Dr. Cliff Redford, DVM
Featured on Global TVs “The Morning Show“
I grew up always wanting to be a veterinarian and in 1998 my dream came true when I graduated from one of the world’s top veterinary schools; Ontario Veterinary College. Within 18 months I purchased Wellington Veterinary Hospital and have been the owner ever since. My special interests are soft tissue surgery, advanced dental procedures, internal medicine and emergency care. I volunteer with various animal rescue groups locally and across the globe, including a wildlife rescue where I get to help care for hawks and owls, porcupines, raccoons and even skunks!
Dr. Shaneez Wallani, DVM
Low Stress Handling® Silver Certified
Certified Canine Massage Therapist
I realized my calling in life at an early age, and began working toward my goal of becoming a veterinarian when I was in elementary school. I have a BSc Honours in Biology from Trent University, and graduated from Saint George’s University with my DVM degree after completing my clinical year at Cornell University. I split my time between Wellington Veterinary Hospital and a shelter wellness clinic in Toronto, in order to help pets and pet owners who would otherwise be unable to access veterinary care. I have a special interest in preventive and holistic care and pain management, and became a Certified Canine Massage Therapist in 2019.
In my free time I enjoy reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with my pets; a former street dog or “Pothound” from Grenada, and an orange tabby who was rescued from a hoarding situation in Georgia. I’m currently working toward becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and am involved in a shelter transfer project to help Pothounds in need find homes in Toronto.
Jessica Wilshire, CSR
Office Manager / Customer Service Rep
My journey into the animal field has been the most interesting road I have encountered thus far in my life. I have always loved and had a passion for all animals but it wasn’t until my first ROTTENweiller, yes I said Rotten ;), came into my life that I truly learned how deep of a connection humans can have with animals. I worked as a waitress/bartender while I bounced around in programs at York University undecided as to what I wanted to focus on. Three years ago one of my friends, and now co-worker, offered to set me up for an interview at the clinic she worked at and I was very happy when I was hired as a receptionist. I loved working at the clinic from the first day I was hired and continue to love it every day. I quickly accomplished my childhood dream of turning my house into the local animal shelter with my many cats, 1 dog and 2 turtles. As a personal highlight, I have also worked my way up to Office Manager and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
Arthur Leung, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Hi, I’m Arthur, one of the Registered Veterinary Technicians here. I always knew I wanted to work with animals as a child. After graduating from the University of Guelph Biological Science program I continued on and worked hard to become an RVT at Seneca College. It has been such a fun and fulfilling experience. I’ve always been a dog person and have had Victoria, my Siberian Husky, for 10 years. However, I have brought a new little buddy into my life: Totoro! He is an adorable, one-eyed cat that came from Thunder Bay, and somehow managed to purr his way into my heart.
Pam Barrera, VT
I’ve had a love of animals since I was a little kid when my dad brought home my first dog, a Boxer that was bigger than I was at the time! I recognized early on that the career path that I was meant to follow would be in a field dedicated to the care of these loving extensions of our families – family pets. After earning my Bachelor of Science Honours degree from U of T, I went on to obtain my Veterinary Technician diploma at Seneca College. With over 20 years of experience from all aspects of the clinical veterinary field, and working at previous small animal and emergency hospitals in the GTA, I’ve been privileged to realize my early ambitions of caring for these furry family members. My current passion now is to ensure that the senior pets of our families receive compassion and comfort in their last years, and ensure clients have the best education and resources for helping them increase the longevity of their pets’ lives.
Outside of the hospital, I spend time with my high-school sweetheart husband, crazy singing and dancing little girls, and the family one-eyed & deaf rescue Boston Terrier, Harriette.
Linda Siem, ACA/CSR
Animal Care Attendant / Customer Service Representative
I have loved animals all my life, but growing up I was never allowed to have any. I attended York University and graduated with a BA in psychology with the intent of becoming a teacher, but later realized that wasn’t the path for me. One day in 2015, I decided to go into a PetSmart and realized their cat adoption center was accepting volunteers! I LOVED interacting with and caring for all the cats, it was so heartwarming to see them find their forever homes plus I was able to get my animal fixed! Thanks to the wonderful people I’ve met there, I was introduced to Wellington who was coincidentally looking to hire a new ACA. Working at the clinic has been such a wonderful experience and I have learned so much from an amazing group of people. I discovered such a special place in my heart for special needs cats and will eventually like to start a rescue of my own one day (or maybe open a cat cafe!).
In my spare time, I still continue to volunteer with Next Chance Cat Rescue (where my two very special cats, Ham and Cheese are hanging out), spend time with my husband and friends, binge-watch various shows and movies, doing calligraphy/journaling and play video games!
Joanna Caplan, CSR
Customer Service Representative & Receptionist
My true love has been the theatre for as long as I could remember but in 2016 I went to India and Nepal for a year to study theatre, yoga and martial arts and everything changed. It was there that my heart really opened to animals; street dogs, abandoned cows, goats heading to slaughter. I quickly started my journey into animal rescue and never looked back. Back in Toronto my passion for animals just kept growing. I volunteer with Etobicoke Humane Society as well as the Toronto Wildlife Center and recently joined the team at Wellington once I reached out to Dr. Cliff after learning about his incredible work and international rescue adventures on YouTube. I am hungry to learn and am thrilled for the opportunity to work at Wellington where I get to be around animals all day, as well as a wonderful group of colleagues. In my spare time I teach and practice yoga, save sick and injured pigeons, raccoons and skunks from the urban jungle of downtown Toronto and hang out with my sweet dog Ricker, who was rescued from the streets of Nepal!
Emily Redford, ACA
Animal Care Attendant
When I was little, all I wanted to do was dance. I was squeamish of blood and never would have thought that I would be interested in Animal Medicine. But once I was introduced to Animal Biology in high school, everything changed. Since then, I started working alongside my dad at Wellington Vet Hospital and travelling around the world with him on animal rescue trips, while learning and growing alongside him. I’ve also had the opportunity to volunteer at local wildlife refuges and learn how to help protect and nurture wild animals back to health. I currently work part-time at Wellington Vet Hospital, while continuing to work professionally in the arts field. When I’m not working I find joy in dancing, learning about animals and nature, and spending time with my friends and family – and of course, my dogs. 🙂
Vanessa Tark, ACA
Animal Care Attendant & Receptionist
My journey at Wellington first started when I joined the team as a high school co-op student. I’ve since graduated from the University of Guelph’s Animal Biology program, and I’m thrilled to be back! Like my amazing colleagues, I have a lot of love and respect for animals of all shapes and sizes (and appetites!).
I knew early on that working with animals was the right path for me. Growing up, I was surrounded by many beloved pets who were each a major influence on my decision to devote myself to animal welfare. I have hopes of continuing my education with animals in the future, and my 14-year-old cocker spaniel, Milo, has been doing a great job at cheering me on! He can get a bit confused at times, but he’s got the spirit! I’ve also recently discovered the world of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and every now and again I help Dr. Cliff and the team at Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge carry out their mission.
When I’m not at WVH, you can find me volunteering at local animal rescues, reading a good novel, trying my best to sing along to songs in my car, or just spending time with family and friends
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work with animals. My dream was to become a vet but I decided on a different path when I took a co-op position, and eventual employment, at the OSPCA. There, I developed a deep passion for working with rescue animals.
For the past 7 years, I found myself working at a dog daycare where I decided to further my passion for working with dogs and jumped into the world of positive reinforcement training. I am currently working on my certification, and my 11-year-old rottweiler and my recently adopted 8-year-old rescue chihuahua are helping out with my course.
When I got the opportunity to work at Wellington I was beyond excited! It has been a great experience learning from an amazing team every day and I am so grateful to be around so many animals on a daily basis.
In my free time, when I am not reading or watching dog behaviour seminars, I enjoy bingeing sci-fi and fantasy series on Netflix, crocheting fun outfits for my dogs, and baking yummy vegan desserts.
Brianna Gulecski, ACA
Animal Care Assistant
I’ve always hoped I would be working with animals since I was young. After completing a co-op placement at a veterinary clinic in high school, I knew working with animals is what I wanted to do. After high school, I decided to continue my education and completed my certification on becoming a Veterinary Assistant. I grew up with all kinds of animals in my life. At the moment I have 2 pets, Rocky and Gizmo. Rocky is a 12-year-old Miniature, he just loves to eat and sleep. Gizmo is a 3-year-old Sphynx(he’s hairless), he is a very energetic and playful boy.
Ariele Co, ACA
Animal Care Attendant & Receptionist
When I was younger, I always loved animals and begged my parents for a dog. My whole life changed when I got my family dog, a Basset Hound named Buster. Since then, my lifelong dream is to become a Veterinarian. After completing a co-op placement at WVH in high school, it further solidified what I knew I wanted to do. I am still working towards that goal after graduating from the University of Guelph from their Biomedical Science program. Right now, I am back again and ready to learn and experience new things with the WVH team. In my free time, I spend as much time as I can with my senior dog and volunteer with various animal rescues
Anya Bhopa. ACA
Animal Care Attendant & Receptionist
For as long as I can remember animals were a huge part of my life, I’ve had some interesting pets, from hedgehogs to hermit crabs, and now I have two dogs named Teddy and Nala. I spent my early teenage years volunteering at the S.P.C.A where my love for animals grew exponentially, leading me into a co-op placement at an animal hospital. Through my years, I experienced the mental health benefits that my animals have had on me so I knew the veterinary medicine path was for me. I am heading to the University of Guelph to start an Animal Science undergrad, after that, I hope to attend the Ontario Veterinary College. I absolutely love working with the Wellington team and I am excited to see what’s to come!
In my spare time I operate my non-profit organization ‘The Canadian Courage Project’ that supports youth facing homelessness and their animal companions, bake treats, volunteer at animal shelters, and spend time with my friends and family (+pups of course).