Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, and care deeply about what we do every day.
For as long as I can remember, animals have been and important part of my life. Like many people, I have been blessed with some amazing pets over the years. It comes from this that I appreciate the very strong relationship and bond one can have with these wonderful creatures.
I graduated with a background in medical microbiology, and as Doctor of Veterinary medicine. I have been working with the Blue Cross Animal Hospital for many years. In the early years I have also worked in the local veterinary emergency hospital which has helped hone my skills of critical care, and gaining experience in what clients and veterinarians go through during a crisis.
Over the years I have met many wonderful people and their pets. Although I look after the health of thousands of people’s pets, I strive to treat each person and their pets as individuals. Getting to know the owners and their pets has been part of my mandate and is just good medicine.
I spend countless hours (actually counted, lol) on continuing education to keep me up to date with advancing medicine and to hone my skills.
My hope is that through my knowledge and experience, I can help pet owners ensure that their animals live long and healthy lives as loved members of their family.
Dr. Padmini Makkapati
Blue Cross Animal Hospital welcomes Dr. Padmini Makkapati as a new member of our clinic family. Dr. Padmini Makkapati became licensed by the CVO in 2005. After getting her license in Canada she spent the first few years of her career working in small animal clinics around Toronto, and in Ohio as well. Dr. Makkapati continues to enhance her education in Veterinary Medicine by staying up to date on the latest technologies by attending symposiums and continuing education seminars. Her interests include internal medicine, diagnostic imaging and dentistry. She loves the human animal bond that she experiences everyday. Dr. Makkapati compliments the compassionate, and skilled Veterinary care our clients at Blue Cross Animal Hospital have trusted over the years. In her spare time, she loves to read and travel. She is married with two daughters and they have a beautiful bichon poodle mix named Snowball.
Dr. Anitha Gude
Our newest addition to our Veterinary Team, Dr. Gude is a compassionate Veterinarian. Growing up in India, with family roots in large animal farms was her connection to animals which led her to enter into the world of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from Veterinary University in India in 1999, she worked there as a mixed animal Veterinarian for two years.
Her strong passion for learning led her to pursue a research career in England. In 2002, she was selected for the prestigious DFID scholarship for Masters in Meat Science and Technology at the University of Bristol in England. She also received a full scholarship for MPhil in Microbiology at Thames Valley University in London, England. She published her research work in popular journals such as Letters in Applied Microbiology.
She moved to Canada in 2012 and accredited by CVMA. She volunteered and worked in various small animal clinics in GTA and Waterloo area. She has special interest in preventive medicine and providing quality of life to senior and sick pets. She believes in continuous education and keeps herself up to date. She feels fortunate to witness the unconditional love pets share with their owners. She gives priority to healthy pets and thus happy owners.
In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys gardening and also has an interest in crafts.
Dr. Tahir Mahboob
Dr. Tahir Mahboob joined our Veterinary team on March 2018.
Dr. Tahir Mahboob graduated with distinction from Veterinary College in 1994. He received a Masters Degree in Veterinary Microbiology in 1996. While doing his Masters, he had three research articles published in International Journals of Veterinary Medicine.
Following graduation, he served as a Veterinary Officer with the Government of Pakistan. After gaining valuable experience with them, he later managed his own practice for a few years.
In 2005, Dr. Mahboob moved to Canada and became licensed by the CVO. He worked in multiple clinics around the Greater Toronto Area and in Florida. In 2010, he decided to plant his roots in beautiful Waterloo.
Dr. Mahboob loves his job! He is dedicated to modern veterinary medicine by keeping up to date with continued education. Dr. Mahboob sees small animals as well as exotic pets. He especially loves orthopaedic surgery. He holds certification in cruciate repair and patellar luxation.
In his spare time, Dr. Mahboob enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and son, and their cat Taps.
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