RVT’s & Treatment Ward Staff
Together, these veterinarians, technicians, and staff members bring enthusiasm to our Veterinary Hospital
Lisa is our head Registered Veterinary Technician and has been an Allandale team leader since graduating with honors from St. Clair College in 1994. In addition to her responsibilities as team leader and technician, Lisa schedules her team, prepares our quarterly newsletter, maintains our website and blog, and helps organize extracurricular activities like our open house, pet fair’s, client education seminars and golf tournaments.
In winter of 2009 Lisa, received her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS)in Anesthesia, as she has a keen interest in small animal anesthesia. In 2010,a career highlight was traveling to Jamaica and working for a week at the Animal House a non-kill shelter located in the Blue Mountains outside of Ocho Rios. Again in Oct 2012, Lisa traveled back to Jamaica right after Hurricane Sandy to work at the Animal House.For a third excursion she joined our team that traveled to Todos Santos Guatemala for a week helping educate the locals about vaccinations, and working at a spay neuter clinic. Lisa enjoys free time with her family Chris and daughter Berlynn.
Lisa loves traveling, photography,playing volleyball,reading,hiking,shopping and has re-discovered the love of mountain biking, and most recently road cycling. Any spare time you can find her at one of the local resorts skiing, or authoring anesthesia related articles for TECHNEWS- the provincial journal for Veterinary Technicians.
Melissa joined our team in the summer of 2002 and is a graduate of the Pre Health Sciences program at Georgian College. Melissa is an integral part of our treatment staff, and inventory clerk, but you may see her filling in all areas at AVH when needed.
Melissa has developed an interest in animal behavior and has helped in developing our low stress handling training. She is always available to help with our nervous patients, to make their visits even more comfortable. Melissa enjoys problem solving and challenges which she does on a daily basis with quality control here at AVH.
In 2013, Melissa made the journey along with some team members from Allandale Vet Hospital and other volunteers around the globe to Todos Santos, Guatemala. This spay/neuter and rabies mission was life changing. She has been fortunate to return each year since with Dr. Lechten, their team and The Global Alliance of Animals and People, and help lead other technicians and assistants while there. She is proud to be on the board of directors of a new chapter for The GAAP called The Global Alliance of Animals and People (Canada). This non-profit organization is to help the northern areas of Canada where vet care is not readily available. Melissa heads up most of our fundraising and loves answering any questions about the charity work.
Melissa shares her home with her Partner Dave, and their daughter Raya. Their pets include Dee Dee and Jaxson, the Norwich Terriers, Peanut the English Bulldog, and their two cats, Sherlock and Magenta. In her spare time you can find Melissa 9 hours north at her Camp on Windermere Lake relaxing and of course fishing for Pickerel.
Natelle joined the Allandale Veterinary Team in September 2013 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has enjoyed working in the veterinary profession since early 2006. Natelle attended Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and successfully completed her OAVT registration examination in July of 2009.
Her special interests include canine behaviour, animal nutrition and canine rehabilitation. In April 2015 Natelle began her training to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. Natelle works closely with Dr. Rogers to offer your dogs rehabilitation and hydrotherapy on our state of the art under water treadmill.
In her spare time, Natelle enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with her husband Andrew and their three tiny dogs Peyton, Lucy and Peanut.
Her calm and friendly personality will help you and your pets feel comfortable at each visit. Natelle is dedicated to keeping your pets healthy and with you and your family for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Justine has recently joined our team as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Northern College adding a third year on from the Veterinary Technician Wildlife Rehabilitation program. Justine recently traveled to South Africa to work at a rehabilitation reserve working with predatory acts, primates, rhinos and baby hippos. Her interests lie in veterinary medicine towards the canine and feline nutrition and behavior areas. Justine loves to spend time with her 2 cats “Hamlet”, “Tux” and dog “Nova”. Her hobbies include baking, hiking and playing piano. Welcome Justine!
Rebecca is a 2009 graduate of St. Lawrence in Kingston from the Veterinary Technician program. Although she is new to our team she comes with experience. Rebecca resides in the country with her husband, with “Thai” the pet pooch and “Sam” her horse. As a “winter lover” she enjoys traveling, skiing, and spending time with her animals. Rebecca has a keen interest in rehabilitation, and enjoys volunteering at the local food bank with elementary hockey during the winter months.
Leah graduated with honors from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2013. She began working in a small practice where her love for animals grew and so did her interest in emergency medicine and canine/feline behavior. She worked for 2 years at a companion animal/emergency practice where she learned so much alongside a 12 doctor team. In the past she has volunteered and sat on the board of directors for a local cat rescue and routinely donates time and supplies to Potcake Place Rescue in Providenciales Turks and Caicos. At home, Leah has 5 dogs (2 Great Danes, a Shih Tzu, a Jack Russel and a Shiba Inu) as well as 2 cats. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to her family cottage and singing in choir.
Sarah has always had an interest in animals. Although she has attended college and university in police foundations, and one day would like to pursue a career in that direction, her second love is pets. Sarah works in the treatment area helping our pets recover from surgery, and the duties associated with the treatment ward. Sarah owns a lovable westie, and enjoys the outdoor, and running. You can find Sarah wherever there are half marathons. She recently traveled to Paris, and said “it was simply amazing!”
Josh LOVES cats! He works in our treatment and boarding areas of the hospital. He says perhaps one day me may have aspirations to become a nurse in the human medical field with a keen interest in the operating room setting. Josh loves painting and pastels and listening to music.
Sarah started out as a co-op student, and joined our team part time as a veterinary assistant.
Autumn has been part of the team for several years now, and loves all the pets she comes in contact with. Autumn has a very calming voice, and really help to relax the pets that are stressed. Autumn would one day maybe like to work more with wildlife. In the meantime she is enjoying camping, and hopes to pursue traveling out west.