Our Careteam

Gillian
Registered Veterinary Technician
Gillian has enjoyed the company of pets ever since she can remember, and she’s always wanted to give something back. For her, a career spent helping animals simply makes sense! Gillian is proud to serve the pets and animal owners of the Brampton area as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Gillian was born in England but grew up in Toronto. She earned her veterinary accreditations from St. Clair College and became a member of the Dixie Road Pet Clinic family in early 2016. Gillian has a special interest in pain management, and she particularly likes helping each and every pet that visits the clinic to be as comfortable as possible throughout their time here.

Away from the hospital, Gillian enjoys running, swimming, downhill skiing, painting, and spending quality time with her family. She lives in East Garafraxa with her husband, Ken, and their three boys: Luke, Chad, and Matthew.
Brian
Registered Veterinary Technician
Everyone has a different reason for pursuing their particular career. Brian knows his reason for pursuing a career in the veterinary field: he wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals, both wild and domestic. That perfectly explains why he is now a registered veterinary technician at Dixie Road Pet Clinic!

Brian’s initial experience working with animals occurred during a co-op experience at a local animal shelter, where he was a kennel attendant. There he was able to witness these furry creatures at their lowest of lows and highest of highs. Through it all, he still took notice of just how compassionate they were.

After his experience at the shelter, Brian decided to go to Sheridan, where he brushed up on his anatomy and science knowledge. He then went on to Northern College, where he would study their Vet Tech Wildlife Rehabilitation program. After completing the program, he was able to secure a position at Dixie Road Pet Clinic a short time later.

When it comes to his favorite parts of the job, Brian really enjoys cytology. He likens it to a scavenger hunt, where instead of searching for treasure, you’re carefully looking for bacteria and yeast. He also likes the exciting challenges that come with handing anesthesia!
Genea
Veterinary Assistant
When you run a vet practice, it’s important to treat clients well because one day, they just may join your staff. Just ask Genea. She was a longtime client of Dixie Road Pet Clinic and absolutely loved the way the staff treated her and her fur babies. In fact, she loved the atmosphere and the workplace so much that she eventually decided to join the staff as a veterinary assistant!

Ever since Genea was younger, she has had a desire to join the veterinary field in some capacity. She spent years focusing on her family and raising her son, so when he finally became an adult, she suddenly found herself with a lot of free time. This allowed her to pursue her dream of working with animals. Today she works for what she calls “the greatest vet clinic around.”

Genea used to have a dog named Rocky, along with two pet bunnies. Rocky suffered from extreme anxiety and wouldn’t interact with any other animals, but he took a liking to the bunnies. Genea would watch as the dog lovingly licked the bunnies’ ears, and in return they would play with the dog’s nails. Interactions like this are what pushed her to want to be around animals.

Genea grew up in Mississauga with her siblings and Greek-born parents. She loved the beauty of nature and spent a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors, and also had a passion for sports.

Today, she spends her free time hanging out with her son (who she calls her best friend) and her three dogs. Genea is also a Reiki Master, so she spends a lot of time studying and practicing energy healing and other forms of holistic health.
Lauren
Veterinary Assistant
When you’re a veterinary assistant at an animal clinic, it definitely helps to be a lover of animals.
Lauren, a veterinary assistant at Dixie Road Pet Clinic, fits the bill. She takes pride in helping all life forms, including humans, but especially animals!

Lauren first got her foot in the door of the veterinary world while volunteering at a Brampton animal shelter. It was there that she gained a better understanding of animal behavior, and what it takes to care for them. That experience also caused her to witness some magical transformations of the animal patients - the kind of growth she finds to be very inspiring.

While Lauren enjoys many aspects of working at Dixie Road Pet Clinic, her favorite part of the job is dealing with surgery. She loves helping out during surgeries and enjoys witnessing the process, as it gives her a chance to observe the medical aspect behind animal science. Her quest for knowledge continues, as she plans on attending Algonquin College in 2022 to study their vet tech program.

Even when not at the clinic, Lauren has plenty of animals and activities at home that keep her busy. She has a black rescue cat named Kioki, who is obsessed with bellyrubs and loves catnip.You can find Lauren relaxing by playing video games, painting pictures, camping outdoors and reading poetry!
Sara
Veterinary Assistant
Sometimes, a change in life is all that’s needed to pursue your passion. Sara knows this all too well. Desperately wanting a change from her career working in sales, Sara decided to join Dixie Road Pet Clinic as a veterinary assistant. Despite it being the first and only animal clinic she’s worked at, she’s already loving her decision to work with animals!

Sara’s interest in the veterinary field was first piqued when she brought her special needs dog, Buckley, to the vet. Her dog had chronic medical issues and needed tending to. Sara was taken aback at just how caring and empathetic the vet professionals were. They not only helped her precious dog, they also made her feel comfortable and eased her stress. That’s when she decided that she wanted to provide pet owners with that exact same level of care and compassion.

Sara grew up in Caledon, ON surrounded by almost any animal you can think of, including chickens, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Being around these different types of animals helped her gain a better understanding of the level of care that each species required. She took a particular interest in wildlife and nature, and loved helping animals that needed assistance.

When it comes to her favorite part of being at Dixie Road, Sara loves the surgery process. To her, nothing beats monitoring and assisting an animal that’s just been operated on. In addition to this, she also enjoys learning more about the veterinary field. She does appreciate the simple things too, like being able to chat with clients and learn more about them.

In her free time, Sara enjoys reading, gardening and doing yoga. She also loves spending quality time with her friends and family.
Nicole
Customer Service Representative/Veterinary Assistant
Animals are adorable, innocent creatures, so it’s not entirely surprising that people want to spend their professional careers being involved with them. Nicole can definitely relate to this. Her passion for animals has led to her being a customer service representative/veterinary assistant at Dixie Road Pet Clinic. This way, she gets to put her compassion for animals to use on a daily basis!

Born and raised in Brampton, Nicole grew up loving horses. In fact, her love of horses is what would indirectly lead her to the veterinary profession. After her beloved horse started developing health issues, she went to see a veterinarian. At first, Nicole was apprehensive about seeing an animal doctor, because she dreaded the possible diagnosis. To her pleasant surprise, the vet was extremely kind and helpful. Not only did she thoroughly answer all of Nicole’s questions, she also provided her with comfort and reassurance. This interaction sparked Nicole’s entry into the veterinary world, as she wanted to provide pet owners with the same warm feeling she had received.

To fortify her knowledge of animals even further, Nicole is currently studying Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. Her hunger for knowledge is evident; she wants to know why certain reactions occur in animals, and how to solve them.

Her favorite part of working at Dixie Road Pet Clinic is performing surgeries on animals. Nothing beats providing an animal with love and comfort from the moment they walk into the hospital with their owner, to the minute they leave. Nicole enjoys keeping these adorable furry creatures happy and cared for!

In her free time, Nicole still enjoys the company of horses and partakes in horseback riding. Photography is another passion of hers, as she has always been fascinated by the serene beauty that can be captured in an image.
Liz
Client Care Specialist
Liz has been serving the public in various customer service roles for the past 13 years. She loves working with people and makes it her mission to provide exceptional service, every time. When Liz found an opportunity that combined top-notch customer service with adorable pets, she simply couldn’t resist! She’s proud to serve as a member of Dixie Road Pet Clinic’s Client Care Specialist team.

Liz grew up in Brampton with three older brothers and a house full of pets. She joined the Dixie Road Pet clinic team in March of 2019, and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of her hometown as a Customer Service Representative. Liz loves to be the first point of contact with all of the clinic’s visitors—human and animal alike—and she’s especially fond of learning something new every single day.

When she’s not at work, Liz loves knitting and crocheting (she’s been knitting since the age of seven!), reading good books, and taking her dog for walks. She shares her life with a Shih Tzu, Angel, who hates to be woken up before noon, as well as two cats named Severus and Minerva who love sunbathing and pestering Angel at every opportunity.