Providing an outstandinglevel of health care forour animal patients.

Large Animal Surgery

Associate Professor, Chief of Surgery

Amy Doyle


BSc Agriculture, University of British Columbia
DVM, University of Prince Edward Island
Equine Medicine & Surgery Internship, University of Illinois
Equine Surgery Residency, University of Illinois
MS, Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Large Animal

Clinical Interests

Arthroscopy of joints, wound management, colic

Research Specialty

Presurgical antisepsis, surgical site infection, wound microbiome

Associate Professor

Yvonne Elce


DVM, Ontario Veterinary College, Canada
Large Animal Internship, Washington State University, USA
Large Animal Surgery Residency, New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania USA


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Clinical Interests
Standing surgeries in horses, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.
Research Specialty
Equine Predominant: asepsis and surgical preparation, minimally invasive surgery and improving outcomes.


Heather Jack

Graduated from Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1999 from the Animal Health Technology Program. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician and active member of the Eastern Veterinary Technicians Association.

At the AVC-VTH, I am a Large Animal Surgery Technician. I truly enjoy working with horses everyday!

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 24-7-365. 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 at any time 24-7-365.

Emergency Care 24-7-365

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