Dr. Sally Moran
Veterinarian

Becoming a veterinarian was my life long dream. I had veterinary aspirations from the age of five and was lucky to have parents who believed in my dream too. My goal every day is to treat every pet with dignity and respect and advocate for their best interest. I also enjoy working with pet parents to give them options and guide them in making decisions for their pets’ health. The best part about my job as a practice owner, is that I can assemble a team of professionals who have the same goals and passion for giving our patients great care.

My husband and two energetic boys are very supportive and are always understanding of the late shifts and weekend treatments. At home, I am also lucky to have the affection of my Labrador Retriever, August, who suffers from hip dysplasia. August manages quite well with her limitations and her favorite pastime is swimming laps in the pool. We also have two handsome brother cats who love each other dearly.

– Sally Moran, DVM

Dr. Moran graduated from The Ontario Veterinary College in 2003. Originally from Hamilton, she moved to Midland after veterinary college and began working for a mixed animal practice. She started practicing at Orillia & District Veterinary Services in 2006 and fell in love with the clinic philosophy and dedication to excellent medicine. After 8 years as an associate, Dr. Moran became the new owner of Orillia & District Veterinary Services and is enjoying the new challenge.

Dr. Hilary Rodd
Veterinarian

Imagine going to work every day to a job that you have wanted since childhood- well, I have that job! I have always had a special interest in animal anatomy and becoming a veterinarian since I was 8 years old. My drive to become a veterinarian was solidified by my childhood family veterinarian, who saved my beloved lab Molly. She had gone above and beyond her call of duty to ensure that Molly was comfortable in her own home, and from that moment on, I wanted to be that person who went above and beyond for animals. I want to be a pillar of strength when people need me the most. When a client comes into their appointment with their pet, I care for their animals as if they were my own. I strive to tailor each visit for that particular patient and make them feel loved, welcomed and safe.

I have two wonderful Labrador retrievers; Georgie and Indy, who are my ready- to- swim, always up for a cuddle, and there for you, family pets. I live with my supportive and funny partner, Kyle, and with our fun- loving, friendly, goofy, adopted Rottweiler, Leonard. My mom always told me: Knowledge is Power, and I live by this every day, to try and learn every day so that I can help as many people and animals as I can.

– Hilary Rodd, DVM

Dr. Rodd graduated with her veterinary degree in 2010 from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. She grew up in Newmarket, but spent all of her summers at her cottage on Gloucester Pool near Coldwater. Dr. Rodd volunteered for Orillia & District Veterinary Services when she was completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. She became part of our team here at the clinic when she worked during her summer holidays and the year before she went to Australia. Once she graduated from Murdoch University, Dr. Rodd returned to Ontario where she practiced mixed animal medicine in Midland. She joined our team in 2014 and has a special interest in surgery and internal medicine.

Dr. Jenna Hanson
Veterinarian

Veterinary medicine has been a life long goal. I have always been fascinated with the challenges of medicine and surgery and I am passionate about the strong relationships formed with pet owners and their fluffy companions. My goal in every appointment is to educate our clients to know what is best for their pet, and to give the animal (and owner) a positive, stress free experience.

My education was divided between Canada and Australia. My Bachelor of Science, double major in Medical Science and Biology was completed at the University of Western Ontario. At which time I considered human medicine as a career path. However, after several volunteer experience within the veterinary field, I knew I had found my passion. I had the benefit of traveling to Australia for my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at University of Melbourne, which allowed me to practice on a number of exotic and wild life patients. This passion for unusual pets has followed me back to Canada where I enjoy working with exotic mammals. After a variety of positions in large animal, specialty and emergency medicine, I am happy in my home at Orillia and District Veterinary Services practicing small animal medicine. An ideal day is focused on fear/stress reduction, exotic mammal medicine and geriatric/palliative care.

My home is shared with my favorite fluffy companion, Mindy Moo, a young spirited springer spaniel x poodle. I believe that if you put your best effort forward and accept that which you cannot change then life always has a way of working out.

-Jenna Hanson, DVM

Dr. Hanson graduated with her veterinary degree in 2014 from University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. Once she returned home from Australia, she started at a mixed animal practice in Midland. After a variety of experiences with farm animals, horses, small animals and exotics, Dr Hanson joined our team at Orillia & District Veterinary Services in January 2017. She continues to enjoy the challenge of working with small animal exotic species such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, rodents and hedgehogs. Dr Hanson also has a special interest in emergency and critical care of small animal patients, spending some weekends working at the Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic.

About twenty-five years ago, I was a client here and I remember coming away from my pets appointment thinking that the staff here were extremely nice, and everyone seemed so happy to be working together. At that time, I was an accountant and while I loved to crunch numbers, I was also missing fulfillment in the career. Eventually there was a job ad for ODVS and I decided to apply and was hired.

I was put through the paces of the different job aspects to gain experience and knowledge of how the clinic can and should run efficiently and safely for all patients and staff. I have now been at ODVS for over 20 years and I adore working at a hospital that provides the best care for the animals. Its amazing to work in such an organized operation that runs smoothly, and have staff that really enjoy their job. The atmosphere is amazing. “Create the life that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning”. I am so excited every day to be able to live the life that I wanted.

My husband and I have two daughters in highschool, and four pets. Our cat, Marley keeps our three dogs in line. They are; Clover (a Cane Corso cross), Minnie (a Boston Terrier x Red Heeler) and our newest pup Wilson (a French Bulldog).

– Sheri, Practice Manager

Em Barrett
Head RVT

I was introduced to the idea of becoming a veterinary technician when I was in highschool. I wanted a job that could combine animals, science and was physically active. Once I learned more about Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) career and the responsibilities that it encompassed, I knew that I wanted to pursue this career. It was exciting to be able to to help develop and work with like-minded people while making a difference in a multitude of animals’ lives. Earning my RVT status gave me a license to practice my area of veterinary medicine with a caliber of professionals and clients that isn’t offered for an unlicensed veterinary technician.

My love of this career has developed and changed with me over the years. What keeps me energized everyday is being able to communicate well with owners to help them understand their pet’s specific needs and options, while guiding them towards decisions that are best for their family, no matter the situation. I truly believe that being kind, and utilizing the quote “knowledge is power” we can truly make a difference to our pets, their family and the community around us.

My family is my husband Mike, our dog Lex (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever), and my horse named Logan (Thoroughbred x Morgan). Both Lex and Logan suffer from the dreaded “only child syndrome” and refuse to believe that they need to share attention!

– Em Barrett, Head Registered Veterinary Technician

Em graduated from Georgian College in 2011, and within a few months gained her RVT status. She has worked with us since 2010 and is our Head Registered Veterinary Technician. She is often in the “back” leading the anaesthesia and surgery team and is integral in helping to maintain organization and motivation within our team.

Monique Frizzell
RVT

I have always had a deep passion for helping animals lead happier, healthier lives – but was not always sure how to make the biggest impact. Then I found the veterinary technician program at Georgian College and fell in love with the RVT’s dedication to aiding animals and society through multiple channels. This was how I would make a difference in animals lives.

I try to live by the expression that “your energy introduces you before you even speak”. With every visit I strive to ensure that my patients leave the clinic feeling ‘better’ than when they arrived. Whether it is a nervous dog feeling more confident with the staff, or a hospitalized patient feeling brighter and more themselves – I try to help them continue their day at ease. When clients leave a visit with new information, or just enjoy the family-like culture here, I feel that I have made a difference.

At home, my family includes my partner Clayton, our hound Benjamin (aka “Guy”), and two black cats Sgt. Tibbs and Lucy (aka “Tinky”). Benjamin tricks us by playing dumb so as not to let on how smart he really is – thinking this means he can get away with getting into the garbage, fridge, microwave, oven, etc. The cats love to have long conversations, tattling on all the mischief Ben got into throughout the day!

-Monique Frizzell, RVT

Monique graduated with honours from Georgian College in 2016, and achieved her RVT status a year later. Although she is out of school, she loves continuing to learn new information in her field. She worked in a busy small practice for a few years before joining us at ODVS in 2017. Monique brings her professional attitude and quick wit with her everyday. We are very lucky to have her!

Megan Melhuish-Partridge
RVT

My journey to becoming an RVT was a longer one than most. I always had a huge interest in medical sciences as a kid but I could never decide what I wanted to do with it. I didn’t grow up with a lot of pets so I never knew veterinary technicians even existed! The summer after finishing my biology degree (where I learned all about different animals and their needs), I applied to volunteer at a veterinary clinic. There, I learned all about the RVT profession and realized I had found my calling. I then began my education towards becoming an RVT. Being an RVT has been incredibly rewarding and I am now passionate about teaching others about what a veterinary technician’s responsibility is to the animals and their caregivers. I joined the ODVS team in 2018 and I am excited to be able to continue my skills here to help compliment my teaching at Georgian College.

My husband and I are owned by our four oddball cats Pekoe, Moe, Bean and Storm as well as our newest family member, a Husky cross named Addy.

– Megan Melhuish-Partridge, RVT

Megan completed her Veterinary Technician diploma in 2011 at Georgian College, and quickly achieved the registered status shortly after. After working in a few different clinics in focusing on different areas of veterinary medicine Megan is now complimenting our ODVS team with her skills and shaping future veterinary technicians by teaching part time at Georgian College. She has a special interest in feline medicine and dentistry and would be very happy to talk your ear off about both subjects if you let her.

Kaylin Smith
RVT

“If you want to be happy, be”. This is the principle on which I try to live my life both personally and professionally. I have always had a love for animals and wanted a career that incorporated them. I find being a Registered Veterinary Technician can be messy, dangerous and a ton of hard work; but, it’s very a rewarding career that I am always excited to return to the next day.

I began my career working at an emergency veterinary hospital where I performed treatments for patients with a variety of illnesses and injuries. It always felt good to improve their quality of life and make them, and their owners, happier. I made the transition from emergency medicine to general practice here at ODVS, with the goal to help prevent many of the issues that we saw at the emergency clinic. I enjoy interacting with a wide variety of pets and knowing that I am making an impact on their comfort and safety throughout all life stages. As an added bonus, I feel a great sense of family here! It’s great to be able to connect with the local community while immersing myself in the career I love.

At home, I have my terrier mix, Chewy, and my cat, Kirby. Chewy has been with me for 9 years, and we are still trying to teach him how to be a dog. Kirby has all your typical cat traits – including his favourite pastime of yelling at me at 5 in the morning for a snack. Good thing they are cute!

– Kaylin Smith, RVT

Kaylin graduated from Georgian College in 2016. Working at an emergency clinic from the first year of college, she was able to gain the skills necessary to pass the national exam and gain her RVT status in 2017. Kaylin joined our team at ODVS in early 2018 bringing her eclectic personality and skills with her. We are lucky to have her!

Shannon Lynn
RVT

Growing up, I always had many animals who were such a significant part of my big family! I now have a beloved Scottish Terrier named Bailey who really sparked my interest in veterinary medicine. When she was younger, we went to a veterinary clinic where I observed how stressed she was, and in turn how stressed that made me. The philosophy “nothing changes if nothing changes” rang through and I realized that while I wanted to be have a career in healthcare, I could really find my stride in veterinary medicine and provide the positive changes I wanted to see. Although that visit wasn’t a pleasant experience for Bailey, I was exactly where I needed to be so I could start my journey on making a difference in these pet’s lives. Fast forward to 2017, where I joined the ODVS team as a Registered Veterinary Technician. At ODVS, I can apply different techniques to help keep our patients and their owners more comfortable and less stressed. Whether I am in an exam room with my patients, or I am taking them through a procedure that keeps them with us for the day, I love knowing I play such a key part to keeping all pets comfortable throughout their visit/stay. As an RVT, I find myself enjoying being the primary caregiver for our hospitalized patients, and seeing cases all the way through – I thoroughly enjoy being part of your pets journey. I have a strong interest in medicine and using my skills to their full potential: placing IV catheters, intubating for surgical procedures or taking x-rays to help achieve a diagnosis, makes my day very rewarding.

At home, I have my Scottie dog, Bailey who keeps life interesting and my adorable cat Laci.

– Shannon Lynn, RVT

Shannon graduated from Georgian College in 2014. She brings to ODVS her intense knowledge and diverse skills gained from varying fields in veterinary industry. These includes being in the research field, emergency medicine and ophthalmology (eye) referral. Shannon has planted her roots here at ODVS, you will often see her in your appointments or caring for patients in the back.

Hillary Boyd
RVT

Veterinary medicine is something I have always been passionate about. When I was younger, my parents had a hobby farm and my mother was a Veterinary Technician. We frequently welcomed sick or injured animals into our home, so I was always around anything furry or feathered. One thing I love about the profession is how rewarding it is to be able to help a pet live a healthier, happier, pain free life. I take a special interest in areas like nutritional consults, preventive medicine and long term palliative care. It all makes a difference in the pets life and in turn, their owners as well. My goal with every appointment, is for the owner to leave with enough knowledge to make an informed decision for their pet and lifestyle. My philosophy is “Choose kindness and laugh often”.

I grew up and have lived in Oro Medonte my whole life. I am currently owned by my beautiful daughter, my 2 dogs – Lucy (Rottweiler), Remington (Great Dane); 3 cats – Coco, Karleton, Milo; 3 potbelly pigs – Penelope, Petunia, Phoebe; 1 bunny – Pancakes; 3 mules and 1 horse – Gracie, Jake, Moose and Wally.

– Hillary Boyd, RVT

Hillary attended the Georgian College Veterinary Technician program right out of high school then received her Registered status shortly upon graduation in 2011. She has worked in general practice for most of her career. Hillary joined our team in 2017 and we love that she sticks true to her philosophy every day.

Gillian Lowry
RVT

Bio Coming Soon!

Sandra
Receptionist

Just as there are different types of pets, there are different types of clients. Ones that have had pets all their lives and ones that have never had a pet before. I love talking to both, and that’s why I love my client services position at ODVS.

The dynamics of the clients are great. They may stem from new owners who are always excited to ask questions and talk about their new pet, to owners that I have known and spoken to since joining our clinic. I have known many clients and patients from their very first visit!

Each time I answer a call, I hope that I have helped the client with what they needed. This may be booking an appointment or setting up a new file for their new pets, or answering questions or help find the right person to get them the answers to their concerns.

My pet family consists of 1 cat named Snowball and 1 dog named Honey. Snowball is white (of course) but has 2 different coloured eyes. He definitely rules the house. Honey is a Bassett Hound and loves all people and animals, she has her own fan club when she is out for her daily walks.

– Sandra, Client Services

Lori
Receptionist

I worked for most of my life in a multitude of different jobs focusing on customer care and client services. I truly enjoy helping people and making sure they get the best care possible. As a client care specialist at ODVS, I am able to provide this service to people, and their animals, all of whom I adore. I live by the saying “Always treat others how you would want to be treated”. Because of this, my goal with every client and patient is make each experience a positive and memorable one. I take great pride in our community, clients and patients and I am always excited to help in any way I can. I strive to show the compassion, respect and considerate care we at ODVS have for all of our extended family.

I have a loving husband of over 35 years, 2 wonderful grown children and their partners, 2 adorable grandchildren, 2 comical grand-dogs and last but not least our lovely dog Liberty (who is the best dog ever) who make up my immediate family unit.

– Lori, Client Services

Tammy
Receptionist

As long as I can remember, I have always had a certain “connection” with animals. My relatives used to tease me, calling me “Dr. Doolittle”. As a teenager, I briefly entertained the idea of becoming a veterinarian, but a highschool co-op in Sault Ste. Marie introduced me to the veterinary technician field. I then attended Seneca College, graduating as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1992.

During college, I finally met my penpal that I had been writing to since grade 3, and year after graduation we were married on Valentine’s Day. I left the veterinary field for a few years to start a family (a daughter then son), then worked at Casino Rama for a number of years.

I had a desire to return to the profession I loved, so I jumped back in as a receptionist and learned a whole new skill set. Fifteen years later, I still love the challenges of client services, and educating people about their pets. I want clients to feel as if they have come to a friend’s house for coffee and advice and I will make sure clients feel like we have solved (or at least laid out a plan) to take care of their concerns.

At the end of the day, I look forward to spending time with Keith, my husband and soul mate of over 25 years, our son, who is headed to university in the fall or sharing “facetime” with our daughter who is an RN. Our Mini-Aussie “Roper” is always ready for a hike or a car ride to find a geocache. Roper shares his attention with his 5 feline and 2 rabbit housemates. We also share our time with many wonderfully personable chickens (outside) and 5 geckos 🙂

With a life so full, I try to live by the mantra of “Breathe – it’s just a bad day, not a bad life!”

– Tammy, Client Services

Laura
Receptionist

I grew up in a household that had many pets. Our whole family believed in keeping a warm, loving atmosphere that respected animals. My love of all things related to animals never stopped growing and it was inevitable I would be in the veterinary industry.

I started working in the veterinary field as a teenager. My position then was an Animal Care Attendant. From that experience, I developed a passion for creating a relationship not only with the patients, but the clients as well. This love of interaction moved me to a receptionist position which is what I am able to do with the ODVS team.

At every patient visit, I always make sure all pets come in to a comfortable and safe environment. Creating this stress-free environment starts by welcoming the pet and client into the building, and continues until they are heading home. I face everyday with the mantra: “Live everyday like you’re waking up to the smell of coffee and cinnamon buns.” Everyday I strive to create and maintain this atmosphere while also making sure our clients are smiling and comfortable during their pets’ visit.

I call Oro-Medonte home with my fiancee Jerry and our adopted dog, Romo. Romo is a loveable Lab X who is a bundle of energy, can’t ever get enough snuggles and loves everyone!

– Laura, Client Services

Ashley
Animal Care

Believe it or not, I started my post secondary career in a local grocery store. While I loved the organization of ordering and cashing customers out, I felt I was missing something. I then started to work at the SPCA which allowed me to gain experience working with different animals of colourful backgrounds. This experience gave me confidence in my search for a career which I could grow and adapt in. My mantra is “Change is inevitable”. While change can be scary, I challenged myself to find a career that I could make an even bigger difference in.

I was excited to join the ODVS team in 2017. My various roles here allow me to be analytical and to embrace change. Everyday is different! My impact on our patients here is more “behind the scenes”. I love being able to assist our RVTs and DVMs with whatever task they need. This might be cleaning, ordering the correct diets or medication, clinic maintenance, or, my personal favourite, ensuring your pet has the environment they need to be as low stress and comfortable as possible. My guilty pleasure is helping the RVT’s with X-rays -I find it fascinating! And, I get to cuddle the patients while the x-rays are being taken.

My four legged family is large. Working previously at the SPCA enabled me to start my collection of animals. I have three dogs; Jolene (Jack Russell), Jasmine (Labrador Retriever) and Solo (Dachshund). I also have two cats; Gandalf and Maya. And finally, I have a Chinese water dragon named Geeya. What a collection!

– Ashley, Animal Care Attendant

Carol
Accounts Manager

Bio Coming Soon!