Cumberland Animal Hospital Building Sign Photo
Cumberland Animal Hospital Staff Photo

For all of us driving along South Albion Street in Amherst last year, we naturally became curious about the new building being built along the side of the highway. That building was finished very quickly, and so many in town were pleased to see it was going to be a new veterinary hospital. The Cumberland County Animal Hospital officially opened its doors on April 5th, 2021, and pets and their owners were greeted enthusiastically by a dedicated and passionate team of veterinarians and members of the healthcare team.

A spokesperson for the Animal Hospital said: ”We are so thankful for the incredible support of this great community and all the surrounding areas. It is a pleasure for our team to come to work each day and take care of so many wonderful animals. The people walking through our doors have been so kind and welcoming, and we look forward to serving the community for many years to come.”

The Cumberland County Animal Hospital cares for all kinds of animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, pigs, chickens, birds, and even bearded dragons! Their experienced team of veterinarians include Dr. Lesley Steele (Owner), Dr. Mike Howlett, Dr. Nichelle Peck and Dr. Franny Graham.

And don’t worry if you’re not based in Amherst, because their amazing team of vets also do remote clinics once a month. These clinics usually take place on Thursdays from 9am to 6pm at the Fire Hall in Parrsboro and at the Recreation Centre in Tatamagouche.

Due to the very high demand for veterinary care in recent months, it has made it extremely difficult for pet owners everywhere to get access to high quality care in a timely manner. For that reason, we are very proud to offer same day appointments through our walk-in clinics on both Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm and also on Thursdays from 9am to 12pm.

Last June, the animal hospital started the Momma Cat & Kitten Program as an attempt to help control the pet population in the community. So now, for people who perhaps can’t afford to or who just simply haven’t spayed their cat, this program is offered to them once the kittens are 8 weeks of age. They test the momma cat for FeLV & FIV and spay her for a discounted rate, and then they keep all of the kittens and vaccinate, deworm, deflea, spay/neuter and microchip them, and then finally put them up for adoption. This program has been very successful so far, and last year they found loving homes for 62 cute little kittens.

The Cumberland County Animal Hospital is located at 16 Lord Drive in Amherst, and they can be contacted via phone on (902) 612-2520. You can also learn more about the animal hospital by visiting their website at

Cumberland Animal Hospital Building Sign Photo
Cumberland Animal Hospital Drone Photo

On behalf of Cumberland, we want to welcome the owners, managers, vets and staff at the Cumberland County Animal Hospital to our community, and thank them for the great work they do taking care of our family pets.