Our Veterinarians

Dr. Erin Spence

Veterinarian / Owner

From a very early age I felt a special bond with animals, and I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 5 years old.  When I was a child I was only allowed to have very small pets of my own such as hamsters and goldfish.  So I took every opportunity to look after other people’s pets, either through pet sitting or volunteering.

I attended the University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Science in 1994, and then I got into the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998.  My first job out of vet school was in Oakville, shortly after which I moved to Toronto to work in a different small animal practice in North York.  I was there until 2010 when I decided to open my own practice. I have had a lifelong fascination for medicine and science, and I also enjoy working with people and forging relationships.  I love always learning new things, and with this job it happens all the time.  I wanted to make a living in a career that challenges and inspires me, and now actually being a vet allows me to do that every day.

I have always felt driven to help animals, to provide them with comfort and safety.  Not only that, I love helping owners understand their pets better and guiding them on giving the best care possible. I thoroughly enjoy developing a relationship with my clients.  I love getting to know them beyond their pets as with each visit I get to learn more about their families, their jobs, and their lives.

Currently my husband and I live and thrive in Etobicoke, and what we love to do most is play golf.  I have Jack the laughing, digging dog who loves to explore his back yard and Whitey the clinic cat who loves to sit on laps.   I enjoy physical fitness and outdoor activities such as cycling.  My dream is to travel more and soon I hope to get to Europe.  I am a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the Village of Islington Business Association, and an avid supporter of the Etobicoke Humane Society.

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Dr. Johanna Hume

Veterinarian

Given that my first word was “Zack”, the name of our family dog, I seemed destined for a career working with animals. Born in British Columbia, I moved to Ontario at the age of 7 and grew up in Toronto’s east end. I did an undergraduate degree at McGill University with a double major in biology and geology, and completed a master’s degree at Queen’s University in reproductive endocrinology. During my studies I volunteered at several animal shelters and veterinary clinics, and as a master’s student I worked closely with the university veterinarian. It was through these experiences that I realized that veterinary medicine was the career path I wanted to follow.

While studying at the Ontario Veterinary College, I spent time in Africa working with the local veterinarians, I did an externship at the San Diego Zoo, and I did rotations in my final year in both large and small animal medicine. It was small animal medicine, however, that afforded the greatest opportunity to forge strong and rewarding relationships with both animals and people over the long term. I never had any intention of doing a specialization because I love the variety that general practice has to offer, though I’m particularly fond of internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. I graduated in 2009, and there’s still nothing I’d rather be doing with my life.

In my spare time I love cycling, reading, board games, playing the piano, and spending time with my family. I currently live in southern Etobicoke with my husband Alex, my daughter Natalie, my son Oscar, and my three amazing kitties, Rufus, Ayla and Lemon.

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Dr. Spencer Burley

Veterinarian

As a 2017 graduate, I couldn’t be happier to take my first job at Islington Village Animal Hospital! I grew up in Toronto but spent many years away from home, so it’s great to finally be back in town. My undergraduate studies began in Halifax N.S., much to the chagrin of my parents, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from Dalhousie University. Knowing that veterinary medicine was always my end goal, I volunteered at a small animal clinic in Halifax, as well an animal behaviour lab at the university throughout my studies. After finishing my degree I moved back to the east end of Toronto where I worked in a local veterinary clinic until I was accepted to the DVM program at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. While at the OVC I kept an open mind about the possibility of working in the large animal field, but quickly realized that I am a city boy at heart, and the farmers would smell it on me for sure. I did however manage to keep my traveling bug alive and spent time in South America working with a dog and cat shelter in Ecuador, and a wildlife sanctuary in Bolivia. Because South America wasn’t enough, I spent a few weeks in my final year in Australia where I was able to get some great experience with dogs and cats, but also local wildlife. I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in June of 2017 and am thrilled to be working with such a fantastic team at Islington Village Animal Hospital. The staff here are exceptionally knowledgeable and caring, the clients are all very nice, and the clinic itself is crisp and clean, but also has a touch of home. When I’m not in clinic I can either be found on a tennis court, a hockey rink, or any venue that’s playing live music. I can’t wait to meet you and your furry friends!

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