Morgan Farquharson - Practice Manager/Registered Veterinary Technician
Morgan has been a member of the Merritt Animal Hospital, joining our team soon after she finished her CO-OP Placement with us in March 2013.
She graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at St.Clair College in April 2013. Morgan is always keeping herself busy at all times and is incredibly eager to learn more every day. We find that she is very out-going and is always on the move getting work done very fast and efficiently.
Morgan was born and raised in Chatham and was a Professional Dog Show Handler all over Canada and the United States for many years. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her ever so adorable Scottish Fold named Daken.
Shelley Armstrong - Receptionist
Shelley has been the full-time receptionist at the Dresden Veterinary Clinic since 2008 but now you may also see Shelley at the Merritt Animal Hospital working on some Saturdays as well.
Since she joined, she has gained a tremendous amount of experience in running the reception area.
Shelley does her job exceptionally well and all the clients will say the same. She takes such great pride in her work, and does everything in great detail. Shelley keeps everything so organized, that it makes everyone else's jobs that much easier.Shelley is very well known for compassion for the clients and will give a much needed hug during the sad times.
We are very fortunate to have Shelley as a part of the team as she is a great asset to our practice. Shelley has a passion for cats,that is why she is the mom of three sweet little cats named "Maize", "Button" and "Minneau".
Ariane McFadden - Registered Veterinary Technician
Ariane joined Dresden Vet Clinic in 2014 as an RVT after living and working in Jasper, Alberta and Australia for the past number of years.
She came to Dresden to with her husband to be closer to family and has since grown roots in the lovely town.
Leslie Pont - Veterinary Technician
Leslie has been in the veterinary industry for many years as a professor at Ridgetown College and has since moved into working in clinic with the D.M.S. group since September 2014.
She brings along plenty of knowledge and is an exceptional teacher to the clients, educating them on any questions or concerns they may have with their pet.
Leslie is a wonderful addition to our team and has a deep passion for cats or any 4-legged furry animal for that matter.
Christina Sutherland - Veterinary Assistant
Christina joined our team when the Sydenham River Veterinary Office opened its doors in April 2014.
She is originally from the Wallaceburg area and loves working with the animals and meeting all the people and seeing some familiar faces from the community.
You will find Christina either doing hands-on work, educating clients in the appointment room or performing reception duties. We are very happy to have Christina as a part of our team.
Jocelyn LeBoeuf - Veterinary Technician
Jocelyn joined our team as a full-time veterinary technician in the spring of 2015. Jocelyn was a graduate of Veterinary Technology program at St.Clair College in Windsor and has been utilizing her great technical skills for the past few years.
Jocelyn is also part of an amazing and unique Trick Riding team called Off Kilter Entertainment and is very proud in her accomplishments with that. Jocelyn shares her home with her full of life Great Dane named Nova, Paul the cat and her big beautiful horse named General Lee (but he doesn't live in her home).
Olivia Martin - Registered Veterinary Technician
Olivia joined our team as a new grad in 2015 of the Veterinary Technology program. She is very enthusiastic and is always busy doing anything and everything around the clinic. Olivia has also worked in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre so she has plenty of experience with a wide variety of wildlife as well as small animals.
Tiffany Bourdeau - VOA
Tiffany came to work at the Merritt Animal Hospital after finishing the VOA program at Ridgetown College in 2016. Tiffany also did her CO-OP placement with us so it was an easy transition. Tiffany is very good at keeping up with the very fast pace that Merritt reception area is. She is incredibly helpful with the clients and is very patient, tending to the needs of each and everyone that walks through the doors.
Rebecca Sterling - Veterinary Assistant/VOA
Rebecca began working at Merritt Animal Hospital 2016 as an Assistant the Veterinarians and Technicians. She is incredibly fast and efficient at her job and is well missed when she is not there. she always has jobs finished and is working on another before anyone has a chance to ask her. Rebecca is very familiar with the DMS family as she worked at Dresden Vet Clinic as a highschool student and did her Highschool CO-OP placement there as well as her VOA CO-OP placement for when she was completed the VOA program in 2015.
Emily Charbonneau - Veterinary Technician
Emily Charbonneau joined our ever growing team after recently graduating from the Veterinary Technology program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown College. Emily has been a huge asset to our team, as she stepped right in like she has been doing the job all her life. Emily's love for animals shows every days when you see how dedicated she is to her work.
Sarah Flint, VOA & Certified Veterinary Assistant
Sarah recently graduated from the VOA program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and completed her certified Veterinary Assistant exam as well. Since we keep growing and growing, we had an incredible girl join our team at Merritt Animal Hospital. Sarah brings along so much enthusiasm, incredible amount of patience and willingness to learn. You will always see her with a big smile on her face. Sarah is a great asset to our team
Callie Abeele, VOA & Certified Veterinary Assistant
Callie joined our DMS family after completing the VOA program at Ridgetown College. Callie is excellent at both assisting in the back treatment area as well as handling the reception area with ease. She is a complete natural at this job and loves every minute of it. Welcome Callie to our team!
Tina Davis, VOA & Certified Veterinary Assistant
Tina Davis joined the DMS team after graduating from of the VOA program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown College. She brings along lots of enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Tina always has a big smile on her face when you see her at our Merritt clinic and she is always helping out in anyway she can.
Trish Forsyth - VOA
Trish has been apart of the DMS family for a number of years now, starting from highschool CO-OP then after finishing the VOA program at Ridgetown College she continued on with us right afterwards. Trish is very efficient and utilizes her skills very effectively. You will mostly see Trish at our Wallaceburg clinic, riding along in the mobile van but also she will be in Dresden and Chatham as well. Trish is incredibly good at handling every type of situation no matter which clinic she is at.
Kaley Ripley - VT
We want to welcome an amazing Vet Tech, Kaley Ripley to our team! Kaley brings along years of experience as a veterinary technician working at veterinary clinics and emergency hospitals. She is a great asset to the team and are very fortunate to have her.
Jessica Archibald, RVT
Jessica joined our DMS team in 2018. You will see her generally at our Chatham Location. Jessica Graduated from St. Clair College in 2015. Jessica brings great interpersonal skills and compassion with communicating animal care with all of our clients. On her time off she enjoys being artistic and spending time with her 2 pugs Spike and Chloe and her cat Jasmine.
Julie Schinkel, RVT
Julie joined the DMS team in 2018. You will see Julie working weekends at the Merritt Animal Hospital. Julie brings great Rehabilitation skills to the team, Julie also has the ability to make anyone laugh. Julie graduated from Algonquin and Northern College in 2016. Julie enjoys spending time and participating in agility with her dog Kylo.
Taylor Scott, VOA
Taylor graduated from the Veterinary Office Assistant program in 2018 and soon after joined the DMS team. Taylor brings a great outgoing personality along with great communication skills. Taylor is mainly at our Chatham office and during her off time she enjoys horseback riding with her horse “Chester”.
Katherine Kalvik, VT
Katherine Graduated University of Guelph in 2018 and joined the DMS team shortly thereafter. Katherine brings the great ability to connect with patients and communicating with their owners. Katherine enjoys training her German Shepherd “Hank” with nose work in her free time.