Monique Neste-Atkiss

a picture of a staff member and one of our patients

Eclectic and effervescent, Monique began her animal health care career in San Jose, CA, (2002) followed by Los Angeles, (CA 2005) until finally arriving on native soil in Thornhill and her home at Smith Veterinary Hospital in 2012. She has never been happier nor worked with a more caring, professional team. “We really do treat our patients as though they are our own pets!”

After 20+ years as a Master Hair Colourist, teaching and travelling the globe as a platform artist she needed a career to fulfill her need to help others. She felt that she could give a voice to the innocents, having always been interested in medicine knew this career would be the perfect fit.

Monique shares her life with her devoted husband Jim and her 3 cats:
“Kismet” a Bombay, “Shere Khan” a lilac cream ‘Thornhill Puddle Cat’ as that is where he was found and
“Jinxy” ‘The Princess Splotchy’ a DSH calico who is the eldest and newest member of their clowder.

“Caring for animals isn’t what I do, it’s who I am.”