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Dr. Debbie Hrynkiw graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. Soon after graduation she moved to Acton to begin her career and has gained years of valuable experience. She loved living in Acton so much that she decided to stay locally to start a new clinic of her own.
Her husband and three children are animal lovers as well and happily share their home with their dogs, Reuben and Tiberius.
Outside of work she enjoys camping with her family, gardening and long strolls with her two dogs.
Dr. Kristy DesRoche graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. She began her career in Burlington and joined our team in 2012. Kristy is an integral member of our dynamic team. Her dedication and love of animals are apparent in the care and gentleness she shows to each of her patients. Dr. Kristy recently obtained her Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification. She currently lives in Milton with her husband, a daughter and two sons, and her their Frenchie, Eve.
It is with great pleasure that Black Creek Animal Hospital welcomes Dr. Deanna Glasgow back to our team. Dr. Deanna attended the Ontario Veterinary College and first began working at the clinic in 2013. She is excited to reconnect with our clients and their pets. Dr. Deanna's special interests include animal nutrition and companion animal behaviour. Dr. Deanna is committed to providing Fear-Free and Low Stress Handling for her furry clients and is certified in both areas.
In her spare time, Dr. Deanna competes in various dog sports with her German Shorthaired Pointers, Findley and Wallace. Sports include dock diving, conformation, rally obedience and lure coursing. She has previously taught dog obedience classes for the University of Guelph College Royal Dog Show. Dr. Deanna is passionate about ethical and responsible dog breeding.
Dr. Deanna has assisted in leading the Rabbit Hopping and Go for Gold Clubs and has bred and exhibited pure bred rabbits. In addition to her cats and dogs, Dr. Deanna has always opened her home to foster pets before they find their furever homes.
Dr. Emerald Saldanha graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. She has experience working in the GTA and surrounding areas and is excited to join the Black Creek family in September 2023.
Originally from Mississauga, Emerald started her career in Kingston and moved back to be close to family. She enjoys educating clients about preventive health, as well as keeping their young and senior pets healthy and happy. She looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
Maxine is our Practice Manager and joined the clinic in 2010. Originally from England, she has lived in Acton for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in psychology. She is delighted to be part of the Black Creek Animal Hospital team. Maxine grew up with cats and has a very soft spot for poodles.
Hannah graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Environmental Studies. She grew up with dogs, cats, guinea pigs and hamsters and always knew she wanted to work with animals. Hannah has now worked in the veterinary field since 2021 and has loved every second of it. She joined the Black Creek Animal Hospital Family in 2022.
When Hannah is not at the clinic, you can find her crafting, spending time with her friends and family and cuddling her pups Honey, Delilah and Autumn and her cat Samantha.
Stacy is our Senior Registered Veterinary Technicians and our Nutrition Counselor. Stacy began working at Black Creek as a co-op student in January 2011. She joined our team as a staff member in May 2011. Growing up with pets, Stacy has always wanted to work with animals and began gaining experience in the veterinary field while in high school. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2008 with a degree in Biological Science and a minor in Zoology. She went on to complete the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in spring 2011. Stacy shares her home with her dog Bentley, and her cats Mitzy and Murphy. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, knitting, and walks with Bentley. She has a very gentle approach with our clients and enjoys helping them with their pets’ health care.
Ruth is one of our full time RVTs. Ruth joined Black Creek Animal Hospital in October 2017. She came to us with a great deal of experience.
In her spare time Ruth likes to ride her horse and also enjoys hiking with her dogs. She shares her home with many cats. She also works with many shelters and her house is full of kittens and animals in need
As an avid animal lover and equestrian, Sam knew she wanted to pursue a career working with animals since she was little. In 2018, she graduated from the veterinary technician program at St. Clair College and has been working in general practice ever since. She even went to Thailand for 3 weeks, where she was able to assist local vets treating elephants at a sanctuary and helping at a local animal shelter! Sam joined the Black Creek family in February 2023!
When Sam isn’t at the clinic, she can be found hiking with her Australian cattle dog Arlo and Australian Shepherd Sprite.
Lj graduated from her Veterinary Technician program and obtained her registration with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technician’s in 2021. She has spent most of her time working hard with horses. She has always owned dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters growing up and now chickens as well. She enjoys taking her time and allowing animals to feel comfortable. She has always had a high level of patience since rescuing her horse as a feral yearling, he will be 18 this year! She enjoys hiking, agility and obedience with her dog Reese, horse back riding, spending time with her chickens and learning everything she can about veterinary medicine.
Daniella graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca college in 2020. She has been working in general practice since her graduation.
Daniella has always had a special interest in behavioral cases. She pursued further education in this area and graduated from Karen Pryor Academy in 2021 as a certified dog trainer. She is also an Elite Certified Fear Free professional, a skill that she is able to implement with our patients every day.
Daniella and her fiancé are fur parents to 2 dogs, 3 kitties, and 1 bunny.
Nicholas joined the team at Black Creek Animal Hospital in 2024. He is a graduate of the Ridgetown College Veterinary Technology Program, and also holds an Honours Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Biology. He has a strong interest in nutrition, and enjoys helping pets find their perfect diet! Nicholas has a special place in his heart for little dogs and horses.
Originally from Mississauga, Nicholas is beginning to fall in love with the charm of small town living. In his spare time you can find him shopping, baking or spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys sweet treats, especially chocolates, from time to time. Nicholas can be spotted sporting bright colours and a big smile!
Ashley is a graduate from the Veterinary Assistant Program at Sheridan College. Ashley has wanted to work with animals since as far back as she can remember. Growing up with dogs, cats, lizards, and chinchillas, Ashley’s love for all animals big and small kept growing. In 2017 she started her career as a veterinary assistant and has been working at various animal hospitals since then. Besides the constant learning, she feels the most rewarding part of her job is the relationships we make with the clients while keeping their pets happy and healthy.
When Ashley is not working, you can find her with her pooch, Chloe.
Abby graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Seneca College in August 2021 and joined our team shortly afterwards. After fostering dogs for years, she decided it was time to pursue her career in veterinary medicine. Abby couldn't be happier with the choice she made. She will be furthering her career by attending the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca college this upcoming fall.
When she is not at the clinic, Abby works part-time at a mobile vet in Guelph and does free-lance sheep hoof trims. In her free time, Abby likes to read, spend time with her friends, and cuddle her senior rescue sheltie named Puppy.
Dayna started at Black Creek in December 2022. Dayna has always had a special place in her heart for animals and was thrilled to join our team. After many years working with animals and a few years of experience working as an Animal Care Assistant at a emergency animal hospital, patient care is her specialty.
She is eager to learn all that she can and has plans to move forward with her education in animal care in order to continue to improve the lives of your furry family members.
Selah began at BCAH in 2023, following her graduation from the University of Guelph where she majored in Bio-Resource Management. She particularly enjoys her days working as part of the surgery team and making sure your pets are recovering comfortably from their procedures.
On her weekends off, she can be found visiting her family’s hobby farm and spending some quality time with the six chickens, three dogs, and her two draft horses.
Lauren joined Black Creek in October of 2021 and has made a wonderful addition to our reception team. Lauren's father is a mobile veterinarian, so she has had the pleasure of growing up surrounded by all kinds of creatures, from large animals to our tiny cuddlers. She grew up in Acton and spent most of her childhood riding horses in the area. Lauren has a warm and caring energy in the clinic that all who know her can feel, especially our fur friends. She shares her life with her albino rabbit Zeke, as well as her family's black lab, Mugs. You can find Lauren in her spare time reading fantasy/sci-fi novels, and playing D&D. She is a gifted artist who loves writing, painting, and sketching.
Cassandra has been working with all different types of pets, including puppies, kittens, pocket pets, reptiles and birds, at a pet store between 2011 and 2016. She feels that feeding and raising baby birds was one of the most rewarding experiences during this time. She has always been passionate about pets, but has a special affinity for all pets but feels particularly drawn to cats. She has noticed that they warm up quickly and are attracted to her. She feels like she belongs in the veterinary industry.
Cassandra loves the outdoors and spent many summers in Cape Breton, NS, with her grandparents and their chickens. She has always loved nature, gardening, and camping. In particular, she enjoys road trips with her fiancé.
Cassandra and her fiance share their home with a lizard Charmander, 3 cats - Maggie Moo, Alvin and Elaine; 2 adopted dogs - Figo and Harlow. Harlow and Cassandra bike ride together - a favorite past time for both of them.
When she's not outdoors enjoying nature, Cassandra enjoys baking for family and friends.
Riley joined Black Creek as a client care representative in September 2023. She graduated from the Veterinary Office Assistant Program at Bow Valley College in 2023 and is excited to start her career in the veterinary industry. Riley has grown up with cats and dogs her whole life, which is where her passion for animals began.
Riley currently has 2 cats and 2 dogs. Outside of work, she enjoy partaking in sports and spending time with her dogs, Hudson and Maverick.
Kay became part of the Black Creek team in 2024 as our friendly Receptionist & Administrative Assistant. She has always been a loving pet owner, caring for various furry and scaly friends at home including pocket pets, cats, dogs, and reptiles of all ages. In fact, Kay has also been a trusted pet sitter for over 6 years, supporting friends, family, and our local community.
Kay's passion for animals is matched by her expertise in Business & Office Administration, which she studied at Conestoga College, completing her studies in 2015. Since then, Kay has had the opportunity to work in various industries such as infrastructure, health and safety, finance, medical devices, and dental. Now, she's thrilled to bring her valuable skills to the animal medicine industry and contribute to the success of Black Creek Animal Hospital.
When not dedicating her time to work, Kay cherishes moments with her two adorable orange cats, Llian and Willow. She also loves spending quality time with her loved ones at community events and festivals. If you're looking for her, you might find her on the volleyball court or engaging in her hobbies, whether it's joining a local D&D group or indulging in some video games - both offline and online.
In summary, Kay is not just an accomplished professional but also a warm-hearted individual who is passionate about both her work and her furry companions. We couldn't be happier to have her as part of our team.
Alyanna joined our team in April of 2021. She is currently attending University of Guelph in hopes of studying veterinary medicine. Alyanna loves working with animals and is thrilled to be gaining experience and knowledge in the veterinary field. Alyanna has spent time volunteering at doggy daycares and horseback riding barns. She grew up on a farm, which allowed her to care for animals her whole life.
In her spare time, Alyanna enjoys reading and playing her guitar. She can also be found running around her backyard with her dog, Duke.
Lily joined our team in September 2023 as a kennel attendant.
Lily is currently a high school student at Acton District High School. She lives at home with her parents and two siblings, and three pets - Bluey, an Australian Shepherd; Bella, a Siberian Cat; and Ivy, a Lionhead Rabbit. Her favourite thing to do is spend time with horses. She currently rides at a local farm. Lily also enjoys being a part of Halton 4-H. She has always had a love for animals, and is so excited to be working with them. Lily hopes to be an Equine Veterinarian one day.
Captain Morgan arrived at the clinic in a cardboard box in the winter of 2011. He was in a sad and sorry state. He had a badly broken back leg, and a very damaged eye. We don't know what happened to him; however, he did come from a horse barn so he may have come by his injuries by accident. We had to remove his back leg as the fracture was so complex and he had nerve damage so would have been unable to use his leg even if we had been able to fix it. He was very scared and he chose to live behind our cat kennels in a little corner, where he felt safe. We set up a warm and comfortable bed and put his food, water and litter box in his chosen space. Gradually he became more interested in exploring his new home. We were very reluctant to remove his damaged eye as he seemed to be doing well and we didn't want to put him through another surgery when he was just beginning to feel safe. Children at the local schools and a daycare raised money for his eye surgery and some clients made some very generous donations (what a wonderful town we live in) so we went ahead and removed his eye. We were apprehensive to see how he would behave after this big surgery. He surprised us all by happily running around the clinic the very next day. We think that his eye must have been causing him significant discomfort, such that taking it out gave him immense relief. He has been happily running the clinic ever since. He loves bunnies and enjoys sitting close by their cages when they come in for any procedures. He is also fascinated with Cat Carriers and takes every opportunity to check them out. Once he sneaked into the lower part of a puppy stroller and made it all the way to the parking lot, but was discovered when the client was folding up the stroller to put it into their car!
Frou Frou came to Black Creek Animal Hospital as part of a litter of 7 kittens in 2012. Frou Frou and her litter mates were very frightened when they arrived and they would all hide whenever we went into their room. We had to put their food out and leave them alone. Slowly and carefully, one of the more brave kittens would creep out to make sure it was safe. One by one, the kittens were adopted. Frou Frou's last litter mate was adopted by one of our technicians in 2015. Since then, Frou Frou has made a very comfortable life for herself at the clinic. She loves to sit in the sink every morning, she moves to her basket in our kitchen in the early afternoon and then takes up her observation post on our little cat tree in the early evening. She is watching and waiting for her food lady to arrive. Frou Frou has struggled with her weight over the years and now is on a strict diet. Her food is weighed out every morning and twice weekly she goes in the underwater treadmill at Blue Springs Animal Rehabilitation Center. She is loosing some of her chubbiness and gaining muscle mass. We are super proud of how well she is doing.