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Meet Our Animal Health Professionals

Pets are an important part of your family. Hence, it is important to take care of their health without compromises. Turn to the professionals at St. Laurent Animal Hospital when you are in need of quality veterinary services in Ottawa. From preventative care to surgical procedures, we offer everything under one roof. Browse this page to learn more about our friendly and experienced team. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.


Marie Ramoutar, DVM



Dr. Marie Ramoutar graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009. Since then she has practiced in Ottawa in both general practice and emergency medicine. Dr. Ramoutar loves meeting clients and developing an open, trusting relationship with them to form the best pet health team. She firmly believes that the pet owner should be just as involved in deciding what is best for their pet as the pet health professionals. Dr. Ramoutar also has a keen interest in pet nutrition and tries to keep abreast of the ever-changing pet food industry. Medically, Dr. Ramoutar enjoys challenging surgical cases and dental surgery.


When not in the clinic, Dr. Ramoutar enjoys spending time at home with her husband and three sons. Together they have three dogs and two cats. Although, they have been known to take in rescues quite regularly. At one time, they had three dogs, two cats, a rabbit and a snake all under their roof.


nurin merchant, DVM



Dr. Merchant was born and raised in Ottawa. She aspired to be a veterinarian from a very young age, and in pursuit of her dream, decided to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Biological Science. She then decided to return to Ottawa for a year to volunteer for several organizations, including the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton, before completing her veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in April of 2019.  


In addition to treating dogs and cats, Dr. Merchant has a special interest in exotic animal medicine and continues to gain experience in treating rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small rodents. Her greatest love is for rabbits, and it shows in the way she cares for her long-eared patients.


During her spare time, Dr. Merchant enjoys scrapbooking and making personalized greeting cards for her friends and family. She also enjoys spending time in nature and photographing its beauty.  


Cassie Ward

hospital Manager


Cassie is an Ottawa native who has always had an interest in the natural world. She graduated from Algonquin College and passed her national exam in 2015, making her a fully Registered Veterinary Technician. Since then, she has gained experience in both general practice, as well as emergency medicine. She has practical knowledge of many species of animals including cats, dogs, parrots, pocket pets, and reptiles. She enjoys talking to clients and educating them in everyday pet health and nutrition.


In her personal life, Cassie’s true passion is adventure. When she isn’t at home or at work, you may find her on one of Ottawa-Gatineau’s many nature trails. She has also travelled to numerous countries and hopes to eventually continue her journey around the world. She currently shares a home with her partner and their six pets; four cats named Eddie, Luna, Bun, and Bilbo; Howl the "foster-fail" German Shepherd; and a Jardine’s Parrot named Kiri.


Maritza Diaz, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Maritza is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She was born and raised in Ottawa and knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. She went to the University of Ottawa and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After her studies at UOttawa, she went to pursue a career as a veterinary technician at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Once she completed the vet tech program in 2013, she started working at Animal Emergency Ottawa (which she still works at, casually).


Over the years, Maritza has worked in both emergency and general practices. She has worked with many different animals, including dogs, cats, birds, pocket pets, reptiles, and lab animals. Maritza has a keen interest in surgery and nutrition.


In her downtime, Maritza enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, shopping, travelling, and snuggling with her tuxedo cat, Harry.



Katrina Cipra, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician


Katrina has been in the veterinary world for over 10 years, graduating from the St Lawrence College veterinary assistant program in 2007 and then the St Clair College veterinary technician program in 2010. She first started out in wildlife as a veterinary assistant, then went back to school for vet tech, and soon moved on to small animal practice.


In her spare time, she can be found doing something artsy, and occasionally draws and paints pet portraits as a side business. She has a rescue Yorkie named Ducky (who runs the house with all of his 5 pounds and no teeth) and two cats, Princess Leia and Batman. She has a special interest in geriatric pets and improving their golden years and has been known to bring home the occasional old geezer in need of a furever home.






Cassie was born and raised in the Ottawa area. She attended Algonquin College, where she completed the Pre-health Sciences program prior to completing the Veterinary Technician program, of which she graduated with honours. She obtained her RVT status in May of 2021. She joined the St. Laurent Animal Hospital during her work placement for the veterinary technician program. SLAH was so impressed with her drive, passion and commitment that she was hired on afterwards.

Cassie shares her home with her partner and their myriad of fur-babies which include a strong-willed Yorkie named Rebel, several kitties (one of which was adopted from Algonquin College during her studies) and many guinea pigs. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys knitting socks and hats, playing video games and spending time with her loved ones. True cat lady at heart, the best part of Cassie’s day includes meeting new kitties and gaining new feline friendships.






Born in the Maritimes, Alex relocated to Ottawa with her family when she was 3 years old. Alex has very diverse interests, but her passion for helping animals led her to pursue studies in the Veterinary Technician program through Algonquin College. Alex aspires to graduate from the Veterinary Technician program and obtain her RVT status in 2022. Alex joined the St. Laurent Animal Hospital team in 2020 as a veterinary assistant to further her experience in the field. Her dedication to providing high-quality care to our patients makes her an invaluable addition to the team. Somewhat of an encyclopedia, Alex can be turned to when trying to remember obscure details about different medications or pathophysiological processes.

Outside of work, Alex is an avid aquascaper – the art of arranging aquatic plants, rocks, stones and driftwood within her aquariums. She one day aspires to have both fresh and saltwater aquariums. Her most notable aquatic lifeforms include an Indian Dwarf Pufferfish, a large population of White Cloud Mountain minnows, and livebearers. Alex is also employed by Edith, a senior Husky mix, who demands to live a life of luxury. Additionally, Alex tends to her budgies and herd of guinea pigs. Her herd is comprised of an American, an Abyssinian and a Ridgeback. Alex loves to create tunnel structures as environmental enrichment for her herd.


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St Laurent Animal Hospital
654 Montreal Rd
Ottawa, ON, K1K 0T3




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Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
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Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


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