Dr. Alexander Korol
Veterinarian & Practice Owner
Dr. Korol is a self-professed ‘veterinary nerd,’ constantly learning and implementing new protocols to maintain a high quality of medicine and care for his patients. In 2012 he took this to another level by working with his team to achieve an independent accreditation from AAHA (the American Animal Hospital Association), further elevating their standards of practice and ensuring that they must remain progressive and up-to-date with best practices in patient care and team care, in order to maintain this regularly assessed accreditation (only 6% of veterinary hospitals and Canada achieve this). As part of his never-ending quest for treatments and services that might enable Westway Animal Clinic to maximize the care they provide, he became fascinated with the mysterious, yet time-proven, benefits of Eastern medicine. While a scientist at heart, he couldn’t deny the evidence and quickly growing pool of studies showing the incredible positive outcomes from these methodologies and, in 2018 he committed to learning more. He was intrigued by the concept of the body being a reflection of the universe, and the idea that the only way to ultimate healing was to treat the body as a whole. While admittedly not everybody’s philosophy, this was a whole world of medicine that he knew nothing about. Skeptical but curious, he quickly overcame his paradigm paralysis and signed up for the next available acupuncture class at the Chi Institute.
Whether or not you are a believer, his very first acupuncture case at Westway was a resounding success – literally treating a paralyzed patient until they could not just walk, but run. Whether or not it was beginner’s luck, it was the sign that he needed to delve deeper down this path. Now Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has became an important part of his daily practice. While Western medicine is still his mainstay (he will not treat a patient with TCVM until he has completed his Western medicine diagnostics), the ability to use acupuncture, herbal supplements and food consultations has expanded the ways in which our hospital can provide treatments for our patients and clients. While still a firm believer in Western medicine, integrating Eastern veterinary medicine into his daily veterinary routine has become his passion.
Dr. Korol grew up in Odessa, Ukraine and moved to Canada in 1990. He graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Guelph in 1999 and, in 2003, fulfilled a dream by becoming the owner of Westway Animal Clinic. Over the years, he has developed several areas of interest:
- Neurological conditions (i.e. Epilepsy)
- Gastrointestinal Problems (Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, IBD)
- Musculoskeletal (arthritis, disc disease, acute and injuries)
- Geriatric diseases
- Palliative care
A family man at heart, he is a proud husband and father (to a veterinarian!), as well as being a fur-dad to 2 dogs (Dory and Gadja) and his cat Matroskin. Aside from his scientific interests, he does also enjoy cooking, reading, skiing and spending time with family and friends.