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Dr. Gerald Gyorffy
For as long as I can remember, animals have always been a part of my life. I was about 7 years old when I decided that I wanted to be a veterinarian. As a teen, growing up in the greater Toronto area, we had a pet cat that actually followed me home from school one day. Once I finished high school, I went off to the University of Guelph to pursue my goal of becoming a veterinarian. After 9 years of University, I graduated with a BSc in Zoology and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. My wife and I had a few pets through my school years ranging from fish and birds to a tabby cat that we adopted from the University. I joined Mitchell Animal Hospital right after graduating in 1995. Over the years I have been blessed with meeting thousands of people and their pets. I think the one thing that really hits home for me, is seeing the young kids that I knew back when I graduated coming in with pets and kids of their own now.
In 2011 and 2012, I decided to broaden my abilities and started attending certification courses for Canine Physical Rehabilitation. After about 125 hours in the classroom and 40 hours at an externship placement, I am now also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.
Currently, I enjoy snowboarding and have my level 1 instructor certification. I spend lots of time at the local arenas with my figure skating daughters and enjoy weekend paintball matches with my son. My wife and I have 2 dogs named Maya and Sushi and 4 cats named Aladar, Disney, Manga and Moxie. I recently took an interest in salt water aquariums and currently have a 180 gallon tank with lots of weird and wonderful sea creatures.
Dr. Natalie Reid
I graduated as a veterinarian and joined Mitchell Animal Hospital in 2010 after completing an honours Bachelor degree and a Master’s Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour. After a 2.5 year detour, I am thrilled to be welcomed back into the Mitchell Animal Hospital family.
I grew up enjoying sports and the arts and I focused on music and dance until my early adulthood. I did, however, grow up with a family who owned many pets - most were rescues and many of whom I played on my parent’s heartstrings to bring home. I’m not sure when it was that I decided to be a veterinarian. Perhaps it was when I convinced my lifelong feline-phobic mum to fall in love with Robbie the black tabby cat who was left in a cardboard box, or maybe it was when one particularly decrepit abandoned dog who I brought home bit my father so hard that he lost the use of his hand for some time. Nevertheless, I quickly realized that the true constant throughout my life was the love and compassion I felt for animals and the need to be good at more than just bringing them home.
I also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. A Brit by blood and upbringing, I lived most of my teenage years in the Cayman Islands and have explored the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and parts of the Middle East. I have also been known to find myself in places such as Korea with only a suitcase and a smile, or backpacking South Africa helping capture and rehabilitate wildlife and implement anti-poaching techniques.
My hobbies include participating on veterinary-related committees, photography, volleyball, walking my dogs, cupcake decorating, and convincing myself I can play guitar remotely well. Having recently moved to Elora with my husband, bouncy, life-loving dogs and incredible baby boy, I find myself spending all the time that I can just enjoying my family in this beautiful town.
Dr. Amber Tietz
I always knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I grew up loving all animals big and small. Growing up my family always had at least one cat and dog. I also developed a love for horses and enjoyed horseback riding throughout my elementary and high school years. After high school I received a BScH in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph, and then attended the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) where I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
I am very excited to be a part of the Mitchell Animal Hospital team. My family always brought our cats and dogs to Mitchell, and I remember going to the clinic as a young girl. My first experience working in a clinic was when I completed my high school co-op placement right here at Mitchell! I also gained experience and observed surgeries here during my undergrad degree before applying to the OVC. Following graduation I worked in Woodstock and briefly in Cambridge before joining the Mitchell Animal Hospital family.
When I am not at work I am spending time with my husband and our rescue kitty Winky, as well as my family, friends and young nieces. Some of my hobbies include going to the gym, biking, playing Slo-Pitch and baking. This summer I will be attempting my first “Try-a-Tri” triathlon with my sister.
Dr. Jordyn Hewer
Dr. Jordyn Hewer is originally from the West Island of Montreal. He graduated from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After obtaining his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, he returned home to spend the first five years of his professional career practicing full time in small animal companion medicine. He worked concurrently on a part time basis in Downtown Montreal as well as the South Shore. During the summer of 2016, he moved to Ontario where he began practicing at Mitchell Animal Hospital.
Raised in Quebec, Jordyn was primarily educated in French though his maternal language is English. He is fluent in both languages and can competently offer veterinary care to the French speaking community of the Tri-cities. His interests within the profession are ophthalmology and animal welfare. During his free time Jordyn enjoys reading non-fiction. He is an avid traveler and has backpacked on numerous occasions across Europe. He hopes to one day do the same in Asia.
Christa has been with Mitchell Animal Hospital since she graduated from Ridgetown College in 1997 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. In December 2000, she became one of the first Canadian Certified Veterinary Dental Technicians. Interests: Christa teaches obedience and puppy classes at Mitchell Animal Hospital.
Brianna RVT, CCRA
Brianna joined Mitchell Animal Hospital in 2004 after graduating from the Seneca College Veterinary Technician Program.
Interests: English riding and coaching, reading and baseball.
Gillian RVT, CCRA
Gillian has been with Mitchell Animal hospital since 2004 when she graduated from the St. Clair College Veterinary Technician Program.
Interests: Skating, reading and baseball.
Chandra has been working in animal hospitals since her high school co-op in 2002. She earned her Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus in 2011. She became registered with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians that same year. She has been with us at Mitchell Animal Hospital since October of 2010.
She has a special interest in exotic mammals and enjoys attending continuing education in this area. In 2013 she completed the Advanced Wildlife Technician course at Seneca College. She has had the pleasure of doing a 4-week externship at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts and also a 40-hour placement at the Toronto Wildlife Centre. In September of 2014 she volunteered with Parks Canada with the Black Footed Ferret Monitoring Program in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan.
Chandra is also a member of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team and in September of 2013 she traveled with a team of volunteers to Baker Lake, Nunavut on a 10-day spay/neuter and vaccination project. The positive impact CAAT had in that community was incredible and she hopes to be able to go on another project soon.
Chandra’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include home improvements, reading, camping, volunteering and snowboarding. She lives with her husband Dale, their 3 ferrets (Wilder, Alala and Steve), 3 cats (Morgan, Chip and Archie), and senior dog, a Rottweiler-Husky mix (Hennessey).
Leanne has been with Mitchell Animal Hospital since 2007. She has an Animal Care degree that she obtained in 1990.
Interests: Gardening and music
Ashley has been with Mitchell Animal Hospital since 2006.
Interests: Going to the gym, watching movies, shopping.
Cassie joined Mitchell Animal Hospital in 2007.
Ginger has been with Mitchell Animal Hospital since 1990. A graduate from Sheridan College, she later completed her veterinary hospital manager certification through St. Lawrence College.
Interests: renovations and cycling.