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Dr. Scott Sargent

Dr. Scott Sargent

DVM, Owner

Dr. Scott Sargent grew up on a dairy farm southwest of Peterborough. He attended North Cavan Public School and Crestwood Secondary School. In his early years of high school, he travelled with his local veterinarian. One night he was asked to help with a cow that was having difficulty calving. The veterinarian performed a caesarian section on this cow, bringing a live calf into the world. That was the night Scott decided he would become a veterinarian! After graduating from high school, Scott went on to the University of Guelph, where he graduated in 1986 with a BSc. He continued his studies in veterinary medicine, graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1990.

After graduation, Dr. Sargent worked in Campbellford, Stratford and Picton before moving home and marrying his wife Trish in 1999. After working in the area for 6 years, he purchased the Viceroy Homes sales office on Hwy 7 and renovated it to become Peterborough West Animal Hospital in 2006. Along with the enjoyment he receives from helping animals stay healthy on a daily basis through routine wellness examinations, Dr. Sargent has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and digital radiography. Scott and Trish have a son named Mackenzie (Mack), who was born in 2004. They have 2 pugs named Poppy and Audrey, and 4 cats named Cliff, Norm, Midge and Two Scoops. They live on a farm in Cavan Township, not far from the clinic, where they have a small vineyard of cold climate grapes. Scott and Trish enjoy caring for these grape vines and producing wine from them. The whole family enjoys fishing and golfing, and Mack now loves hockey.

Dr. Alexis

Dr. Alexis Smith

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Smith grew up outside of Toronto on a horse farm with her parents and one sister. She spent a good chunk of her childhood wandering around the woods on the family property, either on foot or on horseback. When Dr. Smith turned 16, she got a job working as a veterinary receptionist and assistant, which inspired her to continue her education and pursue a career as a veterinarian. The rest is history!

For school, Dr. Smith ventured overseas to attend the University of Edinburgh, where she graduated with her DVM at the young age of just 23. After returning to Canada, Dr. Smith spent some time working at a clinic in Ottawa before relocating to Peterborough to be closer to her family. She joined the Peterborough West Animal Hospital team in 2019. 

Clinically, Dr. Smith’s favourite cases are those that focus on internal medicine and dermatology. She also enjoys wellness appointments, as they give her the opportunity to discuss the importance of dental care, weight management, and prevention of disease. Dr. Smith has done additional training in abdominal ultrasonography and enjoys using this non-invasive diagnostic tool.

Outside of work, Dr. Smith is a mom to two cats of her own, both of which were sickly kittens when first adopted. She is hoping to eventually add a corgi (one of her favorite breeds) to her little crew. In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking. She also likes playing board and strategy games with friends and family.

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