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 Messina
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 Niagara Spay & Neuter Clinic. When I’m not at work you can find me riding my horse “Eddie” a quarter horse cross that I board at a stable close to my home in Pelham, ON. At home I also have my three fur babies, Hudson a Husky Shepherd cross, Kitty a DMH torbie I adopted from the shelter soon after starting at the clinic and Layla my DMH grey and white tabby.
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!
Carla Eedens, Front Desk /Reception
I have always loved animals of every kind, but my career path took me on a 15 year long nursing path. After many years working in long term care and previously being in the service industry , I needed a change. I had the wonderful opportunity to get a front desk position at the Niagara spay neuter clinic . I believe my passion for animals and people will help me excel & I look forward to what this opportunity will bring in the future .
I currently live in Port Colborne with my significant other , Bill.
I have 2 rescue chihuahuas (Stella & Lucy) and the newest addition is Jasper the cat whom I recently adopted from the shelter.
Natalias Esteban, Vet Assistant
A couple of months after, I had the chance to be a part of this lovely Spay/Neuter Clinic as a Vet Assistant and I'm proud to work for an organization that shares the same visions and goals as I do and has immensely helped me grow professionally.
I'm Currently living in Port Colborne with my fianceé aka partner in crime Rick and when I'm not Vet Assisting you can find me outdoors ready for an adventure... You name it ! Rollerblading,hiking,canoeing,etc, with my 2 rescue dogs : Chula,my Akita X and Balám ,my Elkhound X.