Dr. Heather D. Fretz

Veterinarian/Owner, DVM

Dr. Fretz was born in Port Colborne where she lived for her first five years. She grew up in Stevensville and attended St. John Bosco, Stevensville Public School, Niagara Christian College and Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School before attending the University of Guelph where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree before graduating in 1995. She has practiced veterinary medicine in St. Catharines, Fort Erie, Dunnville and Port Colborne before settling here permanently at Port Colborne Animal Hospital.

Dr. Fretz has aspired to practicing veterinary medicine from the age of eight years. A difficult experience of losing a family dog due to serious behavioural challenges combined with her love of animals and fascination with medicine helped form her passion to assist people to best care for their pets for a positive lifelong relationship. This dream cemented her goal to make veterinary medicine her chosen profession.

Dr. Fretz has a special interest in preventive medicine and nutrition, internal medicine, public health, behavioral counseling, and dentistry. She enjoys the challenge of continually learning new skills and treatments while helping pet owners find solutions to their unique pet challenges.

When not at work, Dr. Fretz can often be found with her two sons at a soccer game or track and field meet, at a dog show with her handsome and spunky standard schnauzer “Noah”, or at home where her husband, Clarke, operates a 6th generation family farm. In her spare time she loves to run, hike, ski on water or snow, camp, travel, and read.

Dr. Fretz is excited about reconnecting with her Port Colborne roots and being a part of the local community. She looks forward to getting to know the many local pet owners and discovering how she and Dr. Saxon-Buri can best meet their needs.