Dr. McIntosh graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 and began practice with Algonquin Animal Hospital and Prince of Wales Animal Hospital in May 2010. He also graduated with his B.Sc. (Honours) in biology from Queen's University in Kingston and is no stranger to Eastern Ontario.
Dr. McIntosh was born in Ottawa and moved at an early age to a midsized town north of Toronto, where both of his parents and older sister will swear he had veterinary aspirations since childhood. He worked as an assistant in veterinary clinics throughout high school before attending Queen's and then Veterinary College, also working at several practices throughout York Region and the Kingston area as a veterinary student.
He has extensive experience in advanced imaging techniques including infrared cameras, and has presented research on using thermal cameras to detect diseases in pigs at the Centralia Swine Research Update. He also has an interest in internal and emergency medicine and is always willing to learn from his co-workers’ experiences and skills. He is currently interested in seeing what applications the infrared camera can have for small animals.
Dr. McIntosh adopted a special-needs black lab puppy named Pandora in the summer of 2012, and has immensely enjoyed watching her grow up! Outside of the clinic, he prefers to stay active, playing no less than two sports a week. He has played flag football, baseball, inner tube water polo, ultimate Frisbee and an entire host of other sports. Having picked up hockey in vet school, he also currently plays pickup in a co-ed league, and is always on the lookout for a team willing to accept an enthusiastic beginner player.
See more on CBC News Ottawa about Dr. McIntosh and his advice for protecting your dog from HEARTWORM AND LYME DISEASE.
Dr. Walker graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph in 1989. She practiced mixed animal medicine at Valley Veterinary Clinic in Carleton Place for 3 years before joining the Algonquin Animal Hospital in 1991.
Born and raised on a 6th generation dairy and poultry farm near Brantford, Ontario, she obtained a degree in animal science from the University of Guelph in 1985 and then started her veterinary degree. Diane's great-grandfather was a veterinarian, having a clinic on the family farm at the turn of the century. She has inherited many of his early instruments – but doesn't use them!
Diane is the senior associate of the Algonquin Animal Hospital and Prince of Wales Animal Hospital and is the mentor for newly graduated veterinarians. She is a people-oriented veterinarian who has developed a very strong bond with her clients. She has a very strong interest in furthering her skills and has taken further courses in behaviour, obedience training, surgery, and most recently, endoscopy.
Diane has many varied interests. She is active in helping the Ottawa Humane Society and Carleton Place shelter, runs the half marathon, and helps raise money for cancer research and the Children's Make a Wish Foundation in memory of her brother Mark Terhune. Diane also keeps busy with yoga, Pilates, weight lifting and cycling, and when she is resting from these strenuous activities, she likes to knit. She also finds time to accompany her husband Steve, who is a medical doctor with a love of motorcycle racing, to the races, where she helps as a member of the pit crew and shines his trophies.
Diane and Steve enjoy life just outside Carleton Place with Stanley the St. Bernard, Lily the three-legged Sheltie, Dixie the little terrier with a paralyzed leg Diane rescued, 4 shelters cats with various problems, and a Muscovy duck named Albert who winters in the barn with the geese. Diane and Steve often add to this menagerie with foster OHS and CP pets.
Dr. Ramoutar was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and very proud to call herself a Trini. However, she has spent most of her life in Ottawa. Having graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009, she practiced in Ottawa’s west end before joining the Algonquin Animal Hospital and Prince of Wales Animal Hospital in 2011. Prior to veterinary college, she completed her B.Sc. in biology from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Ramoutar loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has particular interests in surgery, the human-animal bond and behavior.
She tries to continue to volunteer her time with the Ottawa Humane Society as well as participate in the yearly CN Cycle for CHEO. Dr. Ramoutar welcomed her first son in September 2013. He was quite eager to make his entrance, arriving 8 weeks prematurely. Together, with her partner, they share their home with Morgan, a schnoodle mix, adopted in veterinary college; Lola, a miniature dachshund with a larger-than-life personality, and two orange cats, Mango and Marley. Marley is actually an extremely rare male calico. She also has a miniature Holland Lop rabbit named Albert.
Dr. Eric Marcuzzi graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 and shortly thereafter began to practice at a small-animal clinic in Kingston, Ontario. After 3 years in Kingston, he relocated to Ottawa and joined the team at Algonquin Animal Hospital and Prince of Wales Animal Hospital in April of 2013.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Dr. Marcuzzi never had a career in the veterinary field on his mind. He completed a B.Sc. in computer science and then went on to finish a M.Sc. in the same field, both at the University of Windsor. After several years as a software engineer for both Ford and GM, he left his career to enter veterinary studies at the Ontario Veterinary College. Although fascinated by all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Marcuzzi has special interests in feline and internal medicine, dentistry and advanced imaging. Not one to shy away from the classroom, Dr. Marcuzzi is always seeking out opportunities to further his knowledge and experience.
Free time will see him avidly playing hockey, at the gym, skiing or participating in any number of sports. Having studied piano as an adult, he is excited when there is enough free time to spend practicing. The one other significant role Dr. Marcuzzi plays is maid, butler, cook, chauffeur and general servant to Persephone, his four-legged feline companion.
Tama joined the Algonquin Animal Hospital in 1984 as a high school co-op student. She became a part-time employee of the practice after her co-op placement ended, working as a kennel assistant for a short time before becoming a receptionist. She attended Algonquin College and obtained her degree in marketing.
After graduation, Tama became a full-time employee. She continued as a receptionist, eventually becoming office manager. Tama is now the practice manager, responsible for both the Algonquin Animal Hospital and the Prince of Wales Animal Hospital.
Tama is a true cat lover, making her home with two furry felines, Inky and Possum. She also has a golden retriever, Crocket, and a bearded dragon.
In her free time, Tama enjoys spending weekends at the cottage with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys decorating, but who are we kidding? Her favourite pastime is shopping, then more shopping!
Rachelle joined the Algonquin Animal Hospital team in May 2001 as a part-time receptionist during which time she completed her 2-year diploma program at Algonquin College working with people who have disabilities, both mental and physical. After graduating on the Dean's List, she decided to stay in the animal health field and started working on a full-time basis at our practice.
In 2004 and 2005, the travel bug got to Rachelle, who then took a weeklong trip to Cancun, Mexico and followed up that vacation with a three-week holiday to Greece. That trip whetted her appetite for more travel, and she is now setting her sights on more excursions to Europe.
Rachelle lives with 3 beautiful felines, Sheara the brown tabby, Onix the black beauty, and Toby the super batman. When she is not working, Rachelle enjoys reading, movies, shopping and sports of all kinds with a particular new found interest in Canadian football.
Meredith has been working at Algonquin Animal Hospital since 2001. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology course at St. Lawrence College in 2001, and started working here after graduation. At one point Meredith was our senior veterinary technician. But after having her first child in 2007, she decided she wanted to spend more time with her family, and she started working part-time as a receptionist. Therefore, she now refers to herself as a “recepnologist.”
Her second child was born in 2011, and her beautiful family now lives in the country. They also share their home with 3 cats, Gordon, Dimitri and Johnny Cash, and 2 dogs, Penelope and Slushie. Her interests include hiking, canoeing and horseback riding in the summertime, and she wishes she could hibernate in the winter. Meredith is a member of the Jane Goodall Institute and is currently sponsoring a young chimpanzee named Petit Prince in Uganda. She is also a member of Nature Canada and enjoys watching the wild birds in her backyard feeder.
Amanda is originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Her husband works for the Department of National Defense, which has taken them to live around eastern Canada in New Brunswick and Ontario. They were relocated to Ottawa in 2010.
Amanda has been working as a veterinary assistant/receptionist since 2001. She started working with us in the spring of 2012 as a part-time receptionist, while still taking the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College. Amanda graduated with honours in 2013 and achieved her registered veterinary technician status the same year. She now works both as a technician and a receptionist.
Amanda shares her home with her husband and 6 four-legged kids (actually one of them is a 3-legged dog). In her free time, Amanda likes to crochet, bake and roller-skate; she is hoping she can join a roller-derby team this year.
Cheryl began her career in the veterinary field in 2008 at a small-animal clinic east of Ottawa. She graduated with honours from the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College in 2009. Soon after, she obtained her registered veterinary technician status. She joined Algonquin Animal Hospital and Prince of Wales Animal Hospital in 2010. She is glad to talk to any owner about teeth and does our free dental consultations. She is currently working towards getting her specialty status in dentistry.
Cheryl lives with her other-half Justin, as well as her cat Shelley. Cheryl wishes we had winter year round; she’s an avid snowmobiler and tries to go ice-skating on the Rideau Canal as much as she can.
Jenn graduated with honours from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in 2007. After graduation, she briefly worked at a small-animal clinic before moving to Alberta to work in a mixed animal practice for 5 years. She liked the mix of working with large animals, especially horses.
She moved back to Ottawa, where she is originally from, in the winter of 2012 because she wanted to be closer to her family. She joined our practice as a registered veterinary technician in March 2013. She does our complimentary weight loss consultations for pets. Jenn is the proud owner of a border collie mix named Blaze.
Vanessa graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Algonquin College in 2011, and joined our team in September 2012. Vanessa was born and raised in Ottawa and has no plans to move anywhere else!
Vanessa loves to go camping in the summer with her family and friends; she has visited numerous parks around Ontario. One of her hidden talents is drawing; she actually has a background in the arts, having taken some courses at Algonquin College. Vanessa adopted her cat, Kira, from the Ottawa Humane Society in January 2013.
Dexter was originally a patient of ours. He came in because he had a foreign body in his intestine and became part of our team after a successful surgery. He has been part of the Algonquin Animal Hospital since January 2011. When you come into the clinic, you can find “Dexie” taking a sunbath in the middle of the waiting room or looking for a hand to pet him on the reception counter.
He is a very sweet, friendly cat; however, he doesn’t like to be brushed! He also loves to play with pens and sleep in cardboard boxes. Dexter is enjoying the new addition of his brother Sid; he finally has someone to tackle.