The Doctors

Dr. Sherri Dennett

Dr. Sherri Dennett was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1995. She also has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Manitoba where she graduated in 1992.

Dr. Sherri Dennett

Dr. Sherri Dennett

Dr. Dennett has practiced medicine in both small and large animal clinics through the years, but her most significant experience was gained while she worked as an emergency doctor at the Winnipeg Animal Emergency Clinic. After moving to the Ottawa area in 2005, she worked as a emergency doctor at the Alta Vista Animal Hospital before opening the Riverside South Animal Hospital in 2007 with Dr. Heather Fitch.

In 2005 Dr. Dennett opened the Dennett Veterinary Mobile. In this capacity, Dr.Dennett has been able to go out into the community and provide veterinary care for pets in their own homes. Many people love the convenience of this service which is especially useful for those with mobility problems, for breeders and for multi-animal households.

Dr. Dennett became Penn Hip Certified in February 2011. She also has a strong passion for animal dentistry and animal pain control, two very common problems with pets. She does regular professional development to stay on top of the latest techniques. She works closely with Friends of Abandoned Pets and Adopt Me Cat Rescue.

Dr. Dennett shares her home with her husband Alistair, son Arthur, mom Saundra, a springer spaniel named Duke, two Bichon frise, Betty and Fletch, and a cat named Libby. In her spare time. she likes cross country skiing, hanging out at the cottage, and she loves to cook for household guests.

Dr. Heather Fitch

Dr. Heather Fitch

Dr. Heather Fitch is from the Maritimes, growing up by the ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended the Atlantic Veterinary College, earning her degree in 1992.  She also has a degree in Animal Science from the Nova Scotia Agriculture College where she graduated in 1985.

Dr. Fitch started as an emergency doctor at the Winnipeg Animal Emergency Clinic, and also worked with the Manitoba Government as a Animal Protection Officer. After moving to the Ottawa area in 2005, she worked as an emergency doctor at the Alta Vista Animal Hospital. In 2007, Dr. Fitch opened the Riverside South Animal Hospital with Dr. Sherri Dennett.

Dr. Fitch has a passion for small animal medicine and surgery, with a special interest in rabbits, rats and hamsters.

Dr. Fitch lives in South Ottawa with her husband Mike and daughter, Robyn. They have 3 cats : Slinky, Bookie and Caspurr.  When not working with the animals she enjoys snow boarding, skiing, scuba diving, photography and kayaking. On nice days, you may even see her on her motorcycle.

Dr. Catherine Ha

Dr. Catherine Ha was born and raised in London, Ontario. She grew up always having a variety of pets, and knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Ha moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University for her undergraduate degree and instantly felt at home here.  She has been working in the Ottawa area ever since graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. Dr. Ha and her husband are kept busy by both their toddler and Pekingese-Chow mix named Leo (due to his resemblance to a little lion). In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, reading, and travel.

Dr. Catherine MacKinnon

Dr. Catherine MacKinnon grew up in Dartmouth N.S., another East Coast girl. She attended Agricultural College in Truro for 2 years then graduated with a BSc(Agr.) from U. of Guelph in 1986. She became part of the first class of AVC, graduating with a DVM in 1990.

My husband and I operated a small animal hospital for 17 years in Nova Scotia. After my husband accepted a govt position in Ottawa, we relocated the family in 2007. She continued to work at some of the local practices, as an independent contractor.

Dr. Catherine has a special interest in behaviour medicine and is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Veterinarian.

Dr. Catherine lives in the West end of Ottawa with her husband Paul, and 2 adult children Leah and Mark, 2 dogs Leo, and Poppy and 1 cat Milo.

When not practicing vet medicine, hobbies include, swimming, reading, gardening travel and spending time at my cottage back in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Dushyant Gupta

Dr. Dushyant Gupta grew up in the picturesque city of Shimla in Northern India, where his passion for veterinary medicine first took root. After completing his Veterinary Medicine degree in 2003, he pursued further specialization, earning a master’s in Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology in 2006. Dr. Gupta’s career has spanned across various settings in veterinary medicine in both India and the UAE.

In 2018, Dr. Gupta made Ottawa his home and worked toward his practice license, along with working as a Molecular Laboratory Professional at the Public Health Laboratory in Ottawa.

In 2023, Dr. Gupta found his professional home at Riverside South Animal Hospital.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Gupta’s life is enriched by the presence of his family, including his wife, young child, and a beloved pet fish named Little Moonlight. During moments of leisure, he indulges in the soothing rhythms of Indian music, experiments with culinary creations in the kitchen, and nurtures his green thumb.