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 down time, 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.”
Suzanne was born and raised in Manotick, where she (mis)spent her youth riding hunter/jumpers and pumping gas for the family business. Suzanne earned a B.Sc (Agr) at University of Guelph in 2000. After graduating Suzanne moved to Calgary to work with Grand Prix jumpers, and ended up collecting semen from bulls (feel free to ask her about either of these!). Suzanne moved back to Ontario and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at OVC in 2007. During her years at OVC Suzanne had an opportunity to travel to East Africa with the Global Vets program, visiting many veterinary related projects throughout Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Following graduation Suzanne completed an internship in equine medicine in Rochester, NY at Ledgewood Equine Veterinary Clinic. After all of these adventures Suzanne realized there is no place like home, she moved back to Manotick with her husband and their two young kids, collecting an old dog named Wilo, an adventurous cat named Griswold, and a horse named Frugal along the way. Suzanne no longer has time for hobbies, but may someday again enjoy spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, riding, hang-gliding and canoeing. Suzanne is currently a board member of the Canadian Central Veterinary Association.
“Working at WCAH feels like coming home to me. This family extends beyond the staff to our clients and their furry family members too (yes, we understand!). Every day I’m here I get to combine my interest and compassion for people with my love for all animals.”
Dorothy has been practicing veterinary medicine since her graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002. She has worked in general practice providing care for family pets both in clinic and family homes.
Kelly was born and raised on the west coast of Newfoundland and went on to attend Memorial University in St. John’s where she earned her BSc. and MSc in Biology. Kelly then attended the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI and after graduating in 2008 moved back to Newfoundland where she practiced at a busy small animal clinic in St. John’s. Kelly’s husband works in the IT industry and after several years of him travelling between St. John’s and Ottawa, in 2017, they decided to move their small family to Kanata. Kelly joined the WCAH team in January 2018 and enjoys the family atmosphere and meeting all the wonderful cats and dogs (and, of course, their people) in Carp and the surrounding area. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys reading, baking, chauffeuring the kids to all their activities and at the end of the day a nice snuggle with her senior cat, Carrera. Carrera also moved with the family from Newfoundland and is happy to spend her golden years in the suburbs of Kanata.
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.”
Colleen is a small town girl who grew up nearby in Dunrobin. Colleen graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College in 2012 and completed her student work placement at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic, returning to Bowmanville to work at the Bowmanville Zoo upon graduation. Colleen worked with a variety of animals, big and small, and researched, wrote and delivered educational presentations at various venues. Colleen’s passion is animal conservation; especially the conservation of elephants. She had the delight of working with the elephant Limba while at the Bowmanville Zoo, and gained affection for these beautiful animals. She hopes to further the ongoing conservation of their species, and bring awareness to their needs. Before coming here to work at the WCAH, Colleen travelled to Tanzania on a medical mission trip. During her time there, she was also able to visit a National Park and see wild animals in their natural habitat. Colleen also enjoys singing and participating in local theatre productions. She has 3 siblings whom she is very close with, and is constantly getting new little foster brothers and sisters to spoil!
“I love working here at WCAH! There is such a family atmosphere between colleagues and with our wonderful clients. I love being able to contribute my skills to such a delightful clinic. I look forward to meeting you all and spending time with the furry members of your family!”
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 their cat, Chester. In her spare time, Jennifer is kept busy with her 3 boys and their extracurricular activities. Jennie also enjoys reading and being active, and 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.”
JoAnne has worked with research animals, and various vet clinics including, small and large animal hospitals. She was the District Commissioner of Balitimore Hills Pony Club, President of Arnprior Little League, and has recently started her own business called HaySmart making and selling slow feeding haynets. JoAnne is originally from Arnprior and now calls Almonte home. She is the proud mother of 2 great kids, Rebecca and Matthew and now 2 grand-daughters, Ella and Abby, and grand-son, Kai. JoAnne currently has a German Short-haired Pointer named Drake, 2 cats named Bigs and Cutie, 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 grew up in Constance bay in a family of 7 inlcuding 4 brothers. Katy graduated All Saints Catholic Highschool, and has worked with animals most of her life grooming animals with her mom at Groomingdale’s in Kanata and Stittsville and with her own family pets including Brandy (Labrador mix), Princess (Terrier Mix), Lily (silky terrier) and two orange tabbies named Simba and Tigger. Katy also enjoys spending time with my family and friends, reading, video games, sports, nail art, and cinema.
“I love working with animals and enjoy being around them every day. I enjoy being able to see the love and care that one has for one’s pet. I love my job at the clinic because the staff is great and I enjoy working with them and the animals everyday.”
Registered Veterinary Technichian
Registered Veterinary Technician