Our Support Staff
We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing veterinary support staff here in Caledon Village. Their love of animals and passion for exemplary service know no bounds; we could not ask for a better team to keep the wheels turning! Learn more about our support staff below.
“My support staff, with their individualized training, have been instrumental in bringing the clinic to life. They are the nerve center of the entire practice, and take so much pride in creating enjoyable experiences for everyone.“
-Dr. John Brajkovich
Allison, Registered Veterinary Technician
I have been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2002. My first cats were sisters, who lived to be 21 and 18, respectively. I was determined to learn as much as I could about them and make sure they had the best lives possible. I initially wanted to go into human nursing, but my co-op program prompted me to change direction. I really wanted to make a difference in the life of a pet and become an RVT.
Throughout my career and involvement in sports, I have enjoyed experiencing the dynamics of working in a team, and how great it feels to achieve something together with a group. With my leadership role at Caledon Mountain, it’s very important to me that my team is happy, passionate about their jobs, and challenged on a daily basis. At home, I have two silly cats, Martin and Merlin, the latter being an FIV-positive furball.
Alie, Registered Veterinary Technician
Technical Team Lead
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!
Ashley, Registered Veterinary Technician
Orthopedic/Road Surgery Team Lead
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.
Becky, Registered Veterinary Technician
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!
Caitlin, Registered Veterinary Technician
Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to work with animals. My dream job was always to become a veterinarian and have my own clinic. I started off in high school doing a co-op placement at a clinic in Mississauga, where I was eventually hired and given the opportunity to grow and learn new techniques. While working there, I applied for Sheridan College’s veterinary technician program, and in 2013 became a Registered Veterinary Technician. To challenge myself, I took a position at North Town, which allowed me to gain experience and practice in many different areas of veterinary medicine. Although I was only at North Town for a short time, I became very confident in my abilities as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
I started at Caledon Mountain in November 2014, and have never looked back. Caledon Mountain has an amazing group of people, who help each other out with everything that needs to be done. I still pick up new techniques on a regular basis, and could not be happier. I am currently working my way through my undergraduate program, and will hopefully be able to enter the DVM program and realize my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Clarisse, Registered Veterinary Technician
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!
Danielle, Registered Veterinary Technician
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.
Cara, Client Care Service
Cara is a Client Services representative and came to CMVH in 2017 to pursue her dream of working in the veterinary field. Her passion, love of animals and work experience in customer service is what strives her to give the best care to patients and clients. Cara enjoys working in an environment where everyone smiles and shares the same interests in animal care.
In her spare time, Cara spends time with family as well as tries to keep her cats Maximus and Leeloo out of trouble.
Kristen, Client Care Service
Since I was two years old, my family has always had pets. It started with fish, then hamsters and rats, and it quickly escalated to cats and dogs. We started with a Beagle named Scooter, then a yellow Lab named Shelly. Now I have four dogs at home of all different breeds and sizes, as I love each and every dog for their own reasons! The unconditional love you receive from a pet is something that every person should experience in their lifetime. Although I am seeking a university degree for Health & Society, I doubt I would ever be able to leave the animal world altogether.
Katie, Client Care Service
I graduated with honors from the Animal Care program at Sheridan College. Growing up in a house full of animal lovers, I knew at a young age that I wanted to work with animals. I’ve always loved animals, veterinary medicine, and working with people, so the veterinary field was the perfect fit for me. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my multiple dogs and ducks! I also enjoy volunteering at local farm sanctuaries on weekends.
Pam, Client Care Service
I love talking and being with people—rumour has it I can be a little chatty—but I have always been compassionate about caring for our furry friends. There is nothing better than coming to work and being able to see wagging tails and meowing kitties (rumour has it that I am the ‘Cat Lady’). I believe I am one of the few people that can truly say they enjoy going to work every day!
Tanya, Veterinary Assistant
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).
Janice, Veterinary Assistant
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 to work with animals. I then started working with animals as a dog groomer for two years, which was not my favourite thing to do. I then started working at Glendale Animal Hospital for four years. At that point I found out Caledon Mountain had a position available, and decided to change my environment. I enjoy seeing different orthopedic surgeries, and scrubbing in to assist when needed. I currently have two pugs named Max and Noah, and a cat named Gibson.
Heather, Veterinary Assistant
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.
Madison, Veterinary Assistant
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.
Andrea, Veterinary Assistant
I’ve had a soft spot for animals for as long as I can remember, and have spent my whole life being surrounded by them. It was not uncommon for me to stop what I was doing in order to help an animal that might have been sick, injured or in trouble. This all stemmed from when I was three years old and met my first cat. She was rescued from a home where she was not being properly cared for. When she joined our household, she became my best friend growing up, and lived to be 21.
I have spent almost my entire employment history working an animal-related job, and have worked in the veterinary field for over 15 years, four of which were spent in an emergency hospital. At one point, I attempted a different career path but was unable to enjoy it, so I returned to the veterinary field and never looked back!
Additionally, I was a foster parent for a number of years; first for The Toronto Cat Rescue, and then for Four Paws One Heart, my specialty being orphaned kittens. I have also volunteered for C.A.R.D. (Community Association for the Riding of the Disabled), prepping horses and helping disabled children ride horses.
Overall, I have considerable experience with many different types of animals. I also have a strong sense of compassion and love for animals, and cannot imagine myself doing anything else for a career. This field is where I belong.
Stephanie, Veterinary Assistant
I’m a high school student who helps the girls with their closing duties and helps keep the clinic clean and tidy. Outside of work, I love to play hockey and work out, and I enjoy spending time with my Husky, two Golden Retrievers, family, and friends. I love working here at Caledon Mountain, and hope to become a veterinarian in the future.
Anshu, Medical Intern from the University of Glasgow
I am currently attending veterinary school at the University of Glasgow. I work part-time as a veterinary assistant during the summer months, and part-time shadowing the vets, practicing my veterinary skills. I enjoy the high standard of medicine and patient care that Caledon Mountain offers. In my spare time, I dabble in music performance and production, and play with my dog, Atlas.
Callie is our senior cat who is often never seen and resides on the 3rd floor office space. She is sweet yet shy and won’t let Gus share her water bowl. Callie came to CMVH years ago when she fractured her elbow and some how hitched a ride home with Dr. John.
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