Providing an outstandinglevel of health care forour animal patients.

Dr. Sarifa Lakhdhir

Dr. Sarifa Lakhdhir is originally from Calgary and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Calgary in 2018. Throughout veterinary school, she participated in several veterinary service-learning trips, including trips to Kenya, India, and northern Canada. Following graduation, Dr. Lakhdhir completed a one-year rotating internship at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She then spent the following year completing a cardiology specialty internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group (VERG) in Brooklyn, NY prior to starting her cardiology residency at AVC.

Dr. Lakhdhir is the cardiology resident at AVC. In this capacity, she is receiving specialty training to become a board-certified veterinary cardiologist and works under the direct supervision of AVC’s cardiologists to provide high-quality care for our patients. As part of her residency and Master of Science degree, Dr. Lakhdhir is conducting a clinical study aimed at investigating current and novel cardiac ultrasound techniques, including 3D echocardiography, to investigate the region of the heart where subaortic stenosis occurs in dogs. 

Dr. Lakhdhir enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, photography, and arts & crafts. She also enjoys spending time with her cat, MeMe, who still resides in Calgary with her family. 

About us

The AVC-VTH is passionate about its goal to provide an outstanding level of health care for its animal patients while also providing clinical teaching and instruction to our senior (final year) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, interns and residents.[more]

Clinic hours

The AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital operates 8 AM to 10 PM 7-365. Our front desk is staffed from 8am until 11pm 7 days a week. Clients can call to make appointments, request prescription refills, or to make other general inquiries during those hours. Appointments for Community Practice and Specialty Services are scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm based on service availability. Clients with animal emergencies can call between 8 AM and 10 PM-7-365.

AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care
8am-10pm Mon-Sun

If you are a small animal pet owner experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 or our primary Emergency Service. If you are a registered large animal client of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including Farm Service and Ambulatory Equine Service clients) and are experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 and our team will contact the appropriate on-call large animal clinician.

To make an appointment

AVC Small Animal Hospital
Companion animals, exotic animals, pocket pets, wildlife

AVC Large Animal Hospital
Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals

AVC Ambulatory Equine Services
On-farm and racetrack care for horses

AVC Farm Service
Herd health, on-farm and emergency service for cattle, pigs, fish and other farm animals