About Us

Dr. Bartos opened Halifax Veterinary Center in July 1990. She, together with her husband Lou and their first employee Marylou (who is still with us) were the only employees. Needless to say, HVC has grown from three people on staff to 20, ranging from as little as less than a year to 25+ years working with us. We want you to know that we, as a staff, are a family and we welcome all of you to be an important part of our family!

We are an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited hospital! To become an AAHA accredited hospital, we are evaluated on over 900 standards of veterinary excellence every three years. These evaluations are a rigorous review by veterinary experts. State and provincial regulations can vary widely – in fact, some states don’t routinely inspect animal hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence and does not vary between states or provinces (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada).

Being an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion, and keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. We strive to deliver excellent care for pets, because your pets deserve nothing less. Only 12-15% of animal hospitals that have gone through the accreditation evaluation process pass and become AAHA accredited. We are proud to be an AAHA-accredited hospital, having most recently passed an evaluation in June 2019.

Our philosophy at Halifax Veterinary Center is to provide the highest quality pet care, in a gentle and caring environment. We believe your pets are part of your family and, as such, we will do our best to ensure their health and well-being, as well as your satisfaction. We are very proud of our modern, well-equipped facility and invite you to tour it. So, on behalf of everyone here, welcome to our family!

Our facility has the equipment to provide comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis which includes:

  • Digital x-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold laser therapy
  • A surgical suite
  • Fully stocked pharmacy
  • In-house blood machines
  • Grooming
  • Dental x-ray