About Us

The Atlantic Cat Hospital is the only veterinary hospital in Atlantic Canada that is devoted exlusively to cats and their owners.  The clinic was established in 1987 and Dr. Julia purchased it in 2010.  We relocated in 2014 to our current space above the Quinpool Centre on Quinpool Rd in Halifax which provides ample parking and other shops/services for our clients.  

Focused on feline health care, our hospital services include preventative health care programs, nutritional assessment, internal medicine, radiology, dentistry, surgery, pharmacy and in-house laboratory as well as reference laboratory services. Veterinary diets, gifts and toys can be found in our reception area where our friendly staff are waiting to assist you. 

We are members of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP),  have a Gold Feline Only Cat Friendly Certified Practice (CFCP) designation and are members of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association (NSVMA), Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations (CVMA) and the Better Business Bureau

Meet Our Doctor

Devoted cat enthusiasts who enjoy the special challenges afforded by the diversity of personalities our patients exhibit. Our veterinarians take part in ongoing continuing education to better serve you and your cats’ needs.  Dr. Julia has completed a special dentistry course to improve her knowledge of dental diseases and their treatment as well as honing her dental surgery skills. She continues to take part in feline dentistry courses when available to be better equipped to specifically addresses the challenges facing feline dentistry.

Dr. Julia Gilkerson

Owner and Veterinarian

Born and raised in South Carolina, Dr. Julia knew from the time she was a toddler that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Animals have always been her driving passion. She started her career journey as a certified horseback riding instructor and trainer. When her son went to university, Dr. J decided it was time for her to do what she’d always dreamed of and she went back to school too.

A resident of Nova Scotia since 1992, Dr. Julia attended the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI. After graduating in 2005 she returned briefly to South Carolina to work in a mixed veterinary practice (dogs, cats, horses and goats). However, the call of the Maritimes could not be ignored and it was less than a year before she returned to her “adopted” home.

Working in Truro at the Truro Veterinary Hospital for 4 years, Dr. Julia became increasingly drawn to feline medicine and always looked forward to seeing her feline patients. Their independent nature and grace are a powerful magnet. When the Atlantic Cat Hospital was put on the market, Dr. Julia pounced on the opportunity viewing it as the “purr-fect” fit.  Dr. Julia is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

Her own furry family includes her cats Anderson and Yoda, horse Bonnie and donkey Wanda.

 

Meet Our Team

All of the staff at the Atlantic Cat Hospital have a deep and abiding love of cats, understanding their unique needs. Ongoing continuing education helps staff to meet those needs. Gina completed a special Dentistry course in May of 2012 to fine-tune her skills in caring for your feline friend’s oral health.

Sandy F.

Sandy F.

Head Receptionist

With over 25 years of experience, Sandy is our head receptionist. Her welcoming smile brightens our reception area and she is usually the first person you see when entering our clinic. Sandy's knowledge and training allow her to answer most of your feline questions.

Although Sandy's major roles are to schedule appointments, educate cat owners and help with purchases she far exceeds these duties. She is always there to help with patients or go above and beyond for our clients, she is the heart of ACH. Sandy runs a tight ship and keeps all the staff on track, notably when it comes to the front desk. We are so thankful to have such a great role-model!

When not at work Sandy is an avid bowler, but what she truly enjoys most is hanging out with her three granddaughters. She does not have any pets right now but she aspires to get either a goldfish or hamster in the near future.

Rhonda S.

Rhonda S.

Office Manager

Rhonda graduated from CompuCollege with a Veterinary Assistant diploma in 2004, was hired as a VA at ACH in 2005 and became Office Manager in 2007. Rhonda left ACH for an opportunity to work with emergency cases at Metro Animal Emergency Clinic in 2014 and gained a lot of experience while working at MAEC.

Rhonda officially came back to ACH in 2017, she doubles as our Office Manager and a very knowledgeable Veterinary Assistant; we are all ecstatic that she has returned! Her favorite part of working here is educating clients on the unique care requirements of the feline species.

Halifax is where home has always been for Rhonda and she has settled here with her husband Grant, daughter Emmy and kitties. Her absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with her daughter; they often make crafts, play dress-up or entertain their two cats Salty and Spicy.

Annderlee O.

Annderlee O.

Receptionist / Veterinary Assistant

Susan P.

Susan P.

Veterinary Assistant

Hailing from St. Anthony, NFLD, Susan moved to Halifax to attend school at the Centre for Health Studies and graduated as a Veterinary Assistant in December 2014. She started at ACH as a practicum student, when her placement was finished she was offered a VA position and has worked here since. She is a fantastic member of our team!

Susan is versatile in all aspects of the clinic and caring for animals has been her passion since she was young, she is happy to be doing what she loves. When not at work Susan enjoys exploring the Nova Scotian outdoors with her dog and ferret.

Susan and her fiancé Ash currently reside in Windsor with their ever expanding fur-family, which currently includes: a sweet kitty named Chloe, beloved beagle Luna, hamster Callie, and Leo the ferret.

Samantha B.

Samantha B.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Samantha grew up in the country; Falmouth, NS and has always had a love for animals. She studied to become a Veterinary Technician at Maritime Business College where she graduated in August 2016, only one month later she became a strong addition to the ACH family.

Sam can be found in surgery, treating patients, recovering surgical and sick patients, as well she often uses the microscope to help the Veterinarian make a proper diagnosis. As an RVT Sam has many roles and she is a vital part of patient care in the clinic, her devotion to animals is reflected in everything she does.

When Sam has spare time she likes to spend it playing hockey, running and the majority of it with her family; mostly in an outdoor setting. Her family consists of her daughter Alexis, partner Dennis, dog Bella and two sister cats named Dakota and Moo.

Gina M.

Gina M.

Head Registered Veterinary Technician

Gina grew up in a scenic, rural area of Cape Breton. She left the island for Truro to study Veterinary Technology at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, where she received her diploma in 1999. Shortly after she joined ACH and now she leads our treatment team as our Head Veterinary Technician.

Over the years Gina has learned a lot about caring for felines and has been dubbed ``The Cat Whisperer`` by her peers; treating cats has become her niche. Whether it comes to dental cleanings, monitoring patients, assisting in surgery and all things in between Gina is qualified and ready to go. Her patience, wisdom and kind heart make her an incredible RVT, all the staff look up to her!

Although Gina loves visiting Cape Breton, she has made her home in Halifax with her husband Perry and cat Rosie. When we actually let her have time off she likes to spend it outdoors, at music events and with family.

Candis C.

Candis C.

Registered Vet Technician

Meet Our Clinic Cats

Dolly Duck

Our snow white cat, Dolly Duck, was an emergency case brought to us in October 2009. Duck presented with a shattered pelvis and doctors could only assume that she had been hit by a car while living on the streets of Fairview. Duck was malnourished and had to regain her strength while on cage-rest for three months at the hospital, during this time the staff had grown extremely fond of her. Even Benjamin (ACH’s shy, male clinic cat) had bonded to her.

Originally she was named “Dolly” but while here it was quickly discovered that her meow sounds more like a “quack” and the nickname “Duck” has become more frequently used, she also waddles due to her previous pelvis injury. Duck spends lots of time “speaking” with clients in reception and her sassy-ness is only exceeded by her cuteness. Her favorite activities are smacking papers off desks, tearing open bags of food and playing with her best friend Benny, she has tons of personality! 

What Our Clients Are Saying

“I don't have enough wonderful things to say about Dr.Julia and her staff. My cat Lancelot is a "Problem Cat", to put it MILDLY- I ended up at ACH when several vets in the HRM couldn't diagnose his many health issues. Not only was Dr.Julia able to diagnose him in a way no one else had, but has been a constant source of support since. In a recent life-and-death situation, she and her staff were so compassionate, and helped us through the ordeal with such care for kitty and myself.

I don't know what the future might hold for Lance, but I know he's receiving the best care from ACH. I highly recommend them!”

Tina Micklethwaite

“Hi Dr. Julia,

Wynnie is doing so well! Thank you for all your care of her. Something I love about you and your staff is that you really know how important our fur friends are. I know Wynnie is in excellent hands with you all and it is wonderful to have that peace of mind. I love my little kitty- so thank you for helping to keep her around and healthy for as long as possible. ”

Amanda