1288 Mohawk Rd, Ancaster, ON L9G 3K9 | 905.648.4747

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About Us

Chedoke Animal Hospital was established in 1982 by Dr. Fred Mansbridge. The clinic was later taken over by Dr. Carol Anne Devenne in 1992. Dr. Heinen later bought the practice in 2018.

At Chedoke Animal Hospital it is our mission to provide high quality veterinary care with an emphasis on excellent customer service and patient care. We strive on building long term relationships that are both desirable and fulfilling for our clients and our employees. We’re a dedicated team, helping to provide healthier and longer lives for our patients by customizing individual patient care in our family centered practice.

Meet the Team

Dr. Erica Heinen

Owner/Veterinarian

Dr Erica Heinen has been a veterinarian for over 12 years, graduating in 2006 from the Ontario Veterinary College after completing her Bachelor of Science degree.  She is focused on building relationships with her clients and their pets.  She believes that having a pet enriches one’s life and wants to ensure her patients live a long and happy life with their pet parents.  An interest in medicine and the love for animals made her pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She continues to learn by attending a variety of continued education in order to better serve our pets and clients.

She lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and her young daughter Alix.  She has 2 horses Abu and Rowan that enjoy their retirement life style.   Her cat Ninja lives at Chedoke Animal Hospital and is known as the clinic’s greeter.  He takes this job very seriously and is happy to do it for all the attention.

Dr. Heinen recently added a canine rescue who came from Mexico named Pablo.

In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors with her family, riding horses or working on home improvements.

 

Dr. Sandra Harris

Associate Veterinarian

Dr Sandra Harris has always wanted to be a veterinarian since she was young. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree. She enjoys getting to know her clients and the specific needs of their pets. She has a keen interest in exotic animals and has cared for many rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents from medicine cases to even performing surgeries on these tiny pets. She understands the importance of the human animal bond and works with her clients to ensure this is maintained throughout the pet’s life by providing excellent care and ensuring her patients have a great quality of life.

She lives in Waterdown with her husband and 2 children Jacob and Mia. There are more pets then people in her house. She has 4 cats (Tula, CeeJee, Archie, Mr. James), a dog named Pepperoni, a lizard named Thor, multiple hamsters, a snake (Lucy) and fish.

She enjoys in her spare time gardening and is known as a Hosta collector. She also enjoys cooking, camping with her family and the outdoors.

Kelly

Registered Veterinary Technican

Kelly is originally from Ottawa and is a ’99 graduate from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston.  With her 20 years experience in regular practice, and a few years in emergency medicine, she is a wealth of knowledge to new technicians entering the field.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, hiking, hanging out with her cat Isabelle, and working on her Rodan+Fields skincare business.   

Whitney

Registered Veterinary Technician

Whitney has worked as one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians at Chedoke for the past ten years.  She loves her animals big and small.  She has worked with animals as small as a hamster to a baby tiger and an adorable orphaned moose calf.

She likes to be busy.  She currently has three children, 2 girls (Alayna 5, Abigail 3) and her little boy Jaxson (1.5years).  

When she isn’t working at Chedoke, she likes to work on the family diary farm with her husband (Jason) and his parents.  

In her spare time she enjoys riding her American Paint, Bayley and hopes to get to some eventing shows this year. has

Sydney

Registered Veterinary Technican

Her love of medicine is so great, she is currently completing her PSW diploma at Westervelt College.  On her off time you can find her outdoors on her kayak.

If you are ever wondering who the voices are on the other end of the phone, you don’t have to worry any longer!

Sarah

Client Care Specialist

Sarah arrived in Ontario after leaving the corporate world of Calgary and is our Client Care Specialist and one of our veterinary assistants, in other words “Jack-of-all-Trades”.  She has worked here at Chedoke Animal Hospital for over 15 years and will likely be the first bright smile that will greet you as you come in the clinic.

Growing up in the Yukon, most days were an adventure for her, she enjoyed many outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, dog sledding, white water rafting, camping and flying a helicopter with her Dad .  Her little town was beside Kluane National Park and on a clear day could see Mount Logan out her front window. The Northern outdoors exposed her to a wide variety of wildlife, if you ever want to hear some of her funny wildlife encounters ask her next time you stop by. 

Now in her free time, Sarah enjoys pet sitting, spending time with her husband Arran and their fur family which includes 3 Cats, Gus, Emma and their big trouble maker Gary.

Sue

Administrative Assistant

Sue is a long- standing employee of Chedoke Animal Hospital.  She is very active in the agility world, with her two dogs, 11-year-old Whippet, Twist and her beautiful Borzoi, Tamarin.  If you ever have any behavior questions, Sue would love to help you out.  

In her spare time, she can be found swimming, taking her dogs for walks or working on the agility field.

Jenn

Animal Assistant/Administrative Assistant

Jenn grew up in the mountains of British Columbia for most of her life, surrounded by nature and wildlife. She always wanted to be around animals. She has volunteered at the BCSPCA as well as fostered kittens. Jenn worked at a Pet Store for a couple years but wanted to enter the Veterinary field. After completing a Veterinary Medical Receptionist course at Olds College (Alberta) in 2017, she was asked to stay and work at her placement. 

In October of 2018, she packed up her cat (Pucker), 114 pound Bernese mountain dog (Bruiser), and drove across the country to Hamilton, her boyfriend’s hometown. She started working at Chedoke Animal Hospital in November of 2018 and is enjoying all the time she gets to spend caring for animals. In her spare time Jenn enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing her photography and being with her boyfriend and animals.

Taryn

Animal Assistant/Administrative Assistant

Taryn has always wanted to work with animal and as a result, been working with animals for 7 years.  She has worked in the veterinary industry for at least four years and doesn’t plan on leaving.  

With her husband Freddy, 13-year-old step son Aidan, and 10-year-old son Kayden currently have five animals of their own.  This includes 2 cats, Violet and Ivory, a spunky pug cross Blue, and a turtle with a very original name-Shell.  Recently, Taryn added an adorable bunny and named him Kofi Karrots.

In Taryn’s free time she enjoys watching hockey with her family and can often be found at the hockey rink, watching her family of boys, playing hockey. 

 

Daniella

Animal Assistant/Administrative Assistant

Daniella graduated from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, Veterinary Office Administration program in 2018 and has not looked back.  

Her love of animals is apparent with her wide variety of animals that she takes care of on her family’s hobby farm.  

Before coming to work she looks after her furry family which includes, her pony (Sniffy), her two miniature ponies (Theodore and Simon), three large dogs (Zeus, Sniper and  Peanut) and multiple cats (Lola, Ben, Lucifer, Telly and Diamond).

Daniella can often be found at local auctions with her two siblings, (Joe, Ava) looking for another critter to add to her collection.

Francesca

Animal Assistant/Administrative Assistant

When she is not charming people with her welcoming smile, she is currently completing her Masters in Animal Nutrition at the University of Guelph.  Her ultimate goal is to become a small animal veterinarian.