We feel very lucky to have such an incredible team of veterinarians with a vested interest in so many areas of pet medicine, and who are loving pet owners themselves. They’re happy to treat patients from all over the region, including Caledon Village, Caledon East, and Bolton! Take a few minutes to get to know them.
“My practice is complemented by these outstanding veterinarians who each have a unique area of expertise in dentistry and medicine, and a passion for the highest standard of care.“
-Dr. John Brajkovich
John Brajkovich, BSc, DVM, MANZCVS SA Surgery
Dr. John’s skills and competency have streamlined his focus in orthopedic surgery. He has gained considerable expertise in the areas of joint reconstruction, non-cemented total hip replacement, cruciate ligament injury treatment utilizing TPLO and TTA procedures, and orthopedic trauma management. He also has extensive knowledge in hip replacement surgery, with over 15 years of experience and training in the BioMedtrix total hip replacement system.
In soft tissue surgery, Dr. John has gained experience studying and training under some of the best reconstructive skin and wound management surgeons in the country. He has a special interest in the surgical management of congenital deformities and complex fractures. Whenever possible, he uses minimally invasive techniques and approaches to manage fractures. His current areas of research and study include regenerative medicine and osteoarthritis treatment. He is proud to be associated with a network of veterinarians and rescue group volunteers who are dedicated to helping people and their pets.
Dr. John is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal surgery. Membership signifies that a veterinarian demonstrates expertise and competence in small animal surgery. Beyond a degree in veterinary medicine, becoming a member of the College requires at least four years of post-graduate experience as a veterinarian, fulfilling specific guidelines and case studies, and successfully completing rigorous written and oral practical examinations in small animal surgery.
Rebecca Ritchie, BSc, DVM
If you had asked me at 10 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you that I wanted to be an engineer. Thankfully, I have changed since then, and life brought me other opportunities. It began with science, but it was living among different creatures at University that really captured my interest. After working with maple trees, gypsy moths and caribou, I found myself applying to vet school. I had considered returning to work with wildlife, but I was captivated by small animal medicine and surgery—so here I am!
Rob Hillerby, BSc, DVM
My very earliest memory is a Saturday morning at my parent’s house when I was three years old. Their Irish Setter, Emma, had whelped 13 puppies a few weeks earlier and my dad had built a room in the basement for her to raise them in. I got up early that morning and went down the stairs and over the board in the doorway that kept the puppies in. Emma was happy to share her new family with her people, and welcomed me into the room. I remember the curious little balls of fluff crawling all over me and licking at my face as I laughed like a fool. I learned early on how good it felt to make a true connection with an animal and that has stuck with me. As soon as I realized that there was a job where I could help people to foster that connection with their own animals, I knew that was what I wanted to do. Every day I get to help animals live happier lives and I get to see how that affects the people who love them. I think that is a pretty good way to spend my time! I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009, and I have a special interest in ultrasound imaging and dentistry.
Sherry Ekstrom, BSc, DVM
I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010, and have been interested in caring for pets since I was very young. When I was three years old, I would take our neighborhood cat out for walks. His name was Toby, and he was a big orange tabby with a grumpy-looking face. My mom was allergic to cats—a fact that I tested out on multiple occasions when a stray cat would “accidentally” follow me into the house, and my mom would be sneezing for days. Toby was the closest thing I had to my own cat at that time. At every opportunity, I would knock on my neighbour’s door to see if Toby could come out and play, and his owners would dutifully hand him over to me. I would place him in my pink toy shopping cart and happily walk up and down the sidewalk, giving him a tour of the neighbourhood. In hindsight, he was an exceptionally patient kitty to deal with an overly affectionate three-year old so well.
Our routine continued for some time until the fateful day when Toby was chased up a tree by my family’s dog. Toby was fine, but he was no longer allowed to come out and play with me, and I was sad to lose my furry pal. It was around this time I decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian, so that I could help teach dogs and cats to be friends.
Over the years, my reasons for wanting to pursue this career have evolved, but I often think back to one of my first experiences with the human-animal bond as the start of my journey.