Ontario Veterinarian Awarded for her Pivotal Role in Advancing Telehealth and Virtual Care in Veterinary Medicine

June 27, 2024

Calgary, Alta. – Dr. Sharon Quinn was honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Industry Award during the Annual CVMA Awards Gala on June 26 for her contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine and her devotion to increasing access to veterinary care. 

Dr. Quinn, a 2004 Ontario Veterinary College graduate, purchased her first companion animal practice, Nelson Animal Hospital, in Burlington, Ont., in 2006 and recently opened a new, innovative veterinary hospital in Waterdown, Ont.

“Dr. Quinn’s passion for veterinary medicine and dedication to the profession led her to practice ownership, where she has excelled as a compassionate caregiver and a prominent leader in the veterinary community,” says Ms. Krista Kean, Administrative Director, Smart.Vet. “Her commitment to maintaining the highest standards of veterinary medical care and fostering the human-animal bond is reflected in her philosophy, which emphasizes open communication, transparency, client education, and creating a warm and friendly environment for clients and their pets.” 

Dr. Quinn prides herself on her innovative approach to hospital design and incorporating technology into care delivery. In 2018, Dr. Quinn co-founded Smart.Vet, a veterinary telemedicine software and service provider. Smart.Vet collaborates with hospitals to improve access to care and alleviate pressure on overburdened teams, promoting a better work-life balance for veterinary professionals. Since its inaugural year in 2020, Dr. Quinn has been involved with the Veterinary Virtual Care Association where she currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Canadian Committee.

“The need for telemedicine increased exponentially during the pandemic, as hospitals were faced with massive staffing shortages. Another unexpected trend was the pet boom that forced many clinics to close their doors to any new patients to maintain services for their existing clients,” explains Dr. Renee Flemming, co-owner of the Guelph Animal Hospital. “Remote areas were affected the most, and some are still struggling to find a solution. Smart.Vet quite literally saved thousands of lives since its inception.”

Dr. Quinn has played a crucial role in advancing veterinary medicine in Ontario through her work with The College of Veterinarians of Ontario Innovation Committee. Her active engagement in this committee has played a vital role in fostering progress and encouraging innovation within the veterinary field, securing Ontario's position as a leader in veterinary care.

The CVMA Industry Award publicly acknowledges and celebrates the role of industry in veterinary medicine. The award formally recognizes a CVMA member for their contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine.

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The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Each year, CVMA proudly recognizes individuals and groups for their outstanding contribution to veterinary medicine. Visit canadianveterinarians.net to learn more about the CVMA.


Ashley Dupont
Communications Officer
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
613-236-1162 ext. 125