hospital can help keep your cat or dog at its healthiest.
Bickford Park Animal Hospital’s veterinary services include:
- General wellness
- Diagnostic imaging
- Internal medicine
- Surgical services
- Nutritional counselling
The team of veterinarians and support staff at Bickford Park Animal Hospital are all committed to staying up to date on the latest medical research and techniques in order to provide your pet with the best available care.
The Bickford Park Team
Below you’ll find more information about the veterinarians who will care for your pet at Bickford Park Animal Hospital. While you may personally only speak with one veterinarian, the team takes a collaborative approach when dealing with patients. So when you bring your pet to Bickford Park Animal Hospital, you’ll get access to the knowledge and experience of the team you see below.
Dr. Helen Foster, DVM
Helen is a 2008 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario
Helen lives in the neighbourhood and loves this community, which is why she chose to open a clinic near her favorite dog park. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband Jeff, her smart and feisty daughter, Emma, her scruffy dog Sammy, and her beloved cats George and Izzie. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and palliative care. She is also the proud mom of her forever angel and heart warrior Emmet, who passed away at the age of 2 in 2017. She likes to think that her little boy, who adored all animals, helps her to watch over and care for her patients.
Dr. Melissa White, DVM
Melissa is a 2011 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario.
Melissa has been a part of the Bickford Park team since 2014, and has never looked back. Melissa’s professional interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, pain management and internal medicine. When she is not at Bickford Park Animal Hospital you can find her spending time at her family cottage, trying out a new restaurant/patio in Toronto, planning her next trip, skiing during the winter months, and spending time with her family, friends, orange tabby Oliver, puggle Gracie, and Nova Scotia duck toller Maisie.
Dr. Asha Hoffland, DVM
Dr. Asha Hoffland grew up in Mississauga and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2015. After graduation, Asha spent two years working at an animal hospital in Mississauga and is very excited to now be joining the team at Bickford Park Animal Hospital.
Asha’s professional interests include preventive medicine, internal medicine and physical rehabilitation. Outside of work she likes to spend her time reading, exercising, relaxing with friends and family, and traveling.
Dr. Rachel Posedowski, DVM
Dr. Rachel Posedowski joined the Bickford Park Animal Hospital team as a veterinarian in 2018, but may have already been a familiar face to some, having worked as a veterinary assistant at the clinic since its opening in 2012. Rachel obtained her honours Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology in 2012 from the University of Guelph and two years later entered the Ontario Veterinary College, where she would later graduate with honours. Professionally, Rachel has a special interest in preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. Personally, Rachel spends her downtime with her senior Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross Sophie, her family, and her fiancé David.
Jessie, veterinary technician
Jessie graduated from Seneca College in 2007 after completing the Veterinary Technician program. She joined the team at Bickford Park in March 2016 and has loved every moment since. Jessie lives in Toronto with her partner, Daryl, and their 2 cats, Mocha and Latte, born September 2017.
Tyler, veterinary technician
After graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College in 2010, Tyler has worked at various clinics through southern Ontario before settling in Toronto and making his way to Bickford Park Animal Hospital. In his spare time Tyler enjoys exploring the city with his partner Bohdan, relaxing at home with their dog JJ and having close friends for wine and cheese nights.
Tara, vet assistant/receptionist
Tara grew up on a small farm in southwestern Ontario. Surrounded by animals from an early age, she’d always assumed she would end up working with animals one way or another! Now she serves pets and their owners every day at Bickford Park Animal Hospital. For Tara, it feels natural to be around animals all day. She loves to see the different pet personalities that walk through the clinic doors. Tara has an adventurous Ball Python named Gandalf the White.
Alexandria, vet assistant
Growing up in Niagara Falls, Alexandria has always been a “people person” and excelled at customer service throughout her time in the working world. When the opportunity arose for her to combine her skillset with her love for animals, she didn’t hesitate! Outside of her interests in the animal care field, Alexandria enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and snuggling up with her kitten Mayo.
Jenna, vet assistant
Jenna found her home with the Bickford Park team in 2018 after more than a decade working in the veterinary industry within Toronto. She has a special spot in her heart for our feline patients having managed a cat-only practice for several of those years, adopting her two cats Jax and Jace during that time. She also adopted our resident pup Juno. Jenna is a sports fanatic and avid concert goer who is unashamed to admit her love for all genres – especially country music. She is a smiling face who is quick to joke, fast to act, and easy to talk to.
Becca, vet assistant
Becca joined the Bickford Park Animal Hospital in May 2018 after completing a bachelor of music at McGill University. Becca hopes to become a vet one day and is currently working towards a degree in biomedical science at Ryerson University. When she isn’t cuddling her beautiful Rough Collie Phoebe, Becca enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling around the city and watching every single Netflix documentary.
Juno is our resident pup who comes to work every day with Jenna. She can often be found sitting pretty on the scale in reception, hoping that someone will toss another liver snack her way. She loves to chase, fetch, and learn new tricks all so that she can earn extra rewards. Juno is a mix of rottweiler and Boston terrier and has quite the unique look. When she’s not at the clinic, she is either playing at the park in Fort York or destroying yet another “indestructible” kong for the umpteenth time.