Krystle grew up on multiple acres in Bathurst, New Brunswick, where she developed a fascination with nature and wildlife early on. She can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a pet around her childhood home. For Krystle, coupling her innate customer service skills with her lifelong love for animals makes perfect sense—she gets to help both pets and those who care for them as Main West Animal Hospital’s Practice Manager!
Christina has always been a people person, and her inclination toward pets comes naturally. What better way to pair her love of animals with her nurturing instinct, she thought, than by helping pet owners in a veterinary clinic? Christina serves as one of Main West Animal Hospital’s Client Care Advocates.
Mariah grew up in Welland and spent hours in the great outdoors, searching for turtles, frogs, snakes, and other critters by the water. She’s harbored a passion for the earth’s creatures all her life, and it simply made sense to dedicate herself to improving the lives of animals. That’s why she decided to become a veterinary professional! Mariah currently studies at Guelph University and gets to gain hands-on experience in the veterinary field here at Balfour Animal Hospital.
Lauren grew up as an only child, and the family pets were her constant companions. Even at a young age, she knew that she would love to help as many of the earth’s creatures as she possibly could. For Lauren, no other choice of career made sense! She’s a Registered Veterinary Technician with the Balfour Animal Hospital family.
One of Jay’s childhood cats had an unfortunate encounter with a car, and needed prompt veterinary care. After watching the local veterinary team tend to her beloved pet and nurse him back to full health, Jay was awestruck—she knew that she wanted to spend her future helping animals in the exact same way! Now, she gets to do just that on a daily basis as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
For as long as she can remember, Keri has had a deep-seeded passion for helping animals. As a young child, she found an injured bird on the back porch. With the help of her mom, Keri nursed that little bird back to health before releasing her back into the wild. Then there was the time she befriended a stray cat at the age of 4. These experiences shaped Keri’s desire to one day work with animals professionally.
When Jackie was in preschool, she begged her mother to let her get a puppy. Finally, at the age of nine, her mother gave in and brought home a wheaten terrier whom the family named ‘Frisbee’. Frisbee suffered from allergies and stomach issues, and Jackie remembers many trips to the vet and how fascinated she was with animal medicine. It came as no surprise that she would one day end up pursuing a career working with animals. Now, she can’t imagine doing anything else!
Riley has always been fascinated with animal behaviour – how they think and how they interact with humans – as well as with their biology – how their different systems work and how different animals develop. This interest in animals flourished a few years ago, when her family moved to a hobby farm, complete with chickens, rabbits, barn cats, and pigs. As a veterinary assistant, Riley is able to combine what she’s learned at home with what she’s learned on the job to deliver exceptional patient care.
While Kayla has always had a passion for animals, she didn’t initially set out to work in the veterinary field. In fact, she actually just happened upon it when, as an experienced breeder, she brought a litter of German shepherd puppies into Balfour to be checked. When one of the pups ran behind the desk, the receptionist jokingly asked, “Are you dropping of a resume?” This got Kayla thinking, and the next thing you know, she was applying for a job. A couple of weeks later, she was hired, and the rest is history!
Growing up in a family of five, with a house full of pets, it came as no surprise that Victoria would one day grow up to work with animals professionally. She fondly recalls the countless barn kittens she helped raise, and the pair of baby squirrels she and her mom nursed back to health and returned to the wild. It was an upbringing perfectly suited for a career in the veterinary field!
Julia is a local, small-town girl who grew up right around the corner from Balfour Animal Hospital. As a child, she always had a special connection with animals and as she got older, she also developed a love of helping people. As one of our amazing receptionists, Julia is thrilled to be able to combine two of her biggest passions: customer service and animals! Being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves is a true honor.