Veterinary Staff

The doctors that comprise the veterinary staff at Peterborough Pet Hospital are all highly trained and well qualified. You can be assured that your beloved pet is being treated with up-to-date methods and knowledge. Meet our veterinary staff here.

Dr. Joe Muise

Dr. Joe Muise is Senior partner/owner and a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (Class of 84). Prior to attending OVC he completed a Diploma in Agriculture at Kemptville College majoring in Animal Sciences and a minor in Landscape Architecture and Design. Dr. Muise came to Peterborough in 1984 and fell in love with the area, making it his home. He became a partner at Peterborough Pet Hospital in 1985, taking over as staff surgeon.

Dr. Muise holds membership in the Ontario Veterinary MedicalAssociations, and continues to keep abreast with the latest surgical techniques. He has acquired numerous Certifications in surgery and has in excess of 29,000 hrs in the surgery room.

Dr. Muise has a passion for minimally invasive surgical techniques and was one of the first to introduce and perform Laparoscopic Ovariectomy in private practice in Canada. He has performed over 500 lap ovariectomies to date. 90% of Canine spays at Peterborough Pet Hospital are now done by laparoscopy as well as Cryptorchid and Gastropexy surgeries.

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Dr. Deborah Smith

A true Canadian, Dr. Deborah Smith’s favourite season is winter. Debbie enjoys cross-country skiing, curling and most recently, winter camping.

Debbie and her husband Steve, live on a farm in Emily Township. They have three nearly grown children. The family farm is also home to Zodiac a yellow lab, five cats; Diamond, Jack, Paul, Tiggy and Patches, Bill the Alpacha and Luke the donkey.

Dr. Debbie has enjoyed working at Peterborough Pet Hospital for over twenty years.

Dr. Jeff Simmons

Dr. Jeff Simmons graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1980 and due to earlier hockey experiences, chose Peterborough as his destination over hometown Barrie. After 17 years at Parkhill Animal Hospital as an associate/partner, a chronic spinal disc problem necessitated a shift away from surgery and toward medicine.  Dr. Jeff is an associate veterinarian at Peterborough Pet Hospital having a focus on small animal medicine since 2000.

Dr. Jeff is a lifetime member of the O.V.C. Alumni; a 30 year member of The Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medecine, and holds certificates in small animal medicine. He was twice voted Veterinarian of the Year by Pets Magazine.

Dr. Doug McDermid

Dr. Doug McDermid is a partner and has been at the Peterborough Pet Hospital for most of his 24 year veterinary career. He has a wife and two daughters.

Dr. Doug's family has 4 four-legged members and two goldfish too. He is shown here with Spencer, a golden retriever who joined the family just one year ago. Spencer has yet to meet a person or animal whom he does not love at first sight.

The McDermids also have two cats - Herbie, and Zippy. The family suspects that Zippy is actually part dog, as he will fetch a ball, carries pillows around the house, and has a crazy-making habit of eating various types of fabric. Good thing his owner is a vet!

Lastly, Dr. Doug's wife has a horse, Annie, who lives in semi-retirement at a farm in Warsaw.