Meet Our Registered Vet Techs
Tawnya is a passionate lifelong learner and animal care enthusiast. She graduated from Northern College as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), and with a certificate in Companion Animal Rehabilitation Technician (CCART), with the goal of providing the best care for her patients.
She enjoys the fast paced atmosphere of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, and sees each new day as a chance to make a difference in an animal’s life through compassionate care. And as a CCART practitioner, Tawnya’s knows all about pet recovery. She understands our furry friends’ physical barriers after they’re injured and how to care for them as they age.
When not at our animal hospital, Tawnya spends her time on her farm followed closely by Oscar, her high-spirited farm dog. If Oscar is not insisting on playing fetch as much as possible, he helps with day-to-day chores. In her downtime, Tawnya unwinds riding her horse Liza or by relaxing in the company of her feline friend Chloe.
Sherry has worked in the veterinary field for 15 years, spending 11 of those years as a technician. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) for 6 years and completed her Animal Health Technology Diploma from Thompson Rivers University in 2010.
She likes working at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital because of our fast-paced environment, her great co-workers, and the variety of cases that she is able to be involved with. Growing up with cats and dogs her whole life, she believes that she didn’t choose the veterinary field – the veterinary field chose her!
Sherry has three cats, two children, and a husband. And although she doesn’t have any right now, she loves ferrets! When not at work, you can find Sherry enjoying time with her family, watching movies and supporting the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jenna Lee Scheerle
Jenna Lee graduated in 2012 with honors from University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and attained Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) status that same year. She has been part of the Clarkson Village Team since graduating. This is a second career for Jenna Lee, as she graduated with honors from Olds College in 2004 with a diploma in Equine Science English Horsemanship and went on to work as a manager, breeder, trainer, and instructor in the equine industry in both Alberta and B.C.
Jenna’s dog Kidd is a 9 year old female Sheltie/Blue Heeler cross. Kidd is her ‘other half’ and goes everywhere with her. She has a very busy household with Kidd and her 3 cats: Harry, Mary, and Lloyd. These kitties were originally supposed to be barn cats, but after Jenna fell in love with them she decided not to release them into the barn. On top of the crew at home, Jenna has a 7 year old Dutch Warmblood mare named Robbie, who she bred and trained herself in the dressage and hunter/jumper disciplines.
She enjoys spending as much time as possible at the barn with Kidd and Robbie.
Jenna is close with her friends, boyfriend, parents, and siblings. She loves that her sister is also an RVT. She grew up in the Clarkson area and has been bringing her family pets here since she was a young girl, so it was an amazing opportunity for her to work with us at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital. Her specialty is surgical services.
Jenna enjoys how the clinic is ever-changing and she that gets to see and be part of the special animal-human bond.
“People do not pick their pet. Animals choose their human.”
Natasha attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown College on scholarship and graduated with honours in 2013. She also has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph. Soon after she graduated, she joined the Clarkson Village Animal Hospital team as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has a keen interest in emergency medicine and critical care nursing.
Natasha has worked with animals since she was 13 years old. She tried large and small, but eventually knew her heart was with the little guys! She loves nursing animals back to their healthy selves and keeping them comfy while they are away from their loving parents and familiar homes.
Natasha has 2 large dogs, Lycan, who she adopted from her college at 4 years of age, and Iciss, a 2 year old mother of 3 healthy puppies, who she adopted after meeting here in the hospital. They like to give her a run for her money (more like her time and affection! She never seems to have enough hands!), but she loves them more than anything!
You can see Natasha working the nights here at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital. Drop in and say hello! Feel free to bring your furry friend!
Helma graduated from the Veterinary Technician program of St. Clair College in Windsor in 2003 and obtained her registered veterinary technician status the same year. She also has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Windsor. Helma was born in the Netherlands but moved to the Sarnia area when she was young with her family. She now calls Brantford home.
Helma considers herself very lucky as she knew she wanted to work with animals her entire life. Having grown up on a dairy and sheep farm, she started helping her parents with taking care of the animals from a very young age. She spent several years working in the swine industry upon graduating, but a trip to South Africa with other veterinary technicians changed the course of her career. Spending time with pets and their owners in Johannesburg with an animal outreach program made her realize how much she missed working with small animals and being a part of the animal-human bond.
She enjoys working at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital we are a 24 hour emergency care environment where she has been able to expand her skills and provide continuous care for pets in need.
When not at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, Helma lives in Brantford with her two cats Poes and River. She is a member of the Brant Broderers, a needle arts guild in Brantford, and enjoys being creative through cross stitching, quilting, and many other types of crafts. Helma also plays the flute in the Brantford Community Symphony Orchestra and performs in several concerts throughout the year in the Brantford area.
“And I came to love animals because they allowed me to be me.” – Alan R Rabinowitz
Kate has wanted to work with animals since she was five years old, when she told her family about her ambitions at a dog show that her uncle was a part of. During school she narrowed her focus, realizing she wanted to work in an emergency veterinary hospital.
She graduated from Seneca College as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2012, and is excited to now be working at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital! She likes that no two days are the same here, and no matter what she’s working with a team who truly cares about animals. Kate constantly pushes herself to be the best vet tech she can be and give the best care to patients.
Her three cats and chinchilla are a source of joy. Her cats are Keira, an 11 year old cat who picked Kate when she visited the litter of kittens (and not the other way around!); Samhain, a 3 year old sensitive boy who loves to cuddle; and, Pipa Squeak, a 1 year old bottle-fed rescue who thinks Kate is just a big cat. Gambit the chinchilla loves the cats – and seems to think love is shown by pulling on tails!
When not at the hospital, Kate enjoys reading, going for hikes, watching movies, and spending time with friends, family, and fur balls. She also hopes to make a trip back to Ireland someday!
Stephanie has always loved animals, so she turned her passion into a career of nursing animals and helping people care for their beloved pets! She has 14 years’ experience as a Registered Veterinary Technician, with a focus in surgery and dentistry.
She is excited to join Clarkson Village Animal Hospital and to further her knowledge of veterinary medicine in a progressive clinic. As someone who goes above and beyond to make the experience as comfortable and easy as it can be for both people and their pets, Stephanie is thrilled to join our dedicated and professional RVT team.
Stephanie’s dog is a rescue boxer mix named Nelly Belly. Before she was adopted, Nelly suffered from a dislocated hip but after a successful surgery she’s now running as fast as any other dog! Stephanie and Nelly have recently signed up to volunteer as a therapy team supporting elderly patients in the hospital.
When she’s not at work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews. Her dream is to travel the world and volunteer as an RVT in remote locations to help animals who can’t receive regular veterinary care.