Meet the friendly team at Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Deanne Croft
    Veterinarian, DVM


    Ontario Veterinary College

    The launch of our new website meant it was time to refresh my bio as well! It’s an interesting exercise to reflect back on a career that has spanned 32 years. I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1986 and Dr. Ellie and I opened Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital in February 1997. I have come to realize that being a general practitioner and practice owner fulfils 2 different but important roles: it satisfies my enjoyment of puzzles and problem solving and it thwarts any risk of boredom as no 2 days are ever the same!

    As the landscape of veterinary practice changes, as well as our societal understanding of science and facts, it can be challenging to communicate our recommendations effectively and clearly. However, that is my ongoing commitment to our clients and our patients. It is reflected in our mission and goals and is
    at the heart of what we do every day.

    Lastly, I can say without hesitation that after all these years, it is the daily diet of tail wags, purring cuddles as well as the hugs, tears and laughter shared with clients that makes this the best profession in the world.

  • Dr.
    Ellie Cowper
    Veterinarian, DVM


    Ontario Veterinary College

    I grew up knowing from the age of seven that I wanted to become a veterinarian. I have been thrilled with the opportunities it has offered. I love the relationships between pets and their families, the challenges of medicine and surgery, and the satisfaction of making a difference.
    Dr Croft and I founded Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital in 1997, and we have been happy to offer high quality, personal veterinary care since then.

    I share my home with my husband and our dog Monti.

  • Dr.
    Shirley Chen
    Veterinarian, DVM


    Ontario Veterinary College

    I always knew growing up that I wanted to be a veterinarian; I love animals and science, and often got in trouble for trying to rescue wildlife in distress. My parents were not happy when I cut open the dryer-vent to rescue orphaned baby birds.

    I went to the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) between 2007-2011, during this time I worked as a kennel attendant with Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital. After graduation, I went back home to Toronto and practiced at a small animal clinic for 4.5 years.

    I moved to Kitchener in 2015, to be with my fiancé, Mickey, and also to start a job as an Animal Health Veterinary Inspector with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). I was exposed to a lot of regulatory veterinary medicine involving diseases of international concern, like, Avian Influenza, Tuberculosis, Rabies etc. While I loved regulatory medicine with large animals, I really missed having the connection with pet owners and their fur babies.

    I am glad to be back with the clinic I worked at as a student and to find all the wonderful veterinarians and staff still here. I look forward to practicing clinical medicine again and further developing my interests in dentistry and internal medicine.

    I currently have two middle-aged cats Smoke and Teka who spend their time sleeping, sunning themselves and eating.

  • Dr.
    Shari Wiseman
    Veterinarian, DVM


    Ontario Veterinary College

    Born and raised in Burlington, Ontario, I decided to become a veterinarian because I love how the profession combines my passion for animals with my desire to work with people. I enjoy the variety of a busy general practice and have a particular interest in preventative care, senior care and feline internal medicine.

    I completed my undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at Queen's University and graduated from the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College in 2000. I have worked at a variety of small animal practices in southern Ontario and British Columbia since graduation.

    When I'm not at the hospital, I have a bustling home life with my husband David, our three school-aged children, two cats, Tux and Orzo, and Cedar, our yellow lab cross (who was a rescue from Louisiana!). I enjoy spending time outdoors with the kids, hiking, skiing, camping, canoeing, and going to the cottage. In my 'sparetime', I play the piano and am an avid reader.

  • Bethany
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    I graduated from Northern College in 2012. Immediately following school, I pursued my registered status and became an RVT. I have been working at Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital for 6+ years now and am proud of the professionalism and excellence we are committed to providing our patients and clients.

    I enjoy the many facets of my job and the caring group of women I have the pleasure of working with.

    Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, husband, son and our three rescue pets; Hudson (tabby cat), Geller (brittany spaniel X) and Rory (dalmatian).

  • Erin
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier in 2013. After a few years of working in environmental conservation, I decided to return to school to pursue my childhood dream of working in the veterinary field. I joined the Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital team in the spring of 2018 after graduating from Georgian College’s Veterinary Technician program, and wrote the Veterinary Technician Nation Exam that summer to gain my registered status.  

    When I’m not working, I love to spend time outdoors. I volunteer for a dog rescue organization called Save Me Dog Rescue, and have fostered numerous dogs over the past few years. My partner and I share our home with our furry family members Darwin (a 7 year old Holland lop rabbit), Tuck (a rescue spaniel) and Peluche (a rescue cocker spaniel cross).

  • Maddy
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    I graduated from Ridgetown College in 2018, and that summer I gained my registered status by passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam. I previously worked at Chicopee Hills during the summer of 2017 as an Assistant to the RVT and I returned to work as an RVT.

    At home I have two dogs, Alexa (Lab X) and Charley (Westie). I also have two horses, Diamond and Sun, Beanie (DSH), Bili (Dutch rabbit) and Penelope (Hedgehog). I grew up always at my grandmother’s farm, so I’ve been around a wide variety of animals. I always knew when I was younger I would want a career in the veterinary field. When I’m not at work I like to take my Lab for a run or a long hike or spend time at my cottage with family and friends. 

  • Anne
    Receptionist and Office Manager

    Hi, I’m Anne and I have been receptionist/office manager at Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital since its opening in 1997.

    I have worked in the veterinary field all my adult life. I especially enjoy interacting with our clients and their beloved pets, sharing in the amazing human/animal bond between them.

    My own dogs are whippets (look like small greyhounds) and I am enthusiastic about participating in various sports with them. I am, or have been, involved in flyball, agility, obedience and conformation showing. My favourite is a sport called Lure Coursing which tests the speed, endurance and agility of sighthound type dogs. I travel all over Ontario and the United States to race my whippets in these meets.

    Since whippets have little body fat or hair, they need warm winter coats. I started sewing coats for my own dogs, then had many requests from friends. This has exploded into a mini business and I spend my winter evenings and weekends sewing coats for whippets all over North America. I also sew all the dog bandanas on display at our reception desk, as well as other items of dog apparel.

    I look forward to seeing you and hearing about the passion you have for your pets.

  • Brenda

    I currently live with my husband John in Waterloo but have lived in the Cambridge
    area for most of my life. I previously owned a small hobby farm in Branchton
    and have enjoyed many different pets including a pot-bellied pig named Teddy.

    My passion is horses. I have ridden and shown them successfully for 50 years. As
    well as being a competitor, I am also a carded judge and travel most of Ontario from Sarnia to Sault Saint Marie to judge shows. I currently own and show my quarterhorse gelding, Sheik’s What’s Hot who came from Tennessee and never disappoints in the show ring.

    I have two grown daughters, Tracy and Becky, who have inherited my love for horses. They have also been involved in competing and have been since they were two years old. We have gathered so many wonderful memories over the years travelling and competing together. They have also given me three special grandsons, Liam, Cooper, and Ciaran and one grandaughter, Kailey who keep me entertained constantly.

    John and I share our home with and love our crazy Jack Russell Terrier Floyd Beanz.

  • Maggie

    Right from toddlerhood I had a strong affinity for animals of all shapes and sizes and have always wanted to work with animals. Needless to say, I was thrilled to start as a part-time kennel attendant and Saturday receptionist at Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital in November 1998. I soon became a full time receptionist. The amazing staff at Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital have become a family to me and I love working with people that share my admiration of the human-animal bond, are passionate about the health and wellbeing of all animals and witnessing the kindness and dedication of our wonderful clients toward their fur babies.

    I live in Kitchener with my family both furry and human. I’ve always been owned by huskies and cats but have also had birds, parrots, rabbits, turtles and fish in my life.

    When my brood isn’t keeping me busy, I enjoy attending sporting events, playing softball, biking, portaging/canoeing, camping, skiing, skating or just playing in the snow. Basically any outdoor activity is a go. My family leads an active lifestyle so our dogs are always high-energy and ready for an adventure!

  • Nicole

    I joined the Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital team in spring of 2018 after working in local animal shelters and other veterinary clinics. The experience I have gained thus far has only increased my love of all animals and passion for helping clients with their pets. 

    I have a keen interest in canine behaviour modification using positive reinforcement methods. I am also interested in wildlife rehabilitation and hope to eventually take the exam to become a licensed rehabilitator. 

    When I am not at work, I can be found hanging out with my three Eastern Box Turtles; Turt and the Turtlets.

  • Linda
    Assistant to RVT

    I grew up in Northern Ontario, where I learned to love the wilderness and all it has to offer. This is where my love for animals began.
    I graduated from the Animal Care Program at Sheridan College in 1989. Since then my career has allowed me to work in a variety of environments where I’ve had the privilege to work with species of all kinds. I’ve worked in both small and large animal clinics, and clinics that dealt with exotics and wildlife. I was on the Board of Directors as Fundraising Chair for over ten years at a wildlife center up North. I was also one of the rehabilitators there and loved every minute of it.
    My past animal family has included horses, dogs, cats, turtles, rabbits and birds of all kinds. I even had a pet turkey named Fernando who loved car rides.
    My current animal family includes my whippet (Miles), 2 cats, a canary, a lovebird, 6 cockatiels and my parrot Lolly who has owned me for 30 years.

  • Jocelyn
    Assistant to RVT

    I first realized my passion for animals when I adopted and fell in love with my rescue cat, Claira. I quickly decided I wanted to spend as much time around animals as possible. I started volunteering at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society, and soon after that I applied to Ridgetown College for the Veterinary Technology program.
    I joined Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital in August of 2016 and I am loving every minute of it! I’m so grateful to be learning from such a talented and compassionate group of women, while I continue to work towards my Veterinary Technology diploma.
    When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy doing crafts, spending time outdoors, and taking part in yoga and dance classes.

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