Dr. Cliff Redford
I grew up always wanting to be a veterinarian and in 1998 my dream came true when I graduated from one of the world's top veterinary schools; Ontario Veterinary College. Within 18 months I purchased Wellington Veterinary Hospital and have been the owner ever since. My special interests are soft tissue surgery, advanced dental procedures, internal medicine and emergency care. I volunteer with various animal rescue groups and even work with a local wildlife rescue where I get to help care for hawks and owls, porcupines and even skunks!
On my spare time you will find me running with my Labradoodle named Thalia, learning how to play the guitar, or vacationing in the Caribbean or Europe. Typically, I spend half of my time on these vacations working with local animal rescues as I find not only can I help but I learn so much from the veterinarians abroad.
Dr. Shaneez Wallani
I realized my calling in life at an early age, and began working toward my goal of becoming a veterinarian when I was in elementary school. I have a BSc Honours in Biology from Trent University, and graduated from Saint George’s University with my DVM degree after completing my clinical year at Cornell University. I split my time between Wellington Veterinary Hospital and a shelter wellness clinic in Toronto, in order to help pets and pet owners who would otherwise be unable to access veterinary care. I have a special interest in preventive and holistic care and pain management, and became a Certified Canine Massage Therapist in 2019.
In my free time I enjoy reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with my pets; a former street dog or “Pothound” from Grenada, and an orange tabby who was rescued from a hoarding situation in Georgia. I'm currently working toward becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and am involved in a shelter transfer project to help Pothounds in need find homes in Toronto.
Dr. Howaida Ibrahim (Heidi)
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Egypt in 2001. After, I moved to Canada with my husband and I obtained my licenses to practice Veterinary Medicine in Canada and the United States. I have spent the majority of my career working as a small animal general practitioner. My interests include: internal medicine, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, geriatrics, preventive medicine and emergency care. I pride myself on always striving to practice the best possible medicine and providing the best care for our pets. I enjoy the diversity of patients, interactions with clients and the challenges of busy caseloads and emergency care. I frequently participate in continuing education seminars and veterinary conferences and like to stay current on new treatments in the ever-changing practice of veterinary medicine. I feel that the veterinarian's true reward comes from helping patients heal and stay healthy in order to lengthen and strengthen that human-animal bond with their families. I also believe that a little education goes a long way!! I believe that preventive medicine is the best way to avoid several conditions such as obesity, behavior, urinary and dental disease.
In my spare time, I enjoy studying, reading, cooking and spending quality time with my daughters and my husband!
Office Manager/Customer Service Representative
My journey into the animal field has been the most interesting road I have encountered thus far in my life. I have always loved and had a passion for all animals but it wasn't until my first ROTTENweiller, yes I said Rotten ;), came in to my life that I truly learned how deep of a connection humans can have with animals. I worked as a waitress/bartender while I bounced around in programs at York University undecided as to what I wanted to focus on. Three years ago one of my friends, and now co worker, offered to set me up for an interview at the clinic she worked at and I was very happy when I was hired as a receptionist. I loved working at the clinic from the first day I was hired and continue to love it every day. I quickly accomplished my childhood dream of turning my house into the local animal shelter with my many cats, 1 dog and 2 turtles. As a personal highlight, I have also worked my way up to Office Manager and can't wait to see what lies ahead.
Head Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
It was no surprise, to those who knew me, that this was the field I ended up in. Growing up in the country, if I wasn't outside with my German Shepherd Rambo I was inside helping raise the many orphaned animals we found or playing with my cats. I have been working in animal health care for 10 years now. I started my job at Wellington in 2015 as a receptionist eventually training as a technician and then decided to go to school to become registered as a veterinary technician. I graduated in 2017 from Ridgetown College’s Veterinary Technician program and gained some experience in other aspects of the veterinary field while still maintaining my position at Wellington. I have now reached one of my professional goals of becoming Head RVT and I look forward to achieving many more of my animal related goals in the future, like owning my own rescue.
When I'm not at work you can find me cuddling my dogs (Kudi, Homie & Cookie) and cats (Harlow & Penelope), hiking with my husband, playing soccer, reading a good book or spending time with family & friends.
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Hi, I'm Arthur, one of the Registered Veterinary Technicians here. I always knew I wanted to work with animals as a child. After graduating from University of Guelph Biological Science program I continued on and worked hard to become an RVT at Seneca College. It has been such a fun and fulfilling experience. I've always been a dog person and have had Victoria, my Siberian Husky, for 10 years. However, I have brought a new little buddy into my life: Totoro! He is an adorable, one eyed cat that came from Thunder Bay, and somehow managed to purr his way into my heart.
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
My family cat taught me to respect her early on, and I still carry the scar of that lesson today. Her and our dog gave me the first taste of a human-animal bond, and that's something I chased for years, trying to make a connection with any animal I met - including my neighbour's actual guard dog, who was MY very best friend. I always knew that I wanted my career to involve animals, but it was my first dog that really made up my mind. I graduated from Northern College as a Registered Veterinary Technician without him, but came out of school having adopted my now 7 year old cat, Mizuki. From her, I gained experience with how to help clients and patients through a long term illness. I came to the Wellington family in early 2018 and have really grown as a technician since being here. I've discovered my passion for working with shelter animals and adopted my newest addition, Sterling, through that. She had a rough start but helped me gain confidence in my skills through nursing her back to health.
My at home hobbies usually include me pushing my cats off of the books that I'm reading or the notebooks I'm writing in and trying to see the TV past two furry faces begging for more attention (while being pet) or to play fetch.
Veterinary Technician (VT)
I've had a love of animals since I was a little kid when my dad brought home my first dog, a Boxer that was bigger than I was at the time! I recognized early on that the career path that I was meant to follow would be in a field dedicated to the care of these loving extensions of our families - family pets. After earning my Bachelor of Science Honours degree from U of T, I went on to obtain my Veterinary Technician diploma at Seneca College. With over 20 years of experience from all aspects of the clinical veterinary field, and working at previous small animal and emergency hospitals in the GTA, I've been privileged to realize my early ambitions of caring for these furry family members. My current passion now is to ensure that the senior pets of our families receive compassion and comfort in their last years, and ensuring clients have the best education and resources for helping them increase the longevity of their pets' lives.
Outside of the hospital, I spend time with my high-school sweetheart husband, crazy singing and dancing little girls, and the family one eyed & deaf rescue Boston Terrier, Harriette.
Customer Service Representative (CSR)
As an avid animal lover who grew up with dogs, hamsters, fish, and birds, I always knew that I wanted to work with animals, I just wasn't completely sure in what capacity. I did co-op as a teen at a veterinary hospital and really liked the hospital environment. I studied biology at the University of Guelph, and since graduating in 2013, I have worked in a number of different customer service positions. While working at one of these jobs, I bumped into an old friend from the veterinary hospital and she encouraged me to apply to Wellington, the rest is history! I love the people and pets I have the pleasure of working with everyday.
In my spare time, I'm a total movie buff and I love trivia. I hope to compete on (and win) an episode of Jeopardy! I currently do not have any pets, but I was lucky enough to share my life with my miniature dachshund for 15 and a half years. Hopefully we will be adding another dog to the family in the near future!
Animal Care Attendant (ACA)/Customer Service Representative (CSR)
I have loved animals all my life, but growing up I was never allowed to have any. I attended York University and graduated with a BA in psychology with the intent of becoming a teacher, but later realized that wasn't the path for me. One day in 2015, I decided to go into a PetSmart and realized their cat adoption center was accepting volunteers! I LOVED interacting with and caring for all the cats, it was so heartwarming to see them find their forever homes plus I was able to get my animal fix! Thanks to the wonderful people I've met through there, I was introduced to Wellington who were coincidentally looking to hire a new ACA. Working at the clinic has been such a wonderful experience and I have learned so much from an amazing group of people. I discovered such a special place in my heart for special needs cats and will eventually like to start a rescue of my own one day (or maybe open a cat cafe!).
In my spare time, I still continue to volunteer with Next Chance Cat Rescue (where my two very special cats, Ham and Cheese are hanging out), spend time with my husband and friends, binge-watch various shows and movies, doing calligraphy/journaling and play video games!
Animal Care Attendant (ACA)
Three years ago I acquired the love of my life - a German Shepherd named Johnny Cash… then 3 days after that I adopted his kitten brother Dallas! I quickly realized I wanted to work with animals, so I started a small business sewing custom pieces and pet apparel, began fostering kittens for Toronto Cat Rescue—with Cash & Dallas’ help of course—and decided to go back to school. I’m now in my final year of Seneca’s Vet Tech program, work between Wellington and an emergency hospital, and care for Cash and my 2 kitties. I intend to specialize in Pathology (blood cells and microscope work), behaviour (to rehab troubled shelter dogs), and Internal Medicine/Oncology (to pay it forward to help pets and their owners through hard times). Wellington has given me encounters with wildlife, a visually-impaired kitten named Donut who plays fetch (from the Thunder Bay Rescue), and the best work family and patients I could’ve asked for!
I have been an animal lover my whole life, having grown up with dogs in the house and a crazy passionate veterinarian as a dad. When I started high school, I began to study theatre in the dramatic arts program at Unionville High School. Along with discovering my passion for the arts, I discovered a love for science and biology. Shortly after I began working at Wellington Veterinary Hospital as an Animal Care Assistant, and immediately fell in love with it. I look forward going to work knowing that I am helping to make animals healthy and happy. I hope to follow in the footsteps of my father and continue to care for animals, providing them with the love that every animal deserves.