Dr. Kathryn Finlayson BSC., DVM

Dr. Kathryn Finlayson and husband Mark are the owners of The East River Animal Hospital. Dr. Finlayson graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College with an Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (major in Animal Science) before completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph). Since early childhood Dr. Finlayson dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. As a young child, she remembers following her dairy farmer grandfather to the barn and playing with the kittens, calves and baby pigs.

In 2005, only 3 short years after graduation she opened her first small animal clinic. In 2007, she purchased the East River Animal Hospital from Dr. Barry Harrison and has continued to successfully grow and develop the practice. In addition to her busy practice, Dr. Finlayson has a very exciting life chasing after her 7 young children. Beth, Sandy, Adam, Kate, Charlotte, Mary and Andrew. The children and family are involved in multiple sports and activities (including hockey!). In her spare time, Dr. Finlayson enjoys down hill skiing, camping and travelling. Dr. Finlayson is also a member of the Turks and Caicos Veterinary Association… hence the frequent visits to her favourite Caribbean paradise!


Dr. Alana Mason BSC., DVM

Alana grew up in Barney’s River, Pictou County. She has always loved animals and spent many hours riding and showing horses in her youth. Alana graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College with an Animal Science degree in 2000. After graduating she went on to attend the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island and completed her veterinary degree in 2004.

Alana began her veterinary career working in Ontario with both large and small animals. She returned to Nova Scotia the following year and has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Nova Scotia since 2005. Alana started working with the team at East River Animal Hospital in the spring of 2016 and is happy to be able to practice closer to family. Alana enjoys the challenges involved with both the medical and surgical aspects of small animal practice.

Alana lives with her husband Steven and their three children: John, Lydia, and Natalie in MacLellan’s Brook. They have a Golden Retriever named Minni and a cat named Spider. Alana keeps busy at the hockey rinks and ski hill through the winter and enjoys camping with her family in the summer.


Dr. Dove Mitton, BSC., DVM

Dove was born and raised outside of Scotsburn in rural Pictou County. She grew up on a small hobby farm caring for a wide variety of animals and spent most of her free time riding horses. She received her Bachelor of Science from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2006, following which, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2010. Since graduation Dove has been working at a companion animal hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Dove and her husband Greg Chisholm are very excited to be making the move back home to Pictou County to raise their two boys. Their two Boxer mixes Cash and Layla are also looking forward to enjoying the freedom of country living! In her spare time, Dove enjoys spending time with family and living an active outdoor lifestyle skiing, canoeing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and motorcycling. Dove is very excited to be joining the East River Animal Hospital team and looks forward to seeing you and your fur babies starting March 1.


Dr. Barry Harrison, BSC., DVM

Dr. Barry Harrison is an avid curler and golfer. In his spare time, he loves to travel the world with his wife Kelly. Dr. Harrison works as a part-time locum and enjoys surgery. Dr. Harrison recently attended a seminar workshop on “surgical oncology”. Dr. Harrison and his wife Kelly have 2 grown daughters and a sweet little cat named “Darryl”.


Dr. Jessica Muir

Dr. Muir grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Muir received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from The Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI. Following graduation, Dr. Muir worked briefly in her hometown before moving to Pictou county with her husband to continue her career as a small animal veterinarian.

Outside of …the clinic, Jessica can be found spending time with her husband Daniel and their two dogs, Buck and Gunner, either at the family beef farm in Merigomish or adventuring around the Maritimes. Jessica enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and camping, and traveling to new and unique locations – most recently riding camels in the Sahara desert! Jessica really looks forward to joining the team at East River Animal Hospital and can’t wait to meet all the new faces. PLEASE CALL TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH Dr. MUIR 902-752-6655


Mark Anderson, Office Manager/Vet Assistant

Mark owns and operates the East River Animal Hospital with his wife Dr. Finlayson. Originating from Greenhill Nova Scotia, Mark has tremendous experience with animals. He was raised on a dairy farm and highly involved with 4-H. Mark raised Morgan horses with his grandfather Henry and is very kind and gentle with animals. Clients often comment on his ability to calm nervous pets. Mark currently enjoys spending time with their 7 small children, playing with his John Deere tractor and attending exhibitions to watch Holstein cow shows.


Emma Tenbrinke, Animal Health Technician

Emma grew up in Antigonish and has always loved animals. She was heavily involved in 4-H in her youth with her primary focus being goats and horses. Emma attended the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture in Truro following high school where she completed the Registered Veterinary Technician program in 2016.

Emma worked at East River Animal Hospital as an externship student in the summer of 2015 and was welcomed as a full-time member of the team in the spring of 2016. Emma currently has 2 horses, 2 goats and a mixed breed dog named Jack. Emma enjoys competing in local horse shows and volunteers as the leader of the 4-H goat program with her local 4-H club in Antigonish.


Lisa Smith, Animal Health Technician

Lisa is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College where she obtained her animal health technician diploma. Lisa has been in practice since 2003 and loves animals (especially cats and puppies!). Lisa and Dr. Finlayson first met a few years ago when they were employed in an animal hospital in Truro! Lisa is an excellent technician and very passionate about her job. Lisa currently lives in Stellarton with her 2 little boys Carter and Owen, their 6 guinea pigs and 2 hedgehogs.


Connie Campbell, Reception

Started in 2005 as a receptionist in Shiretown Animal Hospital (our clinic in Pictou). Connie and her husband Brian live in Pictou West and had a jersey dairy farm. Connie was involved in 4-H and has grown up with animals. She has 2 sons Mathew and Craig and a large dog named Dusty. Connie is our true “gate keeper”!


Wendy Wright, Reception

Wendy grew up in Merigomish, Pictou County with her parents and two sisters and still calls Merigomish home today. Growing up always having a pet in the house, she has always enjoyed spending time with animals. With her years of experience working with the public, being able to combine the two has been a wonderful opportunity. When not at work, Wendy spends her time with family and friends… whether it be at the movies, a music concert or a casual evening at home.