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Veterinarians

Dr. Stuart: Graduate of Ontario Veterinary College, 1999. Dr. Stuart recently moved to Thunder Bay from down east with his wife, two sons and their cat, “Monte”. After 15 years of running a successful locum practice in both the U.K. and southern Ontario, he decided it was time to leave the city to move north with his family to where their hearts always were. His passion is to find the patterns in his patients' illnesses to prevent future illness. He is often asked by colleagues about advanced pain relief therapies for their pets and patients and continues to take courses on pain management to ensure his patients are as comfortable as possible. He is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. In 2016 Bruce became the proud owner of Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital and is looking forward to serving his clients for many years to come. Outside of clinic life, Dr. Stuart enjoys hiking with his family, foraging, and cooking what he finds!
Dr. Kubinec: Jeff was born and raised in Thunder Bay and attended Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 1983. He opened his own practice, the Fort William Animal Clinic in 1985, and later purchased Balmoral Park Veterinary Clinic. In 2004, with the help of his wife Colleen, the new Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital was designed and built. Dr. Kubinec has furthered his education by taking additional courses in dentistry, endoscopy, ultrasonography, and laser surgery. Jeff is the proud father of Holly and Connor. He also has two dogs, "Floyd" and "Nina", and two cats, "Brio" and "Hank". When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, rollerblading, playing hockey, and coaching baseball.
Dr. Vander Kooi: Graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College, 1993. She has worked at our hospital since April, 2007. She has a German Shepherd cross named "Tami", a Hound cross named "Shabby" and two cats named "Fred" and "George". She enjoys performing various surgeries and doing endoscopy. In her spare time she likes to work on her computer with computer graphics.
Dr. Panontin: Graduate of Ontario Veterinary College, 2011. Dr. Panontin cares for dogs and cats, as well as many of our exotic patients. She has three pets of her own, an Australian Shepherd cross named "Lucy", a brown tabby cat named "Satine" and "Trillion", a leopard gecko. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and at camp as well as playing with her two little nieces.