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Staff Biographies

 

   Dr. Kathy Hrinivich

Opened practice April 2004
Dr. Kathy graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. She also has an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry, and worked for two years in Lung Cancer Research. She has been working in a Veterinary Hospital for over 30 years and still enjoys every day she spends with animals. 

Her passions at work include: helping people and their animal families; constantly striving to create the best work atmosphere for our awesome staff; and helping as many strays and orphaned pets as humanly possible with the resources she has. 

Her free time is spent entirely with her husband Neil, her beautiful daughters, her horses, her beautiful Maine Coon kitties, and her small pack of dogs. She also tries to sneak away to the Kitchener Stockyards as frequently as possible to rescue horses and ponies. Keep your eye on our new website for some beautiful pictures taken by Dr. Kathy - a new budding photographer!

 

   Dr. Neil Kennedy


Opened Practice  April 2004
Dr. Neil graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. His passions at work include surgery, dentistry, and unraveling difficult medical cases. 

He has completed surgery courses for Cruciate Ligament Repair, Luxating Patella, Perineal Urethrostomy and Prolapsed Third Eyelid Gland, and is constantly working to excel in this area. 

His hobbies include: woodworking; sports; trail riding; and swimming. He also enjoys spending as much free time as possible with his beautiful daughters and has become quite talented in toenail painting!

 

   Dr. Sarah Thompson


Start date: 09/27/2009

FEB 2014   Appointed to Council for the CVO

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario

Continuing Education: OVMA Conference 2014
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: 05/10/2010
Languages:   English / Dutch

Continuing Education: OVMA Conference 2014

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

Dr. Ellie Baird

Start Date: 07/02/2013

Languages: English/ French

Continuing Education: OVMA Conference 2014

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 : 01/2011
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, 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 Practition
  
Dr. Renee Bourque


             

 Started: Oct. 2016

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

       

 Started: April 2016

 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. Kristi La Pointe 

 
 
Started: 08/2015
 Dr. Kristi grew up just outside of Montreal, Quebec.  She has always had a love for animals big and small growing up with cats, dogs and horses. She completed a bachelor of Science and then went on to work for a pet nutrition company for 3 years prior to going back to school for veterinary medicine.  She is a 2012 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College.  Her special interests are veterinary nutrition and dermatology.

In her free time, Dr. Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband, young son, and their 2 dogs Tucker and Toby. She has also kept her love

of horses and enjoys horseback riding.   Robin is her equine partner of over 15 years at her family's farm in Erin.

 

 Dr. Anna Skorobohacz
 

 

 Started : 10/21/16

Dr. Anna graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012 and began practicing small animal medicine in Burlington shortly thereafter. Her passion for animal welfare began at a young age and has only intensified in her years as a veterinarian. 


Dr. Anna’s hobbies include bee keeping, hiking, and bird watching – she has had the opportunity to visit China, Colombia, and the Caribbean to catch a glimpse of her feathered friends!  She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, and makes sure to head north to cottage country every summer. Dr. Anna also loves to spoil her two kitties, Lyla and Charlie, making sure there is a cat tree in every window and a comfy bed in every room of the house (much to her husband’s dismay).  

 

 Veterinary Technicians

Stacey, RVT, CVDT


Start Date: 04/15/2004

Continuing Education: OVMA Conference 2014

Practice Management Track 

Stacey graduated from Seneca College in 1995 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician the same year. She completed the Canadian Veterinary Dental Technician program through St. Lawrence College, by Dr. Fraser Hale, DVM, in 2000. Stacey helped open our clinic in 2004.

She is also one of our Hospital Managers who strives on a daily basis to ensure that Animal Hospital of Cambridge is providing the best care for your animals. Adding to her fur family (which was one cat named Jeter), she has adopted 3 pets from our rescue program: Shelby, a shepherd cross, and 2 cats, Mats & Crosby.    

 

Elaine , RVT


Start Date: 04/15/2004

Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2014 

Elaine graduated from Seneca College in 2001 as a Registered Veterinary Technician, and also holds a diploma in Fish & Wildlife from Sir Sandford Fleming College (1999). Elaine is a wonderful technician who has a special interest in birds and exotics. She works hard on a daily basis to ensure that your animals are happy and comfortable while in our care. 

She is a self-professed bird fanatic, and is currently owned by several birds, including: 2 brown-throated conures named Loki and Boo, and Clementine, a green-cheeked conure. Also keeping her company at home are two Siamese cats, and Paris the dog (who, incidentally, was a rescue through our clinic!). Elaine and her husband enjoy spending time with their two son's and hope to survive the toddler years !

 

Kayla, VT


Start Date: 05/25/2010

Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2014    

Kayla graduated from Ridgetown with a VMOA (Veterinary Medical Office Administration) diploma in May 2008. She then went on to Georgian College and graduated from their Veterinary Technology program in 2010.   In the fall of 2015, she accepted a new role as one of our hospital managers. Kayla has a vast array of animals living in the country, including 2 goats named Cookie and Sugar.

She has 3 cats, Kyler, Autumn and Sassy, as well as a  Weimaraner  named Prue who is always up to no good .....  She is so cute ... she get's away with it.  She was a rescue from our rescue program in 2012.

 

Michele, RVT

Michele joined our team of Registered Veterinary Technicians in 2016 and is one of our hospital managers.  She has a true love for all shih tzu's.   She is currently fostering one of our rescue dogs "Koda" ( a shih tzu of course)  who suffered massive injuries from a previous dog attack.  With some extra TLC from Michele, Koda has made a full recovery.  She would love for Koda to find the right home with someone to love him.    

 

Meghan , RVT


Start Date: 04/14/2012

Languages: English /  French

Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2015

Meghan is a Registered Veterinary Technician joining our growing technical team. She brings a renewed eagerness to learn and develop her technical skills with us. 

She enjoys taking extra time to snuggle the pets that spend time with us in the hospital.

 

 

Ana, RVT


Start Date: 01/21/2013
Languages: English/ Spanish
Ana has been working in the Veterinary field since 2001. She obtained her Veterinary Technician diploma from Saint Lawrence College in 2005, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician that same year. She loves and cares for animals, enjoying all aspects of being a technician.

Ana enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, her Jack Russell X Beagle dog named Prometheus, and her two cats, Coco and Cloudy. Since becoming part of our team in January 2013, she has adopted Zoodle, a Jack Russell Terrier from our rescue program.



 

 

 Ashley, RVT

Start Date: 09/05/2013
 Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2015                                                Ashley is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has joined our technical team.   During the week she is raising her first child, a happy baby girl.    You will see her around the clinic every other weekend.    Ashley graduated from Ridgetown College in 2011. She comes to us from a cat-only clinic and therefore posses excellent feline skills.  She is our "CAT WHISPERER", understanding how to read their needs and how they want to be handled.   She loves meeting new people and helping clients with whatever she can.  

 Sarah , RVT

Sarah Huehn, RVT   

Start Date: 08/2014

Sarah is one of our  Registered Veterinary Technicians.   She brings experience in Emergency and Critical Care for small animals. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2011 and she became registered the following year. She is eager to expand her knowledge of the industry and has a special interest for anesthesia, emergency medicine as well as equine medicine.

She has three cats "Athena", "Cleopawtra" and "Floyd" and three dogs "Graycie", "Kaleigh".   She is the proud mother to a sweet boy named Bentley.  Outside of work she likes to horseback ride, scrapbook and is a big book worm.  
 
 

 

Michelle , RVT

 
 Start Date: 05/24/2014
 
 Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2015                                                Michelle graduated June 2014 from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus as a Veterinary Technician.  She recently obtained her RVT status in September of 2014 and is eager to keep learning.  Her main areas of interests in her role as a technician are dentistry and anaesthesia.   At home she has  2 dogs named "Holmes" and "Lacey" ,as well as 4 cats including "Lenny", "Apple", "Lily" and "Vinny". She recently adopted her new puppy "Lacey" from AHOC and will not be surprised if there are more adoptee's to come in the future. Outside of work  Michelle likes to bake, snowboard, read and go for walks with her dogs.
 
 
 

 Bonnie, RVT

 
 Start Date: 02/17/2015
 
Bonnie graduated from the Sheridan College  Animal Care program in 2008 and completed a 6 month internship at McGill University in Montreal working in research.  She has also added to her skills, working as a receptionist at a vet clinic before deciding to go back to school to become a Veterinary Technician.     


Bonnie graduated in April 2014 and became a Registered  Veterinary Technician August of that same year.  She has 2 dogs (Sunny and King), a 7 year old hyperthyroid guinea pig (Lily), and foster cat Midnight at home with her husband Andrew. 


Rachel, RVT

 
 Started:  June 14, 2015
 Graduated from ridgetown college in 2004 and became registered the same year.  She worked at a regular practice for 2 years before turning to emergency and critical care at MOVEH where she gained nursing skills for 9 years.  She has a strong passion for nursing care, assisting with blood transfusions and pain relief.  

                                       
Continuing education includes IVECCS  conference in  Chicago in 2009,  OAVT conference 2014.  She has been newly elected to the OAVT complaints committee.

At home she has 2 young children as well as 3 dogs a lab mix Mavryk, Schnauzer mix Chewy and a shihtzu named Brady. 
 
 
 Amanda, RVT

 
 
Started: 10/2007
 
Amanda is a dedicated Registered Veterinary Technician who has an extreme love for pugs.  She shares her life with her husband and 2 children who keep her very busy.  


 

Jade, RVT

 

Starte: 05/14/2016


Jade began her time with Animal Hospital of Cambridge as a Co-op student this past spring.  She proved to be such a hard working and caring person that we asked her to join our team.     We wish to congratulate Jade on passing the exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.



 



Customer Service Representatives



 



         

 

Paula, CSR


Start Date: 07/30/2006

Paula is one of our wonderful, part-time receptionists who has been with us since July of 2006.  She has a Rotti X, Georgia, a Jack Russel Terrier, Tillie and 2 of our rescue cats Diesel and Cato. Along with her love of our furry friends she has a love of our feathered friends, in particular, chickens and keeps staff well supplied in fresh eggs.  She raises rare and heritage breeds as her hobby on her farm that she shares with her husband Mark.     She works hard each day to make sure appointments flow efficiently so you will have an enjoyable experience for both you and your pet.


 Audrey , CSR


 
Start Date:  04/28/2013
 
 Audrey is one of the friendly faces you will meet when you visit us at the clinic.   She is eager to follow through with any requests you may have.  Audrey had many years of experience working in the veterinary field which is truly her life passion.   She loves serving the community and is a huge help with fostering our rescued pets.
 

 


Alicia, CSR


Start date: 10/02/2009
 
 
Alicia works as a customer service representative / ACA.  She plays a big part in making sure every little detail is followed through to make sure our clients receive excellent customer service.   She loves small animals and also has a big passion for horses. She often fosters animals from our rescue program to show them what a real home feels like.
 
 

 

 

Rachal, CSR


Start Date: 04/24/2012

Rachal is the newest member of our veterinary reception team. Rachal Wiles has graduated from the University of Guelph, majoring in biological sciences, and will then pursue further education to become a veterinarian. She comes to us with many years of experience working in veterinary clinics. She will be one of the cheery customer service representatives greeting you at reception during the summer months.

She enjoys working with our rescue dogs and fostering them to give them a homey experience, aiding in their adopt-ability. (Thank you, Rachal, for going the extra mile -- though the happy wagging tails is all the thanks she wants!) She currently owns 2 pug crosses named Bella and Baxter.

 
Jill, CSR

 
Started: 08/2015

Jill worked behind the scenes at AHOC when she was in high school, and has rejoined the team as a CSR in training.  
She will greet you with a bright smile and is eager to help our client 
At home she enjoys spending time with her daughter and her dog Tobi, a min pin Chihuahua cross.

 



Vicky, CSR

 
  
 Vicky is one of the friendly faces you will meet when you walk in the door.  She joined our customer service team in 2016 and in a short period of team has become an important part of our every day procedures running efficiently.  
Vicky has a love for creatures big and small and enjoys showing her paint horse, winning many ribbons.

   Makayla, CSR

 
 Start Date: 04/14/2014
Makayla's passion is animals and medicine. She is currently attending the University of Guelph taking the Animal Biology program working towards a career in Veterinary medicine.   She adopted a boxer from our rescue program who she now calls "AJ", and likes to spend time with her horse during her spare time.



 

 

Animal Care Attendants

Sharon, ACA


Start Date: 04/15/2004

Sharon is Dr. Kathy's mom (however, she is like a mom to all of our staff and is loved here very much), and she has been helping at the clinic since we opened in 2004. Sharon cares for all the pets in our hospital and gives extra love to our rescued puppies and kittens. She often provides foster care for those who need surgery or longer term care. She owns a "pack" of small breed dogs and one cat who keep her busy. She is always available to help when someone calls. 

She has spent her life working with animals and providing nursing care for those in need. Her hobbies include: gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.

 

Linda , ACA


Start Date: 01/02/2002

Linda is looking forward to retiring from her full-time job in the new year. She works for us part-time because she enjoys spending her time tending to the animals at the clinic.   

We love her big heart and appreciate her masterful cleaning and organization skills, keeping our hospital in tip top shape!

 

Judy, ACA

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Start Date: 03/07/2014

Judy is one of our Animal Care Attendants who cares for the many pets and rescued animals at our hospital.   


 
Pet Groomer
-  Pam-Purred Pets Grooming Services



Pam has been grooming pets for 20+ years. She has joined the team at the Animal Hospital of Cambridge to look after all of your pets grooming needs.    Pam grooms both dogs and cats.     Call or text Pam at 226-499-1140 to book an appointment. 
You can send an  email to:  pam-purredpets@hotmail.com
with any questions or to request an appointment.

Pam has very flexible drop off and pick up times. Call today! Accepting new clients daily.
See grooming pictures on her Facebook site.