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About Sussex Animal Hospital

Since 1983, Sussex Animal Hospital has been dedicated to providing exceptional veterinary care to the pets of Sussex and the surrounding areas. Our full-service veterinary facility offers a comprehensive range of medical, dental, and surgical services in one convenient location. With a focus on personalized care and a commitment to promoting the health and well-being of your beloved pets, we strive to be your trusted partner in their veterinary care journey.

Meet Our Team

Our team of dedicated veterinary professionals is committed to providing your pets with a high level of care. Get to know the individuals looking after your furry friends during their visit to Sussex Animal Hospital.

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Dr. Stephen Justason - Owner/Veterinarian

The Sussex Animal Hospital was established in 1983 by Dr. Ian Leask and Dr. Stephen Justason. It was the first and only animal hospital in Sussex, NB for many years and Dr. Justason’s purpose hasn’t changed since the beginning. He strives to provide honest, fair, and compassionate service to all clients. He works with an amazing team who hold the same mission and vision. He couldn’t do what he does without them. When he is not working, he can be found researching health and fitness, playing amateur naturalist and cycling the roads and trails of beautiful Kings County, Albert County, and Charlotte County.

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Dr. Kim Parker, DVM

Dr Parker started providing surgical services at the hospital in 2003. She loves the variety of procedures she gets to perform and enjoys working with a terrific team of caring and compassionate staff. Dr Parker spends much of her free time working with her husband on their farm. She enjoys hiking, playing hockey, volunteering with her local ski patrol, going on walks with her dog 'Bones' and riding her horse ‘Annie’.

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Irene and Ivan - Management

The crew lucked into these two characters in the summer of 2022. A box of kittens was discovered on the back steps when staff arrived to work. Their siblings were all adopted to loving homes, but Irene and Ivan won everyone over. They have adjusted to clinic life nicely and are very well known to the clients. Their strong work ethic had them climbing the ladder quickly. They were promoted to management in just a few short months and are loved dearly by all.


Bekah VandeBrand,
Registered Veterinary Technician

Bekah graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Oulton College in 2009. The Sussex Animal Hospital was lucky to have her choose them for her work placement and she has been with them ever since. Bekah has a small hobby farm outside of Sussex where she enjoys taking care of her horses, goats, ducks, cats, and dogs. In her spare time she can be found hiking with her Golden Retriever and Border Collie, swimming, kayaking, and playing competitive frisbee with her Border Collie, Mae.


Faye Totton, Receptionist
Veterinary Assistant

Faye joined the Sussex Animal Hospital family in 2013. Growing up on a farm, Faye has been involved with animal care her whole life. Her knowledge, compassion, and love for animals is evident in both her professional life and personal life. In her spare time she enjoys going on adventures with her husband and their three Golden Retrievers, you can find her in the kitchen baking and cooking for her family and friends, rug hooking, and visiting nursing homes with herSt. John Ambulance Therapy Dog, Izzy.

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