Our Doctors

Devoted cat enthusiasts who enjoy the special challenges afforded by the diversity of personalities our patients exhibit. Our veterinarians take part in ongoing continuing education to better serve you and your cats’ needs.  Dr. Julia has completed a special dentistry course to improve her knowledge of dental diseases and their treatment as well as honing her dental surgery skills. She continues to take part in feline dentistry courses when available to be better equipped to specifically addresses the challenges facing feline dentistry.


Dr. Julia Gilkerson

Owner and Veterinarian

Born and raised in South Carolina, Dr. Julia knew from the time she was a toddler that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Animals have always been her driving passion. She started her career journey as a certified horseback riding instructor and trainer. When her son went to university, Dr. J decided it was time for her to do what she’d always dreamed of and she went back to school too.

A resident of Nova Scotia since 1992, Dr. Julia attended the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI. After graduating in 2005 she returned briefly to South Carolina to work in a mixed veterinary practice (dogs, cats, horses and goats). However, the call of the Maritimes could not be ignored and it was less than a year before she returned to her “adopted” home.

Working in Truro at the Truro Veterinary Hospital for 4 years, Dr. Julia became increasingly drawn to feline medicine and always looked forward to seeing her feline patients. Their independent nature and grace are a powerful magnet. When the Atlantic Cat Hospital was put on the market, Dr. Julia pounced on the opportunity viewing it as the “purr-fect” fit.  Dr. Julia is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

Her own furry family includes her cats Anderson and Yoda, horse Bonnie and donkey Wanda.