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Residency in Veterinary Dentistry Since January of 2017, Hale Veterinary Clinic has been host to two veterinarians engaged in a part time residency program to work toward board-certification in veterinary dentistry with Dr. Hale as their residency supervisor (details of the program can be found at www.avdc.org). We are very pleased to welcome Drs. Regan Morris and Danny DeRose to our team.

As Drs. Morris and DeRose progress through their programs, they will be increasingly involved with the care of patients at Hale Veterinary Clinic, always with full disclosure to the patients' owner.

Go to the Staff page to meet Drs. Morris and DeRose


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 The CUSP (April 2019)
Looking at Whole Mouth Extraction from the pet owner's perspective. 
Miscellaneous Below are a bunch of tid bits about our lives outside of work. As it is my website, it is mostly about my family. 


Well Deserved After thirty years of teaching primary students, Monica (my wife), hung up her chalk and whistle in the spring of 2012 to join the ranks of the voluntarily unemployed (she is far too young to be a retiree). She is busier than ever and loving it!


One Hot Day in Boston The 2012 Boston Marathon was my first trip to this storied event and  the 4th hottest on record. It quickly became obvious that the goal would simply be to reach the finishing line vertically and unassisted. The crowd support was spectacular and while it was my slowest marathon every (just under 4 hours), the whole experience was a blast. A big thanks to my fellow Guelph Victors for a memorable road-trip.


My little animal gal Our daughter, Marnie, is in her final year of the Veterinary Technician Program at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph (set to finish in the spring of 2017). This photo was taken in Costa Rica when Marnie treated herself to a yoga/riding retreat during a gap year in February of 2015. She kinda likes horses (and they kinda like her).


That's my boy! After serving four years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Royal Canadian Dragoons), our son Will has retired to the wilds of northern British Columbia to live a simple life off the grid. I visited him at the end of the summer 2015 for a week and had a marvelous time. This photo was my favorite of the many I took while out there.

He is following his dream and we are very happy for him.


Just Keep Running! Under the heading "It seemed like a good idea at the time." a group of my running buddies committed to qualify, enter and run the New York City Marathon in November of 2010. In terms of participation, this is the largest marathon in the world with over 45 000 entrants this year. (all marathons are the same length at 42.2kms). There are a few ways to become one of those lucky thousands, but the most certain way is to have a qualifying time in another official marathon or half marathon in the year prior to the opening of registration. So we all had to prepare for and successfully complete a qualifying run in 2009 to get guaranteed entry for the 2010 race. By the time race day came, our numbers had dwindled (injuries, other commitments, failure to qualify), but four of us and our families managed to make it to the Big Apple for the weekend.

All in all, it was a great experience and I highly recommend it to any marathon runners out there. For those of you who are not runners, I won't bore you with the details. Suffice to say it was a lot of work (both in preparation and on race day) and by the 40th kilometer I was seriously questioning why I do this to myself, but I finished within my target time at 3:19:29 and by the next day was feeling ready to start planning for the next big race.


More Accolades

At the 24th Veterinary Dental Forum in San Antonio, I was the recipient of the 2010 American Veterinary Dental Society, Hill’s Research and Education Award. The plaque reads “In recognition of his outstanding contributions in the area of veterinary dentistry, and in achieving the AVDS mission, ‘a global society for the advancement of veterinary dental education’.” In announcing the Award, Dr. John Lewis of the AVDS Awards Committee made reference to my many peer-reviewed publications, my textbook, my service on the examination committees of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Dental College, my frequent appearances on the podium of conferences large and small, my educational newsletter and website and my efforts as a consultant on the dental discussion board of the Veterinary Information Network. In accepting the award, I said “It is a great and humbling honour to have my efforts recognized in this way and to join the ranks of former winners whose dedication and generosity have been my inspiration.”

As well as a plaque and a monetary award from Hill`s Pet Nutrition, the award comes with a gold pin bearing the likeness of Saint Apollonia, the patron saint of dentists (google her to find out why – ouch!). The pin was crafted by the one of the fathers of veterinary dentistry, Dr. Peter Emily.

Left to Right, Kara Burns, RVT of Hill's Pet Nutrition, Dr Peter Emily, me and Dr. John Lewis.




Here's Monica running her first 10K run at the National Capital Race Weekend, May 28, 2005. She finished in a very respectable 1:05.






And Fraser finishing the Marathon in 3:18:13 on May 29, 2005. The primary goal was to finish vertical and smiling. Mission Accomplished.

At the Veterinary Dental Forum in 2005, Dr. Hale was Awarded the Fellow of the Year by the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.

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