Julia Blanco Chavez
DVM MSc GDP
Dr Julia is our primary Veterinarian, and the woman with the dream that created this practice. She will examine your pet, discuss treatment or preventative care options with you, perform medical procedures, and be here to answer questions on your pet’s health.
Graduated with Honors from the Faculatad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia (FMVZ), UNAM in Mexico City.
Studied Veterinary Dentistry at the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies in Luxembourg.
Studied Clinical Pathology at The University of Guelph (UG) in Ontario, Canada.
Obtained her Masters of Science, and Graduate Diploma in Small Animal Medicine, from The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Studying to become a Certified Small Animal Veterinary Acupuncturist.
Dr Julia has lived in Mexico, Ohio, Alberta, Ontario, and more, but has settled-down here in Barrhaven with her husband, and their two beautiful daughters, and their two rescued cats.
In her spare time, Dr Julia enjoys cooking, scrap-booking, sewing, and jewelry-making.
Dr. Merchant was born and raised in Ottawa. She aspired to be a veterinarian from a very young age, and in pursuit of her dream, decided to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Biological Science. She then decided to return to Ottawa for a year to volunteer for several organizations, including the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton, before completing her veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in April of 2019.
During her spare time, Dr. Merchant enjoys scrapbooking and making personalized greeting cards for her friends and family. She also enjoys spending time in nature, and photographing its beauty.
Lori graduated from veterinary technician program in 2019. She has an 8 year old Golden Retriever that she loves & adores and spoils rotten. He brings joy and laughter to her life daily.
In her off time Lori is a lead singer in a band and loves to go out to Karaoke with her friends. Lori enjoys reading, travelling, volleyball, downhill skiing, and walking/playing with her dog. As per Lori “To meet new animals each day brings love and excitement to my life and even though I only get to see them for a short while, I give them every bit of love that they deserve.”
Carolanne graduated College Boreal in 2018 and joined our team in 2020 as a registered veterinary technician. She has a very loving German Shepherd Husky mix named Eli, a crazy adventure cat named Kraken and a ferret named Bear. In her spare time Carolanne enjoys being outdoors. She loves going on long hikes, camping or kayaking, all that with her animals.