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About Us

Truro Vet has been caring for pets in the Colchester County region since 1960. In 1990 Dr. Gwen Mowbray-Cashen purchased the hospital from her parents. In 2001 we moved to our current location at 165 Arthur St, Truro. Veterinary medicine has seen significant changes in the last 50 years and we work hard to always provide you with the most current knowledge and techniques.

We are a full service hospital providing you with preventive health care, elective and emergency surgery, in-house diagnostics, digital radiography (including dental) and canine training classes. Our passionate team specializes in client education concerning such topics as vaccination, parasite prevention, nutrition, dental care and wellness screening.

At Truro Vet we are firmly committed to giving back to our local, national and global communities. Our veterinarians and staff volunteer with various stray cat groups to provide health care to stray and feral cats with a trap, neuter and release program. Each month we accept donations from clients for their complimentary nail trims for different animal related charities. Find out more about how we give back.

We use a team-based approach to caring for you and your pet. We recognize and utilize the strengths of each individual member of our Care Team to provide comfort and care during your visit. We know that your pets are members of your family, and we work together to help you feel like members of our family too.


Our Accreditations

AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Practices that accept the challenge of accreditation are evaluated on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine—from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping—and are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession.

Today, approximately 12–15% of veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation.

The Cat Friendly Practice® program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing stress and making visits easier for cats and caregivers. Awarded by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the veterinary practice must meet specific criteria in order to become a Cat Friendly Practice®. These Cat Friendly Practices® take extra steps to provide the best care and experience for you and your cat.

You can expect your Cat Friendly Practice® to:

  • Understand the unique needs and behaviors of cats.
  • Have a feline-friendly environment and make veterinary visits more cat-friendly.
  • Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic, and caring manner.
  • Have the appropriate equipment and facilities needed to diagnose and treat feline patients.
  • Meet specific standards for the facility and care of hospitalized cats.

The Cat Friendly Practice® program is designed to:

  • Help reduce stress associated with veterinary visits.
  • Improve the quality of care provided.
  • Support the veterinary team so that the entire staff is educated and knowledgeable about your cats’ distinct needs and behaviors.

This logo signifies that the people you are dealing with have spent a lot of time learning Dr. Sophia Yin’s methods for reducing stress in animals. They know how to hold a leash, how to offer treats and counter-condition animals to willingly accept medical treatment, and the perfect way to do a medical wrap. What does that mean to you? Simple: a more pleasant experience at the vet’s and a happier pet. It also means that they can use methods that can reduce the need for sedation first, reducing risk and pet health costs. It means you can trust that person to treat your pet like you’d want them to be treated. With skill, professionalism, and care. Whether you see this on a certificate or a nametag, it says good things about how your pet will be treated and that gives you peace of mind. The purpose of this Certification in Low Stress Handling® is to provide the teaching content needed to understand and improve the individual or hospital’s ability to create a low stress environment and handle animals in a less stressful manner.

Among these are the abilities to

  1. Recognize the overt and subtle signs of fear and anxiety in dogs and cats and identify the common mistakes people make when approaching and greeting pets that make the animals more fearful or aggressive. Learn to approach and handle pets in a relaxed, non-threatening manner.
  2. Learn how the sights, sounds, smells, and surfaces in your practice may be increasing the stress in your patients. Discover ways to create a calmer, safer, and more secure environment.
  3. Learn 5 methods for controlling the rear and 7 for controlling the front end of dogs. Determine which directions of movement (forward, back, right, left, up, and down) each hold controls. Evaluate which restraint hold is best for a given dog and procedure.
  4. Understand how every interaction – how you approach, pick animals up, move them from place to place, or restrain them – affects the animal’s perception of you and their willingness to cooperate. Learn how to position your body and adjust your movement to provide the direction and guidance the animal needs. 

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