Our Team

Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise.

Dr. Adva Barkai-Ronayne

Dr. Adva Barkai-Ronayne

Owner / Veterinarian

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 she has 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, high-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

Lisamarie Risser

Lisamarie has been working in the veterinary industry since 2002, after completing the Veterinary Assistant program at Maritime Business College. After graduating, 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 in 2011.

The pets in Lisamarie’s world include two wonderful cats, Mickey and Stix, a Pionus parrot named Olive, two Cockatiels, Mellon and Nigel, one very goofy Cockatoo and a flock of very interesting guinea fowl.

When not at work Lisamarie can usually be found doing bird-related activities – anything from cleaning up after the messy bunch to making bird toys or enrichment items to just enjoying their crazy antics.


Cathie Bell

Cathie Bell

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

Cathie has been working with dogs 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, traveling 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 behaviour 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.


Melissa Kervin

Melissa Kervin

Before attending college, Melissa volunteered at Hope’s for Wildlife where she helped care for a variety of wildlife including raccoons, squirrels, songbirds, and deer.

Melissa graduated with a diploma in Veterinary Technology from Dalhousie Agricultural College in May 2015. She took her VTNE in 2015 and became a Registered Veterinary Technologist.

She joined Russell Lake Animal Hospital in the fall of 2015 and plans to carry on her career in small animal practice there. Her special interests are in the areas of veterinary dentistry and anesthesia, but she is also very excited when she gets to spend time in the lab looking under the microscope at the wonderful world that can be found in blood smears, urine and poop samples or ear swabs.

The pet friends included in her life are five friendly Shih Tzu’s, Dot and Lou being her own.


Julia

Julia

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