Montreal Road Animal Hospital opened its doors on June 21, 2004 by Dr. Roberto Briones and his wife Ivonne. New flooring and adaptations were made before the inauguration date, and the curb appeal was renovated in 2007, improving the entrance and general appearance of the front lawn. In the winter of 2012 the building received a complete face-lift, changing the old appearance into what it looks now. In 2016, the big exam room was divided in two, and we now have a dog and a cat exam rooms. New ceramic floor was done at the same time.
The two statues in the front lawn depict Dr. B's two pets: Micha the Siamese (1988-2010), and Pancho the Lab (2003-2014)., a small tribute to two great pets. Micha's statue (made out of concrete) mysteriously disappeared in 2012 after a windy night. Who could have taken it?
The Hospital is conveniently located on a major artery (Montreal Road), and has spacious parking at the back of the building, where you will also find a Dog Relief Station. You can take your dog there before entering the hospital if needed, and you will also find plastic bags to clean after your dog, or to pick up the "poop" sample that's always needed.
This is a one doctor practice, and Dr. B. gets a lot of help from Ivonne, Des and Madison, to assure that our clients get the individual attention they deserve, and the most caring treatment for their pets. We also count with Co-op Students' help during school time.
Our hospital is dedicated to small animal practice with some furry exotics also being accepted. No scales or feathers.
This hospital has been accredited by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). This involves regular inspections of our premises, which include specific standards for treatments, patient record keeping, equipment requirements, pharmacy controls, library, and sanitation. The CVO is the licensing body of our profession.
Our Veterinarian Roberto Briones DVM
Dr. B. graduated from the University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1974 and worked in his country until 1997, when he came to Canada.
In his hometown Chihuahua (yes, there's a place called Chihuahua) he built a succesful practice that lasted until he decided to seek better venues in this Country.
After establishing in Ottawa, he worked as a Groomer, and later on as a Veterinary Technician, while writing his exams to become a licensed Veterinarian in Canada. This happened in 2002.
He then worked for different clinics as a locum (relief doctor), until he found a place to establish his new practice, which was built from scratch, taking over a retired lawyer's office, evolving to what it now is, but still growing every day, thanks to his faithful clients and awesome assistants.
He loves his patients, but he also is devoted to the client-doctor relationship, being very interested in developing that professional bond, unique to the veterinarian. His many years of experience, and his outgoing personality make this relationship very easy and enjoyable to the clients.
He attends a minimum of 50 hours of Continuing Education every year, on topics related to medicine, surgery, dentistry, radiology, etc.; but what he really has a Professional Interest on is Pain Management.
He considers himself One Lucky Man, being married to Ivonne since 1974, having three wonderful children (Roberto Jr., Lothar, and Karla), all with university degrees, and eight even-more-wonderful grandchildren, who turn their life into a real paradise. Pancho, their beloved Yellow Lab in the picture, passed away at 12 in October 2014 due to cancer in the spleen. now Majo sits in his place (picture to come).
During the warm months, he enjoys home renovations, and short week-end road trips with Ivonne. In the cold months, when not away, he hibernates in his basement, where he devotes hours and hours to his woodworking hobby, which has produced more than 70% of all the furniture in his house. He also refurbishes old hand tools to make them work like new. A new hobby (Hydroponics) is taking over the rest,
Dr. Briones was featured in Focus Magazine, the Official Magazine of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.
Ivonne, Office Manager
Ivonne is part of our founding team. Our backbone.
She has been involved with the managerial aspects of this Hospital since it opened up, but she is also a certified Lab. Technician, and helps us with these duties.
She is mainly in charge of the Administrative Area of the Hospital
She is an animal lover, married to a Veterinarian (yes!! to Dr. B.) and loves the Hospital as her own child. She also likes to travel on her holidays, and explore new places. Ivonne and Dr. B take an extended holiday every year.
Born and raised in Ottawa Ontario. Grew up owning several animals including fish, mice, a dog, and a bunny named Bob. Graduated from Algonquin College in 2014, and became registered shortly after. Madison enjoys working with animals of all shapes and sizes. Special interests include working with pockets pets and surgical assisting. She currently lives in Ottawa with a dog named Snowball and hopes to take home Toby one day!
Raised in Merrickville, ON. Des grew up on a hobby farm which boasted horses, goats, chickens, ducks and small animals. She currently lives in Ottawa with one cat named Luna. Graduated from Algonquin College in 2016, Des has experience in emergency clinic and is a cat specialist handler. Interests include feline health and behaviour and she hopes to one day be the proud owner of a French Bulldog.
Toby (The "Boss")
Toby came to us as an adolescent cat on march 2008. His previous owner asked us to euthanize him and his brother because she had been reassigned away from Ottawa, but Dr. B wouldn't do it and, with the owner's authorization, kept him for the Hospital. His brother was adopted out to a client of ours. This made the previous owner very happy!
He is quite the character, very affectionate and playful. He loves getting belly rubs and isn't shy of twirling in circles on the floor. His favorite places to lie are either the front desk (right on top of the keyboard) or on the reception chairs to meet the clients. He is like our PR agent!
Lately, Toby's been showing some ageing signs (Loss of balance) and has been kept in the back of the hospital for his well being. He seems to be doing better