Dr Dunbar has a diploma in Animal Science from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (1980), and a BSc from the University of Guelph (1984). She obtained a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1986. She returned to her home province of Nova Scotia to practice small animal medicine for 2 years, then moved to Montreal, Quebec, where she has lived ever since. She is currently the owner of the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital, a 12 doctor small animal practice in which she focuses on physical rehabilitation and pain management.
In 2000, wanting to increase the quality of care for animals suffering from osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal injuries, she took the first-ever short course in Canine Physical Rehabilitation offered by the University of Tennessee. Convinced that physical rehabilitation had an important role to play for her patients, she continued studying in this area, achieving the Certification in Canine Physical Rehabilitation (CCRP) in 2008.
Dr. Dunbar introduced the therapeutic laser to her practice four years ago, and this year presented a conference on the use of lasers in small animal practice to a gathering of veterinarians in Paris, France.