Established to serve the residents of Richmond Hill 40 years ago, our hospital changed hands in 2009. Now under the management of Dr. Issam Kadri, the facilities have been recently upgraded as we strive to achieve the highest possible standards and provide world-class care for you and your pets.
Meet the Veterinarians
Dr. Issam Kadri
Dr. Kadri received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He then enrolled in internship in Internal Medicine & Surgery in Manhattan Veterinary Group, spending 1 ½ years at one of the highest-rated animal hospitals in North America.
Dr. Kadri began his career working in 24-hour general and emergency practice hospitals. He went on to spend seven years gaining specialized experience in:
• Internal medicine
• Emergency care
• Soft-tissue surgery.
In 2009, Dr. Kadri partnered with the Willowdale Animal Hospital Group based in Toronto, from where he branched out and purchased the Richmond Hill practice.
With exceptional empathy and a deep love for all animals, Dr. Kadri works daily to help improve the lives of the pets and their parents who come to him.
Dr. Michelle Azan-Backx
Dr. Michelle Azan-Backx is a graduate of Ontario’s Veterinary College. She joined the Willowdale group in 1994 and helps out at Richmond Hill Animal Hospital on Dr. Kadri’s days off. Her areas of professional interest are small animal clinical medicine and preventative medicine. Dr. Azan-Backx wants owners to be able to enjoy their pet companions. She believes that with the proper care veterinarians can improve the quality of your pet’s life and increase the length of time that you can share with your pets, making it a win-win situation.
Dr. Azan-Backx’ hobbies include reading, traveling, needle crafts, gardening (badly, but she tries), skiing, volleyball, tennis, aerobic training and Pilates.She has been married since 1983, and has 4 children. Her pets include Frankie, a 3 year-old Cockatiel, Cujo, a 5 year-old Lovebird, and Princess Mia Monster, a 2 year-old Siamese cat.
Tour Our Hospital
Take a tour of our premises at Richmond Hill Animal Hospital in Toronto, and you’ll see a space that has been nurtured by the love of animals. We have four fully-equipped examination rooms, including one that’s further away from the hustle and bustle at reception that is reserved solely for cats. We burn pheromones in the room and it never, ever has a canine patient, so your kitty can rest assured she is safe and sound when she visits us.
We also have two operating rooms, a dental surgery and a laser surgery room. We offer facilities for the full range of services we provide. With sophisticated, modern laser and dental surgery equipment, an online store and boarding facilities, we’re able to give you and your pet all the care you need.