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 Kellie Clements our Veterinary Assistant
"A few years back I began volunteering with the Welland & District SPCA and fell in love with the animals in the shelter and knew that I wanted to work with them. While attending St. Lawrence College in Kingston I worked in the treatment area of the Kingston Humane Society. Upon graduation I spent an incredible month working on a wildlife reserve in Africa and upon my return, I worked at a local animal hospital in Niagara and at the WDSPCA, both the Welland and Port Colborne locations. I began working with the clinic since it opened and I love it. I'm very proud to work with the Welland SPCA and I am extremely impressed with the achievements of the shelter in the last few years. My family is very supportive and understanding with my line of work, as I am constantly bringing home foster babies that the whole family takes under their wing. I live with my 5 cats and my 2 rescue dogs Boone my Doberman X and Scout my Shepherd/Collie X."
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. For the past 7 years, I have been working at the Welland & District Humane Society as an animal control officer. In May of this year, I began working for the Welland & District Regional Spay Neuter Clinic where we provide spay and neuter services to owned animals, rescue groups, feral groups and shelter animals. I have seen the Welland SPCA grow for the last few years 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 dog Cash and my horses Johnny and Jorja."
Meet Dawn Gignac our Veterinary Assistant
"I started working at the Welland SPCA in 2013. I worked with the cats and loved seeing all the "homeless" cats find wonderful loving homes. I have been working at the Welland Spay Neuter Clinic since we opened in May 2014 and I am loving it. I live in Welland with my husband of 12 years and our 9 year old son. We have 3 cats, Coconut, Snickers and Darkness, all of which have come from the shelter. Our dog Rozz is a Lab/Chow X and is in her senior years. I worked at a local clinic for 22 years before starting at the shelter. I have always known that this is the field I should be working in and I am very happy to now be working at the clinic."
Meet Kyra Kovacs our Veterinary Assistant
"I started volunteering for the Welland and District SPCA at the Cat Adoption Centre as well as the fund-raising committee since 2013 knowing that I have always been interested in working with animals. I started volunteering at the Welland & District Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic in January 2015 before being hired a couple months later. I am currently a Biology major at Brock University and have had an amazing time at the clinic gaining experience as an aspiring veterinarian. I currently live in Welland with my three fur babies Jazzie, Bella, and Roxy and my leopard gecko Buddy."
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 also have an interest in aquatic medicine and am an Associate Veterinarian for Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, caring for everything from seahorses to sharks. 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 new rescue kitten Nac Mac Feegle, 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.