Dr. Mark Cochran
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

Mark grew up on a dairy farm near Almonte, ON where his family still farms. Mark received his BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph in 1994 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation, Mark practiced mixed animal medicine and surgery first in Eastern Ontario, then in the rural north island of New Zealand. After returning to Canada in 2003, Mark practiced both farm and small animal medicine and surgery as a locum veterinarian. In 2005 Mark established West Carleton Animal Hospital in the village of Carp. Mark lives in Kanata, and still periodically pines for bovines. In his downtime, Mark enjoys spending time with his children, travelling, reading, sailing, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, gaming, and trolling the world wide web for random nuggets of knowledge.

“I love coming to work everyday. I am blessed to work with caring and entertaining co-workers and clients. I take great satisfaction in using my skills to make life better for both our patients and their human guardians.”

Dr. Tracey Blundell

Dr. Tracey is an East Coaster at heart. She was born and raised in Labrador City, NL. In 2003, after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI. After graduation, Dr. Tracey practiced in East Lyme, CT in a small animal practice for 4 years before moving to sunny California where she worked for 2 years in both small animal practice and as a shelter veterinarian.  Then she returned to the cold of Canada to be closer to her family and to raise her wonderful son.  Dr. Tracey has been practicing in the Ottawa area for the last 10 years and just decided to join our team, with plans to stay put.  She and her husband live with their blended family of 3 boys and 2 dogs…Jeffrey, the crazy Border Terrier and Sterling the lab mix.  She enjoys getting out for hikes and loves to bike…anything that gets her outside!  Most weekend mornings she can also be found next to many other hockey parents freezing in a cold arena cheering on her son.

Dr. Jenn Hubbard

Jenn was raised on a farm near Orangeville, Ontario and studied veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College.  She enjoys both small and farm animal medicine.  Having moved to West Carleton in 2021, she is thrilled to call this community home and to be a part of the team at West Carleton Animal Hospital.

Dr. Lynn Morgan

Dr. Asmat Khan – to join the hospital soon!

Dr. Khan earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.  He joined Brooke hospital for animals and worked there for five years. Meanwhile he received his master’s degree in Anatomy. He got selected on a Chinese government scholarship in 2018 and earned his PhD degree in 2022.

He has great interest in  internal medicine, diagnostics and small animal surgery. He has a strong appreciation for the human-animal bond and is committed to providing the best care for his patients.

When not working, Dr. Khan enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, playing badminton and taking part in community activities.

Ashley
Registered Veterinary Technician

Ashley grew up in Kanata and has always had a love for all animals, big and small. She volunteered at a horse barn when she was younger and has followed her dreams of working with animals every day and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2019. She has a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd pup named Farmer who keeps her busy when she’s not at work. Ashley loves to work in Carp and go to all of its events throughout the year.

“I love working at WCAH because it keeps me close to home and has a big family feel!”

Chelsie
Veterinary Assistant & Client Service

Chelsie grew up in the country just outside of Ottawa with 4 sisters and a dog. She graduated from Algonquin as a Vet Assistant in 2013 and has worked in a boarding kennel for cats and dogs for the last 8 years. Chelsie’s hobbies include reading good books and going to the cinemas.

“I chose this field because I like animals and want to keep learning about them throughout my life. I love working at WCAH because I get to help those in need and meet the animals that just love life with their families.”

Grace
Client Service

Being a 4x MeeMaw of 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson, Grace has worked at the clinic for 6+ years; the past few years at Reception.   Grace is a dog and bird person.  She loves kittens but is allergic to all cats. Her allergist did ask why she was working for a vet clinic ;o).

“WCAH is a great place to work; all the staff are warm, conscientious and caring.”

Jennifer
Finance Manager

Jennifer grew up in Almonte and attended the University of Guelph in Agricultural Business to receive her B. Comm. She then continued her education to receive her C.G.A. designation. Jennifer lives in Carleton Place with her family that includes their dog, Brandi and Father-In-Law’s dog Coco.  Jennifer is the proud Mom of 3 grown children, Kael, Jacob and Kobe. Outside of work, Jennie also enjoys gardening, reading and being active, and golfing with her husband.  She has ran the 5k Deifenbunker run together with other WCAH employees. Jennie is closely connected to the community with many friends in the area and regularly attends the Carp fair and Fitzroy Harbour days.

“Working at WCAH allows me to combine my love of animals with my love of numbers! At WCAH our employees and clientele make it a wonderful environment to work in.”

Jessica
Veterinary Technician & Nutrition Advisor

Jessica grew up in the Ottawa area but now lives out in the countryside east of the city. Jessica’s interest in animals & nature started when she was very young and continues to be one of her passions to this day. She started working in veterinary clinics at age 16 as well as volunteering at a local horse barn as a stable hand. Jessica studied to be a Veterinary Technician at Algonquin College and graduated in 2011. While Jessica worked in a few different animal clinics and establishments around Ottawa after graduation, she ultimately settled at WCAH where she has worked as a Veterinary Technician for about 6 years. While Jessica’s interest in pet nutrition was piqued in college, it wasn’t until her own dog needed significant nutritional support that Jessica learned how much information there really was out there. Having found it difficult to sift through the information on her own, Jessica wants to share her knowledge to help others with their own beloved pets find the best nutritional support available. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and their Border Collie mix, Barley (whom she swears knows more English than they’ve taught him), learning new things, developing new skills, knitting, sewing and baking.

“Working at WCAH allows me to continue learning about a field I’m passionate about, to work with wonderful like-minded colleagues, and to use my pet nutrition knowledge to help others.”

JoAnne
Office Manager & Client Service

JoAnne has worked with research animals, and various vet clinics including, small and large animal hospitals. She was the District Commissioner of Baltimore Hills Pony Club and President of Arnprior Little League. JoAnne started a successful and thriving business called HaySmart in 2013, making and selling slow feeding hay nets. JoAnne is originally from Arnprior and now calls Almonte home. She is the proud mother of 2 great kids, Rebecca and Matthew and 2 grand-daughters, Ella and Abby, and grand-son, Kai. JoAnne currently has an English Pointer named Luke, a cat named Bigs, a horse named Pipilongstocking (Pip) and a pony named Polly. JoAnne enjoys horseback riding, working on the farm, and spending time with family.

“I have a deep abiding love and respect for animals and feel privileged to be able to help and protect them. I love that in my position at WCAH, I connect with families and their pets. It’s not just about, walking in the door, being seen by the vet, paying and leaving. We truly care about our clients and their families.”

Katy
Veterinary Assistant & Client Service

Katy grew up in Constance Bay with her parents and 4 brothers. Currently, Katy resides in Orleans with her husband, daughter, 2 cats (Tim and Mufasa) and 1 goldfish (Jaws). Growing up, Katy always had animals around her and a passion to work with them. Katy started out helping her mother at Groomingdales, bathing dogs at the age of 12. In 2015 she proceeded to became a Pet Groomer. Katy also volunteered with WCAH in 2009 and later started working as an assistant at WCAH in 2011. In her free time Katy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, driving her motorcycle, enjoying a day at the spa, catching up on her favorite tv shows and reading.

“I love my job at WCAH because the staff and animals make it a great place to work. It puts a smile on my face being around animals every day and being able to see the love and care that one has for one’s pet. ”

Kelsey
Registered Veterinary Technician

Kelsey grew up in the country just a short drive outside of Ottawa with 2 sisters and a few dogs.  She graduated from Algonquin College as a Veterinary Technician in 2016 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician shortly after.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.  She currently lives with her fur family of 2 cats and 2 dogs.

Kristen
Registered Veterinary Technician

Kristen grew up in Orleans surrounded by many pets and always wanted to have a career where she would work closely with animals. As a child, Kristen participated in the Junior Canadian Kennel Club showing her dogs, a Rottweiler and Dachshund. After high school, Kristen completed the Practical Nursing program and became a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in 2005.  After almost 13 years of nursing, Kristen decided to make a career change and went back to Algonquin College, this time enrolling in the Veterinary Technician program. She graduated in June 2019 and still holds her RPN license.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new foods, travelling, and running. Kristen has run in 4 half marathons and several 5K and 10K races. She currently lives in Kanata with her husband, two dogs named Turk and Tank, and one cat named Dyson.

“Ever since I was a little girl, animals have always been a passion of mine and working at WCAH allows me to be surrounded by great coworkers and clients (and animals of course) every day while I do what I love- helping animals and people!”

Lindsay

Registered Veterinary Technician

Lindsay grew up in the country side of Carp with her 2 brothers. She graduated from Algonquin College as a Veterinary                                                                      Technician in 2020 and shortly after became registered. She joined the West Carleton team in spring of 2020. Lindsay      has 1 dog named Lexi, and 2 horses, Chaplin and Dolly that she keeps on her property. She enjoys taking Lexi for a run  alongside her ATV, as well as swimming, riding her horses and in the winter snowmobiling.

 

“I look forward to coming to work every day and being a part of an amazing team that does everything to care for all the pets we see.  It’s great to work in an environment where everyone is inviting, wonderful and funny!”

Reagan
Veterinary Assistant & Client Service

Reagan grew up near London, Ontario before moving to Almonte in 2015. Reagan has had a love for animals of all kind from a young age and always knew she’d end up working with them. Reagan joined WCAH for Co-op during high school and has since attended St. Lawrence College, graduating in 2022 as a VA. In her free time Reagan enjoys spending time with family and friends, including her dog Finley!

“I love working in an environment so close with animals everyday and doing so with such fun and caring co-workers!”

Rebecca
Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Tracy
Client Service

Tracy grew up in West Carleton…having the pleasure of breeding and showing APHA Paint Horses.  Tracy’s passion for all creatures big or small led her to the veterinary field.  For over 30 years, Tracy has worked in various aspects in many clinics.  Horses to hamsters, technician to office manager to now part-time receptionist in Client Service.  Tracy enjoys working with her co-workers immensely and cuddling with her Shitz Tzu Chevy and visits with her Granddaughter Brooke.

Tina
Registered Veterinary Technician

Emilie
Student

“I had the great opportunity to take on a co-operative education placement in my junior year of high school and was fortunate enough to carry on my working experience here at West Carleton Animal Hospital.  Being a part of the WCAH team is truly a blessing.”

Emilie is currently studying to attain her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, in hopes of pursuing a career dedicated to animals.

Justine
Student / Client Service

Justine started working at WCAH as a co-op student during her grade 11 year at West Carleton Secondary School.  Now that she is getting her degree in Animal Science at the University of Guelph, she is always happy to return to work here in the summer. With a black lab, 2 cats, and 2 goats, Justine loves to spend her past-time walking in the pasture with all her pets.  This animal lover is also known for being a casual bird watcher, avid concert goer, and a university softball pitcher.

Sam
Student / Client Service

Sam started working at the West Carleton Animal Hospital in 2019 as a co-op student.  Her experience working in a clinic pushed her to pursue a career in the veterinary field.  She is now currently attending St. Lawrence College for the Veterinary Technology program.  She enjoys spending her free time outdoors and with her two pet rats.