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France Filiatreault

Canadian Veterinary Dental Technician and Registered Veterinary Technologist

Since I was a little girl, my dream was to take care of animals, and that is exactly what I did. In 1996, I graduated from St. Lawrence College in Kingston with a diploma in Veterinary Technology. After working for a few years, I decided to further my career in veterinary dentistry. In 2001, I graduated from the same college and became a Canadian Veterinary Dental Technician. I had heard good things about the Baxter Animal Hospital and was lucky to be able to join the team at the end of September 2017. Being an RVT and a CVDT gives me the opportunity to do many things. My interests are veterinary dentistry (of course) and client education.

My favourite task is performing a COHAT (Comprehensive Oral Health, Assessment and Treatment), also known as dentistry. Dentistry is a passion for me, the results can be astounding. It not only improves their bad-breath but improves their overall health. When I speak to clients a few days after a dentistry and they tell me that their dog or cat is more playful than it has been in a long time, it makes me so happy! It is amazing how removing the source of pain in the mouth can affect a pet so greatly. My favourite thing about the clinic is that the staff is easy going and everyone gets along. The teamwork is great! My first pet as a child was a little poodle named Mimi, he loved to run! As soon as the front door was open, he would bolt outside as fast as he could.

A fun fact about myself? Well, this is not technically fun, but comical, since I am a veterinary technician. I have five animals, and they have their own medical condition. I have an asthmatic cat that requires a regular dose of an inhaler (just like people). My oldest cat has kidney disease, and my youngest (a Sphynx) has Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD). As for my dogs, they are both seniors. Ted has Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) and required neurosurgery on his spinal cord this summer after falling down some stairs. He was completely paralyzed (all four legs) until the surgery. Now is able to have a somewhat normal life. He is just not permitted to play rough or wear a collar around his neck. As for Peppy, my old girl of course like most seniors has arthritis. My morning routine is fairly long when it comes down to my pets. During breakfast time they must line up to get their medications and supplements.

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