Our Careteam

Nicole B.
Hospital Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician
Nicole couldn’t imagine going to job where she does the same thing day in and day out—she loves that every single day is unique. Since she already had a passion for dog behaviour and training, as well as an interest in client education, marketing, and management, her position at Oakridge is the perfect fit!

Nicole grew up south east of London, and got her start in the veterinary world in her high school’s co-operative career program. She attended the University of Guelph at Ridgetown, graduating in 1998. She came to Oakridge in 2005, where she now serves as a Registered Veterinary Technician and the Hospital Manager.

As a Registered Vet Tech, Nicole particularly enjoys helping a family adjust to bringing a new member into the home. She likes to ensure that a puppy or kitten will be a positive, lifelong addition to a family.

Outside of work, Nicole likes spending time in Longmont with her husband, where they enjoy boating, going for walks on the beach, and relaxing with friends. She also loves to train her dogs—Nicole has two Border Collies, Rowan and Keen, who both compete in agility. Keen placed 7th in 2017’s world dock-diving competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Rowan placed 8th at ACC Nationals in Canada!
Danika
Registered Veterinary Technician
Very little phased Danika as a child—she was always interested in the cycle of life, as well as in all things gross or bloody. That fascination transformed into a genuine interest in medicine the older she grew. As a teenager, Danika’s passion deviated from human healthcare and instead started to focus on the furry and four-legged. It wasn’t long before she had made up her mind: she wanted to help animals as a member of the veterinary profession!

Danika attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus to study veterinary technology. She worked in Toronto for a time, serving in a progressive small-animal practice that offered stem-cell therapy treatment and also crossing off a bucket-list item by working as a zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo. After moving to this area, she joined the team here at Oakridge Animal Clinic in the fall of 2014 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Danika has been here ever since!

Danika has a special interest and skillset in animal nutrition, focusing on disease management, and has also pursued additional education on pain-free and dignified euthanasia. One of her favourite parts of her job is the dynamic and ongoing professional learning environment that she gets to work in every day.

Outside of animal medicine, Danika is interested in art and photography, and also likes practicing reiki. She’s also fond of going on long hikes with her dog, Mala.
Mandy
Registered Veterinary Technician
As a teenager, Mandy would drive by Oakridge Animal Clinic and see people playing with their dogs behind the building. Soon after that, she was volunteering here. She’s now a Registered Veterinary Technician and has worked at the clinic for 14 years!

Mandy was born and raised in London with her two sisters. After volunteering at the clinic, she was hired on as a Veterinary Assistant while she was in Vet Tech school. After her graduation in 2005, she moved to the Registered Veterinary Technician position. Mandy has a special interest in dentistry, and particularly loves seeing a patient come in with a dirty mouth and leave with fresh breath and white teeth. She also enjoys treating infected wounds, hearing pet stories from clients, and playing with the clinic cat.

In 2011, Mandy married her high school sweetheart, and quickly introduced him to a life with pets! She has two cats, Oliver and Sullivan, as well as a Golden retriever/lab cross named Boone who likes sitting on laps even though he weighs 70 pounds!

In her spare time, Mandy enjoys running and hiking with her dog. She’s even ran a half marathon, clocking in under her goal time. Her family also does a canoe trip into the Algonquin interior every summer, which is Boone’s favorite part of the year.
Dani
Registered Veterinary Technician
Dani grew up on a hobby farm near Lucan, Ontario, where she enjoyed the company of goats, chickens, pigs, ducks, pocket pets, and a sheep who went by Fred. It wasn’t hard for her to fall in love with animal care early on in life. When Dani shadowed a veterinarian during her 9th grade year, she was hooked immediately—she knew that veterinary medicine was the path for her!

Dani completed a two-year cooperative career placement program at a local vet clinic during high school, and continued to work as a Kennel Attendant throughout high school and college. She attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus and graduated in 2007 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Dani first met Dr. Egli while working at another local hospital, and was happy to join forces with her again here at Oakridge Animal Clinic. She first joined the team in the fall of 2014, left for a short time in 2016 to pursue other opportunities, and then rejoined the clinic family halfway through 2017.

Around the clinic, Dani enjoys caring for senior pets, working on dentistry cases, and monitoring pets under anesthesia. Most of all, she loves that she gets to learn something new on a daily basis and that she’s constantly kept on her toes!

When she’s not at work, Dani likes reading, playing on a floor hockey team in the winters, hiking and horseback riding, fostering dogs, and spending time with her own pets at home. She has three cats—Gus, Franklin, and Ezra—as well as a Doberman named Bruno who loves going for hikes and playing fetch. Dani also shares her life with Edgar the crested gecko and a horse, Atlas, whose favorite pastimes include going for trail rides and getting snacks.
Heather
Registered Veterinary Technician
Heather grew up on a dairy farm outside of Stratford. There, she loved to spend time in the barn as a child, bonding with creatures large and small. It wasn’t hard for her to fall in love with animal care early on! By the time Heather was participating in the 4-H veterinary club a few years later, she knew that she had found her calling. Now, she’s been enjoying her work in the animal-care profession for almost two decades!

After a series of co-operative career placements and animal-related summer jobs, Heather attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus to study veterinary technology. She graduated with honours in 2001, and quickly completed the necessary testing to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Having previously worked with Dr. Egli shortly after graduating from college, Heather jumped at the chance to join forces with her once again here at Oakridge Animal Clinic. She moved back to this area and joined the hospital family as a Veterinary Technician, and she’s been helping the area’s pets and animal owners ever since. Heather especially likes being able to strengthen the bond between pets and owners by encouraging proper health and overall well-being.

In her free time, Heather likes to hike, snowshoe, or rollerblade depending on the season. Most recently, she’s started making her own Kefir milk, cheese, and fermented foods. She has two energetic boys who love soccer, barrel racing, and anything related to dirt and the outdoors, and she also shares her life with a loveable orange tabby cat named James Bond.
Caitlin
Front Office Manager
During her high school’s co-operative career placement program, Caitlin decided to try a placement in a veterinary clinic, thinking it would be a joy to play with the puppies and kittens. Little did she know that she would learn to love the veterinary industry so much that she wanted to work in it for a living!

Caitlin grew up in London and attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown location to complete the Veterinary Medical Office Administration program, graduating with honors. She got a job at a London clinic while simultaneously working part-time at the London Humane Society. She applied at Oakridge in October of 2005, working in the kennel area and as a Veterinary Assistant before moving to full-time reception work in the summer of 2006.

Caitlin truly enjoys connecting with clients, getting to know them on a professional and personal level. The feeling of knowing she’s helped someone and their pet is incredible for her. Of course, she also loves being around the animals!

Caitlin lives with her husband Dan and their newborn daughter, Avery. Their furry family member Lo is an athletic mixed-breed. Caitlin can’t wait to start agility training with Lo again soon.

Outside of work, Caitlin has been kept busy with the arrival of baby Avery. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.
Bailey
Receptionist
As a kid, Bailey wanted to be everything from a veterinarian to a marine biologist. After attending college for human medicine training, she knew it wasn’t quite right for her. Having grown up on a farm and fostering a deep love for animals, Bailey realized that veterinary care was her true calling!

Bailey is from Dresden, a small town in western Ontario. Her family farm housed many dogs, cats, chickens, cows, and even a horse. After high school, Bailey attended school for Medical Radiation Technology. Her love of medicine persisted even when she realized the field wasn’t her true passion—what better way to combine her medical interests with her love of pets, Bailey thought, than by working at a vet clinic? She applied here at Oakridge two years after college and was hired on shortly afterward.

Around the hospital, Bailey loves soaking up all the knowledge she can from the experienced veterinarians and support staff. She also enjoys playing with the boarding animals in the backyard—it serves as great exercise, Bailey says, for both the pets and herself!

Bailey and her boyfriend, Brydan, recently bought their own home. They don’t have any pets yet, but plan on bringing home a puppy in the near future. Between work and family life, Bailey still finds time for her biggest hobby, painting. She even sells many paintings online and creates custom artwork for clients.
Sarah
Receptionist
Sarah grew up on a farm just north of London, and spent a great deal of her childhood riding horses, taming feral barn kittens, and playing with the family dog. It wasn’t hard for her to develop a passion for pet care early on in life! Sarah has been involved with animals her entire life, and is thrilled to continue her veterinary journey as a member of the Oakridge Animal Clinic family.

Upon moving to British Columbia, Sarah adopted her first dog, Carmac. Her pet suffered from chronic renal failure and needed extensive veterinary care throughout his life. Caring for the dog inspired Sarah to delve deeper into animal medicine; she took a management position at her local shelter, and then accepted a job at the veterinary clinic that cared for Carmac. When she moved back to Ontario, Sarah started working at a rural mixed-animal practice before joining the Oakridge Animal Clinic team as a receptionist.

Here at the hospital, Sarah enjoys using her behavioural training to help visiting dogs feel more comfortable in the clinic environment. She also loves to learn new things every day. Most of all, Sarah likes forming lasting relationships with the area’s pet owners and their animal companions.

In her free time, Sarah runs her own pet-behaviour consulting business and also likes reading, running, and hiking. She lives with two dogs of her own: Shorty is a rescued Corgi mix, and Mulder is a Belgian Malinois that Sarah regularly trains in scent-detection and protection sports.
Jamie
Receptionist
Jamie enjoys seeing pet owners forming lasting bonds with their furry friends, and even finds working with pets quite therapeutic. For her, working in the veterinary profession was the only career choice that made sense!

In high school, Jamie got involved the co-operative career program. She was originally hired at Oakridge as a veterinary assistant, and transitioned to reception in 2008. She especially loves seeing new puppies, meeting clients, and showing off the pets to the rest of the staff.

Jamie lives in Strathroy with her three-year-old daughter Cassidy and several dogs: Fly, the Yorkie; Rex, a Jack Russell; and Que, a White German shepherd. In her spare time, Jamie likes being outdoors, especially gardening in her yard. She also likes baking and traveling whenever possible.
Nicole D.
Veterinary Assistant, Facility Manager
Nicole grew up in Dorchester on a hobby farm with horses, cows, pigs, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, and geese. She was always passionate about helping the animals feel better, and it only made sense to pursue a career in the veterinary world.

Nicole took veterinary assistant courses at Durham College. Once she graduated, she applied to several clinics and came to work at Oakridge in October of 2008. Now she’s a certified Veterinary Assistant, and enjoys looking after boarding animals and helping owners understand how to read their pets and care for them when they’re sick.

At home, Nicole has several pets of her own. Jasper is a Retriever mix and is Nicole’s traveling buddy. Riggins is a St. Bernard who loves to be with people, Ace is a short-hair cat with a penchant for chattering, and Daytona is a rescue cat from the clinic.

When she’s not working or taking her dogs on walks and hikes, Nicole enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors.
Paige
Veterinary Assistant
Paige has owned pets since she was a young girl, and started riding horses at the age of seven. Ever since she can remember, she’s wanted a job that allowed her to work directly with animals! Paige’s dream simply never changed. Now, she helps the pets and animal owners of her hometown as a Veterinary Assistant.

Paige started here at Oakridge Animal Clinic through her school’s cooperative career placement program when she was in the 11th grade. She loved every second of her time here, and even began volunteering on Wednesday nights on top of her co-op duties. When her program wrapped up, Paige was offered a position as a Veterinary Assistant. She was more than happy to accept, and has been a member of the clinic team ever since. Her favourite parts of the job are learning new things every day, assisting the Technicians, and taking care of pets in the clinic’s boarding facility.

At home, Paige and her family live with several animal companions. They have four cats—Pixy, Dave, Harvey, and Bruce—as well as a Golden Retriever mix named JD who likes to think he is a cat. Paige is still an avid horseback rider, and competes on the provincial level with her partner in crime, a small grey horse named Caz. The pair has made it to the provincial championships five years in a row, and they’ve taken home multiple ribbons during their competitive career!
Morgan
Veterinary Assistant
Morgan’s obsession with animals started as a kid, when she would beg her parents for every kind of four-legged animal there was. As she got older, she began horseback riding and volunteering at horse camps. The transition to veterinary professional was an easy one for her!

Born and raised in London, Morgan started her co-operative career placement in 11th grade, and was offered a position a few weeks later! Now she’s a Veterinary Assistant at Oakridge Animal Clinic, where she continues to be inspired by the veterinarians and technicians because of their passion for their jobs and the animals they treat.

As an assistant, Morgan especially enjoys taking care of the animals that are boarded at the clinic. She also likes doing nail trims and ear cleanings, and seeing all the necessary steps to get an animal ready for surgery.

At home, Morgan has a nine-year-old ShihTzu named Chase. He had a run-in with a car as a younger dog, but the Oakridge staff worked their magic and he was fine! Morgan also owns a 13-year-old chestnut thoroughbred horse named Chanel.

Morgan still rides horses, and competes on horseback year-round. She even made it to the championship in Toronto last September! She also likes spending time with friends, snowboarding, and being outdoors in the summer.
Suzy
Veterinary Assistant
Before becoming a veterinary professional, Suzy worked in a variety of fields. She realized that something was missing, and set about finding a career that she truly loved. Thanks to her longtime adoration of animals, one option became quite clear: animal care was the natural choice!

Suzy is a London native, and began her veterinary journey at a local emergency clinic nearby. She worked with Drs. Moffat and Egli for many years, and was happy to join them when they became members of the Oakridge Animal Clinic team. Now, Suzy is proud to serve the area’s pets as one of the hospital’s Veterinary Assistants.

Suzy lives here in London with her partner, Kevin, and their two dogs. The couple has a pug, Gertrude, as well as a cocker spaniel who goes by Klunker. When she isn’t spending time with her family or tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Suzy loves to paint. She even sells her work online and does custom paintings for clients around the area!
Amanda
Veterinary Assistant
Amanda spent a lot of time romping around in the yard with the family dogs during her childhood, and she even found herself working in a few different horse farms when she was a bit older. These early experiences with animals made a permanent impression—she knew that she wanted to do everything in her power to help pets live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives. What better way to do that, Amanda thought, than by working in the world of veterinary medicine?

Amanda grew up just outside of Lucan, Ontario and attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus for her veterinary schooling. She worked and volunteered in a number of vet clinics over the years before deciding to take a short hiatus. When Amanda decided to re-enter the veterinary profession, she came across an opening here at Oakridge Animal Clinic and thought it seemed like a great place to jump back in—Amanda was right! Now, she’s a proud member of the hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Amanda lives in the countryside with her significant other and a variety of pets. She has two dogs, two cats, a pair of rats, an African Dwarf frog, nine chickens, and a pair of rabbits. When she isn’t doting on her own animal companions, Amanda enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors, reading great books, and practicing her photography skills. She’s participated in a variety of photography competitions and recently won a local library photo contest!
Maddie
Veterinary Assistant
Maddie grew up in London with her parents and three brothers, right around the corner from Oakridge Animal Clinic. She’s always recognized the inherent value that our pets provide—years of unconditional love, loyalty, and happiness. For her, being able to help the families of her hometown spend as much time as possible with their beloved animal companions is a dream come true! Maddie is a proud member of the clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

It was 2016 when Maddie joined the hospital team through her high school’s cooperative career placement program. She quickly started volunteering on Saturdays, and was eventually offered a job! Maddie has been a member of the Oakridge Animal Clinic Veterinary Assistant team ever since—she works full-time in the summers, and part-time during the school year while attending Western University to study healthcare, aging, and genetics.

Maddie finds that one of her favourite parts of the job is helping the clinic’s boarding pets feel as comfortable as possible during their time here. She loves to play with the visiting dogs in the yard and snuggle feline companions in the cat room—for her, nothing beats seeing a happy pet reunited with their owner after a stay here at the clinic!

When time permits between her busy school schedule and shifts here at the hospital, Maddie enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking with friends and family, and working out at the gym. She’s also a lifeguard and has a special interest in human first-aid. At home, Maddie shares her life with the family cat, Honey.
Charlie
Hospital Greeter

It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved clinic cat and favourite furry co-worker, Charlie. From styling hair, laying in the warm laundry to wandering into the ceiling, Charlie was always there to light up our days. Over the past year, Charlie was battling with cancer. He responded quite favourably to treatment until this past week when he stopped enjoying his favourite things - spending time with people and of course, food. The clinic will never be the same without him and his reputation as our hungry, attention-seeking, kitten-mentoring fluffy orange shadow will live forever in our memories.


Rest in peace, Charlie. ❤️


xoxoxox forever and always


Ditch
Taste Tester
Initally found in a ditch on the reserve – wet, covered in mud and unable to walk, he was still purring despite everything and we had to keep him. His personality has earned him many promotions, from hospital cage to boarding in the cat room, his promotion to sleeping in the Doctors office has made him proudest. Ditch likes to greet dogs in the waiting room by walking up to them and head butting them. He is our official taste tester of all foods brought into the hospital as well as new medications or supplements that are deemed ‘edible’ by companies. Although Ditch still has some medical problems from his past injury, we love him despite his short-comings!