About the Team

Wendy Hatch, DVM

 

Dr. Wendy grew up in Muskoka, surrounded by domestic and wild animals, and she never remembers a time when she didn't want to be a vet. The only time she has ever been without a pet is during her first 2 years of university- after that, she smuggled a rabbit into residence for companionship. Her husband and daughter currently share her with a Saluki, a German Shepherd, a mutt that looks like a terrier, a cat, and a lovebird. 

After working in more than fifteen clinics throughout Ontario, Dr. Wendy started Stroud Veterinary Hospital in 2004. Although starting a family at the same time was not part of the plan,  her daughter had different ideas.  The ability to practice medicine according to her own philosophy has been very rewarding, although balancing work and home life has sometimes been a bit challenging! Coming from a rural background, Dr. Wendy chose Stroud for its small town feel, and the ability to have a very personal relationship with all her clients and patients. She welcomes the opportunity to speak in the community, and likes talking to children about animal care, as well as interacting safely with other people's pets. 

When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Wendy might be found horseback riding with her daughter, carving wooden bird sculptures,  cooking with friends, or piloting a small plane. She enjoys puzzles of the logical kind, and is always up for a stimulating verbal debate on almost any subject.

Judy Pottins, DVM

 

Dr. P. was born in Toronto and has practised Veterinary Medicine all over the GTA and Niagara Peninsula for more than 25 years. She is new to the beauty of the Innisfil area.

When she’s not at Woodbine training her horses or working as a Veterinarian, she loves Fresh Water Aquaria (planted no less), gemology, rock collecting, gardening, good Landscape Architecture, Silversmithing, watching movies, listening to Blue Grass or Folk music , going to the Ballet and plotting the Future of the Earth.

She has 7 horses (all Thoroughbreds), cats galore, a green Budgie she caught at Woodbine named Green Bird, and a Lovebird named Charlie.

She hopes to change how the Public thinks about elderly cats (they generally don’t) and wants to bring a Humane Approach to training Thoroughbreds (and racehorses in general) to the world. In Veterinary Practice she takes a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment of disease preferring to think “outside the box” and think of the whole animal.

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Kate Hawkes, D.V.M.

 

Dr. Kate grew up in Aurora, Ontario and always had a love for creatures big and small. After graduating high school she completed an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax where she was a double major in Marine Biology and History. Following her first degree she spent several years working for a variety of marine mammal and wildlife rehab facilities. Fortunately she ended up at a seal sanctuary in Courtown, Ireland and that is truly where her love of medicine began. After that experience she decided she wanted to learn how to help all types of sick animals. She graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 2016. 

 

Dr Kate enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but particularly enjoys internal medicine, pain management and feline medicine. She is currently a member of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. In her free time she enjoys going to the cottage, boating, hiking, scuba diving and curling. When she is not at work she loves spending time with her two rescue cats Bob and Marvin and her terrier cross Sunday.

Monique Bakker, RVT, Hospital Manager

 

Monique grew up in Owen Sound, ON surrounded by agriculture. Her parents fueled her love of animals by raising chickens, rabbits, and turkeys;  sharing their house with multiple pets including dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and fish;  and by introducing her to a  current passion, horseback riding.  Monique was integral in the establishment of Stroud Veterinary Hospital and has been our Hospital Manager since before we were open to the public in 2004.  Since the start she has played a dual role, both managing and using her skills as an RVT.  She has special interest in business management, senior pet wellness, and client relations. In Monique's spare time, she can be seen chasing cans at a local barrel horse race, spending quality time with her husband and son on their hobby farm, or experiencing new  adventures.

Tabitha Troughton, VT

Tabitha has been with the Stroud Veterinary Hospital team since 2017. She grew up in the Innisfil area on a hobby farm, and had a love for all animals at a very young age. In her teen years, Tabitha moved to Oro - Medonte, and even though she was no longer on a farm she still had multiple pets in her home which included guinea pigs, rats, birds, salt water fish, cats and dogs. After deciding that working with animals was what she wanted to do, she attended Georgian College and obtained her veterinary technician certificate in 2014.  In late 2015, her family grew when she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. If not at the hospital, Tabitha spends time with her family, friends, and pets. She loves to travel anywhere and everywhere she possibly can!  

Carollynn Krueger, RVT

Carollynn grew up in the Barrie area and has always had a love of all animals as well as  a strong interest in biology and medicine. She knew at a young age she wanted to become a veterinary technician and graduated from Georgian College in 2009. Over the years, she has gained experience in small animal, large animal, teaching, and emergency medicine. Carollynn currently shares her home with her husband a newborn baby girl, two huskies, and a chinchilla. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, staying active by dancing, and travelling to various parts of the world.

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Joanna Bishop, RVT

Joanna was born and raised in the Leaside neighborhood of Toronto and just recently moved to the Innisfil area with her partner and snuggle buddy Larkin. As far as she can recall, she knew helping animals would be a part of her life. After high school graduation, Joanna attended St. Clair college in Windsor where she graduated in 2008 from the veterinary technician program and gained her registration that same year. In her off time, she enjoys golfing, roller blading and biking.

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Danielle Bennett, Veterinary Care Team Assistant

Danielle, daughter of Dr Hatch, started her career behind a baby gate in the front office; the hospital manager Monique being witness to her first steps. Since then, Danielle has grown up around many animals both domestic and wild, including dogs, cats, chickens, and other large animals on their farm in the Midland area. She now enjoys playing piano, falconry, archery, and horseback riding. She will be spending the upcoming year in France before returning to the Health Science program at Western University.  

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Karren Eckhardt, RVT

Karren has joined our team with over 35 years experience in regular & emergency practices. The human animal bond has played a significant role in her execution in the medical & esthetics (grooming) fields. She called Innisfil home in 1988, raised three sons,  and is now enjoying the interaction with the second generation. Her home environment houses two cats and two dogs. Pastimes include card & board games, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, grooming, & enjoying nature.