Hasting Veterinary Hospital Veterinarian
Dr. Andrea Giffen grew up in Toronto and attended York Mills Collegiate. Her family always had at least 1 dog growing up. She admired the compassionate way their vet treated their dogs (especially the gentle way Dr. Smith removed the fish hook that was stuck in her dog’s lip because she didn’t put her fishing rod away). This inspired her to pursue Veterinary Medicine as a career. Andrea started working in Veterinary Hospitals after school during high school which piqued her interest in Veterinary Medicine even further. After high school, Andrea went to the University of Guelph and obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1984 then went on to graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1989.
During her summer vacations in university, Andrea worked on 2 different dairy farms and she also worked as an Artificial Insemination Technician for Eastern Breeders. After graduation, Andrea started in a mixed animal practice in Alexandria for the better part of a year then opted to focus exclusively on small animal practice. Andrea has worked in a number of different veterinary hospitals in different cities and towns, including the Hastings Veterinary Hospital, where she worked for 6 1/2 years. She is very happy to be back full time at the Hastings Veterinary Hospital, in the town of Stirling that she has missed.
Andrea considers herself a true general practitioner but with special interests in pain management, fear-free practice, and dentistry. In her free time, Andrea enjoys gardening and reading. She is excited to be returning to the Stirling Curling Club. She has a Miniature Poodle named Jimmy, 2 cats named Mini and Richie and an African Grey Parrot named Simon.