Dr. Ruth Parker was born and raised on a mixed farm in the Annapolis Valley of
Nova Scotia. She completed an honours degree in Biology at Mount Allison
University with several academic awards. In 1990, she graduated from the Ontario
Veterinary College with awards in animal behavior and surgery. Ruth returned to
Nova Scotia and discovered the beauty of Cape Breton and its inhabitants. After
two years of practice, Ruth purchased Sydney Animal Hospital from Dr. Ross
Ainslie. Three years later she personally designed the new hospital and in other
years – she constructed the only pet crematorium on Cape Breton Island. Ruth also
installed the first direct digital radiology machine in Atlantic Canada. Ruth
was the first to provide cold laser physiotherapy and laser scalpel technology
to Cape Breton’s pets. Ruth routinely attends continuing education conferences and has completed training in the application of Fixin plates for fracture repair.
Ruth was honored with a Veterinary Appreciation Award in 2002 given by Hills
and Pet Magazine when nominated by two clients.
Her passions include her three Dutch Warm Blood horses – Mark, Joe and Karma; her four house cats – Binky , Luce, Cindy and Poly; her two
Portuguese Water dogs – Hope and Jack; and her barn cats – Cat, Penny, Charlie,Lexy,Cinder,Charlie 2, Simon and Garfunkle. Ruth also loves birding and wildlife photography.