Our Careteam

Cheryl

Hospital Manager

As a child, Cheryl would constantly bring home any injured or lost animal she could find—she even delivered a few ducks and various strays to her bewildered parents! There was never any doubt about what Cheryl wanted to do when she grew up; a career in animal care was simply the only choice that made sense.

Cheryl grew up on a farm in Stouffville, Ontario and began volunteering at a local veterinary clinic when she was only 13 years old. At 16, she was hired on part-time, then eventually full-time. She’s been serving in the animal care field ever since! After working alongside Dr. Williams at another hospital, Cheryl arrived here at Armitage Animal Clinic in 2005.

Cheryl and her husband Trevor have one daughter, Kyra, who has inherited her mother’s love for animals. The family shares their home with a cat named Coco and a dog named Bear. When she isn’t helping the area’s pets at the hospital, Cheryl enjoys traveling, baking, and going on nature walks with her family.

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Christina

Senior Registered Veterinary Technician

Growing up in Brantford, Ontario, Christina was always surrounded by her family’s pets. She never took for granted the unconditional love they showed her, and she became a Registered Veterinary Technician to advocate for animal health every single day!

Christina earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University, then continued on to the Veterinary Technology program at Seneca College in King City. After passing her registration exam, she worked at a clinic in Newmarket before joining the Armitage Animal Clinic family in 2003.

In a single day, Christina gets to serve as a dental hygienist, pharmacy technician, surgical assistant, X-ray technician, nurse, an educator, and more—this is what she loves most about veterinary medicine! She’s also passionate about hematology and parasitology, and particularly loves discovering a parasite or abnormal cell under the microscope.

Christina, her husband Joel, and their two beautiful daughters live in Barrie with a domestic shorthair cat, Abby, who was rescued from the local SPCA. When she isn’t serving pets at the clinic or volunteering at her daughters’ school, Christina enjoys continuing her veterinary education, scrapbooking, crafting, and exploring the great outdoors.

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Kristen

Registered Veterinary Technician

For as long as she can remember, Kristen has wanted to work in the field of veterinary medicine in order to make an impact in the lives of animals. To this day, she finds her career to be the most rewarding type of work she ever could have asked for!

Originally from Holland Landing, Ontario, Kristen got her start in the animal care world by working at horse farms. After completing the Pre-Health Science program at Georgian College in Barrie, she was accepted to the school’s Orillia campus for the two-year Veterinary Technology program. Upon completing her cooperative job placement, Kristen signed on at Armitage Animal Clinic full-time in the summer of 2011, earning her registration status shortly afterward to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Taking patient histories is one of Kristen’s favorite parts of her job; it gives her a chance to truly connect and bond with the pets and owners. She also enjoys performing dental cleanings and viewing the before-and-after results firsthand.

Currently, Kristen resides in Cannington with her partner, Jake, two cats named Chai and Lucy, and a pair of dogs named Milly and Molson. Kristen also owns Hannah, a horse who is boarded at a private farm in Zephyr. Kristen has been riding horses for over 20 years, and she and Hannah have been together ever since Hannah was born!

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Michelle

Registered Veterinary Technician

While she was enrolled in a collegiate program in 2005 and 2006 to study equine management, Michelle’s own horse got very sick with a case of colic. During her horse’s months of treatment and rehabilitation, Michelle had a realization: she wanted to improve her own medical knowledge so that she would be prepared if she ever found herself in a situation like that again. That’s when she decided to become a Veterinary Technician!

Michelle is a Newmarket native and has been coming to Armitage Animal Clinic with her own pets for many years—she’s known Dr. Williams ever since she was a little girl! After her equine management studies, Michelle moved back home and enrolled in Seneca College’s veterinary technology program, graduating with honours and then taking a job at a practice in Thornhill.

After nine years at that practice, Michelle took time off to have her first child, and decided to make a change upon returning to the workforce. At the same time, Michelle’s mother brought her own dog here to the clinic and mentioned that her daughter was interested in a job. The rest is history! Michelle happily joined the Armitage Animal Clinic family in the spring of 2018, and serves the area’s pets and animal owners as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She especially likes working on cases of chronic or complicated illness, and she’s also fond of helping timid or nervous patients (especially cats!) feel more comfortable here at the hospital.

In her time away from the clinic, Michelle enjoys horseback riding, tending to her large flower garden and her vegetable and herb garden, and spending quality time with her family. She and her husband, Dean, share their lives with their daughter, Ophelia, and a host of family pets. They have a three-legged dog named Johnny Cash; two loving cats named Orwell and Reggie; Michelle’s horse, Scout, who is terrified of the dog; and a pair of Pleco fish who go by Livingston and Socrates.

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