Dr. Adva Barkai-Ronayne

Years in Practice:


Since early childhood there was never a doubt in anyone's mind as to Dr. Barkai's future career choice.

After completing her military service she went to Europe to pursue her DVM degree. Dr. Barkai graduated from university in 1997, yet didn't feel as though she was done being a student. In 1999 she went to England and in 2000 completed her Masters of Science degree in Wild Animal Health at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK.

Though she loved her years in university and the world of zoos and wildlife, Dr. Barkai felt it was time to explore private practice and small animals.

Since returning to Canada I have worked as a locum vet in a variety of places, including a large 24 hour emergency hospital in Toronto, a small practice in Labrador City and a mixed practice in Ontario.

Dr. Barkai also worked for 4 years at Truro Veterinary Hospital where she worked together with Lisamarie. Opening Russell Lake Animal Hospital is her opportunity to realise her dream and turn her vision into reality, by creating a cutting edge, hi-tech hospital that is able to provide the best and latest medical care and is a warm and personal care environment at the same time.

Currently her pet friends are Sir Francis the cat and Lulu Bell, her deaf, mixed breed dog. Together, with Lulu Bell, they are learning to navigate the world without sounds.

Lisamarie Risser

Years in Practice:

Lisamarie has been working in the veterinary industry since 2002, after completing the Veterinary Assistant program at Maritime Business College.  After graduation of this program Lisamarie worked with the Truro Veterinary Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant where she stayed until joining with Russell Lake Animal Hospital to become Hospital Manager.

The pets in Lisamarie's world include two wonderful cats, Mickey and Stix, a Greyhound named Buddy (who may just be the best hound around!), and a flock of very interesting guinea fowl.

Cathie Bell

Years Training:

Cathie Bell is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed.

Cathie has been working with dog for over 25 years. Her training methods are based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, a scientific approach to training. Cathie has studied with Dr. Bob Bailey, travelling to Hot Springs Arkansas, and then to Maryland to perfect her training skill using chickens as a training model. Cathie has 3 levels of training with Dr. Bailey to date.

Her training methods and behavior assessments are strongly based on the work of Drs Karen Overall and Sophia Yin. She attends conferences and skills training yearly to update her knowledge and improve her skills.

Currently, Cathie is the director of the Pawsitive Directions canine program at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, NS.


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Russell Lake Animal Hospital
250 Baker Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2W-6L4
  • Phone: 902-407-4570
  • Fax: 902-407-4573
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Monday 9:00am 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am 7:00pm
Thursday 9:00am 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 3:00pm
Sunday Closed Closed

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