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Keeping our emergency and speciality animal hospital running smoothly is no small feat, but our management team is always up to the task. Just as importantly, they prioritize making each pet and pet parent we see feel safe, comfortable, and well taken care of.

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Dr. Gisela Cucchetti

Dr. Gisela Cucchetti

Head of Emergency Medicine

Holly MacNeil, Halifax Practice Manager

Holly MacNeil

Practice Manager

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    Holly oversees the efficient operation of the hospital as a whole and creates a welcoming workplace for our team. Her professional interests have been emergency medicine, the well-being of team members, and mental health support within the industry. 

    Holly grew up on a small farm on the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton. It was there that working with animals evolved from being a lifestyle, into a lifelong passion. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed working in small animal clinics, mixed practices and emergency medicine. Her journey began by completing her Veterinary Assistant Diploma with Eastern College in 2009 and in 2015 she completed her Bachelor of Animal Science degree from Dalhousie University. Her recent time in emergency medicine has allowed her to work alongside some of the best veterinary staff in the province and grow her leadership skills. She now looks forward to supporting her team in their professional growth.

    In her free time, she enjoys gardening, creating art and adventuring with her little girl, their dog Penny and their cat Jack.

Miranda Comeau, Halifax Support Staff Manager

Miranda Comeau

RVT & Support Staff Manager

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    Miranda is responsible for the leadership, management, and mentorship of the Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs), Veterinary Technician Assistants (VTAs), and other support staff members at Coastal Care. She also performs as a highly trained RVT on the clinical floor, leading by example and providing mentorship to maintain a collegial working culture that prioritizes patient care, client care and teamwork. 

    Growing up on a small hobby farm just outside Digby, NS, Miranda always had a love for all animals and a keen interest in medicine. After completing an associate degree, she continued and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Dalhousie University in 2013, obtaining honours with distinction. Miranda found her true calling in Emergency & Critical Care medicine while on a student placement and has never looked back. Her interests include Shock & Sepsis management, Critical care, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. She is also the Atlantic provinces only Certified Recover CPR instructor!

    Miranda resides in the beautiful Annapolis Valley with her husband, two young children, three fancy cats and Great Dane.

Jennifer Sutton, Halifax Support Staff Assistant Manager

Jennifer Sutton

Support Staff Assistant Manager

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    Jennifer graduated with a diploma of Veterinary Administrative Assistance, honours, in 2008. Her first years were spent as a receptionist and assistant in mixed general practice, but curiosity about trauma and critical care brought her to emergency medicine in 2012. Direct patient care in a fast-paced environment, and helping a shift run smoothly is her vet med passion. Jenn is at her best on a full moon night in the ER when she can help the team manage an unpredictable and intense caseload. 

    Jenn’s likes include fancy kitties, dalmatians, cardio workouts, fresh PCV clay, beautiful ink paw prints, and bad puns. She dislikes unbalanced centrifuges, when Starbucks is closed, and beeping IV pumps.

Courtney Lynch, Halifax Office Manager

Courtney Lynch

Office Manager

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    Courtney will oversee our client care representatives. She and her team work hard to help make your experience with Coastal Care run smoothly and efficiently.

    Courtney attained her Veterinary Assistant & Administration Diploma in 2004 and has since been a strong asset to many clinics throughout her career. Over the years she has worked in both general practice and referral practice settings. But, in 2017 she found her true calling in emergency medicine. She thrives on helping create a strong team all around and fostering meticulous attention to detail in their work. She is often supporting the team from both the front administration side of things and hands-on with patients out back. She enjoys one-on-one time comforting patients, client communication and keeping owners updated on in-patients.

    Courtney enjoys spending all of her free time with her two young boys.

Megan Dempsey, Halifax Referral Services Coordinator

Megan Dempsey

Referral Services Coordinator

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    Megan oversees the booking and coordination of our specialty services. 

    Megan graduated from the Veterinary Assistant Diploma Program, with honours, at Compucollege (Eastern College) in 2006. She spent the first 13 years of her veterinary career at a single, general practice in Bedford. During her time there, she loved building relationships with clients and their pets. In early 2020, she started working in emergency medicine to expand her veterinary skills. Megan is incredibly excited to have joined our team as the face and voice of the specialty services portion of the practice. She looks forward to meeting you and your family members!

    Megan shares her life with her fiancé, their tabby cat Lou, staffy mix Logan and a menagerie of reptiles including snakes. She also is an avid thrifter who loves a great find.

Meet Our Management Team

Caring for Pets in Atlantic Canada

Our specialists are pleased to accept new patients by referral from primary care veterinarians. Our emergency service welcomes all clients – 24/7/365. 

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