Scarborough Veterinarians

Dr. Jeff Rabinovitch

Dr. Jeff Rabinovitch is a General Practitioner and Director of Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital. He has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1983.

Born in Montreal, Dr. Rabinovitch moved to the Toronto suburb of Willowdale at a young age. After completing high school in Willowdale, he entered the University of Guelph in Ontario where he majored in both Biochemistry and Statistics. However, during his third year of post-secondary school, Dr. Rabinovitch entered the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 1979.

In 1983, Dr. Rabinovitch earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. His areas of particular professional interest include pediatrics, dermatology and cytology, and he is a member of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. He also has received additional training in Endoscopy and acted as Director of Veterinary Care for a major Toronto pet supply chain since 1992. For several years, Dr. Rabinovitch served on the Discipline and Ethics Committee as well as acted as Chair of Accreditation for the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.

Dr. Rabinovitch's wife, Liz Saul, is also a veterinarian (Ontario Veterinary College, 1983) and is involved in locum work, research, and speaks at veterinary conferences on human interaction issues. The couple has three teen children: Mathew, Daniel, and Jacob.

At home, Dr. Rabinovitch has a Persian Breeding Queen named Gertrude, and a black lab named Magnum. In addition, the family provides foster care for seeing-eye puppies for Dog Guides of Canada..

Dr. Shannah Kavonic

scarborough, ont vetsDr. Shannah Kavonic is a General Practitioner who has been a practicing veterinarian since 2009. After arriving in Canada, Dr. Kavonic performed temporary work at a number of Toronto offices before accepting a full time position at Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital in October 2011.

Dr. Kavonic is originally from Melbourne, Australia, where she spent most of her early years. As a stable hand at a local horse riding school, she was intimately involved with the training of the animals and saw the importance of the Human-Animal bond. Dr. Kavonic has always been passionate about animal welfare, and spent much time in her younger years working in veterinary clinics.

Dr. Kavonic received her veterinary degree from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2009. She aims to strengthen the bond between people and their pets, through educating them about preventive care, and improving the health of their pets. She is a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, and the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. Her particular interests lie in Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, and Pain Management. When not working Dr. Kavonic enjoys cooking, horseback riding, and exploring the rest of Ontario and Canada. Her 11 year old family pet (a Cocker Spaniel) "Puddles" in Australia is never far from her thoughts.

Dr. Israel Arteaga

scarborough veterinarianDr. Israel Arteaga is a General Practitioner who began practicing veterinary medicine in 2008. He joined the staff of Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician in 2005 and then as a licensed veterinarian in 2008.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Arteaga says that he fell in love with the idea of a career in animal care as a child growing up around farm animals. “I always wanted to help and treat them as they were sick,” he says. “Now that I am a veterinarian I really enjoy being able to interact and educate clients on how to care and develop the best health care plans for their loved ones.”

For his undergraduate studies Dr. Arteaga attended the National University Autunomous of Mexico where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2000. He then came to Toronto, but a few years later returned to Mexico to attend veterinary school at the National University Autunomous of Mexico. To become a licensed veterinarian in Canada, he attended the Veterinary Skills, Training and Enhancement Program in Ontario, which he completed in 2008.

His areas of particular professional interest include pain management and surgery, and holds continuing education certificates in pain management and critical care, dermatology, and surgery. He is also a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Arteaga has a 5-year-old daughter named Rachel. His interests include all outdoor activities, especially biking, running and hiking.