About Us

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

Reliable answers by qualified and trusted professionals.

Uncompromising Quality

Quality answers, quality technology, quality care.

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.

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.


Who are the people behind Healthy Pets?


Emma Harris

Emma Harris
Founder and CEO

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.
Emma's dog Bo

Bo
Chief Inspiration Officer

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).
James Leung

James Leung
Customer Success Coordinator

James Leung

Customer Success Coordinator

Graduate of Western University, James connects, supports, and facilitates a successful transition into telemedicine for pet parents and veterinarians through digital and print marketing. With a balance of analytical and creative thinking, James also hopes to add value through strategic development. During off time, he is a musician and aspiring chef who hopes to be a proud pet parent in the near future!
Dr. Sarah Hansford

Dr. Sarah Hansford
Medical Director

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.
Brenda Taylor

Dr. Brenda Taylor
Director Veterinary Services

Dr. Brenda Taylor

Director Veterinary Services

Brenda directs all aspects of veterinary involvement at Healthy Pets and is also a practicing veterinarian and owner of Highway 24 Veterinary Clinic in Guelph, Ontario. Although she enjoys all aspects of practice, medicine and surgery, her passion is the human companion animal bond. Believing strongly in that connection she joined Healthy pets because she believes in the value of telemedicine to help all pets and pet parents receive the comprehensive care that they need and deserve. Brenda received her Bsc and D.V.M. at the University of Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary College.
Dennis Turko

Dennis Turko
VP Engineering

Dennis Turko

VP Engineering

Dennis is a hands-on coder and software engineering leader, in charge of product development at Healthy Pets. He is a graduate of the Computer Engineering program at McGill University, with a decade of software engineering experience in the healthcare, marketing, and Fintech sectors. When not in front of a computer, Dennis can be found on the soccer field, at the hockey rink, or trying to convince his family into pet ownership.
Caitlyn Kodric

Caitlyn Kodric
Product Manager (Co-Op)

Caitlyn Kodric

Product Manager (Co-Op)

A Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, Caitlyn has previous experience with design and development. She is very excited to be apart of Healthy Pets to learn and contribute new ideas as a Product Manager. When she’s not caring for her two cats, Casper and Sarafina, she enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring Toronto.

Board of Directors


Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson
Partner, District Ventures Capital

Arlene Dickinson

Partner, District Ventures Capital

Arlene 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

Dr. Brendon Laing
Veterinarian

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 life 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

Dr. Gary Leung
Entrepreneur

Dr. Gary Leung

Entrepreneur

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

Damien Steel
Managing Partner & Director of Ventures

Damien Steel

Managing Partner & Director of 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.