We are a specialist veterinary ophthalmology practice providing compassionate surgical, medical, and diagnostic care for pets with eye problems.
Dr. Nick Whelan is a Board-Certified Eye Specialist with 27 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of animal eye diseases. He is supported by Pauline the Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician Erika, and Receptionists Kim and Tracy.
We all work together in partnership with you and your veterinarian to help diagnose, treat, and manage your pet’s eye problems.
We want you and your pet’s visit to be an excellent experience, so your pet has the opportunity for better eye health and improved quality of life.
We understand that good communication is important in providing the best possible care for your pet. We will take time to clearly explain our findings and recommendations to you and your referring veterinarian.
We all enjoy the opportunity to provide specialist eye care services for your pet.
From the time your veterinarian submits a referral, we call you to book a specialist appointment and when we see your pet for their eye problem, we are all working to optimize the care and services you and your pet receive.
We all look forward to meeting you and your pet, and doing what we can to help.
Growing up in New Zealand and inspired by James Heriot's life as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales of England, Dr. Whelan decided to be a veterinarian.
In 1988, Dr. Whelan graduated with a veterinary degree from Massey University. After time in clinical practice, he returned to Massey, graduating with an MVSc.
Dr. Whelan completed an ophthalmology residency at Texas A&M University, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1998.
Before opening the Animal Eye Clinic in 2012, Dr. Whelan taught at Iowa State University, Massey University, and Ontario Veterinary College.
Dr. Whelan looks forward to working together to improve your pet’s eye health and their quality of life.
Erika graduated from the University of Guelph - Ridgetown College in 2005. She worked in small animal practices in the Cambridge and KW area with the opportunity to help numerous rescue animals before joining the Animal Eye Clinic of Waterloo Region in 2015. Erika finds ophthalmology exciting and very interesting and is happy to be a part of this amazing team. In her spare time Erika is with her husband, son, daughter and Bassett Hound, “Mabel”. She can usually be found either at a lacrosse arena or dance studio.
After many years working as an advertising illustrator, Kim returned to her first love, working with animals. With previous experience as a receptionist and animal care assistant in both Emergency and General veterinary fields, Kim is excited to be part of a specialty practice and looks forward to expanding her knowledge in ophthalmology.
In her spare time, Kim continues her creative work through watercolor paintings. She is adored by her Blue Picardy Spaniel 'Dax' and tolerated by the family's dowager cat, 'Carly'.