Village Animal Clinic

Our Team

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    Leslie A. Brangers, DVM

    Dr. Leslie Brangers is the owner/practitioner of Village Animal Clinic since 1988.  A graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College in 1985, her commitment to client relationships and the highest level of companion animal care continues to draw patients from all over the GTA.  Her areas of special interest are surgery, oncology and ultrastenography.

    She has been actively involved with the CVO, serving on the Complaints Committee for a term of six years, as well as being on the Board of Directors of the Veterinary Emergency Clinics in Toronto.

    She shares a home with her husband and two sons, and numerous dogs, cats and fish.

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    Kathy Hopkins, DVM

    Dr. Kathy Hopkins joined the practice in September, 2001. A graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College in 1986, she has practiced at numerous clinics in the Greater Toronto area. Dr. Hopkins enjoys patient medical care, client relations and diagnostics.

    Dr. Hopkins shares her home with her husband, three teen-aged children (who definitely keep her busy), a dog and two cats.

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    Debra Larkin, DVM

    Dr. Larkin is the newest member of our practice, but has practiced in Parry Sound, Peterborough and the GTA for over 20 years. A 1994 graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, Deb enjoys fostering client/patient relationships to ensure clients receive the information and support needed to provide gold standard care for their pets. Her areas of special interest are preventive medicine, dentistry and behaviour.

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    Karen Berggren, Hospital Manager

    Karen has been at the clinic for over twelve years, yet is rarely seen by clients as she keeps busy behind the scenes at the Village. Animals have always been a passion, and two dogs and cats currently share a home with her, along with her husband and two daughters.

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    Isabel Miller, Head Technician

    Isabel has been at the Village Animal Clinic since 1998, when she did a co-op program through Markham District High School. Her exceptional dental techniques give pets healthy smiles all over the GTA. She has taken courses on ultrasound interpretation, and has a special interest in dog obedience. She shares her home with her husband Eric, her beautiful son Dominic, two dogs and a cat.

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    Marilyn McCormick, Veterinary Administrator and Assistant

    Marilyn is the second longest standing employee, having been with the Village Animal Clinic for almost twenty years! She manages all of the client and patient records and reminders, along with being responsible for inventory. Her smiling face and kind disposition make her a favourite at the Village with clients, patients and fellow staff members. Her cat, Huey, is the lucky recipient of her affections at home!

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    Keyra Daniels, Technician and Reception

    Keyra joined the Village in 2009, and is a very versatile employee. She shares her expertise in both front reception and back office. Keyra loves all animals, and her home includes dogs, cats, rabbits, and turtles !

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    Karen Von Engelbrechten, Receptionist

    Karen has been at the Village since 2005, where she always has a smile for clients and a friendly pat for patients. She lends a helping hand wherever one is required, and keeps the staff well-fed with her culinary talents! She shares her home with her three boys, one dog and two cats.

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    Megan Skivington, Technician

    Megan has been with us part-time since 2014 and recently joined our full time staff. She has a massive dog, named Moose who is just as tall as her, but loves all animals no matter how big. She hopes to one day have a career further into the animal field.

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    Dawn Hoskins, Receptionist

    Dawn joined the Village team in 2014. She previously trained as an underwater welder but decided that her love of animals dictated where she wanted to work. She is our full-time receptionist and is a client favourite because of her happy, quirky demeanor.

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    Sam Calleya, Receptionist

    Sam used to volunteer at the clinic in high school and recently started working as a receptionist in 2016. Her baby cat at home is Benny, and she also lives with 2 other family cats, 2 dogs and a gecko.

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    Elizabeth Lennon, Receptionist and Technician

    Liz originally joined the Village team as a co-op student when she was in Grade 12, and has been here ever since!  Liz is multi-talented, working both in the front as receptionist and in the back as a veterinary assistant.  She is our clinic athlete, playing pretty much every sport known to man. “Joey”, her chihuahua,  is the love of her life.

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    Danny Goodridge, General Manager

    Danny has enjoyed being a part of the Village team for over twenty years.  He keeps everyone smiling with his quick wit, and his gregarious personality is infectious with both staff and clients.  Danny is married with two sons and along with everyone else at the clinic, is a huge animal lover and especially enjoys walking his dogs.

  • Mav, Buff and Horace, Clinic Cats

    Maverick, Buff and Horace are the distinguished clinic cats at the Village. Serving as our goodwill embassadors, they happily greet both canine and feline patients and their owners!

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