The Arva Animal Hospital has been providing  veterinary care to the greater London area for 60 years.  The founder, Dr. D. S. “Doc” Adams graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1950. He opened the hospital on the horse farm he shared with his wife Margaret.

Dr. Ute Straube began working with Dr. Adams in 1990.  Their mutual love of the profession, and of horses, made it a perfect match!  Dr. Straube took over the leadership of the clinic when Dr. Adams retired in 1993.

Over the years the practice’s patient focus changed from a horse and farm animal service into an exclusively small animal clinic, specializing in canine and feline medicine, behaviour, nutrition, dentistry and surgery.

Our current team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians has a combined 60 years of experience. We are all pet lovers and pet owners. We understand how important compassionate, quality, reliable care is for your furry family members. We are proud to continue the dedicated work started by “Doc” so many years ago!

Click each topic below to view more information on how we care for our environment and community.

  • We recycle aluminum, plastics #1 and #2, fine paper, newspaper, cardboard and glass.
  • We use an external company to recycle computers, monitors, printers and toner cartridges.
  • We recycle fluorescent lamps through an external company to keep phosphor powder, aluminum and mercury out of landfills.
  • We dispose of our medical waste in accordance with HWIN regulations.
  • We do not use pesticides in grounds maintenance.
  • We’ve added low maintenance plants around our clinic to reduce maintenance requirements and create a consistent look.
  • We procure our products through a green company that ensures shipping material is reusable, biodegradable or recyclable at our clinic or can be returned to their warehouse for reuse.
  • We donate to Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre. They care for and rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned or otherwise compromised wildlife.
  • We donate to Docs 4 Great Apes. They help to improve the health of the world’s Great Ape populations, the communities that surround them, and the ecosystem we share.
  • Dr Straube has volunteered with Cat Lake Friends of Animush to spay, neuter and vaccinate dogs and cats in remote Northern Ontario Communities.