About Us

Why I Created Healthy Pets


Hi! I'm Emma, the Founder and CEO of Healthy Pets, and I created Healthy Pets because I knew there had to be a better way.

I'm the proud mom of a dog named Bo, and like many pet parents, I often found myself with a dilemma - were issues I was seeing in Bo the result of regular behaviour or an actual problem? I was never sure if I could trust the information I found online, so my only option was to take him to the vet. But that was both expensive and stressful.

What I wanted was someone I could trust who could tell me whether or not a trip to the vet was actually required… without the cost and inconvenience of an actual trip.


What does Healthy Pets do?


It's a simple idea: Healthy Pets connects you to a local veterinarian through on-demand video chat. This virtual veterinary consultation will result in one of three outcomes:

1.
Everything is fine.

Relax - what you are worried about is normal and there's no need to take further action.

2.
Let's monitor this.

While you're right to be concerned, this issue commonly resolves itself. So let's keep an eye on it, but a trip to the clinic is not required right away.

3.
Bring your pet to the vet.

You're right to be concerned - it's time for a visit to the clinic.

And while you're free to visit your regular clinic, we can let you know where other local veterinary clinics are located, including your local Healthy Pets vet. (And don't forget to let them know you were referred through Healthy Pets - the more clinics we partner with, the more we can help you save money and stress.)

We want your help to make Healthy Pets even better.

I created Healthy Pets to help my fellow pet parents access the trustworthy information they need. And while I hope it's helpful to you, feel free to let us know how we can do better.

I want everyone to experience the unconditional love only a beloved family pet can provide, and part of that love is giving them the best pet health care possible.

Sincerely,

Emma Harris

Our Mission

Healthy Pets simplifies pet parents' access to pet care through a convenient, on-demand, and affordable way to connect online to a trusted network of local veterinarians.



Our Vision

Healthy Pets will revolutionize access to pet care through state-of-the-art technology.


Our Values

Pet First:
Your pet's health is primary to us and to the veterinarians we partner with.

Transparency:
No hidden fees, no surprise tests, no questions left unanswered.

Clarity:
Clear information that provides pet parents with the right course of action.

Reliability:
Clear answers by qualified and trusted professionals.

Uncompromising Quality:
Quality answers, quality technology, quality care.

Who are the people behind Healthy Pets?

Emma Harris
Founder and CEO

As the Founder of Healthy Pets, Emma spends most of her day thinking about how she can help pet parents everywhere. The rest of the time, she squeezes in her non-pet loves: running, reading, and travelling. She lives in Burlington, Ontario with her fiancé, Nigel, and their yellow Lab, Bo. She has a Bachelor of Management from Western University, a Masters of Science from Glasgow Caledonian University, and the utter devotion of Bo.

Bo
Chief Inspiration
Officer

Bo took on the role of Chief Inspiration Officer for Healthy Pets as a result of some chronic health issues. His pet parents grew tired of constant unnecessary veterinary appointments (as a result of new pet-parent nerves) and wanted a better way to find answers. Now, Bo is a healthy and rambunctious two-year-old, who spends his days sleeping, eating, swimming, and chewing sticks (when he is not inspiring corporate strategy).

Georgia Peck
Community Outreach
Coordinator

A graduate of Trent University, Georgia nurtures partnerships within the whole pet community, using outreach and education to connect with adoption groups, humane societies, and a host of other pet-based businesses. Born with a passion for wildlife, the environment, and all things pet-related, Georgia lives in Toronto and spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, reading, travelling, and caring for foster dogs.

Dr. Sarah Hansford
Medical Director

Dr. Sarah Hansford serves as the Medical Director for Healthy Pets. She is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and practices veterinary medicine in and around the GTA, principally in Newmarket. She lives with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie including her active rescue dog, Cole; a blue tongued skink named Charlie and a budgie named Tiny Tim.

Board of Directors


Arlene Dickinson
Partner,
District Ventures Capital

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leverage marketing in even the toughest of economic times, sharing backstage stories from “The Den,” or giving audiences a look into her personal story of success, Dickinson’s experience and expertise always shine through.

Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. She is also the CEO of District Ventures Capital a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food and health sectors.

Dr. Brendon Laing
Veterinarian

Dr. Brendon Laing is a second generation veterinarian, following in the footsteps of this father, Dr. Brian Laing. He has literally spent his entire lifetime around animals, ranging from assisting his father with large animal emergencies to now helping deliver puppies in the dead of night. Brendon has a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University (2009) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Guelph (2013). He is also a recipient of the prestigious Small Animal Surgery Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After graduation, he joined his father in practice at Town & Country Animal Hospital, making them a rare father-son team.

Advisors


Dr. Gary Leung
Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur, Founder, Engineer, Mentor, Angel Investor and Public Speaker – Dr. Gary Leung is passionate about helping people achieve career and financial success. He has worked with startup entrepreneurs to provide coaching on strategy and execution in the early stages of several businesses. Gary founded and grew Primacy Management Inc. to become the largest national network of primary care medical clinics in Canada with over 140 locations. He is currently the owner of HealthLocal, a leading online portal connecting Canadians to their local Health Professionals.

Damien Steel
Managing Director,
OMERS Ventures

Damien has close to 10 years venture investing experience having spent time previously with both BridgeScale Partners and EdgeStone Capital Partners. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Damien was CEO and co-founder of Novo Dental Studios (sold to one of North America's largest dental labs), a leading digital dental laboratory that leveraged technology to service the dental market.