Dr. Vanessa Mocanu
I grew up in rural Nova Scotia, exploring the beaches and woods around my house, and bringing home stray animals and injured wildlife from a young age. I went on to train and ride competitively as a dressage rider in my teens and early twenties, competing in international competitions, coaching, and managing a riding school. The decision to become a veterinarian seemed like a given and when I graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College in 2013 my greatest goal was to find an interesting and rewarding position that never felt like “work”. I spent my first years of practice in a mixed animal position in Nova Scotia, which included companion animals, equine, dairy, small ruminant, wildlife, and emergency. My partner and I (along with our two dogs, two cats, and two horses) found our new home in Edmonton in 2016 and recently added two humans – our twin boys, Oscar and Theo – to our family as well. When returning from maternity leave, my goal was again to find a position in our new community that I was passionate about and to share it with equally passionate people – I truly believe I’ve found it. I feel lucky to have become part of a practice that values high-quality medicine, a low-stress experience, and the human-animal bond as much as I do, and I look forward to serving the members of my community, both two- and four-legged.