Cecilia wanted to become a veterinarian from a very young age as she loved to work outside with farm animals. Cecilia was encouraged by her father, a police dog trainer, as they visited hospitalized dogs together.
Having completed her Veterinary Degree in Romania, Cecilia practiced as a mixed-practice veterinarian for 17 years.
Upon arriving to Canada in 2001, Dr. Cecilia was mentored by highly trained veterinarians and was inspired to achieve Canadian standards, for which she feels immense gratitude. She worked in various clinics in Edmonton, including the Emergency Clinic, and in St. Albert.
Her main areas of interest are preventive care of companion animals, internal medicine and general surgery.
In her spare time, Cecilia loves practicing Hot Yoga, reading and outdoor activities such as jogging, camping and hiking. She lives in Edmonton with her husband Marius, and their daughter Ioana, who both help her to manage and operate this family practice.
Dr. Brendan Cole
Dr. Brendan Cole was born and raised in Grahamstown, South Africa. After completing a BSc. with honors in Animal Science at the University of Pretoria, he studied Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada, completing his veterinary degree through the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. He lived and worked as a small animal vet in the Crowsnest Pass from 2015 to 2018. Dr. Cole is returning to Canada after taking the South African Veterinary Board examinations and completing a compulsory year with the State Veterinary Services for full registration with the South African Veterinary Council; as he and his wife intend to return home to South Africa in the future to start their own practice.
Outside of his professional life, Brendan is passionate about wildlife and he is an avid birder. He grew up on his family’s game reserve in the Eastern Cape and spent his formative years close to nature. Brendan’s wife, Dr. Jesse Blommaert, is an Edmonton local and is also a veterinarian. Brendan is excited to meet everyone and is expecting to be asked if his accent is Australian on a daily basis.