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 Wiltshire, 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.
Min Keng, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
I grew up in a small apartment in Taiwan with 5 dogs and 4 cats! Things got pretty crowded, but I loved being around my pets. I took a keen interest in their health as they matured and aged. Not only did it teach me about life, but it also influenced me to become a veterinarian. I have dedicated my life to working with animals.
After I arrived in Ontario 4 years ago, I opted to continue working in the field by completing my Veterinary Technician diploma at Georgian College. I spent 2 years working at the ER of an emergency/ critical care clinic before joining Wellington. The transition from being a veterinarian back home to an RVT here has not made much of a difference to me because I still get to love and take care of sick animals, help them heal and keep them healthy. I consider this a win-win.
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 a 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 ensuring 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.
Chelsea Barcant, CSR
Customer Service Representative
As an avid animal lover who grew up with dogs, hamsters, fish, and birds, I always knew that I wanted to work with animals, I just wasn’t completely sure in what capacity. I did co-op as a teen at a veterinary hospital and really liked the hospital environment. I studied biology at the University of Guelph, and since graduating in 2013, I have worked in a number of different customer service positions. While working at one of these jobs, I bumped into an old friend from the veterinary hospital and she encouraged me to apply to Wellington, the rest is history! I love the people and pets I have the pleasure of working with everyday.
In my spare time, I’m a total movie buff and I love trivia. I hope to compete on (and win) an episode of Jeopardy! I currently do not have any pets, but I was lucky enough to share my life with my miniature dachshund for 15 and a half years. Hopefully, we will be adding another dog to the family in the near future!
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 fix! Thanks to the wonderful people I’ve met through 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!
Sofia Borcuti (ACA)
Animal Care Assistant
I’ve had a love for animals ever since I was a little girl. I will always be that person who points out the cows in the pastures on the highway and stops to pet every dog I see. Over the past several years, I’ve dedicated my life to becoming a veterinarian. I graduated from a small school in Michigan where I played on their tennis team and studied a mixture of Biology and Animal Psychology. From there, I volunteered at a couple Vet Hospitals around the Toronto area and was fortunate enough to even intern at Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge where I met Dr. Cliff Redford. He gave me the opportunity to be part of the Wellington Veterinary Hospital Team and have been loving it ever since. I will be attending Veterinary School abroad in September but until then, I’m very excited to work with an amazing group of people and learn from each and every one of them 🙂
When I’m not working at WVH, I spend my time occasionally volunteering at Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, hiking, reading, or spending time with my cat Ash, and sweet guinea pig Mocha.
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!
Maddy Cameron (ACA)
Animal Care Attendent
Growing up my family had a lot of pets and I’ve always loved animals, so it’s not surprising I’ve wanted to explore a career working with animals. Before working here at Wellington, I worked on several horse farms, as well as, completed a co-op placement at an animal hospital and really enjoyed it, which made me want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine even more. Now that I’m done high school, I am working towards going to vet school and hope to eventually work with wildlife or large animals.
Outside of work and school, I spend most of my time at the barn with my dogs, riding my horse and spending time with my boyfriend and friends.
Emily Redford (ACA)
Animal Care Attendent
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. 🙂