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A "Fear-free" Philosophy


We provide highly individual and personalized care for clients and patients.  We have longer appointment times and include the entire staff for developing client relationships.  While medicine is the cornerstone of our practice, our mission is to deliver a one of a kind experience that will create a warm and lasting impression on pet and pet-parent alike.  Each patient is treated in a calm and gentle manner, always with lots of treats and pats provided.  We also know your time is valuable so we utilize convenient services such as online appointment booking, email communication, and patient drop-off services.  We encourage you to browse this website to see all that we can offer.  Thank your for visiting!

Islington Village Animal Hospital is a full service animal clinic that allows your beloved pet to receive complete veterinary care under one roof. Whether it’s a routine check-up, or urgent medical care, our Toronto animal hospital offers a comprehensive range of services to treat many breeds of animals. For every day care, such as vaccinations, routine examinations, and teeth cleaning, our veterinarian, Dr. Spence, and her veterinary assistants are ready to treat your animal companions on-site. In the event that your pet needs more intensive or emergency care, Dr. Spence is also trained in veterinary x-rays, surgery, diagnosing and treating a variety of medical problems.

Over the years, Dr. Spence has assembled a quality team of highly trained, compassionate veterinary professionals that work hard to meet the needs of all of our valued clients and their beloved animal companions. While we mainly serve the needs of dogs and cats, we also occasionally provide non-specialized services for smaller mammals, such as rabbits and rodents.  New patients are always welcome at Islington Village Animal Hospital. We hope to see you and your pet in our office very soon!

Dr. Erin Spence


Veterinarian/Owner

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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 a high energy border collie mix named Alex that keeps me out running and walking. Some day I would love to have a country property where I can have multiple pets around. 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.

Dr. Johanna Hume


Veterinarian

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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.

Dr. Emily Simpson


Veterinarian

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I have wanted to be a veterinarian since grade 2. Unfortunately, it turns out that you can’t be a veterinarian in grade 2…. To compensate, I embarked on acquiring a massive toy horse collection, spent a lot of time communing with and dressing up our cats and attended many animal based day camps.

As I grew older, I was able to seek out opportunities to volunteer with animals. I was privileged to volunteer with the Community Association for Riders with Disabilities and saw first-hand the importance of the bond animals can create with people. This experience really honed my drive to become a veterinarian and care for those which enrich our lives in so many ways.

I completed a year of undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph before entering the Ontario Veterinary College where I received my DVM in 2002. I returned to my home town of Toronto after graduation and worked at a clinic in midtown before settling at a clinic in North Toronto for many years. In fact, Dr. Spence and I worked together at this clinic for several years before she moved on to open her current practice. I am delighted to be working with her again!

I love being a veterinarian because I’m able to meet interesting, caring people and have the opportunity to spend time with many pretty amazing pets! Learning and continuing education are an important part of veterinary medicine and are something that I enjoy immensely. Talking with owners and providing them with the information they need in order to make the best health-care decisions for their furry family members is gratifying. I find internal medicine very rewarding and am a huge proponent of preventative health care. I appreciate the team approach at Islington Village Animal Hospital and look forward to meeting the larger, client family.

My husband, two daughters and I live in the Junction neighbourhood. We also share our home with our cat Pineapple (who is very particular and enjoys having the house to himself). In my spare time, I like to read, rug hook, swim, attend the theatre, spend time with family and explore small towns in Ontario searching for antiques and vintage collectables.