Meet Our Staff

Dr. Robert Wright (Dr. Bob) - Dr. Wright graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc. Agriculture in 1973 and a DVM in 1978. He practiced in Northern Ontario, in a mixed practice, for nine years. Along with the day-to-day treatment of dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and horses, he treated a fox, a moose calf, and other wildlife. Injuries to his knees forced him to leave active practice and accept an extension position with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Veterinary Branch. During his years with the Ministry, he wrote policy, supervised the veterinary assistance program, and reviewed research. Eventually he became the Specialist for Horses and Alternate Livestock (deer, rabbits, ostrich, etc.).
     His extension work involved speaking to interest groups, writing and distributing fact sheets and other articles, research, and assisting the industry with trade missions to Germany, USA, and Dubai.
     In the meantime, he has continued to practice in small animal. He has always enjoyed the practice of veterinary medicine, encompassing the exam, diagnostics and treatment, and/or surgery and the challenges they present. In particular, he enjoys the relationship he develops with the individual animals and their owners. He continues to expand his interest in small animal practice.
     His other interests are horseback riding, motorcycle riding, photography, kayaking, and enjoying the outdoors. His newest pursuit is to go as green as possible. He has completed a solar energy generating project and converted the house to geothermal heating. More greening projects are in the planning stages.
     On July 1, 2014, Dr. Wright assumed the one-year role as President of the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club. During this term, there will be meetings and events that he will have to attend. Should these meetings occur during scheduled clinic hours, alternate clinic times will be made available. Should Dr. Wright be away from the clinic for an extended period, coverage by another veterinarian will be arranged.

Arlene Wright – Arlene graduated from the University of Guelph in 1972 with a B.A. Specialized Geography. She worked as a draftsperson/cartographer for a landscape architect firm until 1977. After the birth of their first son, Glyn in 1978, she and Dr. Wright moved to Kapuskasing. In Kapuskasing, their daughter Brienne was born in 1980 and their second son Keegan followed in 1983. Arlene was a stay at home mom during the developing years of her children. During those years, she assisted Dr. Wright in the evenings and weekends when extra hands were needed for emergencies. In 1993, her interest in veterinary medicine grew as she assisted Dr. Wright in establishing the current veterinary practice. Over the years she has expanded her knowledge of veterinary medicine by attending conferences and courses. She enjoys meeting the clients and patients. Managing the clinic has allowed Arlene to develop skills in business administration, computers, and staff and client relations. Her writing skills have been put to good use as editor of the clinic newsletter. Her other interests are her children, history, genealogy, photography, kayaking, canoeing, camping, and hiking.

June Jones - June rejoined our team at the end of May 2009. June had worked part-time for this clinic when we first opened our doors but left to find full-time work. She has worked in a legal office and for a truck transport business. June is the mother of four fabulous children (all grown up) and married to her best friend Dave ("not so grown up yet"). They now share the house with Cash, their dog. June is a quick learner and really enjoys all aspects of working in the clinic. She says, "I am learning every day." Her friendly manner and quick smile are a delight to the staff and clients.

Ruth Cudmore - Ruth joined the clinic team, on a part-time basis, in November 2011. She is also self-employed working part-time providing administrative support to a group of bovine veterinarians. She feels very fortunate to have a job here at the clinic where she can combine her love of animals, in particular cats, with her administrative training. Ruth's "techie" skills are put to good use in looking after the clinic's website and Facebook page.

Michelle Ubels - Michelle joined the team in June 2012. She previously worked as a Personal Support Worker with the Canadian Red Cross. The skills Michelle developed working in the health care field are great asset to the clinic. She has quickly picked up on the routines of the clinic and enjoys her new four-legged patients!

Randi Smith - Randi has been part of the team since October 2014 as our ultrasound technician.  She has almost 40 years' experience as human ultrasound technician.  Her cheerful demeanor makes Randi a joy to work with and her ultrasound expertise is a strong asset to the clinic. 

Justine Melch - Justine joined the team in July 2015. She is a recent graduate from the Registered Nursing Program at Conestoga College. Her nursing training makes her a great asset to our team and she has already proven to be a fast and enthusiastic learner. 

Betty McMahon - Betty comes to us from Groves Memorial Hospital after twenty-one years as a laboratory technician and twelve years as laboratory manager. She recently retired but is not quite ready for full retirement just yet! Betty will be part-time doing regular duties in the clinic, as well as assisting with administrative duties. 

Jennifer Major - Some will recognize Jenn when she worked at our clinic prior to 2012. In 2017, we welcomed Jenn back. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician whose knowledge, experience, and friendly nature are a great asset to our busy clinic.

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