Sharon

Hospital Administrator

Originally, Sharon had no intention of working with animals and wanted instead to pursue a career in law. In the 12th grade, she was accidentally directed to an animal hospital for her school’s career placement program. After a week of working with patients and their owners, Sharon’s mind was made up: veterinary medicine was her true calling! She hasn’t looked back since, and is now the Hospital Administrator here at Clarington Animal Hospital.

A native of Ajax, Ontario, Sharon began her veterinary career right out of high school when she signed on at a local animal clinic. She learned the profession from the ground up, taking on everything from front-desk work to surgical assistance and getting trained on-the-job in all areas of the veterinary hospital.

Sharon first met Dr. Bill Mingram several years ago at another animal clinic before she took leave to have her third child. When Dr. Mingram opened his own practice, he called Sharon and asked if she was available to come work alongside him again. Sharon gladly accepted, and has been at the Clarington Animal Hospital ever since. Her favourite parts of the job are the hospital’s wonderful clientele, her amazing staff, and the clinic’s adorable patients.

Sharon is married and has four children. The family shares their home with three loveable dogs: a chocolate Lab, a black Lab, and a fluffy Bichon mix. When she isn’t spending time with her family or tending to the needs of the area’s pets here at the hospital, Sharon enjoys being outdoors. She’s particularly proud of climbing the stairs of Toronto’s CN Tower—all 1,776 of them!—during a charity event for the World Wildlife Foundation.

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Kristi

Customer Service Representative

Kristi has adored the company of animals since she was a little girl, and often took care of her neighbours’ dogs while they were traveling. During her stint as an assistant manager at a local camera store after high school, Kristi had a startling realization—she could combine her love of animals with her customer service experience by working in veterinary medicine!

A native of Toronto’s east end, Kristi began her veterinary journey in 1994 when she was offered a part-time position as a receptionist and veterinary assistant at a local animal clinic. She became a full-time staff member after a few months, and was mentored extensively by one of the clinic’s veterinarians. Several years later, a friend of Kristi’s passed along her name to Dr. Mingram, who was looking for staff to add to his new hospital. Kristi has been with the Clarington Animal Hospital team since the day the practice opened for business!

Here at the clinic, Kristi enjoys spending time at the front desk getting to know clients and their beloved pets. She especially loves getting to watch pets grow up from babies to seniors. In addition to her duties here at the hospital, Kristi works as an instructor at a dog training facility in Ajax, where she’s able to help dog owners train their canine companions in everything from recall commands to fun tricks.

Along with her husband, Chris, and her two daughters, Carey and Erin, Kristi shares her home with a menagerie of pets. The family has two dogs, Ripley and Penny, as well as a pair of cats named Hazel and Primrose. Carl the goldfish and a gecko named Dakota round out the animal portion of the family.

When she has a spare moment between work and family life, Kristi enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. She’s also fond of tossing the ball or Frisbee for her dogs, reading, cooking, and attending spin class at the gym.

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Joelle

Customer Service Representative

Joelle is an Oshawa native, and has felt drawn towards animals since she was a young girl. She’s never taken for granted the therapeutic qualities that pets can provide, and loves to do her part to strengthen the bonds between animals and their owners! Joelle is proud to help the area’s pet parents as one of Clarington Animal Hospital’s Customer Service Representatives.

Joelle’s animal-care career began at an Ontario exotic-animal facility, where she got to observe and assist the veterinarian with a multitude of procedures. She’s worked in several zoological facilities over the years, and has even had the opportunity to hand-raise lion and tiger cubs!

More recently, Joelle decided to try her hand in small-animal medicine; she joined the Clarington Animal Hospital family in the spring of 2016. She’s partial to puppy and kitten visits—nothing beats seeing them grow up into happy, healthy adult pets over time. Joelle’s other favourite part of the job is the welcoming, family-centered clinic environment that she gets to work in every day.

When she isn’t at work, Joelle spends most of her time at the hockey arena watching her children’s games. She and her husband, Bruno, share their home with their two sons, Leam and Peyton, as well as a sociable cat named Keo. Joelle also enjoys reading, hiking, playing soccer, camping, and traveling throughout the country.

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Bonnie

Head Registered Veterinary Technician

Although she’d always had a passion for animals, science, and medicine, it wasn’t until her 12th grade career placement program that Bonnie knew the veterinary world was the ideal choice for her. She signed up for the program’s animal-hospital placement as soon as she could, and ended up securing a five-month placement in a local pet clinic. It didn’t take Bonnie long to realize that she was hooked!

Bonnie attended Seneca College’s veterinary technician program to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, and also completed a four-week placement at a busy referral clinic during her studies there. She also attended the University of Guelph, during which time she volunteered at the University’s seal house—there, she had the opportunity to care for both grey and harbour seals, and even helped a graduate student draw blood from the creatures! In addition, Bonnie spent time volunteering at the Ontario Veterinary College’s Wild Bird Clinic, where she learned about the proper handling and feeding of wild raptors.

Bonnie knew Dr. Bill Mingram from their time together at another veterinary clinic. When Dr. Mingram asked if she’d be interested in working with him again, Bonnie jumped at the chance! She’s been a member of the Clarington Animal Hospital team since day one, and particularly enjoys dental cleanings, exotic animal care, and working one-on-one with loving pet owners and their animal companions.

Aside from her interests in the veterinary world, Bonnie is an avid downhill skier and also enjoys reading and scrapbooking in her spare time.

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Tracy

Registered Veterinary Technician

Tracy always sensed a deep connection with animals while she was growing up, and felt compelled to help them in any way that she could. Her love and respect for animals only grew with age! For Tracy, only one career path made sense: she feels that veterinary medicine is truly her life’s calling.

Tracy was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to Durham with her mother at just one year of age. She graduated from the veterinary technology program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston in 2005, then began her veterinary career in a nearby pet clinic. Tracy joined the Clarington Animal Hospital team in September of 2008 and has been serving the pets and animal owners of the area ever since. She has particular interests in dental cleanings, assisting with surgeries, and small-animal massage therapy. Ever since using massage techniques on her own rescued pit bull, she doesn’t take this rehabilitation technique for granted!

In her time away from work, Tracy enjoys horseback riding, exercising in her jazz and hip-hop class, cooking, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband, her two amazing stepchildren, and four pets: Bruno, a miniature Schnauzer/Corgi mix who has made great strides with his confidence thanks to Clarington Animal Hospital’s very own Kristi; two cats named Smokey and Kuma; and Sam the turtle.

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Chris

Registered Veterinary Technician

During high school, Chris and his family got their first dog. Eddie, a loveable Jack Russell terrier, inspired Chris to learn more about animals and their care. His passion simply never wavered! Now, Chris gets to care for animals daily as a Registered Veterinary Technician with the Clarington Animal Hospital team.

A Scarborough native, Chris secured his first veterinary position at an animal clinic in Markham during his high-school career placement program. After taking on full-time responsibilities at the clinic as a senior in high school, Chris attended Ridgetown College’s veterinary technology program and graduated in 2011. He then continued working at the Markham clinic for a few months before heading to downtown Toronto, where he expanded his skills in emergency medicine at an overnight referral clinic there.

Chris and his family recently moved to Oshawa, and he joined the Clarington Animal Hospital family in the fall of 2015. As a Technician, he has special passions for anesthesia, nursing care, and dental work—he never ceases to be amazed at the improvement a good dental cleaning can bring!

In his time away from work, Chris enjoys comic books and gaming, and has even built his own personal computer. He also likes exercising at the gym and spending time with his own pets at home. He has two sibling cats, Brandy and Pepper, as well as an Akita/shepherd mix named Harley and a shepherd/Husky mix who goes by Rogue.

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Kathryn

Veterinary Assistant

Kathryn has adored the company of animals ever since she was a little girl growing up in Ajax, Ontario; she spent as much time as possible with the family cats and dogs. The intrinsic connections she felt with pets made a permanent impression! Kathryn knew that a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect fit.

Kathryn attended Durham College’s animal care program to study veterinary technology, and secured a job at a nearby after-hours emergency veterinary clinic through her connections with professors. Kathryn still works at the facility on the weekends, but wanted to help even more animals during the week—that’s when she joined the team here at Clarington Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. Kathryn has been a member of the hospital family since June of 2016, and hopes to attend further schooling in the future to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

When time permits between her busy work schedules, Kathryn enjoys reading and spending time with her own pets at home. She and her family share their lives with five cats—Mystique, Tuppence, Licorice, Smokey, and Gizmo—as well as a pair of dogs named Hunter and Faye.

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Tracey

Veterinary Assistant

Although she had adored pets from the time she was a little girl, Tracey first pursued a film career after graduating from York University’s acting program. As time went on, she realized that something was missing—when she thought about what would truly make her happy, Tracey couldn’t get her mind off of animals! Now, she’s thrilled to care for pets daily as one of Clarington Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistants.

Tracey began her journey in animal care by volunteering at local clinic, which only confirmed her desire to serve pets in the veterinary world. Next, she was accepted into the animal care program at Sheridan College in Brampton, where she earned her certifications in veterinary technology. Tracey was happy to join the Clarington Animal Hospital family in February of 2017 as a Veterinary Assistant, and her favourite part of the job is working alongside her compassionate, skilled team members every day to make a lasting impact on the community.

In her time away from work, Tracey enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking with her husband, decorating, hosting backyard bonfires and barbeques, and doting on her beloved pets at home. She and her husband live with four cats: Georgia, Sideways Head, Cheeto, and a former “clinic cat” of Clarington Animal Hospital, Ned.

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