Alie Shortly after finishing university, I worked at a therapeutic riding centre for horses with disabilities. I became more and more involved in the health care and management of our herd, and one day had the opportunity to see a minor surgery on one of the horses. At first, I didn’t think I would be able to watch, but I was unable to peel my eyes away! When I left this position, I started looking for other jobs that were animal-related. I had always thought that the only way to work in a vet clinic was as the vet, and had no idea there were “nurses” in the clinic as well. Medicine interested me, but human medicine had no appeal – the more research I did, the more I realized that being a vet tech was the perfect fit for me. I wanted to be involved with the care of animals and work to make their lives better each day. I went back to school for the Veterinary Technician Program in 2011, and did one of my co-ops at CMVH. I thought that when I graduated I would naturally head back into the horse world, but I caught the Caledon Mountain bug and didn’t want to leave! Hospital Director, Registered Veterinary Technician Ashley I grew up on a farm and have been surrounded by animals my entire life. As a little girl, my passion was horses and riding. I always knew my future path would involve animals, whether they were big or small. Being a veterinary technician since 2003 fulfills my love for animals and my desire to help them in any way possible. RVT, Orthopedic/Road Surgery Team Lead Becky I may not have known what career I was going to end up in when I was in high school, but I’m certainly glad that life has brought me to veterinary medicine—I have been an RVT since 2016. No matter what, I have always loved animals, but expected that I would be working in a hospital with people rather than pets. While in nursing school, I realized that it wasn’t my calling; I was meant to be working with cats and dogs. People aren’t as fluffy and don’t give kisses nearly as much as pets do! RVT, Nutrition Coach Clarisse I have always found a way to connect with all kinds of animals, and they have always brought me so much peace and healing that I wanted to be able to give them the same in return. My love of horses, such powerful (and sassy) creatures, opened that door for me. Building bonds with horses, especially rescue horses, helped me learn how to build trust and respect “the nature of the beast.”
Once my family got our first dog, a Golden Retriever named Sophie, I fell in love with the furry, four-legged friends I now work with today. My adopted dog Hudson is my sidekick and adventure buddy, who can probably outlast me on the hiking trails and in the water! The veterinary field is a world I plan to inhabit for many years to come, and I’m so proud to be an RVT and 2016 Seneca College graduate! Registered Veterinary Technician, CCRP Danielle I grew up around animals, and I believe that their unconditional love and devotion helped me become the person I am today. I felt that the least I could do would be to help them live better lives by being their advocate. I attended Sheridan College to complete their two-year veterinary technician program, graduating in 2012 and becoming registered in 2013. Before I went to school to become a vet tech, I started out as a high school co-op and landed a summer job that ended up lasting four years! Since then, I have worked in three different clinics in different capacities over the last 11 years.
I am very interested in veterinary surgery; my main goal is to help every pet feel as pain-free as possible after their procedure. I am, in fact, allergic to most cats and dogs, but that doesn’t stop me from doing what I love. I have three pets; a Lab named Indiana, a Morkie named Maui, and a cat, Mocha Bean, who lives with my parents in Toronto. Registered Veterinary Technician Beverley I have always loved animals and knew I wanted to incorporate animals into my everyday life, at work and at home. Originally my plan was to work with reptiles including alligators. I did my college placement at a reptile zoo where I realized there wasn't much nursing care involved with gators. After I graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College in 2006, I started working at a small animal practice where I realized I was meant to be working with cats and dogs. Throughout my career I have worked at 3 different small animal hospitals, and academia at OVC. I have a special interest in nursing care, critical care and teaching/mentoring,. I love all animals but have a special love for cats. I live with my husband, 2 year old son Carter, Shar pei cross Cletus and my geriatric cat Jeezy. Registered Veterinary Technician Tanya I am currently working as a veterinary assistant here at CMVH, and have been a part of this practice since 2008. Since the age of 16, I have been working in the veterinary field—starting out as weekend kennel staff, then becoming a receptionist, and finally becoming a veterinary assistant. I am now in school to obtain certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician to further my career in this field.
As long as I can remember, I have always worked with, and continued wanting to work with animals. When I was younger, I travelled and participated in canine sports, and volunteered with various rescues. I have four pets of my own: a rescue Lab mix named Annie and three rescue cats—Annabella, Dallas, and Tinkerbell (who has three legs). Veterinary Assistant & Client Care Representative Janice I’ve always loved animals. When I was younger, I had a pug who ended up with eye issues and needed a lot of medical work-up. She ended up going blind, and that’s when I decided I wanted to work with animals. I began my career with animals as a dog groomer, but I really didn't love it and made the jump to working as a Veterinary Assistant . I've really enjoyed joining the team at Caledon Mountain and seeing the different orthopedic surgeries and complex soft tissue surgeries, and I love getting to scrub in to assist when needed. I currently have two pugs named Max and Noah, and a cat named Gibson. Veterinary Assistant & Client Care Representative Heather I always knew I loved animals from a young age and I was thrilled when, after years of bugging, my parents got a me a dog. He was a little Sheltie named Jasper and we did everything together for the next 11 years. When he was about nine I noticed a change in him, and a trip to the vet diagnosed him with diabetes. I learned how to give insulin, take glucose curves and for the next two years was his sole caregiver. It broke my heart to have to say goodbye to him after 11 years, but the love and happiness he gave me over that lifetime was what bonded me to the animal industry. I volunteered and then eventually took a job with the veterinarian who cared for Jasper during his illness, and I have been in love with being a veterinary assistant ever since. Client Care Representative Madison I graduated from the University of Guelph, where I majored in animal biology and minored in nutrition. Upon graduating, I went on to complete a one-year equine certification from Guelph-Ridgetown College. I have always had a passion and love for animals, and have worked with a variety of species in all different capacities within the animal field. When I’m not at work, I enjoy relaxing with a good book, and spending time with my friends and my three dogs Malley, Murphy and Henry. Veterinary Assistant & Client Care Representative Tristienne I started my career in veterinary medicine in high school at 15, starting as a co-op student and then continuing on as a vet assistant/receptionist for another 4 years. I've worked at multiple vet clinics all around downtown Toronto, often being the youngest employee but always the most keen to learn. I have experience in general practice, emergency and referral veterinary medicine, and worked exclusively with a surgery department for over 2 years. I've always had a love for horses on the side, and took every opportunity growing up to get some time in the saddle. I now spend my weekends as a horseback riding trail guide to get my horse fix! When I'm not working, I'm probably training or competing with my German Shepherd Dog, Maui, in protection dog sports. I was lucky enough to apprentice with an amazing dog training facility in Scarborough, and take a special interest in behavior modification and personal protection dog training. Outside of all things animal-related, I'm a bit of a nerd and usually spend my nights playing video games. Veterinary Assistant & Client Care Representative Gus We adopted Gus from the Burlington Humane Society in September 2017 and he is the youngest clinic cat we’ve ever had. He came to us with a fracture and we fell in love with him instantly. He is so lovable yet food driven and his spirits embodies that of our beloved Pepper and Shadow. Gus has his own Instagram account at Instagram.com/kingguscmvh