Joan RVT/Hospital Manager started working with us since the hospital opened in 2011. She started working in the veterinary industry over 15 years ago while completing her BSc in biochemistry at Trent University. She then went on to complete her technician training at Ridgetown College/University of Guelph. After working for many years as a technician for small animal practices and laboratory animal research she found her biggest interest lay in emergency veterinary medicine, cytology and teaching. While continuing in the veterinary world she completed a graduate degree in diagnostic cytology at The Michener Institute/University of Toronto and worked in the human world at UHN in Toronto. Following her passion for animals, she now uses those skills in our in-house laboratory. She is actively involved with welcoming students in this industry into the hospital to advance their skills. Outside of work, Joan spends her time with her two children, her husband, and her dog and cat. She enjoys dragon boating throughout the summer and does a variety of arts and crafts.