Amanda Amanda has always loved animals and was a client at the clinic for five years before she joined our staff as a client-patient coordinator. She has been with us since early 2010. After leaving to finish her professional education and working in business management, Amanda realized that she is most happy and fulfilled working with her four-legged friends and their owners.
Amanda has 2 cats, Hercules and Lulu, which she raised as tiny kittens with the help of the staff at the Don Head Village Animal Clinic. She has experienced some very serious chronic conditions with her sweet kitty Hercules so she really understands what pet parents go through when their pets are ill. Amanda and her husband had a baby and she is home on maternity leave until 2021. Practice Manager Ella Ella joined our team in the spring of 2015. Ella has loved animals all her life and enjoys being a part of a team that is so passionate about companion animal healthcare. Ella has studied criminology at Ryerson University, and now is working on her law degree, but enjoys working on weekends to help care for (and spoil) our boarding feline patients and help pet parents keep their furry little ones healthy. Ella has two Himalayan cats: a 10-year old, one-eyed kitty named Fireball and a 6-year-old fur baby named Shoony, and a young Maine Coon cat named Meeko. Animal Care Assistant Anjala Anjala started coming here with her family pets and when she got old enough, she volunteered. While in high school, she worked after school assisting in pet care and other work around the clinic. Anjala has always loved working with animals and that love shows in how she takes care of our patients and helps pet parents. Anjala recently graduated with her degree from Ryerson University. She is working on music production and getting her yoga certification, so continues to work at the clinic as her schedule allows. At home, Anjala has her family cat, Cash, her adopted sweet little stray dog named MoneyLady, and most recently little Hazel the cat joined her family. Veterinary Assistant Nicole Nicole graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus in May 2013 and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since then. She has always had cats growing up and loved the idea that she could work with animals every day as her career.
Nicole has worked in both general practice and emergency medicine and has found her true calling lies in helping pet-parents help their pets live long, happy, healthy lives.
Nicole shares her home in Keswick with her family, which includes 4 cats (Whisper, Bean, Happy and Pumpkin) and also her handsome Siberian Husky Takota. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time up at the cottage, going for hikes/walks in the forest, and has a special interest in painting and photography. Registered Veterinary Technician Danielle Danielle is happy to be back at Don Head Village Animal Clinic. She started her career in the veterinary industry in 2006 at Don Head and has always considered it home. Over the years she has gained experience in referral/emergency medicine and has also worked in diagnostics.
You might notice her Frenchie, Moxie, is missing her upper jaw and nose. She had a cancerous growth removed and has surpassed the expected survival date. They gave her six months and it's almost been two years! Yay!
Danielle is driven by the amazing relationships and bonds between pets and their owners. Danielle looks forward to getting to know you and your pets. Registered Veterinary Technician Natalie Natalie has been an animal lover since she was a little girl. Her passion for animals came from her aunt who was a Veterinary Technician. Natalie was lucky enough to help her aunt rehabilitate wildlife and teach at Sheridan College. Natalie fell in love with this so much that she wanted to expand her knowledge in animal care which led her to working in an emergency clinic. Seeing the critical cases and sick fur babies being helped was rewarding but Natalie wished that there was more connection to the people and pets she was involved in helping.
Natalie realized she wanted to become apart of a family practice which would allow her to see those pets more that just once. She was very excited to join the team at Don Head Village Animal Clinic.
Natalie likes all animals - cats, dogs, rabbits, reptiles, and pocket pets. If you ask her what types of animals she would like Natalie wouldn’t be able to count how many she wants on two hands. Natalie’s favourite part is seeing the strong bond between pet parents and their fur babies and she is very proud of how she can support that special relationship. Natalie and her husband live with 2 ball pythons named Boden and Lotus, a bearded dragon named Tigger, and Watson the rabbit. Client Care Coordinator Grace Grace has just celebrated her one year with us! Her passion is for animals and can usually be found in the reception area sharing a laugh with our clients and/or cuddling their pets. She has a strong customer service background previously managing high volume restaurants for 10 years. When Grace is not at the clinic she can be found kickboxing, baking, and being the personal assistant to her 2 year old Dachshund Mix, Padme and 2 Crested Geckos, Ninja and Kaiju. Client Care Coordinator Pina Pina says: "I'm a dog, cat and plant mom. I like crafting, cooking and am a flower enthusiast. I'm a lover of all living creatures, all things autumnal and all types of soup. The key to my heart is a wet nose". Coming from a background of customer service, her life and experiences led her here where Pina can have many wet noses share her life. She knows how important our pets are to each of us and works very hard to make sure pet parents have a good experience. Client Care Coordinator Julia Julia has been with us since 2015, starting as a cooperative education student and was thrilled to stay on as a veterinary assistant. Julia has had a love of animals and has wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary field since she was 5 years old! Currently, Julia is studying veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. You can find Julia at our clinic on weekends and during the summer where she is passionate about providing care to our patients. At home she has a handful of animals including a Shipoo dog named Harley, a Maine coon mix named Toothless, and a newly rescued feral kitty named Astrid Veterinary Assistant Lauren Lauren has had a love of animals her whole life - especially having cared for her pet dog, Abby. Lauren completed her cooperative education term with us. We saw how gentle and caring she was with our patients and how efficient she was when asked to do something and we were all very impressed. Lauren is excited that she gets to work with all the wonderful pets that come to visit us! Lauren is interested in becoming a veterinarian one day. We hope to support her learning and experience on that journey. Animal Care Assistant