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 acquired 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 to build 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 14 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, daughter Alix and twins, Zane and Noah.  She has a canine rescue from Mexico named Pablo and  2 horses, Abu and Rowan, that enjoy their retirement life style.  

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

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

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 even an adorable orphaned moose calf.

She likes to be busy.  She currently has three children; Two girls (Alayna, Abigail) and her little boy Jaxson.  

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.

Jessica

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jessica originally went to university for pre-law with the intention of becoming a lawyer. While in school, her passion was reignited for animals and she decided to change her major and become an RVT! She has worked at the Toronto zoo during her schooling and loved every minute of it! Her passion is conservation and working with endangered species in an effort to prevent extinction. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading and spending the day with her boyfriend Steve, her puppy Oswald and her “Dean cat”.  She also enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding and wake boarding.

Tabitha

Registered Veterinary Technican

Tabitha is a new graduate, graduating as a Veterinary Technician in June 2021. Her passion and enthusiasm is something she eagerly brings to her position here at Chedoke Animal Hospital. In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys spending time with her family and furry feline, Daisy as well as working on cars and partaking in autocross.

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 to 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 helicopters with her Dad.  Her little town was beside Kluane National Park and on a clear day, Mount Logan could be seen out of 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 and spending time with her husband Arran and their fur family, which includes 2 cats; 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 named 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

Jenny 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 and also has fostered kittens. Jenn worked at a Pet Store for a couple of 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 2018, she packed up her cat (Pucker), 114 pound Bernese mountain dog (Bruiser), and drove across the country to Hamilton. 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 animals.

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. 

Lexi

Animal Assistant/Administrative Assistant

Lexi’s love of animals has taken her on many adventures. From working at African Lion Safari at the games reserve, to volunteering at various spay and neuter clinics across Costa Rica. When not at the clinic, Lexi can be found snuggling with her dog Remi and cats Rojo and Rito or spending a night on the town with friends. Now that she has completed her Undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at Guelph University, Lexi is currently enjoying gaining experience before she continues studying to become a veterinarian in her own right. Her passion is conservation of endangered species, specifically sharks and lions.

Jessica

Veterinary Assitant

Jessica has had a love of animals for as long as she can remember, witnessing and assisting in the birth of her first pet at only 3 years of age. As a teenager, she worked as an Animal Care Attendant while attending High school and absolutely loved it. She tried several different jobs thereafter, but found nothing that interested her more than animal care work. So she returned to school to become a Veterinary Assistant. She volunteered and worked at a couple SPCAs before coming to Chedoke Animal Hospital in 2020. When not at the clinic, Jessica enjoys hiking, photography, crocheting, and going on adventures with her boyfriend Chris, to gain new experiences.

Allysanne

Veterinary Assistant

Allysanne had a great enthusiasm for animals growing up and that passion is something that has translated to her adulthood. She has worked as a zookeeper, animal control officer and an animal educator before making her way to Chedoke Animal Hospital.

In her spare time, Allysanne enjoys spending time at home with her many reptiles (a snake, a uromastyx and 5 geckos). Or outside, on an adventure with her dog Lyla. On occasion, you can even find her riding her favourite horse Dispatch. When not with her beloved furry and scaly friends, Allysanne enjoys spending time with friends, her boyfriend Trevor and their new baby.

Carly

Administrative Assistant

Carly has worked at Chedoke Animal Hospital since 2020 and her bright smile will most likely be one of the first you see as you walk into the clinic. At home, Carly is busy with her 2 kids, Elena and Parker, 2 dogs, Oreo and Gracie and her cat Willow. When she does have spare time, she enjoys discovering new sewing projects to work on.