North Simcoe Veterinary Services opened for business May 5,1983, shortly after Dr. Joel Rumney graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph.
The clinic is located on Joel’s great grandfather’s farm – which he pioneered, settling there in 1882. Joel’s family is the 5th generation on the Rumney homestead.
Upon graduation, Joel began to build in earnest the present clinic. Two hundred logs were cut from Uncle Frank Rumney's bush on the other side of the valley; before winter set in, the outer shell of the clinic was complete. On New Year’s Eve, 1983, Joel was able to move into the large animal area of the clinic while work continued on the small animal clinic between farm calls.
Finally, in August 1984, after facility inspection by the College Of Veterinarians, the current small animal clinic was officially opened.
In the fall of 1988, the kennel facility was added to provide boarding and grooming areas. Once again, most of the construction was completed by Joel and his now several employees.
As the business began to grow, Joel realized the veterinary work-load now necessitated the addition of another veterinarian.
Joel’s first student intern, Edith Haberfellner, enjoyed her student placement so much that she joined North Simcoe Veterinary Services upon her graduation in 1987. Working together, the association soon turned romantic and Edith and Joel were married in Jasper Alberta in May of 1989.
The community’s need for a full service veterinary clinic for both large and small animals soon resulted in the need for a larger staff and more veterinarians. The result was a formation of a veterinary team of seven veterinarians and a team of nearly twenty technicians, receptionists, and kennel staff, with many developing expertise in their particular area of interest.
In July 2015, a major revision of North Simcoe Veterinary Services lobby was begun. Recognizing the need for more room, Dr. Joel Rumney broke ground for the extension.
Soon, the foundation was being laid and the walls raised.
Joel, realizing that winter was quickly approaching, took pity on this staff and quickly added solid walls and a heated lobby floor.
Soon, winter was here and the "pretty" inside work began, inside walls, skylights, and tiled floors.
Eventually, construction was complete and the new lobby was finished.