MEET DR. NICOLA COUNCIL

Associate Veterinarian

 

Where did you grow up?
I was born just outside of Manchester, England.  My family moved to New Jersey when I was 7 years old, then moved to Arizona after my high school graduation.

Best way to spend a Saturday:
If the weather is nice, there is no place I would rather be than hiking outside with my husband and daughter.  We all love being outdoors and exploring as much of Arizona as we can.

Year you started working in the veterinary field:
In 2003, when I took on a volunteer position at the Emergency Animal Clinic.  I realized how much that I loved veterinary medicine during that time!

Dream vacation:
My favorite place to visit is St. John in the US Virgin Islands – it’s such a relaxing place and is a wonderful place to go snorkeling.   I also really would love to visit New Zealand, as it has spectacular scenery and lots of hiking opportunities.

Last concert you attended:
Imagine Dragons, here in Phoenix.  They always put on such a phenomenal performance and I would absolutely go to see them again.

Most memorable case here at Hillside:
I remember many years ago, before I went to veterinary school and was working as a veterinary technician here at Hillside, we saw a llama here for radiographs (x-rays).  Heidi, Gayle and I had to figure out a way to maneuver the llama into our x-ray suite to take radiographs of her front legs.  It was quite a unique experience!

Which superhuman power would you choose?
Talking to animals – it would make our jobs a little easier if they could tell us exactly how they are feeling or what piece of the laundry they ate 🙂

 

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Five Issues To Watch Out For In Your Cat

Health issues can affect cats at any time, but they can be the most damaging at the early stages of a cat’s life. Diseases and infections can hit kittens especially hard given their fragile nature, so it’s important to monitor their health closely during these... read more

Five Ways to Dog Proof Your Backyard

If you’re a dog owner, you do everything you can to keep your dog safe and healthy. That likely means dog proofing your home so that it is as safe as can be. While many pet owners know the hidden dangers that lurk inside one’s home, few realize that the outdoors can... read more

Should You Get a Puppy

Few things in life are as cute and cuddly as a puppy (except maybe a kitten) and even fewer things add as much joy to your life. But, as wonderful as puppies are, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without their headaches and hassles. If you’re considering adopting a... read more

Why Your Pet Smells

Does your pet have a certain aroma that can’t be ignored any more…no matter how hard you try? In other (less nice) words, does your pet stink? If you have a smelly pet, don’t stress! Your pet isn’t the first (or last) animal with an odor problem. To rid your pet... read more

After Care For Pets Following Surgery

At Hillside Animal Hospital we use minimally invasive surgery techniques so that your pet undergoes less trauma and recovery time is minimized. While minimally invasive surgery is safer for your pet than traditional invasive procedures, proper post-op care is still... read more

Caring for your senior pet

Everyone knows that a puppy’s needs are different from those of a grown dog.  So, doesn’t it make sense that senior dogs (and cats) have their own specific needs as well? The reality is senior pets have special care requirements because of their unique age-related... read more