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Our Veterinarian

Meet the Veterinarians of Aldershot Animal Hospital in Burlington, ON! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets. Please call us at 289-348-1515 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members.

Dr. Rafuse

Cherrie Rafuse, DVM


Dr. Cherrie Rafuse grew up in a rural community in Nova Scotia, which gave her a great sense of all living things very early on in life. She recalls feeling drawn to all of the animals around her, both those in nature as well as the family pets occupying the house. As she got a bit older and started to develop an interest in the sciences, Dr. Rafuse had a thought: why not combine her adoration of animals and her love for science by working in veterinary medicine? She hasn’t regretted a single moment since!

Dr. Rafuse first heard about an open position here at Aldershot Animal Hospital from a friend. As soon as she met the owner and the rest of the team here at the clinic, she knew it was the perfect place for her. Dr. Rafuse started with the hospital team in 1996, and has been helping the area’s pets and animal owners ever since.

One of Dr. Rafuse’s favorite parts of her job is getting to work with a wide variety of animal species on a regular basis. She also has a soft spot for the area’s senior pets. More than anything, though, Dr. Rafuse loves getting to know pet owners and their animal companions—being able to make a difference in their lives is the ultimate reward for her!

When she isn’t here at the office, Dr. Rafuse likes gardening, reading, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, and doing crossword puzzles. She lives with her husband and their son, and they share their home with two cats: Annie, who is very active despite managing a congenital heart condition; and three-legged Lou, who has worked his way into the family perfectly well after being abandoned and rescued.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

–Anatole France