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Our dedicated staff are here for you and your pets! We pride ourselves on high quality care and compassion while serving you.


Dr. Melissa Caswell, DVM

The leader of our team! Melissa graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011 and joined VAH that year. In her spare time she loves dancing (ballet especially!) and being outside in nature with her husband and their two children. 

Dr. Graeme Nicolson, DVM

Graeme retired from practice in January 2023. He graduated from OVC in 1989 and joined the team in 1997. We wish him all the best in his retirement!

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Dr. James Byrne, DVM

James graduated from The Ontario Veterinary College in 1997. He enjoys hearing about the happiness that people's cats and dogs bring to their lives. James was raised in the '652' community and has fond memories of a special ice cream shop on the corner in Lakefield. He lives with his wife and three children and their two cats Lego and Blaze. 

Aliceson Dooley
Clinic Manager

Aliceson has been in the veterinary field since 2013. Graduating as a certified Veterinary Assistant in 2017. Aliceson joined Village Animal Hospital in May of 2018. His free time is spent with his partner Brooke, son Mike and fur children that he kindly refers to as “my zoo”. Aliceson also enjoys the great outdoors, atving, fishing and camping.


Ally Kollaard
Assistant Manager

Ally has been with the team since 2010, working both reception and as an Animal Care Assistant. You may also see Ally out and about dog walking or pet sitting. Ally has a cat named Todd, and beloved passed dog Mack. In her spare time, Ally enjoys hanging out with her nephews and family at the cottage.

Jocelyn Bosnell, RVT

Jocelyn graduated from Northern College in 2010. She joined the team in 2018. In Jocelyn’s spare time she enjoys being outside when she can. In the summer she spends most weekends camping with her husband and their two daughters. She also enjoys going for hikes and swimming with her senior hound mix.

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Elaine Oakes
Veterinary Technician

Jaden Ven, Receptionist

Jaden graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Durham College in 2022. She joined our team in early May of 2022. She enjoys spending time with her dogs Kona! 

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Kelly Tucker, Receptionist

Kristin Morgan, Receptionist

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Andrea Andrews, ACA
Andrea joined our team in 2022. She has a passion for animal care and makes sure your pets get lots of cuddles when they are here for their appointment. 

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