Dr. Sarah Thompson
Start date : 27/09/2009
FEB 2014 - Appointed to Council for the CVO The College of Veterinarians of Ontario
Dr. Sarah lives in Guelph with her husband Andres, daughters Paloma & Isabel, and son Jose. Also included in her family are her microscopic rescue dog Jack and 3 wonderful cats: Kitteny, Bebe and Oliver. After a not-so brief detour through Architecture School, Sarah attended the University of Guelph where she earned her BSc (Biomedical Science) in 1999, and her DVM in 2003. She began her career as a veterinarian working in a clinic in Nelson, BC, and returned to Ontario in 2006.
Sarah enjoys volunteering as a communications coach with students at the Ontario Veterinary College. However, most of her spare time is devoted to hanging out with her family (at thrift stores and good lunch spots in the Tri-Cities). Sarah also enjoys reading (mostly poetry and non-fiction) and sewing items of questionable usefulness, such as stuffed animals and quilts.
Dr. Simone van der Weele
Start date : 10/05/2010
Languages : English / Dutch
Dr. Simone graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. Since 1995, she has practiced both small animal and exotic medicine throughout southern Ontario.
In 2010, Simone returned to Cambridge and joined AHC due to the Hospital's compassion and dedication to the rescue of stray animals within the community.
Residing in the countryside of Guelph with her two children and husband, she also likes to spend all of her free time hiking and boating among the islands of Georgian Bay.
Dr. Ellie Baird
Start date : 02/07/2013
Languages : English/ French
Dr. Ellie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, with minors in Genetics and Anthropology. Clearly, her interests have always been in how science helps to explain and improve the lives of all animals -- two- and four-legged! Her passion for veterinary medicine is driven by the human-animal bond: the profound impact that loving, furry family members can have on our lives. Her interests include: nutrition, emergency care, ophthalmology, and behaviour.
Her free time is spent with her son Henry and her loving husband Alex, who -- despite his allergies -- not only puts up with the parade of rescued animals coming into their home, but welcomes them with open arms. She enjoys gardening, camping, and outdoor adventures with dogs Quiggley and Scotty, and reading under a cozy blanket held down by cats Ava and Zambuca.
Dr. Luci Rosca
Start date : 01/01/2011
Languages : English / Romanian
Dr. Luci is a very caring veterinarian. Her compassion shines through every weekend while looking after the many cats and dogs who visit us. She strives to make the best pet health recommendation and works with each owner to choose the best treatment for their pet.
Dr. Anne Sylvestre
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Education : BSc, DVM, DVSc, CCRP, Diplomate ACVS/ECVS
Dr. Sylvestre brings her surgical skills to help the patients and pets in our Safe & Sound Rescue Project at Animal Hospital of Cambridge.
Dr. Sylvestre is a board certified surgeon with the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and then the University of Guelph for several years before leaving academics for private practice. She spent seven years in a busy mobile surgical practice in Southwestern Ontario. During this time she was able to really appreciate what the challenges are that general practitioners deal with on a daily basis. In 2004, she joined others to create a full service, 24/7 referral hospital in Oakville, allowing her to open a rehabilitation centre and service a far greater number of animals. For the past several years, Dr Sylvestre has also spent a lot of time at the Animal Hospital of Cambridge, helping out with the client-owned and rescue animals. In 2002 she formed a continuing education business with the focus being on practicality and hands on learning for veterinarians, with some workshops being applicable to technicians as well. Dr. Sylvestre has since given well over 60 workshops through Focus and Flourish. She has been invited to speak to many international and regional meetings. She has published research and clinical papers, book chapters and, electronic books on veterinary surgery and rehabilitation. Dr. Sylvestre is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Dr. Renee Bourque
Start date : 01/10/2016
Member of American Association of Feline Practitioners
Dr. Renee Bourque graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI in 1992. After working in the Maritime provinces for a few years, she decided to make the Dundas area her home! She will join us at Animal Hospital of Cambridge bringing with her a lot of experience. Over the years she has enjoyed working in both general veterinary practice as well as within veterinary emergency hospitals.
Dr. Renée shares her home with two cats, both are Bengals. One of them plays fetch, just like a dog! Both of these cats were adopted through rescue agencies.
Her hobbies include long distance cycling (look for her in the Ride for Farley), culinary pursuits, yoga and gardening.
Dr. Renée is looking forward to meeting you and your pets, and working together to keep them healthy!
Dr. Luke VanRooy
Start date : 01/04/2014
From a young age, Dr. Luke fostered his love of animals while growing up on a small dairy farm in the Niagara Region. Perusing this passion, he graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014. He started practicing in the Hamilton area after graduation, and then joined the Animal Hospital of Cambridge team in April 2016. At work, he enjoys teaching pet owners about preventative medicine topics: vaccines, dental health, weight maintenance and environmental enrichment. Outside of work, he enjoys hockey, portaging, cycling. Dr. Luke is an avid fan of all things science fiction and fantasy. He has three pets: Daphne the dog, Ness the cat and Eevee the rabbit.
Dr. Meredith Murphy
Start date : 22/09/2017
Dr. Meredith Murphy joined the Animal Hospital of Cambridge in September of 2017. Her desire for building and strengthening the human-animal bond developed during her adolescent years working at a petting zoo on a local apple farm. This laid the groundwork for so many of her life adventures which included: working with conservation teams in Botswana Africa, studying endangered dolphins off of the coast of China, to wrangling horses in the Colorado mountains. Dr. Murphy’s love for animals and their ability to vastly enrich the human experience is what drew her to a career in Veterinary medicine. She joins the Animal Hospital of Cambridge thankful to be a member of such a welcoming and inclusive team in a constantly diversifying community. During her spare time Dr. Murphy enjoys woodworking and hiking. In the summers you can find her camping with her family and their 7 year old Golden Retriever "Henry".