Our team of dedicated pet-care professionals welcomes you to Virgil Animal Hospital, led by the skilled veterinarian Dr. Ron Mergl. We founded our ideology on the premise that every creature is unique and deserving of love, affection, and the best care possible, using this drive to provide your beloved pets with the highest standard of care. Whether you are dealing with a health issue or looking for preventive care, we are ready to assist. Call us to schedule your pet’s appointment today.
About Our Team
Through a commitment to providing high-quality healthcare resources to pets and their loving families, our veterinary team provides Virgil households with comprehensive services, including routine examinations, vaccinations, preventative care, surgery, and more. With a philosophy based on the improvement and maintenance of your pet’s wellbeing, we consistently provide accessible, friendly services to your family. All of our staff members are loyal pet owners and devout animal enthusiasts, affording us a sincere and compassionate approach to your pets’ treatment. For all medical care needs for your beloved pets, Virgil Animal Hospital is ready to assist.
Dr. Ron Mergl, Veterinarian, BSc, DVM, MSc
Education: Ontario Veterinary College
Dr. Ron Mergl graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1985. Dr. Mergl has a special interest in diagnostic medicine and surgery, attends numerous conferences and seminars, and has completed a Masters’ of Science degree studying zoonotic diseases (those diseases that are infectious from animals to humans).
The health of the family pet has a great impact on the physical and emotional well-being of the entire family. Dr. Ron believes in giving back to the community and is a supporter of the Niagara Falls Humane Society, the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, and the Zonta Club of Niagara Falls. Internationally, Dr. Ron chairs the Rotary Human Rabies Prevention Project in Uganda sponsored by Veterinarians Without Borders Canada, Veterinarians Without Borders Uganda, and the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls.
In January 2015, Dr. Mergl was recognized by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association with the Award of Merit. This award is presented to a veterinarian for outstanding veterinary service to both the local and global community.
Dr. Mergl is married with three boys, one dog, three cats, and a horse named Billy.
Dr. Emily Tate
Dr Emily Tate graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Prior to making the move to Niagara to be closer to family, Dr Emily worked at a wonderfully busy Emergency Hospital in Cambridge. While she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and prides herself on providing gold-standard care to all of her patients, Dr Emily has a special interest in Small Animal Surgery and Preventative Medicine. During her career thus far, she has developed a well-rounded repertoire of surgical procedures, and is grateful to be able to offer them to pets in need within the Niagara region. During her studies, Dr Emily spent several months involved in the international project ‘Global Vets’ in South America, which gave her the opportunity to provide Veterinary care to those who otherwise would not have access to it, as well as exposure to many exotic species. Throughout her youth, she has been fortunate enough to live in 7 different countries, giving her a world-wide perspective on Small Animal practice. Dr Emily is proud to be an advocate for fear-free handling of her patients and prioritizes positive re-enforcement during all of her consultations, as she believes every patient deserves to look forward to visiting the Vet. When she’s out of the clinic, she keeps busy by going on hikes and camping trips with her partner, Andrew, and their one-year-old Dalmatian, Dexter.