OVMA Awards

Dr. Suzi Peters – Recieved the OVMA Award of Merrit

After graduating from OVC in 1994,Dr. Suzi Peters began practicing in a mixed animal practice in Dundas, Ontario. In 1996 she moved to Grimsby, and has been a partner at the Grimsby Animal Hospital since 2002. Dr. Peters is an active member of her local veterinary community and has served as President of the Niagara Peninsula Veterinary Association (NPVA) for the past 19 years. Dr. Peters also represents veterinarians in the Niagara region as an OVMA Director, a position she has held since 2006. In 2013, Dr. Peters and her bulldog Bridgitte began volunteering as part of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program in Niagara. Her dedication to the program resulted in her being recruited as Head Coordinator of the
program soon after, and the program has flourished under her leadership, becoming one of the largest branches in Ontario with over 80 active handler/dog teams. Her passion for this program is evident and in 2015 alone, she dedicated over 1,500 volunteer hours to the program. Dr. Peters is involved with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), where she actively participates in the CVO Peer Review Committee. She is an advocate for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), and has served as a mentor to aspiring veterinarians for many years. Dr. Peters also regularly highlights the veterinary profession to high school students on Career Days, and visits elementary schools and daycare centers to teach young children about responsible pet care.


January 2016 Dr. Peters Award

Dr. Peters award

Dr. Peters was thrilled to be nominated, and chosen to receive the prestigious ‘Award of Merit’ this week at the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Veterinary Conference in downtown Toronto.

The OVMA Award of Merit recognizes individuals for their practice of, or help to veterinary medicine. It is awarded for distinguished public service to the veterinary profession in any form.

Dr. Peters is very active in the veterinary community, as president of the Niagara Peninsula Veterinary Association for the past 19 yrs, OVMA Director representing the Niagara Region since 2006, and as a ‘peer medical record reviewer ‘ for the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.

She is currently the Head Coordinator of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program in the Niagara Region which keeps her very busy organizing over 80 active handler/dog teams, and helping coordinate over 50 community events each year.

In the words of one of her nominators, ” her love of medicine, animals and people is very obvious by her noteworthy public service. She is an exceptional example of a veterinarian and community member, and is a very deserving candidate for this prestigious award” .

Congratulations Dr. Peters!!