Team

Owned and operated by Dr. Attila Stewart

Dr. Stewart and his team are available to assist you with your pet’s emergencies when your primary care veterinarian is closed or unavailable.

Emergency Veterinarians: 

Dr. Attila Stewart was born and raised in the Toronto area. After graduating veterinary school in 2003 he moved shortly after to Newfoundland, Europe then to the United States where he practiced at larger veterinary emergency and referral hospital for small animals. He quickly realized he liked the high pace of emergency medicine and surgery. As he moved back to Ontario he started working in a variety of emergency clinics all over Ontario. In 2011 he started The Veterinary Emergency Hospital of West Toronto, following his vision to offer urgent care, diagnostics and emergency surgical procedures in Etobicoke. He built his ER practice slowly focusing on high quality care for every single patient but with a realistic approach. In 2015 he bought the Burlington Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital where the same approach is applied. Outside of the veterinary world, he loves any sport that will give him an adrenaline rush. You may find him mountain biking, rock climbing, kiteboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.  He also thoroughly enjoys scuba diving, and would take any given chance to go snorkeling with his kids.

Dr. Camilla Amundsen is originally from Norway, and graduated from Szent Istvan University in Budapest, 2003 with honor. Due to her love of travel she has practiced and gained medical experience from several different countries. From sterilization programs for stray dogs in Turkey and Portugal to internal medicine externship and internship in Norway and USA. She has been in Canada since 2006 and worked at several small animal hospitals across southern Ontario before joining the West Toronto Emergency team in 2012. Over the years she has developed a keen interest  in ultrasonography and is currently doing abdominal scans for our patients on an emergency basis. The ultrasound images are sent out to a board certified radiologist for interpretation 24/7. Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Amundsen enjoys horseback riding , rock climbing and hiking.

Weekend Warrior

Dr. Matthew Kornya has worked in several emergency practices throughout Southern Ontario, and has been with our team since 2015 as one of our “Weekend Warriors”.  He is currently enrolled in Canada’s first ABVP Feline Residency Program, working to attain board certification. He is originally from Welland, Ontario, and completed his undergraduate degree in Bio-Medical Science at the University of Guelph before graduating from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program with the Andrew Smith Medal (the highest honour awarded to a graduating veterinarian). He has had a lifelong love for cats and feline medicine with special interests in emergency medicine, oncology and pathology. In his spare time he enjoys reef aquarium keeping. He lives with his 5 cats and his cockatiel.

Dr. Joanna McPherson is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario and holds both Master of Science and Honours Bachelor of Science degrees. She was born and raised in Etobicoke and later spent several years studying and practicing veterinary medicine in Guelph and Kingston, Ontario, respectively, before returning to her roots in 2015. Dr. Joanna has a keen interest in the veterinary fields of pain management and emergency medicine. She also has experience working with pocket pets, avian species and reptiles. In her spare time, Dr. Joanna enjoys playing sports such as basketball and hockey. She is passionate about music, enjoys singing and plays both the violin and guitar. She proudly shares her home with her human, canine and avian family members: Adam, Rusty (Shih Tzu) and Rosie (Cockatiel).

Dr. Augustin Leung was raised in Markham and graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto. He grew up with many different pets. At one point he had four rabbits, two hooded rats, a hamster, and a Chihuahua. He always had an interest for animals. In 2006, he traveled to Australia and graduated from veterinarian school from the University of Melbourne, Australia with Honours in 2010. He has worked closely with wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and spent time on the Atlantic Ocean on salmon farms. He also worked in the countryside in Melbourne with dairy farmers while caring for critically ill patients. Dr. Leung joined our team at the Veterinary Emergency Hospital of West Toronto in 2015 as a “Weekend Warrior”! In addition to working with us he also owns his own general practice veterinary hospital in Markham where he enjoys seeing turtles! He has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, critical care and emergency medicine. In his spare time he enjoys playing court and beach volleyball, swimming, playing baseball, sketching, and working on his vintage car. *(Picture coming soon)

Dr. Rosemary Cullander is a 2014 graduate of the University of Glasgow Veterinary School where she developed a keen interest in the management and care of emergency and critical patients. Following graduation, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Center in Toronto. She has been a full time admitting and attending veterinarian with our team at the Veterinary Emergency Hospital of West Toronto since 2015. In her spare time Dr. Cullander often cares for sick and injured neonatal kittens. Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys travel, cooking, gardening and mountain biking. She shares her home with 2 cats, 2 dogs and a rotating cast of recovering kittens. *(Picture coming soon)

Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) and Veterinary Technicians (VT):

Joan RVT started working with us since the hospital opened in 2011. She started working in the veterinary industry 15 years ago while completing her BSc in biochemistry at Trent University. She then went on to complete her technician training at Ridgetown College/University of Guelph. After working for many years as a technician for small animal practices and laboratory animal research she found her biggest interest lay in emergency veterinary medicine and in cytology. While continuing in the veterinary world she completed a graduate degree in diagnostic cytology at The Michener Institute/University of Toronto and worked in the human world at UHN in Toronto. Following her passion for animals she now uses those skills in our in house laboratory. Outside of work, Joan spends her time with her two children, her husband and her dog and cat. She enjoys dragon boating throughout the summer and does a variety of arts and crafts.

Ann RVT graduated from Seneca College in 2009. She spent the first few years working in Regular Practices and then in 2013 began working in the veterinary emergency field. Ann has always had a passion for caring for animals, and through the experience of working in emergency hospitals she has been able to take that passion to the next level in caring for critical patients. She loves the challenge of the ER and takes every opportunity to further her knowledge so as to be able to give patients the best possible care. In her spare time Ann loves going for hikes and spending time with her husband, son, Whippet and Bearded Dragon.

 

Dawn, Cara, Kelly, Melissa, Amy Lee, Ann, Kayla, Nicole, Olivia, Vicki, Vanessa,  and Fran are also here to provide your pet with compassionate nursing care (Bio’s coming soon!)

 

Client Service Representative’s and Animal Care Attendants:

Greta, Aga, Amanda, Greg, Adriana and Alexa are here to answer your phone calls, and assist the Registered Veterinary Technicians and Doctors with the care of your pet.

 

Helpful Links

Animal Control – City of Toronto

Etobicoke Humane Society

Gateway Pet Memorial Services

OVC Pet Loss Support Hotline

Trupanion Pet Insurance

Burlington Veterinary Emergency & Referral Hospital