Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Tavistock Veterinarians in Tavistock, ON! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (519) 655-2421 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Paul Hause

Veterinarian

Dr. Hause graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and has been in clinical practice for over 25 years. He currently spends most of his time at our Dorchester location. Paul has been married to his wife for over 35 years – they have two adult sons and two bratty beagles (Eagle and Rocky). Paul enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits in his spare time, including bee keeping and making his own maple syrup.

Chris Hutchinson

Veterinarian

Dr. Hutchinson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005 and began practicing with Tavistock Veterinary Services that same year. He was welcomed into the partnership in 2009, and currently works out of our Tavistock and Hickson locations. Chris has a special interest in surgery and has taken additional courses in various orthopedic procedures. When he’s not at the clinic, Chris enjoys spending time with his two cats Max and Henry, and collecting butterflies and frogs (and whatever else they want him to do) with his three daughters.

Kate Ritz

Veterinarian

Dr. Ritz completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph in 2008, followed by a Master of Epidemiology at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017. Kate joined Tavistock Veterinary Services in 2017, and currently works out of our Tavistock and Hickson locations. Her special interests include behaviour and dermatology. Kate lives with her husband and their Labrador-mix named Sadie. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family (including 2 nieces and 2 nephews).

Cecilia Creighton

Veterinarian

Dr. Creighton completed a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2016., and she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2021. Cecilia currently works out of the Tavistock and Hickson locations. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, community outreach, and one health initiatives. Cecilia lives with her husband and their cat Pim. In her spare time, Cecilia enjoys hiking, travelling, and photography.

Emily Van Bommel

Veterinarian

Dr. Van Bommel completed three years of a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph in 2017, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2021. Emily currently works out of the Tavistock and Dorchester locations as a mixed animal veterinarian. Her professional interests include small animal internal medicine and preventive pet healthcare, as well as bovine emergency medicine and surgery. In 2020, Emily completed her Fear Free Certification and her goal is to reduce fear, stress and anxiety in pets visiting the veterinary hospital. In her free time, Emily enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, playing hockey, travelling and reading.

Angela McMillan

Management

Angela joined our team in 1995. She initially worked as a veterinary assistant, before transitioning to her current role as Small Animal Office Manager in 2010. Angela keeps all our clinics running smoothly, and she always has a smile on her face while she does it! She lives with her husband and their two sons, as well as a pug named Lola and a feisty cat named Gary.

Kellie Bidwell

Veterinary Technician

Kellie graduated from the Veterinary Office Administration program from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus in 2011, and began working at our sister clinic in Dorchester. Returning to school to further her education in the field of veterinary medicine, she graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at St. Clair College in 2014 and is now a Registered Veterinary Technician. You will usually see Kellie working in Small Animal at the Tavistock and Hickson clinics. Kellie lives with her husband and two young children. They have a German Shepherd named Howard, and a cat named Hank (who sometimes proves to be more trouble than he’s worth). When not at work, Kellie enjoys participating in half marathons, canoeing, and playing soccer and volleyball.

Tara Grobbink

Veterinary Technician

Tara is one of our small animal technicians at the Tavistock clinic. She achieved her animal health technician designation in 1999 and has been a valued team member ever since. Outside of work, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, and her English Bulldog named Ruby and cat named Chewie. Tara’s hobbies include knitting and spending time with friends and family.

Lisa Zehr

Veterinary Technician

Lisa has been a country girl all her life and grew up on a farm outside of Stratford. Lisa joined the Tavistock team in 2001, and completed her Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston in 2004. Lisa lives on a cash cropping / pig / hobby farm outside of Tavistock with her husband, their 3 children, and many animals (including dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, goats, and even a cow). When she is not working, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and playing sports (especially baseball).

Rachel Berkers

Veterinary Technician

Rachel joined our team here at Tavistock Veterinary Services in June 2018. Rachel has lived in Tavistock her entire life and began her interest in veterinary medicine by milking at dairy farms and working alongside a large animal veterinarian. She completed the Veterinary Office Administration program at Ridgetown College. After this program, she realized she wanted to become a veterinary technician with special interest in large animal medicine and small animal dentistry. Rachel completed the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician shortly thereafter. Rachel lives with her husband. They have one child, a dog named Colt, and two cats - Cinder and Cash. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys tending to her houseplants and spending time with her nephews.

Adrienne Bloomfield

Veterinary Technician

Adrienne graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College in 2004, and successfully completed her registration status as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has worked in both mixed animal practices and busy small animal clinics since graduating. Adrienne became a part of our team in 2015, working mainly at our Hickson office in both small and large animal. She lives with her 4 kids, a St. Bernard dog named Rosie, and a cat named Allie. Adrienne enjoys spending time with her family doing many outdoor/indoor activities and travelling.

Heather Knechtel

Veterinary Technician

Heather grew up in Tavistock and has wanted to become a veterinary technician for as long as she can remember. She completed her high school co-op with our clinic in 2016-2017, then took time off to travel before starting college. She finished the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in spring of 2022. She enjoys camping, going to the beach, spending time with friends and family (especially her adorable niece!), and cuddling with her sweet Cockapoo Bella.

Jenessa Vincent

Veterinary Technician

Jenessa graduated with honours from the Veterinary Technician program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus in 2010. She wrote her registration exam shortly after graduation. She has worked in the small animal setting since 2012, and joined the Tavistock team in May 2021. Jenessa lives in Stratford with her fiancé Joe and their 2 kids. She has 2 dogs (Hemi and Sierra), along with 2 Bengal mix brothers (Tacoma and Tundra). Jenessa enjoys every aspect of being an RVT! In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, trail walks, and camping.

Cassie Stewart

Veterinary Technician

Cassie graduated from the veterinary technician program at St. Clair College in 2015 and received her registration later that year. Cassie joined the Tavistock & Hickson teams in August 2021. She shares her home with her husband and two children, along with her Border Collie mix named Lucy and her cat named Bubba. In her spare time, she enjoys puzzles, camping, and spending time with her family.

Nicole Straatsma

Veterinary Technician

Nicole graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College in 2018 and received her registered status later that year. She joined our team in 2020, after moving to Stratford with her husband. They share their home with their three feline friends: Blue (who's more lab than cat), Pip (the most energetic fluffball you've ever seen), and Timone (the newest, tiniest addition to the family). Her hobbies include welcoming stray cats into her home, camping, and gardening.

Savanna Gingerich

Veterinary Assistant

Savanna joined the Tavistock & Hickson team in September 2021 and has been enjoying her work as an assistant ever since. She is working hard to learn all she can for when she goes to school to become a veterinary technician. She lives in Woodstock with her grandparents and her chocolate lab Bear. Her hobbies include drawing, painting, taking her dog for walks, and spending time with her family. She is an animal lover of all kinds - big and small!

Abby McCall

Veterinary Assistant

Abby grew up on a farm outside of Embro. She is currently completing the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College and will be graduating in 2023. She has a beautiful Border Collie named Pepper, and a horse named Stanley. In her spare time, Abby enjoys riding her horse (especially barrel racing!) and working on the farm.

Carleigh Rau

Veterinary Assistant

Carleigh graduated from the Veterinary Office Administration program at the University of Guelph Ridgetown campus in 2021, and is currently continuing her education at Ridgetown to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Carleigh splits her time with us, working as both receptionist and an assistant. She lives at home with her family of 6. They have 2 family dogs (Jake and Kahlua) and 2 cats (Oliver and Ursula). Carleigh enjoys walking her dogs with her family, doing puzzles, and anything artistic. Carleigh has a compassionate heart for both small and large animals.

Jenn Moore

Reception

Jenn has always wanted to work with animals but took a little detour to get there. After high school she went to Fanshawe College where she took the Culinary Management program and became a chef. After a few years in the field, she left to raise her girls. When it was time to go back to work, she knew it was time for a change and now she will be finishing the Veterinary Office Management program with Mohawk College in August 2022. Jenn lives in Stratford with her husband, two girls, and three cats - Mocha, Mango and Alistar. In her spare time, she loves crafting, cooking and playing games with her family.