Our Core Team
Our hospice team includes veterinarians Dr. Dorothy Kitchen, Dr. Lianna Titcombe and veterinary assistant Karen Smith, who travel to your home to provide end of life care for your treasured pet.
Dr. Dorothy KitchenDr. Kitchen grew up in North Gower, breeding and raising Old Engish Sheepdogs with her family. She graduated with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002 and began practicing in Northern Ontario. She moved back to Ottawa to raise her children near her family. Dr Dorothy’s main interests in clinical practice have shifted to rehabilitation, palliative medicine and end of life care. She obtained her CCRT designation from the Canine Rehabilitiation Institute in 2016 and started working with Claire Place the same year. She is now working exclusively with Claire Place and focusing on providing pets and their families gentle and dignified end of life care. Dr. Dorothy is continuing her training with Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy to ensure the highest quality end of life experience for pets and their families.
Dr. Lianna TitcombeDr. Titcombe began her career in veterinary medicine, following her graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1999. She has since worked in emergency medicine and critical care, general practice, and with shelters and animal rescue organizations. In 2000 she took over the Pet Loss Support Group of Ottawa, acting as director and group facilitator. This role, as well as the death of her mother following a long and painful illness, led to the realization of her true calling: to help and support terminally ill pets and their families. She is hoping to lead the veterinary hospice movement in Canada, bringing dignity and comfort to companion animals during their end of life.
To ensure the highest quality end-of-life experience for your pet, Dr. Lianna has completed expert training in the art of gentle euthanasia, with the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy.
Karen SmithKaren was born and raised in Ottawa and began her career in the veterinary field at the tender age of 15, as a kennel student working in emergency and critical care. She appreciates the special nature of hospice care in looking after both the pets and their owners, in the comfort of their own home. She also enjoys working as a mobile hospice team due to her unusually strong affection for driving.
Virginia LegaultVirginia joined our office staff in June 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, after many years working in the coffee industry.
She accepted the new challenge of working in the veterinary profession with grace and ease.
Virginia is a lover of the outdoors, all things sports related, and of course, animals. She grew up with Irish wolfhounds, cats, rats and rabbits and now shares her family home with two naughty cats.