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 client education seminars as well as managing patients.
In winter of 2009 Lisa, received her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Anesthesia & Analgesia, as she has a keen interest in small animal anesthesia.To learn more about this technician specialty in anesthesia visit: https://www.avtaa-vts.org/index.pml
In 2010, a career highlight was traveling to Jamaica and visiting 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 see all her friends 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. She traveled back to the Animal House in Jamaica for a third excursion in 2018 to help with the blood testing of over 120 dogs at the shelter.
Lisa loves traveling, the outdoors and has re-discovered cross country and downhill mountain biking. Any spare time she has, you can find her at one of the local resorts skiing, or planning a ski vacation. From time to time she authors anesthesia related articles for the RVT Journal- the provincial journal for Veterinary Technicians and currently sits on the advisory committee for the Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants programs of Georgian College.
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 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 with the rehab team 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.
Katrina graduated with honours from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 2014 and has worked as an RVT in Barrie since her graduation. She also has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Wildlife Biology and loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She fosters dogs through a local dog rescue and tends to take in the ones with broken bones, soft tissue injuries or mites and nurses them to health. She has volunteered her time to travel to several remote northern Ontario communities to assist with spay/neuter clinics. Katrina has 3 of her own dogs- a cockapoo named Bailey, a husky mix named Emma and a shepherd mix named Mara. In her spare time she coaches competitive gymnastics and does crossfit.
Avery is a Registered Veterinary Technician, graduating from Seneca College in 2015. She pursues an interest in obtaining her VTS in Anesthesia & Analgesia one day. She loves working with small animals, but also has a love for exotics and horses. In 2013 Avery went to South Africa to work in a field study program and gained experience working with many large exotic animals. She said,” it was a life changing experience!”. Avery also was an English horseback riding instructor and received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award for youth development and leadership.
Avery now lives with her fiance and two cats “Paige” and “Daisy”. She also looks forward to help volunteer with the the charity the GAAP.
Breanne has been working at AVH for almost two years starting out as an assistant, while she was attending college. She just graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College, and just recently passed her VTNE licensing exam to become an RVT!
In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, spending time with friends and family, and her two dogs Ziggy and Hamish. After becoming an RVT, Breanne would like to start working towards a specialty in the future (dentistry perhaps?).
Rhys joined the AVH team during the summer of 2018 after graduating from the Georgian College Veterinary Technician program. He is all set to write the Veterinary Technician Nation Exam in December to obtain his registered status. He has a passion for continuing education and growth within the career field.
Being a veterinary technician is actually Rhys’ second career. After successfully owning and operating a business in the reptile industry for over 10 years, he decided it was time to make a change in order to become more hands on in making a difference in many animal lives as possible. Rhys is now in the process of settling down in Barrie with “Cito” the chihuahua, “Dahlia” the Sphynx, and “King” the Golden Retriever.
Meghan has recently joined us all the way from out west- Manitoba to be exact. She made her way to Ontario with her family. Meghan works in our ward, assisting the doctors and technicians, and inspires to become an RVT one day. She is currently enrolled to start the technician program at Seneca College this fall.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her pooch “Maya”, and of course cottaging in Parry Sound!
Working with animals has been a passion of Kay’s for as long as she can remember. Throughout elementary and high school, Kay considered perusing schooling and a career in exotic animal rehabilitation with a specific interest in elephants. However, being undecided, she went traveling instead. She moved to Hawaii where she unintentionally, but very happily, fostered and nursed many animals including a litter of kittens, many cats and dogs, and an owl. She hopes to one day own a large plot of land where she can foster and provide a safe space for all animals. Kay loves coming into work every day and getting to work and play with so many different animals.
Brittany is a lover of all animals having owned multiple dogs, cats, birds and reptiles over her life. She currently shares a home with two Golden Retrievers “Brody” and “Maisie”, two chihuahuas “Paisley” and “Zoey”, two cats “Robbie” and “Oliver” and a cockatiel “Pebbles”.
Brittany graduated the Veterinary Assistant program with honours at Georgian College in 2016 and hopes to use her skills and love for animals to aid in the care of your pets.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, going to the gym, hiking and camping with her adventurous Chihuahua Paisley!
Sarah graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program with honours at Georgian College in 2018. She hopes to one day go back to school and continue her education in the veterinary field. One of Sarah’s main life goals is to travel as much as she can, and to one day visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Sarah loves spending her spare time with her cuddly calico cat “Jewel”.
Kaylin is one of the newest members of our team! She has grown up taking care of many family pets, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards and fish. Finally at 16 years old, she got her own puppy, a Yorkie-poo named Harlow who she visits anytime she travels home. Kaylin graduated with honours from the Veterinary Assistant Program at Georgian College in Orillia in 2016 and loves utilizing and expanding her knowledge in the animal care field to provide the most optimum care possible. Her dream is to eventually work in animal rescue or cruelty investigations, as she has just completed the Police Foundations Program at Georgian College in Orillia. In her spare time she loves cooking, going to the gym and coming home from work to cuddle with the other furry friends she lives with!
Reese initially started as a high school co-op student with us. She been involved with animals ever since she was young. She grew up with a variety of different pets from reptiles to dogs and would study animal books in her room and even put her bunny in a rabbit contest and won 1st place in 2nd grade
Reese is attending Georgian College this coming fall for Pre-Health Sciences and intends on going into the vet tech program after that and eventually specializing in zoological medicine.
Reese volunteers with a local shelter in her spare time and currently resides with 4 dogs, 1 cat, 2 gerbils, 1 snake and fish.