Our Careteam

Dr. Peter Firth
Hospital Director
Dr. Peter Firth has felt a natural connection with animals since he was very young. He spent many childhood summers working on his uncle’s dairy farm, where he enjoyed the company of all sorts of creatures. As Dr. Firth got older, his passion never wavered—for him, a career in Veterinary Medicine was the only choice that felt right. Now, he’s cared for Pets here at Firth Veterinary Hospital for over 40 years!

Born in western Canada, Dr. Firth moved to South America as a child before returning to the London, Ontario area. He attended the University of Guelph to receive his Veterinary Education, then settled back in London and has been here ever since. Dr. Firth purchased Firth Veterinary Hospital before even graduating from Veterinary School, and has happily served the Pets and Pet Owners of London since 1973.

Dr. Firth’s favourite part of his job is the puzzle-solving portion—he’s passionate about putting the pieces together in order to arrive at a solution. He’s also fond of implementing new technologies, like digital radiology, laser therapy and unique techniques for Dog Training, into the healthcare resources here at FVH. He also enjoys working with dominant canines and helping transform their behavior.

Outside of work, Dr. Firth’s varied interests include riding motorcycles, bicycling and roller blading, gardening, singing, Sudoku puzzles and flying a small aircraft. He and his wife Laurel have four children, as well as five wonderful grandchildren.
Dr. Trina Hancock
Associate Veterinarian
For Dr. Trina Hancock, being a veterinarian offers the best of both worlds: she’s not only able to help animals live happier, healthier lives on a daily basis, she gets to form close relationships with their human family members. She’s wanted to work in the veterinary profession ever since she was a little girl, and her dream has come full circle: Dr. Hancock is proud to serve as a veterinarian with the Firth Veterinary Hospital team!

Dr. Hancock grew up in Labrador City, Newfoundland—she likes to say that she spent most of her childhood on a ski-doo and in a snowsuit!—before moving to Ontario for her schooling. She earned her undergraduate degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, spending her final two years completing research and even doing field work on ground squirrels in California, before pursuing her Master’s degree in biology at Queen’s University in Kingston.

After earning her Master’s degree, Dr. Hancock began working as a Research Project Manager for a feedlot consulting company in Alberta, allowing her to pursue her love of research even more while gaining hands-on experience with cattle. Next, she applied to the University of Calgary, where she earned her Doctoraldegree and became a licensed veterinarian. After a year working in mixed-animal practice back in Ontario, Dr. Hancock was thrilled to join the Firth Veterinary Hospital family in September of 2018. She’s been here ever since!

Dr. Hancock has special medical interests in pain management techniques and pocket-pet care. She’s also fond of the great variety that her work offers—on any given day, she might find herselfserving as a general practitioner, dentist, dermatologist, surgeon, radiologist, pharmacist, and more!

In her time away from work, Dr. Hancock enjoys riding her motorcycle, reading, traveling, relaxing at the beach, running—she’s completed a half-marathon and several triathlons!—and spending quality time with her family and pets at home. She and her husband, Brenan, have three pets: Jade, a brown tabby cat whose favouritepastime is meowing loudly at 4:00 a.m.; an affectionate Boxer named Aston; and a Boxer puppy named Sadie who is keeping everyone in the house on their toes.
Dr. Carlos
Associate Veterinarian
Like just about every veterinary professional, Dr. Carlos has adored animals of all shapes and sizes ever since his earliest days. He also knew that he wanted to focus his intellect on another area: the best quality of life for the loving owners who care for pets. That’s why Dr. Carlos decided to become a veterinarian! He’s proud to serve the area’s pets and animal parents as an Associate Veterinarian with the Firth Veterinary Hospital team.

Dr. Carlos grew up in Bogota, Columbia with his parents and two older sisters. His studies in animal care began at Universidad de La Salle in Bogota in early 1992; Dr. Carlos completed five years of veterinary school and then started work on his thesis to obtain his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He would spend two years working with dairy cattle around the city before moving to the United States. Dr. Carlos worked as a Veterinary Technician in various small-animal practices for the next five years while studying to obtain his veterinary license.

In 2005, Dr. Carlos relocated to Canada and began working here at Firth Veterinary Hospital as a Veterinary Technician early the following year. In the fall of 2007, he started working for the Federal Government of Canada, obtaining his Canadian Veterinary Certificate and the Ontario Veterinary License in 2012, and then returned to the Firth Veterinary Hospital family in May of 2016. He’s been here ever since!

As a vet, Dr. Carlos particularly likes all of the detective work that goes into each case. He loves using laboratory tests, physical examinations, owner descriptions, and more to solve the puzzle. Dr. Carlos also enjoys the fact that he never stops learning and gets to pass his knowledge on to pet owners on a daily basis.

In his spare time away from the office, Dr. Carlos enjoys playing soccer, mountain biking, working out at the gym, and spending quality time with his family and pets. He and his wife, Camila, have two cats: Atenea, who loves exploring and getting into trouble, and food-obsessed Apolo.


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