About Us

St.Catharines Animal Hospital is a new facility that has been opened by Dr. Bassem Boctor, a long time local resident who has been serving the community for many years through his mobile practice. After having establishing a large clientele through his popular Home Care visits, Dr. Boctor has expanded his practice to now also include a full service veterinary hospital to better serve the St. Catharines community.

Dr. Bassem Boctor

In 2000 Dr. Bassem Boctor and his family decided to immigrate to Canada to pursue their dreams. By 2002, he had successfully completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, the academic part of the National Board Examination. Dr. Boctor worked hard for two years in small and mixed animal hospitals. Here, he successfully met the required Canadian standards in small animal medicine, surgery, radiology, pathology, anaesthesiology, equine and food animal medicine.

Dr. Boctor has acquired an in depth and diverse clinical experience by practicing in many hospitals. He passed the Clinical Proficiency Examination from the veterinary medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, and became eligible to work as a licensed veterinarian anywhere in Canada. Working in 24-hour emergency hospitals for almost two years, he gained solid experience in both regular and emergency medicine.

Following his desire to help people and their pets be more comfortable while accessing quality health care, Dr. Boctor opened his mobile practice.



  • Sarah: 

Sarah has been working at the clinic since October 2016 and is the office supervisor. She has 1 dog, a miniature Shih Tzu who is 6 years old name Bella. She also has 1 cat that was rescued here at the clinic. He is 5 years old, named Jasper and enjoys cuddling with the dog. Sarah loves spending time with her husband and son, playing video games, and watching movies in her spare time.

  • Samantha: 

Samantha joined the receptionists in July 2017. She has 1 dog, a chihuahua named Domingo and recently adopted a kitten named Linus. Samantha loves to be classified as a nerd and enjoys reading and video games in her off time now that she has completed her Masters in Molecular Biology.

  • Shannon:

Shannon joined the receptionists in August 2017. Shannon has a wide range of pets at home. Included in her home are 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 4 birds. She loves spending time knitting and has most of her free time taken up caring for all of her animals.

  • Kaitlin:

Kaitlin is the newest member to join the receptionists in November 2017. She previously worked with the Humane Society so has carried her love for animals in to this new position. Kaitlin has 2 bunnies at home named Houdini and Dash. She also has a family shih-tzu named Cosmo who is almost 7 years old