Orthopedic Veterinary Surgeons Provide Expert Treatment for Your Pet

Dr. Jim Turpel treats injuries of bones and joints incorporating the latest technologies, equipment and methodologies.  He has been trained by numerous world renowned surgeons from throughout North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. 

Back in 1993, Dr. Turpel graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and has since pursued various interests – particularly orthopedics – in the field of veterinary medicine. To say he is widely experienced and knowledgeable in the field of animal orthopedics is an understatement.

Due to increasing surgical demands on his time, Dr. Turpel created the Upper Canada Animal Hospital Surgical Referral Services in 2009, necessitating his departure from general veterinary practice.  Despite the fact that Jim loved seeing his regular clients and their pets, the creation of the Referral Service provided him the opportunity to follow his passion for surgery on a full time basis, while being comforted by the fact that he was handing the reigns of the general practice over to his very caring and dedicated colleagues, Dr. Granacki and Dr. Kanerva.  Since 2009 the referral services reputation for excellence has continued to grow such that approximately 1/3 of clientelle come from outside the Niagara region.  We routinely see clients from London, Toronto, Kingston, Barrie and surrounding areas, as well as upstate New York. 

Jim attributes the Referral Services continued success to providing exceptional care in a compassionate, friendly and empathetic manner, where both clients and their pets are treated as unique individuals.  Many of our clients drive 3-4 hours because they feel the drive to our hospital in Niagara on the Lake is well worth it.  Client surveys indicate that well over 95% of our referral clientelle are extremely happy with the outcome and service that they receive at our hospital and our internet ratings reflect the same client satisfaction.  When owners come through our doors they can be assured that we will do our absolute best for every client, every pet, every day without exception. 


Over the last 23 years, Dr. Turpel has successfully performed more than 2000 orthopedic procedures involving;  

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repairs (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement TTA and Extracapsular)
  • Patellar Luxations (medial and lateral)
  • Hip Dysplasia/Arthritis (Femoral Head Ostectomy)
  • Elbow Dysplasia (fragmented coronoids, OCD lesions)
  • Fracture Repairs
  • Soft tissue knee injuries
  • Shoulder Osteochondritis Dissicans lesions (OCD)  

Your pet's  well-being is very important to us. Our team is skilled in understanding the numerous orthopedic conditions your pets may face. Our hospital is designed for comfort and is a family-friendly environment.

For a detailed look at Dr. Turpel’s surgical background please see his biography.

Contact us today to discuss your pet’s treatment plan and surgery with our orthopedic veterinary surgeon.