Have you noticed that your pet seems to develop jaws of steel when it's time for a dose of medicine? As you struggle to pry apart your furry friend's teeth, you know you only have one chance to dr ...View Article
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Dr. Susan Gambling graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 1989 and then did an Internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. She opened the Rice Lake Animal Hospital in July 2014 and is proud of how this practice provides modern and exceptional care with a small town, family feel. She enjoys devising a plan specific for your pets individual needs.
Susan lives with her incredibly supportive husband Rick at Cedar Pond Farm. They happily share their farm with 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 horses, chickens and last but not least, a donkey.
In her spare time, if she is not stand up paddle boarding with her Border Terrier on Rice Lake, you will find her riding a horse in the beautiful Ganaraska Forest.
Dr. Alison Sutton graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1999. She practiced in Toronto for the first 2 years, then spent 15 years in Oshawa at a very busy small animal practice. Alison and Susan practiced together in Oshawa several years ago. In 2016, they combined their knowledge and efforts in order to expand the services offered here at Rice Lake Animal Hospital. In addition to small animal medicine, Alison has a special interest in dentistry and ophthalmology. She also enjoys seeing several exotic pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles and other small furry companions. In her free time, she loves kayaking, fishing and spending time with her husband and two boys. Her family also includes 2 beagles, 3 cats, a hedgehog and her beloved red foot tortoise.
Dr. Sherry Blenden graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude, in 2007. She is a native Floridian and immigrated with her husband from the United States to Ontario in 2018. She has practiced in a variety of settings including small animal, equine/farm animal, shelter medicine and spay/neuter. She particularly enjoys helping owners to set their pets up for success from day one, believing the best cure is prevention ( including daily tooth brushing for pets! ). In her free time, she enjoys conditioning her horse, Sonny, for long distance endurance rides.
Dr. Monika Janssen hails from Hampton, ON where she first harboured her love of nature, wildlife and pets. After a high school co-op at a veterinary clinic, she knew a career in veterinary medicine was where she was headed. While obtaining an honours degree at the University of Guelph in biomedical science, Dr. Janssen spent her summers working in research at the Toronto Zoo. She then went on to study veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. After graduating in 2013, Dr. Janssen followed her dreams of working in a mixed animal practice and headed to Thunder Bay, Ontario. She affectionately refers to this time as her "James Herriot Days" where she gained invaluable memories and experience. After a few years, Dr. Janssen then returned home where she worked at a busy small animal practice in Oshawa. She is now the newest veterinarian at Rice Lake Animal Hospital, and is incredibly excited to be joining our team. Dr. Janssen is happy to be returning to her roots in a rural practice and is looking forward to being a vital part of a friendly and compassionate veterinary hospital. Dr. Janssen's special interests include dentistry, surgery, dermatology and exotic animal medicine.
Kim graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1994, then, combining both her love for animals and her extensive experience and skills as a chiropractor, she attended the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre in 2008, where she is currently co-director and an instructor. Kim is further certified with the College of Animal Chiropractors and devotes much of her time to education and the evolution of Animal Chiropractic in Canada. Since giving up her human practice to focus on animal chiropractic, her patients now consist mainly of horses, cats, and dogs. Kim’s calm, gentle touch puts animals (and owners) at ease allowing her to skillfully address a variety of muscle, joint, and related nerve issues. Kim shares her life with her cat, Daisy, and much loved 4-legged companions Reggie & Dazzle. In her spare time, Kim, Reggie and Dazzle compete in the dog sport of Dock Jumping.
Ali has always had a love for animals and people. She started working for a veterinary clinic at the early age of eleven and easily found her passion. Having worked for a variety of small animal clinics for over 25 years, she brings much experience. She prides herself in establishing and maintaining close client relations. Ali is happily married to her handsome husband of twenty years, Brad and extremely proud of their son Curtis, who always keeps them laughing. In her spare time, Ali enjoys walking her two dogs, Manny, a French Bulldog and Maven, an energetic Bullmastiff. Ali also enjoys cuddling with her two feline friends, Wilson and Kiwi.
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Kayleen's love for animals started at a young age and she knew very early that she would go on to work with and help animals. Kayleen joined our team immediately after graduating from the two-year Veterinary Technician program at the Georgian College. After completing for her program placement with us, we knew she would be a valued member of Rice Lake Animal Hospital! Her special interests include animal dentistry and anesthesia. Kayleen was born and raised in the Cobourg area and enjoys spending her time off with her 4-year-old silver lab, Jericho.
Robyn graduated from the Registered Veterinary Technician program at the Northern College in 2008. She has worked mainly in small animal practices but has some experience with horses as well. Robyn has a special interest in dentistry and is passionate about caring for all animals. She also enjoys assisting in teaching fresh faces new to veterinary medicine. Robyn spends her time with her husband John and their two active young boys, Parker and Jadon. They have one dog Quinn, a happy Border Collie puppy, and two cats, Johnny and Kiara. Robyn also has two horses, Shrek and Johnny. She enjoys spending her spare time at the barn, going on family bike rides and hikes and out on the water in the family boat during summer weekends.
Britney graduated with High Honours from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 2015. She completed her exam for a Registered Veterinary Technician shortly thereafter. Prior to attending Seneca College, Britney earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the The University of Guelph in 2013. Britney has had a love of animals from the time she was a small child and is particularly fond of cats and exotic species. When not working at Rice Lake Animal Hospital, you might find Britney working at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, where she helps to care for injured native Ontario turtles. In her spare time, Britney enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her fiance Peter, or cuddling up on the couch with her cat Charlotte and her hamster Pinecone. Britney is excited to be a part of the team at Rice Lake Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting you and your furry babies.
Anna graduated with honors from the Animal Care program at Durham College in 2013. She started her journey in the animal field at a high volume clinic in Toronto and it was there that Anna knew she picked the right career. Anna joined the Rice Lake Animal Hospital team in 2018, bringing a positive attitude and the love of caring for our furry friends. Anna enjoys going on adventurous hikes with her daughter Emilia and her dog Shyla, as well as hosting dinner parties for friends.
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Honor is a Veterinary Assistant at Rice Lake Animal Hospital . She started as a volunteer in 2015 and was hired as Veterinary Assistant that summer.Living on a farm, Honor has experience working with and caring for a number of different animals. When she’s not working at the clinic, Honor spends her time working as a horse trainer. Last year, Honor adopted her mustang Winnick to compete in a mustang makeover competition, since then she has brought home and trained a number of previously wild mustangs. In her free time Honor enjoys spending time with her personal horses Winnick and Trinity, fishing, rock climbing and hanging out with her cats Fawkes and Lagertha.