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Dr. Julie Must


Dr. Julie Must grew up in the small town of Smiths Falls, Ontario. She has always had a love for animals and has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. When she was in high school she completed a co-op placement at Smiths Falls Veterinary Services, which made it clear to her that a career in veterinary medicine was right for her. Julie graduated from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in neuroscience. During her time at Guelph, she trained and fostered a service dog that successfully passed the exam and is now an autism therapy dog.

When Julie was accepted to the Ontario Veterinary College, she always dreamed of doing international veterinary work. She was lucky enough to spend her summers working with both Veterinarians Without Borders in Tanzania and Global Vets in Thailand. Julie couldn’t decide which species she liked to work with best, so in the final year of her veterinary studies, she streamed in Rural Community Practice. She had the opportunity to work with both companion and farm animals but decided that becoming a companion animal veterinarian was right for her. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College with distinction in 2017. Julie has been with the team at Elgin Animal Hospital since she graduated in 2017. She has a special interest in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, feline behavior, nutrition and preventative medicine.

Julie shares her home with 2 cats named Evey and Edwin and a Border Collie cross named Arya. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, running, hiking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.


Veterinary Diets vs Store Bought Diets

Exactly why is Vet food so much more money? And why would I spend that when I can get the same food at the grocery store? Am I getting ripped off?! At $60+ a bag, yes, you would think that you might be getting taken to the cleaners on dog or cat food. Let me de-mystify the cost versus quality question. What you might not realize is that there are some very key differences between the food you buy at your veterinarians vs the foods you buy at the grocery or pet stores. We don’t sell theirs, and they CAN’T  sell ours for some key reasons. Veterinary food is formulated to treat a specific condition; think of it as medicine. Typically, a veterinarian would need to prescribe this nutrition for the treatment of a specific disease or condition. Hence the brand “Prescription Diet”. Store-bought brands are for wellness and prevention, NOT treatment - this is a very important distinction!

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