A sig­nif­i­cant sur­prise

Spar­ling earns Young Vet­eri­nar­ian Award

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

Happy sur­prises are al­ways wel­come.

Dr. Tanya Spar­ling, a vet­eri­nar­ian, wasn’t ex­pect­ing the email that ar­rived in her in­box telling her she was get­ting an award from her peers.

“I had no idea any­one had even con­sid­ered me,” says Spar­ling, owner of Amherst Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal and Tantra­mar Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal, in Sackville, N.B.

The Young Vet­eri­nar­ian Award is pre­sented to one vet­eri­nar­ian in Nova Sco­tia each year. It rec­og­nizes a doc­tor - a DVM who has grad­u­ated in the last 10 years - who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­fes­sion.

The com­men­da­tion is pre­sented each year at the an­nual gen­eral meeting of the Nova Sco­tia Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

A pre­sen­ta­tion was made to Spar­ling ear­lier this month at the AGM, held at At­lantica, a ho­tel and con­fer­ence cen­tre near Oak Is­land on the South Shore.

Spar­ling com­pleted her ve­teri­nary med­i­cal de­gree at On­tario Ve­teri­nary Col­lege in Guelph. But when she had the op­por­tu­nity to come home to Amherst, she seized it. Pur­chase of the prac­tice fol­lowed in 2012 (and Tantra­mar in 2017).

Un­der the Amherst na­tive’s own­er­ship, the lo­cal ve­teri­nary hos­pi­tal has grown in size, now em­ploy­ing five vet­eri­nar­i­ans and more than 20 peo­ple.

It has also be­come a 24-hour fa­cil­ity, with a reg­is­tered ve­teri­nary tech­ni­cian pro­vid­ing care dur­ing off-hours and a doc­tor al­ways on call.

New tech­nolo­gies, such as laser ther­apy and den­tal ra­di­og­ra­phy, have been in­tro­duced and an on­go­ing part­ner­ship with Dr. Ernie Prowse, who has a spe­cial in­ter­est in knee surgery, has been a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Most re­cently, Dr. Spar­ling com­pleted her qual­i­fi­ca­tions for des­ig­na­tion as a Cer­ti­fied Ca­nine Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ther­a­pist, an en­deav­our that in­volved con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment of en­ergy and re­sources.

Spar­ling also over­saw her Amherst lo­ca­tion ful­fill­ing the re­quire­ments for Amer­i­can An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion ac­cred­i­ta­tion, ar­guably North Amer­ica’s gold stan­dard for best prac­tices in the in­dus­try.

It’s been a busy decade. Spar­ling doesn’t an­tic­i­pate it get­ting less busy any time soon. Her new hos­pi­tal, Tantra­mar, is build­ing its clien­tele. She’s also us­ing it as the home for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion portion of her prac­tice.

“I love what I do. Prac­tic­ing medicine and be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur have been life­long am­bi­tions and I get to do both. I get to share my days with won­der­ful pa­tients, ter­rific clients, and ex­cel­lent staff. Life has its chal­lenges - this job has its chal­lenges - but I never doubt the value of what I’m do­ing. It’s in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing. I’ve been the ben­e­fi­ciary of good-will from some great peo­ple, and I’m just thank­ful to have the op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of an­i­mals and the peo­ple who love them.”

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