It is with mixed emotions that The Barrydowne family says farewell but not goodbye to Dr. Anne Harlow. Her retirement comes after dedicating her entire career to her four legged clients and their pet parents. There were many bonds made and solidified throughout her years at the clinic, some in sadness and others in happiness but always with kindness and sincerity. Her years of experience laid the foundation for an extensive knowledge base that allowed her to be a mentor to new veterinarians joining her team. We wish her many years of happiness and serenity, spending time in her flower garden and travelling the world with her husband Dr. Ripa. The legacy she leaves behind is more than just building a successful practice, she enriched the lives of her clients and furry friends with a wealth of knowledge and compassion.
Dr. Harlow’s passion to become a veterinarian was present as a young child. She grew up in the Niagara peninsula and was surrounded my many family pets including dogs, cats and guinea pigs. This is where she discovered and nurtured her love for animals no matter what shape or size. From that point forward, Dr. Harlow knew she would dedicate her life to caring for animals She has always had a soft spot in her heart for our four legged companions.
Dr. Harlow attended Guelph University directly after completing high school. Upon graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1984, she moved toSudburyand became an associate veterinarian and then a partner at the Barrydowne Animal Hospital.
She has a special interest in dentistry, having completed extensive training in companion animal dentistry at the LifeLearn facility at the University of Guelph. She also has a special interest in Senior Care and Preventative Medicine. She attends conferences and seminars frequently to increase her knowledge and keep up-to-date. She is always researching the latest technology available in order to keep the clinic modern.
Dr. Harlow and her husband, Dr. Ripa provide a loving home to their dogs. Chance, a chocolate lab, was originally presented to the hospital having been injured by a car. They were able to repair his broken leg and adopt him as a permanent member of their family. Indi was adopted as a mature 3 year old Doberman, needing a new home. Then there is Tag, a Brussels Griffon, who is a ‘lap dog’ and a mommy’s boy, yet he rules the roost!!
She was passionate about her work as a veterinarian, dedicating time and effort to ensure that all of her patients received the best care available. Dr. Harlow loves to garden, work on her crafts of gourd carving and painting, and she dabbles in water color painting. She also enjoys travelling, hiking and boating.