Penny Richards, DVM

Dr. Richards is known to most of her clients as Penny. Her family is from rural Hants County, where she grew up on a hobby farm with four brothers. Her love of animals started early, as she was growing up surrounded by cows, horses, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, etc... From high school, Penny set off for Dalhousie University intent on pursuing a career in medicine. When her goal changed to veterinary medicine, she transferred to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College for a year, then was accepted at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. She spent five years there completing her DVM degree.

Penny graduated from OVC in 1989, returned to Truro and has been at Central Nova Animal Hospital since. Penny enjoys the problem solving aspects of veterinary medicine and has a strong interest in cardiology. She is a past president of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Association and has been active in the local Parents of Multiple Births Association. Penny is currently on the board of the United Way Colchester County. Between work and looking after her family of four boys, she doesn't have a lot of time for hobbies.

As with most in the veterinary field, her own pets have been beset by medical problems. Past pets have included a cat with fibrotic cardiomypathy, and her dog died of a rare heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot. The household currently has three cats: Max, Cinnamon and Lucky.



Ed Macmillan, DVM

Dr. Ed started life in Moncton, NB, but soon was off to New Minas in the Annapolis Valley where he grew up with his two sisters and brother. During this time, he spent his summers working on his grandparents farm, and thereby cultured a keen interest in animals of all sorts. After high school, he began his formal education at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College where he completed a four year Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He then ventured off to the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown.

After graduating in 1992, Ed went to Picton, Ontario where he worked in a large mixed animal practice. Working with both pets and farm animals gave Ed a broad base of experience to draw from and he moved back to Nova Scotia in 1994, where he began working at CNAH. He has a special interest in orthopedic diseases and surgery of dogs and cats. Hence, many of the broken bones and ruptured ligaments that come in end up in Ed's capable hands for repair.

Ed used to have spare time - currently he is kept very busy by his four small children, the youngest being twins born in the winter of 2002. Ed has a 2 year old male neutered Golden Retriever named "Barley".  He fits in well with Ed's family, since he loves children




Kim Babineau, DVM

Kim grew up in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia on her parent's farm. Her career decision to become a veterinarian was made early so upon graduating from high school, she headed to Truro to attend the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She was accepted into the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI after finishing her third year at the NSAC. She graduated from AVC in 1993. She worked briefly as an emergency veterinarian in Calgary, Alberta before she started working full time at Central Nova Animal Hospital in the summer of 1994.

Kim's special interests include "exotic" pets. So, she's more than happy to see any reptiles, birds, ferrets and small furry creatures such as rodents and bunnies.

In her spare time Kim likes to cycle, work in her flower gardens and run. Kim's pets include one cat Sammy, a yellow labrador dog named Gayle as well as tropical fish.

Kim and Tim welcomed their first son Benjamin to the family in October 2003 their daughter Tasha was born in December of 2005




Jennifer McKay, DVM

Jennifer grew up in Truro but after high school headed for Acadia University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

She returned to Truro in 1998 to attend the Agricultural College where she did her research in Animal Science. While there she volunteered with us and this gradually turned into a part time job.

In 1999 Jennifer headed to PEI to attend the Veterinary College. She graduated in May 2003 and married her husband Tom in June of the same year.

Jennifer joined our team in September of 2003 and continues to love dealing with animals and the public.

Jennifer's longtime friend Hayle is a 9 year old Gordon Setter mix. Isaac, now 8. In 2005 Easton and Favre, two 4 year old orange male cats joined the family in the same year.  Jennifer's interests include playing and coaching soccer and playing ball.

In 2008 Jenn and Tom welcomed a baby boy Ty and in 2009 they welcomed another boy Jay.



Alana Mason, DVM


Alana grew up in Barney's River, a small rural community in Picou county, NS with her two sisters and three brothers. Alana has always loved animals. She spent most of her spare time riding horses competitively through her teenage and college years. Alana began her university education at Acadia University where she completed the first two years of her science degree. She then went on to complete her undergraduate degree at the NSAC. Alana graduated from the AVC in 2004.

After graduation, Alana and her husband Steven, moved to Ontario where she worked as a small and large animal vet at Almonte Veterinary Services. A year later they moved back to NS where Alana's career continued in New Glasgow where her work was primarily with small animals. In March 2008, Alana made the move to Central Nova Animal Hospital to continue with small animals. Alana enjoys both small animal medicine and surgery.

In November 2006, Alana and Steven's son John was born. In her spare time she still enjoys working with her two retired horses, Balentine and Patti. Alana also has a 12 year old Lab named Hershey and two cats, Reggie and Annibelle.

In 2009 they welcomed a sweet baby girl Lydia to join their family!






Tracy Spence, Hospital Manager


Tracy started working at CNAH in 1991 as a veterinary assistant. In recent years she has been promoted to hospital manager. Her duties include overseeing the running of the animal hospital on a day to day basis, payroll, accounting and general trouble shooting when and where needed. Tracy and her daughter, MacKenzie have two cats - Squeaker, and Sarah.  Tracy aquired a new Bull Terrier named Diesel.  She also now has a miniature dachshund called Peanut.  Her hobbies include reading, going to the movies, listening to music, doing volunteer work for her daughter's school and going to the gym.



Tonya Lutz-Cameron, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)

Tonya is a registered veterinary technician. Her main jobs are laboratory work, assisting the veterinarians and looking after our patients. She was born and raised in St. John's NFLD where her father instilled in her the love of nature and animals. She moved to Truro in 1991 to attend the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. This is where she met her husband, Brad. They married in 1997 while Tonya was enrolled in the Animal Health Technology Program. After she graduated with high honours in 1998, she came to work with us full time.

Tonya and Brad have two little boys, Mason and Jesse. In their spare time Tonya and family enjoy camping, hiking and mountain biking. They have one cat - Lil' Jimmy



Shelley Whidden, Veterinary Assistant

Shelley works at Central Nova Animal Hospital as our Veterinary Assistant. She helps the veterinarians, works in the laboratory and helps to look after our patients. Shelley was born and raised in Truro. She started at Central Nova in 1996. She lives in Bayhead, Tatamagouche on a farm with her partner, Andrew Ferguson.

Shelley has plenty of experience working with animals. She worked at veterinary clinics in the Halifax area and also volunteered with the Halifax animal shelters. She has received many awards for her dedication and volunteer work to help stray, abandoned and abused animals. Her hobbies include , walking her dogs, riding her horses and tending to her numerous critters. She has 6 cats,7 dogs ,3 horses,5 pet goats, 7 barncats , sheep and chickens She has a Rottie mix (Berlin) whom she rescued. She now has 6 golden retreivers named Dorey ,Gem,Joey,Connor,Chili,Keepher and breeds registered Golden Retrievers and Traditional siamese cats.

April of 2003, Shelley had a little boy named Delaney.

Her most recent addition is a registered quarter horse foal  named "Chance".




Heather Miles, Veterinary Assistant

  Heather joined our team in the spring of 2002. She was raised in Alton, N.S. and after graduation, attended Mount Saint Vincent University to major in biology. She then transferred to our local NSAC to pursue a degree in environmental science. She currently lives in Truro with two lovable cats-"Worm" (his full name is "Bartholamew Wormthelious"!) and "Nuno".

  Worm was adopted as a stray from the wilderness of Tantallon. He has since been dewormed and diagnosed with entropian eye! Nuno was adopted at 4 weeks of age from our local SPCA .
   Heather has always had a very strong passion for animals. When not working as a veterinary assistant at CNAH, Heather enjoys all outdoor activities and attending the gym.



Melanie Ross, Receptionist


Melanie is from Truro.  She is a graduate of CEC and Success Business College and loves working as one of our receptionists.  Her nurturing care of animals has been a life long process.  At various times through the years she has had mice, guinea pigs, dogs and horses.  At present she lives with two cats, Tranzi and Buttercup. At home Melanie is kept busy with her three beautiful kids (also animal lovers) Hannah, Hayden and Taylor



Lori Harris, Receptionist

Lori one of our receptionist here at Central Nova Animal Hospital. Lori was born and spent her early years in Montreal, Quebec. She moved to Truro with her family in 1979, and has been here ever since. Lori finished high school and went on to graduate from Success Business College with honours. This education gives her an excellent background for her work as a receptionist/office assistant. She has been with us since 1992.  Lori married her high school sweetheart Paul Harris in 1990. They became parents for the first time in 1994 with the birth of their daughter Alexandra. Jordan, her son, was born in 1998. Her hobbies include crafts, decorating and playing guitar. Lori's family also includes two cats, Cooler and Wicked. Her German Shepherd, Simba was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia in 1993. Despite this, Simba lived a long healthy life of 12 years before she passed away. In the Fall of 2002, Lori added a new member to their family - a black Labrador Retriever named Meadow.



Judy Gamble, Receptionist

Judy is one of our receptionist who has been with us since April 2005.  She graduated from CEC in 1989, then attended The Institute of Early Childhood Education. 

Judy lives with her two children Madison and Brody. They have a grey tabby named Midnight, who never leaves her side and a wonderful German Shepherd named Roman.

Judy has spent most of her career working with children at local daycare centres.  She uses those same skills in helping to care for the animals.  She enjoys working with the staff at Central Nova in the friendly and caring atmosphere and is happy to be part of the team.



Jennifer Fraser, Assistant

Jennifer moved to Truro from Saskatchewan in 1995. She graduated from SCA in 2002.
She learned her love for animals at a young age as her mother began to fill the house with different pets. Jennifer moved back to Saskatchewan for a year where she adopted her cat Baby Girl. After returning home for her final time, she had her heart and mind set on working with animals any way she could.

Jen seeked volunteer work at her family vet and she then realized that this is what she wanted to do all along. Jen starts the veterinary technology course in September 2008 to further her knowledge on the topic she loves. In her spare time she likes to spend time with all of her family pet Salem, who she just adopted from the SPCA.