2021 Networking Brunch

What is our annual Networking Brunch? This event gathers veterinarians from an array of specialties to meet with students to discuss their career path and what a typical day in their work is like. It is a chance for you to ask questions, in a speed-dating fashion, pertaining to a wide variety of issues that veterinarians face in their daily lives, giving you insight to a particular path that you may choose to pursue in the future. This year, we are featuring an extremely diverse and highly anticipated group of specialties! These individuals are eager to provide invaluable expertise and perspective from their extraordinary fields of study, so be sure to prepare your questions ahead of time. This event is one of our club's most educative and memorable experiences!


Our W21 Networking "Brunch" event will be held over two dates via Microsoft Teams: Sunday, January 17th and Sunday, January 24th, both from 11:00am - 12:30pm EST. Each date will feature a different group of specialties. To sign up and choose your date/specialty preferences, please access our Google form 

As of January 5th, 1:40 pm EST, all minor problems have been fixed on the Google form - please resubmit your preferences if a certain option was not available prior


Some details to note:

  • You are permitted to attend one or both of these weekends but if these dates reach their max capacity of 25 students per veterinarian, then you will be registered for the day that you indicated a preference for
  • You will be seeing three vets for each Sunday that you attend in a breakout group with up to 24 other students
  • You will have a designated time of 30 minutes with each veterinarian that you are scheduled for
  • Please indicate the vet that you would most like to see for each day that you can attend and we will try to place everyone with their first choices
  • Please note that this event is first come first serve, so if you would like to increase your chances of being placed with the vet that you would most like to see, register as early as possible
  • The last day that you are permitted to register for this event is January 13th at 11:59pm EST (UPDATE: Signup for the 24th date will remain open)
  • On January 16th you will receive an email from us with the date(s) you are registered for, the vets that you are scheduled to see, and instructions on how to enter your breakout groups


Take a look below and see this year's amazing lineup!



Dr. Dorothee Bienzle

January 17th
Specialty: Pathologist
"After obtaining the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, I practiced veterinary medicine for two years, and then returned for a Master of Science degree combined with a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the University of Guelph. Thereafter, I obtained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. I then completed a PhD in Immunology at McMaster University Medical School funded by a Medical Research Council of Canada fellowship. I then spent two years on faculty at the University of Georgia, and then joined the faculty of the University of Guelph. At the University of Guelph I held a Canada Research Chair II in Veterinary Pathology from 2005 to 2015. I have an active research program supported by agencies and foundations such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Research Chairs program, Equine Guelph, Pet Trust and others.
My time is dedicated to research focused on feline immunity and the role of the epitheliumn equine asthma, teaching in the veterinary and graduate curriculum, including diagnostic interpretations for the OVC Health Sciences Centre (OVC-HSC), and service at the institutional and professional organization level. I have been elected president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists for 2019. My area of diagnostic expertise is hemolymphatic neoplasia. I oversee the flow cytometry facility at the OVC and analysis of clinical samples through the Animal Health Laboratory. I also provide professional expertise to a variety of research collaborators, colleagues in industry and administrators at other academic institutions."


Dr. Martin Haulena

January 24th
Specialty: Marine
Dr. Martin Haulena graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1993.  He completed a clinical internship in aquatic animal medicine at Mystic Aquarium in 1996 and a Master’s degree in pathobiology from the University of Guelph in 1999.  He became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2007.  Dr. Haulena was the Staff Veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California for 9 years and has been Head Veterinarian & Director, Animal Health at the Vancouver Aquarium since 2006.  His special interests are in the medical management of aquatic animals, particularly marine mammals, with emphasis on innovative diagnostic methods, developing safe anaesthetic protocols and improving surgical techniques. Veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world study aquatic animal medicine each year under the direction of Dr. Haulena.  He serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre. His professional affiliations include the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine for which he is past President, Wildlife Disease Association and the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians.  He has authored over 80 scientific journal articles and book chapters. 
"Our family enjoys skiing, diving, and traveling. For COVID I decided I wanted to learn to play my electric guitar really loud to annoy my teenagers and dog as much as possible.  I currently live with my two teenagers, my best friend Trevor-the-rescue-dog, two horses, 4 ducks, a bunch of fish and a lizard or two." 


Dr. Hugues Beaufrère

January 17th

Specialty: Zoological Medicine

Dr. Beaufrère received his veterinary degree from the University of Lyon, France in 2006. He completed a small animal internship in a private practice in Belgium in 2007 followed by an avian and exotic medicine internship at the Ontario Veterinary College the following year. Following his internships, Dr. Beaufrère completed a combined PhD and Zoological Medicine Residency program at the School of Veterinary Medicine - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA and the Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans, USA. Dr. Beaufrère is currently an assistant professor in avian and exotic medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. 



Dr. Jackie Parr

January 17th
Specialty: Nutrition
Dr. Parr graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) in 2015. In June 2016, she was awarded with the OVC Young Alumnus Award. Also known as “The Kibble Queen”, she is a veterinary clinical nutritionist and adjunct professor at OVC. She is one of 4 small animal board-certified veterinary clinical nutritionists in Canada and is passionate about teaching veterinary professionals, pet owners, and student veterinarians about how to keep cats and dogs in the best health possible through a nutritious and balanced diet. As part of OVC’s Clinical Nutrition team, Dr. Parr helps prepare the next generation of veterinary leaders through the 4th year Clinical Nutrition Rotation elective where she equips students with the diet and nutritional knowledge they will need once in practice.



Dr. David Mark Alves

January 17th
Specialty: Government
After graduating from OVC in 1980 and working in dairy and companion animal practice in Elora, Ontario, David received a PhD in epidemiology at OVC in 1990. For 25 years since then he has worked on outbreaks of West Nile Virus, E.coli in Walkerton,  antimicrobial resistance, African elephant health at the Toronto Zoo, avian influenza, and many other disease threats across Canada.  As the Provincial Veterinarian with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food , David managed a team of 17 veterinary staff that conducted outbreak investigations, taught preventive veterinary medicine, and improved pandemic and emergency preparedness among  animal health groups.  He is passionate about the veterinary profession and has authoured many scientific papers and written hundreds of outreach articles on animal health and veterinary medicine.  David and family have lived in  Elora for 40 years where he volunteers doing veterinary work among indigenous communities across Ontario, walks his dog Skylar, and loves seeing old clients and friends while working part time in small animal practice in Elora back at Wellington Veterinary Services where his career started.  Lately David is also working in small animal practice at the Georgian Animal Hospital in beautiful Parry Sound where he spends most of the year. 


Dr. Janice Huntingford

January 17th
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Dr Janice Huntingford is a 1984 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario and a Board Certified Specialist (Diplomate) in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (DACVSMR), only 1 of 3 in Canada.  She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA), in Animal Acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, in Chinese herbal Medicine (Chi Institute) and is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner.  In 2007, Dr. Huntingford opened Ontario’s first salt water canine therapy pool and canine rehabilitation centre.
Dr. Huntingford lectures nationally and internationally on rehabilitation, acupuncture, geriatric medicine, herbals and pain management to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. She has authored or co-authored several text book chapters on Rehabilitation and published a number of peer reviewed manuscripts. She consults and sits on a number of advisor boards related to herbal medicine, laser therapy and holistic medicine. She teaches regularly at Cornell University and is involved in Resident Training for Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation for Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Huntingford continues to research into the treatment of animal pain. She has published a peer review paper on laser therapy for elbow arthritis and has completed a clinical trial on a unique kidney preparation for aging cats. Her current research is on Agile Joints, a proprietary herbal blend for cats and dogs with osteoarthritis. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Wakshlag (Cornell University, Ithaca NY and University of Florida, Gainesville, FL).


Dr. Samantha Molson

January 24th
Specialty: Equine
Dr. Molson graduated from OVC in 2015 and completed a rotating equine internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Hospital in New Jersey. Following her internship, she accepted a position with McKee-Pownall Equine Services in Campbellville, ON. Her main professional interests include sports medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine and reproduction and she is currently completing International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) courses with the goal of obtaining ISELP certification in the future. Outside of work, she enjoys riding, hot yoga and spending time with her partner Jordan.


Dr. Stephen Waisglass

January 24th
Specialty: Dermatology
Dr. Stephen Waisglass is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (DACVD). He is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and obtained a Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. He subsequently did his ACVD dermatology residency at the OVC. Dr Waisglass and sees dermatology referral patients at his two referral practices in the Greater Toronto Area. 
Dr. Waisglass is Adjunct Professor at the OVC and teaches the dermatology course to the vet students there. He was an educator for OVC’s 2 dermatology residents (now board certified) as well as the mentor for Karri Beck, his own ACVD resident, who went on to quickly pass her dermatology boards and partner with him at his practices. Dr Waisglass lectures internationally in the field, with speaking engagements in Europe, Africa and from coast to coast in North America. He has published numerous journal and textbook articles on various topics in his field. 
When not working, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travelling and spending time with his wife, children and their Golden Retriever, "Penny", who is a certified St John’s ambulance courtroom therapy dog. 


Dr. Danielle Anderson

January 17th
Specialty: Small Animal Rehab
After graduating with distinction from her Biological Science degree at the University of Guelph, Dr. Anderson was accepted into the Ontario Veterinary College. She graduated with honours in 2002 and began practicing as a small animal veterinarian. Wanting to improve her ability to better manage mobility in her patients she completed her canine rehabilitation certification through the University of Tennessee in 2013. In 2016, to provide better pain management for her patients and improve their outcomes, she became certified in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV), through Curacore. For the last 5 years she has owned and operated SOAR Veterinary Services in Burlington, a fully functional CVO accredited referral Rehabilitation and Pain Management facility. In addition to running SOAR, Dr. Anderson has participated in CVO committees, and helps teach the Curacore MAV clinical intensive twice a year in Colorado. She has also virtually hosted vet students taking the rehabilitation rotation at Michigan State University.  She is an active member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, and International Veterinary Association of Pain Management. In her spare time she can be found at the barn watching her daughter ride horses, or at the theater enjoying her son’s performances in musical theater. 


Dr. Heather Reid

January 17th
Specialty: Wildlife
Dr. Heather Reid is the head veterinarian at Toronto Wildlife Centre, clinical veterinarian at Toronto Zoo and president of Animal Experience International. Dr. Reid graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. Her interest in wildlife conservation led her to TWC where she has been helping sick, injured and orphaned wild animals for 20 years. At TWC Dr. Reid oversees a busy wildlife hospital that admits more than 5,000 patients each year, representing over 240 species of native wildlife. She enjoys helping people travel and get hands-on experience through Animal Experience International, matching people who want to make a difference, with wildlife organizations around the world. 


Dr. Kathleen Beekman

January 24th
Specialty: Cardiology Intern
Dr. Beekmann hails from the west coast. As a child in Vancouver, BC, she was passionate about horses and the equestrian sport. Her family raised puppies destined to become guide dogs for blind people. For Dr. Beekmann, becoming a veterinarian was always her first choice. She graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 2019. Initially planning to become an equine veterinarian, she discovered her love for small animal medicine while doing clinical rotations during her last year of studies. This past year, Dr. Beekmann completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in downtown Toronto. While there, she developed a passion for cardiology. Dr. Beekmann is now completing a cardiology specialty internship at Mississaugua Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital with hopes to start a cardiology residency next July. Dr. Beekmann's research interests include the use of cardiac CT in cats and the use of global longitudinal strain by speckle tracking echocardiography in dogs as a measure of systolic function.  
Outside of veterinary medicine she still enjoys riding horses, but also loves hiking, canoeing, baking and playing Ultimate Frisbee.


Dr. Griselda Lam

January 17th
Specialty: Small Animal Surgery
Dr. Griselda Lam graduated from OVC in 2015 with her DVM degree. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Centre in Toronto, Ontario, in 2016. Following completion of her internship, Dr. Lam pursued a residency in small animal surgery at Michigan State University. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) in 2020. Currently, Dr. Lam is an associate surgeon at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in London, Ontario.   


Dr. Trinita Barboza

January 24th
Specialty: Exotic
Trinita Barboza is a final year American College of Zoological Medicine resident from the Ontario Veterinary College. Following graduation form the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 2015, she completed a small animal rotating internship with Blue Pearl, an avian and exotics internship with the Ontario Veterinary College, and a wildlife internship with the National Wildlife Center. In 2018 she was accepted into the Zoological Companion Animal residency and Doctor of Veterinary Science program. 


Dr. Ashley Jones

January 24th
Specialty: Cardiology
Dr. Ashley Jones is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist & the founder of Trillium Veterinary Cardiology. She grew up in the Niagara Region and is excited to call this home again. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College, where she graduated with distinction. She remained at OVC to complete a rigorous one-year small animal internship and then moved to Gainesville, Florida to complete a three-year cardiology residency and an additional one-year research and teaching fellowship at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). During her training, Dr. Jones attended weekly rounds with the pediatric cardiologists from UF Shands Health Hospital, one of the top-rated hospitals in the USA. Following completion of the ACVIM certification process, including two board exams, Dr. Jones worked at large tertiary referral hospitals in Boston and Chicago, providing care to numerous pets with heart disease. She continues to contribute to the advancement of veterinary cardiac medicine through publication of several peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters. She has also lectured at various conferences, including the OVMA Conference in January 2020.


Dr. Steven Patten

January 24th
Specialty: Oncology
"I completed a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry at Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario).  Following this I found my way to Guelph for a Master's degree in a cancer research laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences department.  Defending my thesis in August 2008, I started vet school (OVC) in September 2008.  Graduating vet school in 2012, I stayed in the teaching hospital for a 1-year general internship, which was followed by a 1-year medical oncology internship in the Animal Cancer Centre.  I matched to the OVC animal cancer centre for a 3-year residency (2014-2017) in medical oncology.  Following my residency I entered private referral practice joining the Toronto Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital (TVEH) as their first oncologist.  Since beginning the TVEH oncology service, we have built the practice to be the first multi-oncologist private practice in Southern Ontario and will be further expanding with another oncologist in the next year." 


Dr. Melissa Sinclair

January 24th
Specialty: Anesthesia
DVM: Atlantic Veterinary College 
Internship Large Animals - Ontario Veterinary College 
Mixed animal practice- Southern Ontario and Northern Alberta 
DVSc: graduate degree in anesthesiology - Ontario Veterinary College 
Residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology: Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph 
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiology 2001 
In veterinary school, Dr. Sinclair did not plan to specialize in anesthesiology. She was passionate about veterinary medicine, but her goals were private large animal practice. After an internship in large animals, she worked in mixed animal practice. After a year and a half, she chose to come back to perform a residency in anesthesiology. This turned out to be a great decision. Dr. SInclair loves her current role and daily activities. 
Dr. Sinclair instructs second, third year, and final year DVM students, interns, and advises and instructs residents/graduate students as well as other specialty residents in anesthesia at OVC. She is primarily responsible for the third-year anesthesia curriculum and instruction collaborating with the humane society spay neuter caseload. Her research is based on clinical anesthesia projects advancing sedative and induction protocols that apply to private practice.


Dr. Andrew Barker

January 17th
Specialty: Neurology
Dr. Barker completed a Bachelor of Sciences at the University of Guelph and then gained his DVM from the OVC, graduating in 2009. Following that he completed a Rotating Internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI, then a Neurology Speciality Internship at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver. He then continued to pursue Neurology with his Residency at Iowa State University where he gained his DAVIM in Neurology. After his residency he spent a year teaching at the OVCand he currently works at the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital as a board-certified Neurologist.  


Dr. Laurel Gale

January 24th
Specialty: Shelter Medicine
Dr. Gale graduated from the OVC in 2009, following which she worked in small animal private practices in Toronto and Burlington.  In 2014 she joined the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth as a staff veterinarian, and then in November 2018 moved into the role of Veterinary Director for the organization.  During her time as Veterinary Director she has overseen the opening of the Stratford Perth Humane Society Spay-Neuter Clinic as well as managing the Community Veterinary Outreach program for Waterloo region.  Outside of being a veterinarian Dr. Gale spends her time with her family, hiking, and horseback riding. She has a cat, two dogs, and a horse. 


Dr. Sebastian Ruszkowski

January 24th
Specialty: Mixed, Small Animal and Food
Dr. Sebastian Ruszkowski graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2018 and has been working as a mixed animal veterinarian. Prior to this he obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph. 
Outside of the veterinary field he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife. Together they have two cats and a dog. 


Dr. Chris Buschbeck

January 24th
Specialty: Large Animal and Small Ruminants
Chris Buschbeck was born in Germany a long time ago, where she attended the University in Kiel and earned a master degree in agriculture. After immigrating to Canada in 1988 she worked for the University of Guelph as a research assistant before going back to school for her degree in veterinary medicine. She has been working at Markdale Veterinary Services since 2000, when she, her husband and two boys relocated their dairy sheep farm to Grey County. Chris is involved in the sheep industry as a breeder of East Friesians, a frequent lecturer at producer meetings and an owner of SRGenetics, a company that offers artificial insemination services for sheep and goats. She is currently the Vice President of SRVO, The Association Of Small Ruminant Veterinarians Of Ontario. Chris and her brother used to be avid 3-day-eventers, but now settle to take their horses for a good run through the bush when they find time. 


Dr. Lois Valli

January 24th
Specialty: Government
Dr. Valli graduated from OVC in 1991. She worked for 3 years in mixed practice, then worked in the industry for 11 years, 10 of which, as Manager of technical services for Wyeth Animal Health (now part of zoetis). She joined CFIA in 2014. Dr. Valli is married and her husband also with CFIA, with 2 kids at university of Guelph, 2 cats, a dog and a gecko.