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Veterinary Exam

Simply visiting our website and familiarizing yourself with our services is an indicator that you are a responsible pet owner. And you probably already know the importance of regular wellness exams in your pet’s life. Like with us humans, annual check-ups are a great way to see if any modifications need to be made in our lifestyle so that we can stay healthy in the long-term. If you have any questions about our veterinary exams, please do not hesitate to call us at 902.863.3157.

Why is a veterinary examination so important?

Regular check-ups are even more important for our furry friends, because they cannot communicate with us if they are feeling off or sick. Our team can perform a series of bloodwork, scans and other diagnostics to check if your pet is suffering from any underlying health conditions. These visits are also a great opportunity for you to touch base with your veterinarian, and address any concerns or questions you may have about your pet’s health.

What happens during a routine exam?

Most veterinary wellness visits start off with your veterinarian examining your pet visually from head to toe. Their weight and temperature may be taken. Then, our registered veterinary technicians may conduct bloodwork, X-ray scans, as well as urine and fecal exams for further diagnostics. Once the test results have been generated and taken into consideration, your veterinarian will then suggest changes or tweaks you can make in terms of your pet’s medications, food, activities and ongoing treatments.

How long does a veterinary exam take?

Most wellness exams here at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic take about 20 to 30 minutes. Reserving 1 hour of your time for this should be enough, but please be prepared for any unexpected delays, as our team may have to deal with emergency cases on occasion. Also, if you are unable to make your appointment for any reason, please call our team ASAP, so that we can give your time slot to other patients in need.

Last updated: April 29, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

We offer after-hours emergency care services to the clients and pets in our community. If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours, please call our clinic phone number, and you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for further assistance. 


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic