Dr. Karen BarnesDr. Karen Barnes graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1989 and has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in North Bay since 1992. Her areas of interest include soft tissue surgery and small animal medicine.  Dr. Barnes also sees patients at our Mattawa office once a week.  Dr. Barnes is a past president of the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association and presently volunteers on the board of directors at the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.  In her spare time, she trains and shows her dressage horse, Hadley.
Dr. Sherri ReaDr. Sherri Rea graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1988. She moved to North Bay in November 1988 and joined Dr Glenn Ouellette in building Lakeshore Animal Hospital in 1990. She enjoys small animal practice especially internal medicine and diagnostics. She has been very active in two veterinary organizations. Since 2003 to present she holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association. From it’s formation in 2001 she has been a director on the Farley Foundation Board, a charity that funds veterinary care for people in need. Her home life balance keeps her energy levels high with tending after her three children and a dog. She maintains her fitness with laps in the pool and lake swims and she recently took up cycling enjoying her first charity Farley Ride in September 2012.
Dr. Glenn OuelletteDr. Glenn Ouellette graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1988. While he excels as a diagnostician his passion is surgery with orthopaedics as being his favourite. He has the distinction of being our hospital’s computer technical advisor and efficiently manages to keep our computer ship on course. Dr. Ouellette has been an active committee member of the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association’s annual conference, and was President for the 2012-2013 term. He balances his career with his role as father to three children and his entourage of pets. His outdoor interests include cycling, and birding wherever life takes him.

Office Administrator

Lori-Ann BuschLori-Ann Busch graduated as a RVT in May 2003 from Ridgetown College and started working for North Bay Animal Hospital shortly after as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She started as office administrator in June 2013.  Lori-Ann is valued for her compassion and hardworking attitude. She loves spending time with her husband, two daughters and pets. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, sewing, gardening and cake decorating.

RVT CREST  Registered Veterinary Technicians

Tracy RimesTracy Rimes is the head technician here at the North Bay Animal Hospital.  After graduating from Northern College in 2004 she became part of our team.  Tracy is a hard working member and plays a very important role here at the hospital – she helps keep the hospital running smoothly by training new technical staff, inventory control and equipment maintenance.  Her technical duties include assisting in surgery, running the in-house diagnostic lab, radiography, and patient care.  Tracy keeps active by playing baseball and volleyball.  When she is not working she is listening to music and enjoying a good book.  She is very close to her family – which includes her 4 cats!
Laura Chorney Laura Chorney has been working at the North Bay Animal Hospital since she graduated as an RVT in 2008. In 2014 she returned to school and graduated as a RPN. She has a passion for horses and animals and loves being a patient advocate and communicating with clients. When not at work you will find Laura spending time on her 30 acre farm with her husband Jeff, their shared children and their many animals. Laura shares her house with 1 cat and 3 dogs!  The rest of the crew live in the barn.


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5 Major Health Benefits of Dog-Walking for Pet Owners

October 1-7th is National Walk Your Dog Month!

Most dogs are always excited to go for a walk no matter what the conditions: drizzle, cold, heat. Just say the word “walkies” and their tails start wagging like mad. Yet many pet owners often don’t feel as excited about heading out for a walk when the weather’s bad, they feel stuck for time or they simply need an extra hour’s sleep. Many reluctantly drag themselves out the door and get the walk done as fast as possible. However, in doing so, pet owners don’t just deny their pets some important daily exercise that helps keep dogs fit, healthy and happy. They equally deny themselves an easy daily activity that has tremendous benefits for human health.

Walking Helps Reduce Blood Pressure

Regular daily walks have been shown to help lower high blood pressure (HBP) and, by association, HBP-related health risks like heart disease and stroke, and they don’t need to be marathon walks. According to the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity like dog-walking (done five days a week) helps lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health.

Walking Boosts Happiness

While walking combines several mood-elevating elements like fresh air, nature and the chance to buy some snappy new sneakers, walking helps boost serotonin, one of four natural brain chemicals commonly called the “feel-good chemicals.” In studies published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, researchers revealed that exercise helps boost serotonin levels by increasing brain levels of tryptophan, an amino acid used in the natural manufacture of serotonin.

Walking Improves Balance

As people get older, their sense of balance tends to get worse. Compounding this, certain medical conditions, medications and lack of flexibility can further deteriorate balance. All of this combines to increase the risk of falling (particularly with adults age 65 or older), and according to the World Health Organization:

  • Falls are the second leading cause of accidental injury worldwide.
  • 3 million falls each year are serious enough to require medical attention, with 17 million falls resulting in disability-adjusted life years for injuries like hip fracture and head trauma.
  • 646,000 people around the world die each year from falls.

Walking helps improve balance and protect against injury by building lower-body strength.

Walking Helps Control Blood-Sugar Levels

According to the American Diabetes Association, low-impact exercise like walking helps reduce and control blood-sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity. Walking can also help keep blood-sugar levels under control for up to 24 hours after a workout. The key to optimizing walking for diabetes prevention and control is regularity. According to joint studies by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association, individuals with type 2 diabetes should engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. And this recommendation aligns with the American Heart Association’s guidelines for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity done five days per week.

Walking Improves Management of Joint and Muscle Pain

When joints ache and muscles are sore, people naturally tend to avoid walking and other activities that may aggravate the situation. Yet according to Harvard Medical School, walking helps ease joint and muscle pain—even in people with arthritis. Walking also helps increase muscle flexibility and keeps bone and cartilage tissues strong and healthy.

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