NunaVet Animal Hospital Inc.

About Us


Dr. Mary Leia Cunningham - DVM

Dr. Leia Cunningham was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with Distinction in 2007. She then went on to graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 in Saskatoon, SK.

Upon graduation she came back to her hometown to start her mobile vet clinic in 2012. Her passion for animals allowed her to then open the doors to offer full time vet services out of a clinic in Apex. Dr. Cunningham is excited about the new blood work machines as her favourite part of veterinary medicine is the diagnostic process.

She has two kids Connor and Lilliane, ages 6 and 4 and two adopted fur "kids", Vinnie a bluenose pitbull and Amarok, a mastiff cross.

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Duncan Cunningham

Duncan received a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo with a double major in French and Physical Education and a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. He has extensive experience working in Nunavut with Inuit organizations, the territorial government and in Nunavut's private sector. Duncan works as NunaVet's Practice Manager


Ashley Godfrey 

Ashley has lived in Iqaluit for 6 years and has joined NunaVet as Clinic Manager, July 2017. She had originally started with us part-time as a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Technician.

Ashley always wanted to work with animals and started out by volunteering for Animal Shelters and by working alongside a Veterinarian while living in Prince Edward Island. She has completed one year of studies in a Veterinary Technician program and is currently a student working towards an Associate Degree in Science of Veterinary Nursing. Once she has achieved the education required, she is planning to take the “VTNE” to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Ashley has recently become Fear Free Certified and plans to implement this by making each and every patient as comfortable as possible from the moment they leave the comfort of their home, during examination and boarding, until they are back home again.

Ashley has five cats of her own: Dubu, Sophia, Cheshire, Phoebe, and Stewart.


Yvonne Boyd

Yvonne has lived in Iqaluit for many years and is NunaVet's receptionist and veterinary assistant. She is currently training to become a Veterinary Technician.

Yvonne has a Hamster - Willie, a Husky Sheppard cross - Chico, a Husky Wolfhound cross - Hazel, four Cats - Noodles, Mr. Mittens, Pip, Pistachio, and two Turtles - Mertle and Gloria.


Samantha Balfour

Samantha has lived in Iqaluit for many years and has many roles at NunaVet. She is currently NunaVet’s receptionist, Veterinary Assistant, and Kennel Technician to name a few.