Meet Algonquin Animal Hospital’s Comforting Team
At Algonquin Animal Hospital, our staff members treat all of our pet patients like members of the family, taking the time to remember their names, likes, and dislikes. If you and your pet are a new addition to our extended family in Ottawa, we encourage you to take a few moments and familiarize yourself with the members of our comforting team. We look forward to welcoming you and your furry friends into our fold – please contact us today to schedule your pet’s next appointment at our friendly animal hospital!
Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. McIntosh graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 and began practice with Prince of Wales Animal Hospital and Algonquin 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.
Born in Ottawa, Dr. McIntosh 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 Ontario Veterinary College, also working at several practices throughout York Region and the Kingston area as a veterinary student.
He has an interest in internal and emergency medicine and is always willing to learn from his coworkers’ experiences and skills. He also 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 is currently interested in seeing what applications the infrared camera can have for small animals.
After the sad and unexpected passing of Dr. Barrie Stewart in 2014, Dr. McIntosh was pleased to buy the practices in 2015. He looks forward to continuing to provide and expand the decades of compassionate care and pet education combined with his and his fellow colleagues’ high standards of veterinary medicine.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. McIntosh loves spending time with his wife Elena, his daughter Alyssa, and being taken for walks by his brother-and-sister Great Dane team, Athena and Apollo. He also plays hockey recreationally, as well as inner-tube water polo.
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 three years before joining the Algonquin Animal Hospital in 1991.
Born and raised on a sixth-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 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, weightlifting 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, four 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. Jennifer Smallwood
Dr. Dainius (Dennis) Verbickas
Dr. Eric Alder
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, and then more shopping!
Rachelle joined the Algonquin Animal Hospital team in May 2001 as a part-time receptionist during which time she completed her two-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 three 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 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. However, 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 three cats, Gordon, Dimitri, and Johnny Cash, and two 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 six four-legged kids (actually one of them is a three-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.
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.