Meet our R.V.T. Erin Carling
“For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work with animals. I pursued my dream by attending the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in the small town of Truro NS. I completed my first two years of a BSc in Animal Science before completing a 3 year Animal Health Technology program and obtaining my RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) status. After graduation in 2002, I worked in a small animal practice in my hometown of Moncton NB before moving to the Niagara area in 2004. I have been working in area clinics ever since. I was fortunate enough to start working at the Welland Humane Society in January 2014 and have been at the Spay Neuter Clinic since we opened in May 2014. I currently reside in the Niagara area with my husband, 2 step children and our 4 cats Douglas Fir, Bob, Mona and our newest addition Gordie.”
Meet our Veterinary Technician Sheleen
“Ever since I was little I was obsessed with animals, and I knew that one day I wanted to work in the animal field. I took my first step towards my goal by attending the veterinary Technicians course at Georgian College in Orillia, ON. Soon after graduating I was fortunate enough to find a job here at the Welland Spay & Neuter Clinic. When I’m not at work you can find me horseback riding or be cleaning stalls at a stable close to my home in Pelham, ON. At Home, I have my two fur babies, Hudson a husky Shephard x and Kitty a DMH torbie I adopted from the shelter soon after starting my Job.”
Meet Krystle Vanderzanden our Receptionist
“I have always had an interest in animal care. In 1997, I worked in a veterinary clinic in Eastern Ontario for 6 years, hoping to navigate my way down the right path for a career working with animals. I then pursued a diploma in Equine Agriculture at KCAT, University of Guelph. I continued in the equine field by completing a 2 year program in Registered Equine Massage Therapy in college. I moved to the Niagara Region in 2006, following a boy, who is now my husband and father to my 2 beautiful children. Since 2007, I have been working at the Welland & District Humane Society, and began working for the Welland & District Regional Spay Neuter Clinic when it opened its doors in 2014. I have seen this organization grow and am happy to be a part of a shelter that is continuing to move forward in outreach within the community and expanding its resource to surrounding areas. At home, I love spending time with my family, my dogs, cat and farm animals.”
Meet Dawn Gignac our Veterinary Assistant
Dr. Sandra Fazakas
I have always loved animals of every kind. My dream career began in 1999 when I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. Prior to that I received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Over many years, I have gained veterinary expertise in both medicine and surgery. I have also worked alongside board-certified specialists in the field, increasing my skills and training to provide the utmost in patient care. I am an avid SCUBA diver and spend many hours underwater both locally and in exotic locations around the world. I live in Dundas with my husband Jim, our two rescue cats, Rincewind and Marcel, and various indoor and outdoor fish. I am thrilled to be a part of this great team and feel strongly about the ability to make a difference preventing unwanted pets. I am glad to help people in the community because I believe every pet deserves a home.
Heather Wobbes, Front Desk
After adopting my dog from a local shelter in 2011, I realized what a difference these shelters make in our communities, and knew I wanted to find a way to help. After several years of donations and fundraising efforts, I got the wonderful opportunity to work at the Welland & District Regional Spay Neuter Clinic in April 2018. With a background in customer service and a passion for animal welfare, I truly enjoy working with owners and their pets every day. I currently live in Niagara with my husband and my dog Jack, who I adopted all those years ago!