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, but you may also see her helping 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, making their visits even more comfortable. Melissa also is responsible for Quality Control at AVH, utilizing her love for a challenge and her problem solving skills.
In 2013, Melissa made the journey, along with some other team members from AVH and other volunteers from 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 (The GAAP), 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 helps in the northern areas of Canada where veterinary 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 furry companions include Jaxson, the Norwich Terrier; Peanut, the English Bulldog; and their two cats, Sherlock and Magenta. In her spare time, you can find Melissa nine hours north at her Camp on Windermere Lake relaxing and fishing for Pickerel.