Meet Our Veterinarians And Staff

We are a dedicated and passionate team of animal lovers who will provide the best care for your animals.

The Alcona Animal Hospital Team

Anne Paquette former allendale vet in Barrie now owns alcona animal hospital

Dr. Anne Paquette

Veterinarian

Dr. Anne Paquette graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2002.

Just after graduation she began working at a local veterinary hospital where she stayed for 10 years. In May of 2012 she along with Dr. Neilan decided to open a veterinary hospital in Alcona.

It has been a very exciting time. Now that the hospital is open, she is happy that she is finally back to doing what she loves; helping pets live a happy and healthy life and promoting the human-animal bond.

During her time away from the clinic Dr. Paquette can be found spending time with her husband Rob and their two children Parker and Grace as well as her three dogs Crosby, Charlotte and Owen.  The family has also recently welcomed a new Scottish Fold cat named Olive!

Paul Neilan Alcona Veterinarian

Dr. Paul Neilan

Veterinarian

Dr. Paul Neilan graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1996.

He had worked since then at a local small animal hospital until deciding along with Dr. Paquette to open their brand new clinic in Alcona. It has been a wonderful adventure and he is enjoying meeting all the new clients as well as seeing some familiar faces.

He lives locally with his wife Diane and their 2 daughters. The house is shared with an Australian Shepherd named Bindi, a new rescued lab mix named Carlton and their cat Diego. 

His interests include golf, soccer, hearing a good joke and living life to the fullest.

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Dr. Kyla Mayrhofer

Veterinarian

Kyla is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

Kyla's love for animals began at a young age with her family's miniature poodles and lead her to explore many aspects of veterinary medicine, including work with milking sheep, horses, exotic and companion animals.

She has a passion for volunteering overseas in disadvantaged communities and has been involved in spay-neuter initiatives in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Bahamas. Closer to home her interests include dentistry and senior pet care.

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Dr. Sarah Divito

Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Divito is a graduate of the Ontario veterinary College. Her love for animals big and small is what drew her to a career in veterinary medicine.

Her special interests includes preventative care, pain management, and building relationships with pets and clients. She is excited to meet all your furry companions but extra cuddles will  always be given to golden retrievers!!

In her free time Sarah enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and all the other outdoor activities this area has to offer. She is almost always accompanied by her fur-baby Winston.

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Dr. Jen Woods

Associate Veterinarian

Lori Alcona Animal Hospital

Lori

Practice Manager

Lori joined our staff in 2013.  She attained  her Honours BSc. degree from the University of Guelph in 1994. She is also a veterinary technician, having graduated with high honours and gained her registration status in 1997 from Seneca College. 

Lori enjoys meeting and assisting all of our patients and clients.    Lori is thrilled to be part of such an amazing staff and health care team.  She looks forward to making sure every visit you and your pet has at our hospital is a great experience!  

When not working at the clinic, you can find Lori watching the Raptors, reading a good book, skiing, working out or spending quality time with her family.  Her family likes to hike with their Labrador Retriever's Maverick and Kiki, and their newest addition Callie, a 6 year old Cockapoo.  The family also has two cat's Simon and Soleil.  

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Lisa

 Customer Service Representative

Lisa is our newest Receptionist at Alcona Animal Hospital, and we are happy she is a part of our team! 

She used to work at a busy animal hospital in Bolton, and has had a love and passion for animals ever since she was young when she used to rescue injured wild animals, and breed hamsters to her parent's chagrin.

Lisa truly enjoys assisting customers and greeting all of their furry friends too.

When not working at the clinic, she can be found reading, running or spending time with her 2 daughters, husband, her dog Quinn and her cats Shelby, Lou Lou and Chip.

 
 
 
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Elizabeth

Customer Service Representative

Elizabeth has always had a love for animals as a kid.   Graduating from her Animal Care Program at Durham College in 2015 she has been luck to have only worked with animals since.

Elizabeth speaks Portuguese fluently and always has a smile on her face!   She has 3 cats of her own Bella, Theo and Stark and a Pomeranian named Hazel. 

Elizabeth loves taking care of you and your furry family members and we love having her as part of our team!

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Autumn

Customer Service Representative

 

Autumn loves taking care of you and your furry family members and we love having her as part of our team!

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Diane

Veterinary Assistant

Diane has been working for many years in the animal care field and is a valued part of the Alcona Animal Hospital team.

You will meet her up front at reception greeting clients or helping out with the pets in the treatment area.

Diane lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters locally. They have a Mini Australian Shepherd named Bindi and most recently added a lab mix named Carl to the mix!

 

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Amber

Veterinary Assistant 

Amber was a Co-op student at Alcona Animal Hospital in 2013 and is now working as one of our Veterinary Assistants. She is thrilled to be back working with us! 
You can find Amber at reception or helping out with patients in the treatment area. Her favourite part of her job is preparing patients for surgery and monitoring them while they recover from anesthesia. 
Amber and her family share their home with two dogs; Malakai and Gizmo. They also have three cats; Charlie, Theo, and her most recent rescue, Oliver. In her spare time she loves to be outside with her dogs and watching her boyfriend Sean play hockey. 
Amber  feels very honoured to be starting her career along such caring and passionate individuals and we are lucky to have her! 
Amber is currently on maternity leave.
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Taylor

Veterinary Assistant 

 
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Kate

Exam Room Assistant

Kate began her career in the animal field 18 years ago. It was her pleasure to work with Dr. Paquette and Dr. Neilan in the beginning of her career and she is thrilled to be working with them again!

One of Kate's passions is pet nutrition and she loves being able to help educate owners as to the major role it plays in their pets health.  Kate graduated with Honours from Cedar Valley College as a Certified Veterinary Assistant.  Kate has also studied canine massage and has achieved her Reiki Masters level in energy work.  She is affectionately known in some circles as "Voodoo Kate". 

Kate shares her home with a 5 month old English White Golden Retriever named Luna and right now she is learning the importance of manners!  Kate and her partner Trish are working towards a well trained Luna and they know that will take a lot of patience but it will be well worth it!  They have also adopted a Scottish Fold cat named Olivia. 

It is with great joy and pride that Kate joins the team at Alcona Animal Hospital as Dr. Paquette's Exam Room Assistant.

 

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Michele

Exam Room Assistant

 

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Jami

Exam Room Assistant

 

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Veronica

Exam Room Assistant

 

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Kristi

Exam Room Assistant

Kristi joined the animal care field in 2009, volunteering and working at local boarding facilities and veterinary hospitals. She is extremely happy to be working as an Exam Room Assistant with such an amazing team at Alcona Animal Hospital.

Kristi has extensive experience in canine behaviour, handling, rehabilitation and training, and a special place in her heart for cats of all temperaments. She also has experience in handling small and exotic animals. Her favourite part of the job is ensuring that all patients receive as much attention comfort as she can provide.

Outside of work she spends most of her time at home with her rescue cat, Betty. She also enjoys studying veterinary medicine and pet grooming.

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Graham

Registered Veterinary Technician 

Treatment Supervisor

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Agnes

Registered Veterinary Technician

Agnes joined the team in November of 2020.  She has experience mainly in companion animal medicine but has also volunteered her time with wildlife rescue and large animal rescue organizations.

Agnes grew up in Poland, where her love for animals began. As a child, she was always around cats, dogs and horses. 

After working an office job for a few years as a young adult, she decided to finally pursue her dream of working with animals.  She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 2012 and shortly after became registered with The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.

Outside of work, Agnes enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their two daughters. She also loves horseback riding, gardening and hiking.

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Amanda

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

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Melissa

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Carly

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

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Nicole

Registered Veterinary Technician

 Nicole joined the team at Alcona Animal Hospital as a part-time Registered Veterinary Technician in June of 2017.  She comes to us with 20 years of experience having starting working in clinics at the age of 16.

Nicole graduated with honours from the Northern College Veterinary Technician program in 2002.  She then passed her registration exam with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians that same year.  Nicole has worked in clinics in the Muskoka area and in Barrie during her career.

When not working, Nicole enjoys being a mom to her son Max and her daughter Claire.

Nicole is also a proud mom to her Border Collie Mix Peca and her large black and white cat named Stiffler, both of whom she adopted from the Muskoka OSPCA. 

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Louie

Alcona Animal Hospital Catbassador!

Louie found us when he showed up in our parking lot soon after our  new facility opened!  After not being claimed for a month or so we decided he was meant to be part of our team!!  Louie is a pretty chill cat who is not phased by any of the patients we see here.  You can usually find Louie sunning himself in the middle of the floor or walking across your computer as you work!  Please say hi to Louie next time you visit!

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Simon

Alcona Animal Hospital Retired Catbassador!

Simon, our handsome clinic cat for the last 6.5 years, has retired to a staff members home.  He will be missed around the hospital but we know he will enjoy lazing around in his new home and will make frequent visits!