Meet Our Team
The team at Heart With Wings provides mobile veterinary services, including end of life consultations, in-home hospice and palliative care, pet euthanasia, and aftercare for pets and owners in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, the Georgian Bay Region, Cottage Country, and the surrounding areas.
Dr. Laura Coulter
Dr. Coulter's Bio
Not unlike most people in the veterinary profession, Dr. Coulter dreamed of being a veterinarian from the time she was a child. Through many years of hard work and persistence, Dr. Coulter became a 2010 graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. Since graduating, she has been practicing as a small animal veterinarian. She recognized the need for a mobile service offering in-home senior and end of life care, as well as euthanasia in the comfort of the pet’s home, through her work in veterinary hospitals.
Dr. Coulter lives in Barrie with her husband, two children, and her three fur kids. She is a member of IAAHPC (International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care) and is in good standing with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). She is also a member of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and is working towards becoming a certified pet loss grieving counsellor.
Emily’s first love was a blonde Chihuahua named Honey Baby. Receiving Honey as a puppy shortly after her parents’ separation, they quickly became the best of friends. As Honey grew older, she developed heath issues that would require regular trips to the vet. Although the staff were friendly and compassionate, Honey dreaded her visits to the clinic and would tremble and snap at the staff members. When the hard decision was made that it was time to euthanize, Emily couldn’t bear to see the stress Honey would face on her last day. She told her mom she couldn’t go and said goodbye from the front door. Emily now knows that what Honey needed was a home euthanasia.
Following her passion for animals and medicine, Emily attended the veterinary technician program at Georgian College, graduating with honors. She went on to complete over 500 hours of field placement alongside a CFIA-appointed large animal veterinarian, followed by 100 more working with a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Emily then completed her professionalism and ethics course and successfully wrote the national exam, becoming a registered veterinary technician. She has spent nearly five years working in small animal practice. Emily is passionate about senior animals and palliative care. She believes that every pet deserves to spend their final hours in the comfort of their own home surrounded by the family members who love them.
Emily lives on a hobby farm alongside her husband, two wonderful children, and their many cherished pets. In her spare time, Emily enjoys camping, canoeing, hiking, and riding both her horse and her dirt bike.
One of my first and greatest loves was my orange tabby, Marmalade. His passing was also my first experience with end of life care. This was before working in the veterinary field, so I had no idea what to expect. Filled with dread I made an appointment for a veterinarian to come to my home, to help my sweet, cancer-ridden boy to the rainbow bridge. I couldn’t imagine what fear he would feel if I brought him to a clinic, and I knew that I wanted his last day to be all about him. I needed my boy to feel peace, comfort, love.
My boy passed in my arms that day, as I sat in his favourite chair by the window. I cried (a lot), but in the comfort of my own home alongside my family. I grieved in my own way, as we all do, but what truly brought me peace, was knowing that my Marmalade, never felt fear or anxiety that day. I will hold this goodbye in my heart forever.
It is truly my honour to work alongside Dr. Laura and this amazing team, giving other families the same beautiful opportunity that I had with my cat.