Belmont Veterinary Services
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Donations for a Commemorative Brick

GilVanDerSpankWe are currently accepting donations to have a commemorative brick placed in the Belmont Community Park in memory of Dr. Gilbert John Van Der Spank and the contributions he made to this community.

If you would like to help, you can stop off at the clinic and leave a donation. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated!

Found stray!

This dog showed up at a client’s house on Wednesday, January 16th at noon. They plan to hold onto him until his parents come get him.

If you recognize this dog, please contact them at (519) 520-0096 or (519) 633-2050 ext. 230. Hopefully we can reunite him with his owners!


UPDATE from the client who found the dog:

My neighbour told me that “there is a breeder of Gordon Setters (he thinks that is the breed) that keeps dropping off the 1-2 year olds in our area. They normally drop off the Females that are in heat (un-spayed) or the un-neutered males.” My neighbour has kept one or two and found homes for some others; another friend found a home for one (I met this one) and this is yet another that we are aware of.

I am sure you are as disgusted as I am – I hope someone has the manpower to investigate and I hope this man is caught, convicted and sentenced at the FULL EXTENT of the LAW! It is criminals like these that make me wish I was a vigilante.

Note: I did see a man in an older style van parked on Truman Line this summer – one of these dogs was running very quickly down the road toward the van. I didn’t know it at the time, but he must have just dropped the dog off (I had assumed he was exercising his dog).

I plan on holding onto him until I find a very good home for him. If you know anyone looking for a beautiful Setter that is about 1-2 years old feel free to contact me (519) 520-0096 (cell) or (519) 633-2050 ext. 230 (work) or by email


Let us also take this time to remind you about the importance of microchipping. It is a small chip that is inserted in the back of your pet, usually between the shoulder blades and is about the size of a grain of rice. It can be done relatively non-invasively and more importantly, it gives you peace of mind that if your pet is ever lost, you have a better chance of re-uniting with them.

Each year, thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America; some never make it back home because they can’t be identified.

Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it goes missing, microchipping is your best option.

Dr. Van Der Spank

It is with great sadness that we are reporting Dr. Van Der Spank passed away on December 29, 2012. He originally owned the Belmont Veterinary Services prior to selling his practice in March of 2012.

There’s a wonderful article about Dr. Van Der Spank in the London Free Press we wanted to share.

Brilliant veterinarian compassionate mentor

You can also view his obituary online here. His loss will be felt throughout the community and he will be greatly missed here.

Thank you Dr. Basak!

Yesterday was Dr. Shibesh Basak’s last day with us at the Belmont Veterinary Services. We want to take this opportunity to thank him for all his years of service and to wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavours.

We would also like to introduce the newest member to our Belmont Veterinary Services family, Dr. Lynn Lam. She will be starting on Monday, January 7th.

Dr. Lynn Lam graduated from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in June of 2012. She had always known from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian and help animals. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph before entering vet school. Dr. Lam has a wide diversity of experience from working with mice in a laboratory setting to lambing sheep in Northern Ireland to working with rhinos in South Africa, but she has always know her passion was working with small animals.

In her spare time, Dr. Lam enjoys spending time with her two cats, Jaffa Cake and Angus. She also likes to read, and is an avid television and movie watcher. Welcome Dr. Lam!

Also, don’t forget, new extended hours start January 7th! Monday’s hours will remain the same, 9:00AM to 7:00PM, but Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be extended by 1 hour, 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Thursday and Saturday will remain the same, 9:00 to 5:00PM and 9:00AM to noon respectively.

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