When you first arrive at the Highway 24 Veterinary Clinic you will be greeted by one our friendly receptionists. Our receptionists work very hard to coordinate the needs of our client and staff and are here to serve you and your pet. They will happily schedule appointments for you and help you with any general questions that you might have. Our receptionists have many years of experience in the field and have also taken extra courses in a range of areas including pet nutrition. We feel very thankful to have the unique combination of experience, dedication and education in our front office staff that we do.
Kim, Receptionist/Office Manager
All of us at Highway 24 are thankful that Kim has joined our team. She has been with us since 2003 and has been working with animals since 1992: first as receptionist and bookkeeper at her husband's veterinary clinic, and then at the Guelph Humane Society. Kim's calm and caring nature will be apparent as she greets you at the reception desk. Kim, her husband John, and their two daughters Breanne and Kayleigh share their home with 'Smudge', 'Sebastian', 'Brock', and 'Zach'. Kim and her daughters also enjoy horseback riding and have two horses named 'Dez' and 'Ruffton'.
Beth, full time Receptionist/Registered Veterinary Technician
Beth joined our reception staff in November 2008 and we couldn't be happier to have her with us. She is a warm and caring receptionist and can answer many technical questions as well since she is also a Registered Veterinary Technician. Since graduating from Ridgetown College in 2001, Beth has enjoyed managing a horseback riding stable and working at the Guelph Humane Society. Beth has a strong interest in veterinary nutrition and has just completed her Nutritional Advocate Modules. She shares her home with her husband Ryan, feline friends 'Jazz', 'Charlotte', 'Hobbes', and ‘Samson', as well as her Guinea pig 'Poopsie'. Her horsey friend 'Rosie' lives at a barn just outside Elmira where Beth works part time to support her riding habit!
Allison joined our team in the summer of 2009 during our busiest time of year and seems to thrive on multi-tasking: meeting the needs of clients in the clinic and on the telephone, updating patient records and billing information, liaising with pharmacies and referral hospitals and assisting our technicians and veterinarians. Before joining us, she received her B.A. from the University of Guelph and gained experience with the Upper Credit Humane Society and another companion animal hospital. With the exception of her husband Darryl, Allison has adopted most of her family from the humane society: canines “Obi” and “Buddy Girl,” and felines “Mess” and “Tonka.”
Erica joined the team in September 2010. Prior to working in the clinic, she enjoyed a number of jobs working with animals large and small, from the elephants at African Lion Safari to birds in area pet stores. She shares her own home with her partner Brad, her 3 dogs 'Finnegan', 'Leopold' and 'JP'. Two Conures 'Savvy' and 'Stiggy'.
Sara, Receptionist/Registered Veterinary Technician
Sara is our longest Highway 24 Clinic employee for 30 years. She started working as a kennel attendant, veterinary assistant and receptionist. Recently we are proud that after graduating in 2012 she is also working part-time as a registered veterinary technician. Sara is a true animal lover and has menagerie to prove it. She owns 4 dogs, (Chumley, Mabel, Mitzi and Christopher), 3 cats (Chillie, Kenny and Simon) and 2 birds (Lou andLee). Besides caring for animals she loves reading, music, movies and home decorating.
Chantal, Veterinary Assistant
Chantal started working at Highway 24 in the fall of 2010 and loves being a part of the team. She has a B.Sc (Hon) in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph and is planning on applying to the Ontario Veterinary College for fall of 2013. She works full-time at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada where she looks after abused and neglected donkeys. In her spare time she is an avid equestrian as well as a dance instructor. Chantal has a horse named Hannah whom she rescued in 2006 and has been her inspiration in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She also has a dog Daisy, and 3 cats Pearl (in the picture), Gryphon and Lewis.
Paige, Receptionist/Exam Room Assistant
Paige just recently moved to Guelph from Victoria, BC and we are thrilled to have her join our Highway 24 team. In Victoria she completed her Criminal Justice Program and Community Mental Health Worker Certificate. After awhile her love of animals and interest in veterinary medicine lead her in a different direction. After spending 5 years at Glenview Animal Hospital she packed up and moved out East. In her spare time Paige enjoys time with her husband and 2 Shiba Inu's, Mika and Kenji.
Meaghan has been part of the HWY 24 team since April of 2012 when she first started here as a volunteer. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a BSc in Biological Sciences and is currently working towards applying to the OVC so she can pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian (fingers crossed!!) She will usually be the first to greet you when you come in the door and loves to suck up to all the furry friends that walk in to the clinic! Meaghan shares her house with Elsie, a spunky kitten adopted from the Guelph Humane Society who keeps her on her toes.
Our R.V.T.'S are highly trained in diagnostics such as urinalysis, ear cytology, blood profiles and biochemistry. They are also proficient in anesthesia, radiology and surgical assistance. Our RV.T.'s have completed a 3 year college program specifically designed to train them in their field. Many of our RVT's also have university degrees as well. All of our technicians participate in yearly conferences, specialized courses at the Ontario Veterinary College, and continuing education modules. We are very fortunate to have three full time Registered Veterinary Technicians who are dedicated, caring, experienced and invaluable team members.
Tammy, Registered Veterinary Technician
Tammy has worked in small animal medicine since completing Centralia College’s Animal Health Technology program in 1988. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in Animal Science, she wrote her exam and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Tammy has been part of the Highway 24 staff since 1994. Her strong technical skills and extensive knowledge and experience have proven her to be an invaluable member of our team. Tammy has completed additional training in dentistry and is on her way to becoming a certified veterinary dental technician. In 2007 Tammy was the recipient of the OVC Pet Trust Award for her expertise as an RVT, enhancing the health and well being of pets and their people through caring and compassionate work. Tammy and her husband Rich have two sons, Wyatt and Morgan, a golden retriever named “Molly” and a cat called “Sally.” In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking and gardening.
Julie, Registered Veterinary Technician
Julie graduated in 1991 as a Registered Veterinary Technician from St. Clair College in Windsor. We have been very fortunate to have her as part of our team since 1999. Our patients benefit enormously from her calm and skillful handling and her caring nursing. Julie and her daughter, Mackenzie, have three cats, 'Gordo', 'Charlie' and 'Mylo'.
Lyndsay, Registered Veterinary Technician
Lyndsay is a 2005 University of Guelph Graduate and graduated from Ridgetown College with her RVT degree in 2008. She has been a member of our team since then and our patients benefit from her optimism and empathy. She shares her home with her significant other Dave, 2 cats, 'Winifred' and 'Arthur', her dog 'Clancy', 2 budgies named 'Gringo' and 'Nimbus', and 16 African cichlids (fish). In her spare time, Lyndsay enjoys cottaging, boating and gardening.
Dr. Angela Forsyth, Veterinarian
Angela is a 2007 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and a welcome addition to the staff at Highway 24. Angela's passion and dedication to her patients can be seen in the compassionate care they receive. Angela has an interest in Cardiology, Internal and Preventative Medicine. She has two cats, “Gus” pictured here, and “Lexi.”
Dr. Dana Dolinsek, Veterinarian
Dana graduated from Queen's University in 1997 with a B.Sc. in Biology. She went on to study at the Ontario Veterinary College graduating with her D.V.M. degree in 2003. Prior to joining the team at the Highway 24 Veterinary Clinic in September 2005 Dana spent 2 years practicing small animal medicine in Mississauga. While she loves all animals, there is a special place in her heart for rescue Greyhounds. Her other interests include clinical pathology and emergency care. Dana is thrilled to be able to care for the pets and their families in the community that she calls home and looks forward to serving you in the future. She and her husband Jared are enjoying spending time with their sons Chase and Dallas.
Dr. Mary Thompson, Veterinarian
Mary has been practicing at the Highway 24 Veterinary Clinic since 1995 and remembers the days at the old clinic running outside between the two buildings. Always an animal lover and following in her father's footsteps, becoming a veterinarian was an obvious choice for her. Mary graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1991. After a brief time in mixed animal practice, she turned her focus to small animal medicine with a special interest in eyes and internal medicine. Mary's enthusiasm and expertise continues to serve our patients well. Mary and her husband Dudley are the proud parents of daughter Sawyer and son Atticus and share their home with a quirky cat named Mr. Joshua. Mary enjoys playing hockey and gardening in her free time.
Dr. Brenda Taylor, Veterinarian
Brenda has been practicing in the community since 1994 and has joined the Highway 24 team in 2000. Brenda graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992. She cannot imagine a more enjoyable career and is thankful to be working with others who feel the same way. Brenda's special interests include Dermatology, Internal Medicine and promoting the human animal bond. Brenda's animal family includes her Golden Retriever 'Ryker', and her cats 'Spirit' and 'Jed'. Brenda and her family (husband Mike and daughters Sarah and Kate) enjoy running, playing hockey, canoeing and skiing in their spare time.
Dr. Mike Taylor, Veterinarian
This brave guy has the distinction of being the only man with enough courage to work with Highway 24’s otherwise all-female team. It probably comes a little more naturally to him, accustomed to being out-numbered at home by wife Brenda and daughters Kate and Sarah. Mike is yet another OVC ’91 graduate (it was a good year!) who brings with him extensive experience in critical care and emergency medicine and surgery. When Mike is not caring for animals, he can be found sharing his family’s love for outdoor activities, playing hockey or doing a little DIY (Mike modestly emphasizes little) around the house.
Dr. Diane Corlett, Veterinarian
Diane graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1983. After 25 years of veterinary practice ownership in Nova Scotia, she has returned to her home province of Ontario with a wealth of experience in companion animal care and special interests in veterinary chiropractic and acupuncture. Diane is excited to be part of the team at Highway 24 and we look forward to drawing on her knowledge of complementary practice. Diane shares her life with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, seven horses, and ten cats (two in the house and eight in the barn.)