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Veterinarians

Dr. Aimée Filion
Dr. Aimee Filion
Dr. Aimée Filion joined the HVS team in June 2012 after graduating from OVC at the University of Guelph. She has since made HVS her home, and in 2018 purchased the clinic from Dr. Laurie Brown. Dr. Filion is a mixed animal practitioner and can be seen in the clinic, as well as out on the road at farms tending to livestock and other pets. She lives with her 2 cats, Nefertiri and Sianna, her turtle, Michaelangelo, and about 30 fresh-water tropical fish. In her spare time she likes to read, horseback ride, hike, cycle and practice yoga.
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Dr. Nikolai Simkulak
Dr. Nikolai Simkulak
Dr. Nikolai Simkulak is a WCVM '95 graduate who joined the HVS team in 2007. She is a small animal practitioner and also is our resident pocket pet veterinarian. Dr. Simkulak is an avid cyclist, guitarist and traveller. She lives at home with her cats, rats and tropical fish.
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Dr. Laurie Brown
Dr. Laurie Brown
Dr. Laurie Brown started the HVS team in 1984 after graduating from OVC in '82. She has since grown the practice to what it is today! Dr. Laurie Brown is a mixed animal practitioner and although she is now seeing fewer appointments, she is still an active member of the HVS team. Dr. Brown has her own menagerie at home including a number of cattle, horses, cats and dogs. Dr. Brown loves spending time in her historic lake house when she is not tending to patients.
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Dr. Joan Grant
Dr. Joan Grant
Dr. Joan Grant started at the HVS clinic in 1990. She originally was a mixed animal practitioner, but after a brief 7 month retirement, she returned to the clinic in 2017 and has decided to practice small animal medicine only. Dr. Grant is an avid bird-watcher, an active member of her UCW (United Church Women), on the Outreach Committee of Highland Hills United Church and is an alumnus of Water Ambassadors of Canada. Joan loves vegetarian cuisine, singing, hiking, and being a community volunteer (Hyland Crest Nursing Home and Children's Water Festival). Along with her beloved Winnie, a tough little border collie X, Dr. Grant can be found tramping around her family farm for at least 3 hours most days, in all kinds of weather!
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Dr. Orna Feehan
Dr. Orna Feehan
Dr. Orna Feehan just joined the HVS team in 2019 after graduating from University College Dublin in Ireland. Fresh from rural north-west Ireland, Dr. Feehan is a mixed animal practitioner who delights in treating all animals big and small. Having left her three ponies and two cats in Ireland, she looks forward to getting to know all her patients. Dr. Feehan is an avid fan of the Irish rugby team and in her spare time if she is not following the international rugby circuit, she can be found horse riding, hiking or reading.

Support staff

Debbie, AHT
Debbie, AHT
Debbie was one of the first employees of HVS, and started with Dr. Brown in September 1986 as a co-op student! She is now our main large animal technician and can be found helping with anything and everything at the clinic. Debbie and her daughters are horse enthusiasts, and spend as much time with their quarter horses Pepper, Brandi and Bailey as they can. Debbie also has 2 cats named Lu and Casey, and a border collie named Parker, who is one of the sweetest and best trained dogs!
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Kellie, RVT
Kellie, RVT
Kellie came to HVS as a seasoned RVT in 2016. She has become an asset to our team and can be found in the treatment and exam rooms assisting with surgeries and medical appointments. Kellie is a hobby farm enthusiast, and loves all things relating to growing and preserving home grown food. Kellie has 2 dogs named Falcon and Willow. Falcon is a sweet old man and loves to cuddle by the fire whereas, Willow is a very energetic small lab who can be found bouncing through the clinic when she is in visiting the team.
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Madison, RVT
Madison, RVT
Madison is our newest RVT who graduated in 2018 from Northern College. Madison has been with HVS for many years though first as a high school co-op student, then as a summer employee. Madison loves good food, working out, playing fetch with her dog Prim and cuddling her cat Smudge. Smudge was dropped off at the clinic as a stray cat who found his forever home with Madison. We are very excited to have Madison on the team!
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Evonne, AHT
Evonne, AHT
Evonne is an AHT who started at the clinic in 2012. She has 2 beautiful children who take up the majority of her time between hockey and figure skating. She has 2 dogs who each land at one end of the size scale, Twister who is a chihuahua mix, and Thor who is a great dane, mastiff cross. Evonne can also be found all over the clinic, assisting in all aspects.
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Valerie, VA
Val, VA
Val is a veterinarian assistant who started at HVS in 2006. She has a german shepherd and a rottweiler named Piper and Frankie respectively, as well as 2 cats. In her spare time she can be found outdoors with her family, enjoying good food and exercising. Val can be found at the front desk or in the back assisting with clients and their furry friends.
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Lynn, Administrative Assistant
Lynn, Administrative Assistant
Lynn is a front staff administrative assistant who has been part of the team for the past 8 years. She has 2 cats named Neyma and Nick. Lynn enjoys shopping, good wine and delving into a good book. She is one of the first faces that you see when you enter the clinic and loves to help people.
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Michelle, Administrative Assistant
Michelle, Administrative Assistant
Michelle came to us from a human medical facility in the summer of 2018. Michelle is well known around the community for her contributions as a photographer at the horse pulling competitions. She spends most of her spare time working on her photography or relaxing with family and friends. Michelle loves a good laugh and can always be found with a smile on her face.
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Heather, Administrative Assistant
Heather, Administrative Assistant
Heather came to us in 2013. She is one of the first faces that you see when you enter the door and always makes sure you are cared for. Heather has a rottweiller named Khali and participates in many community events including the Minden softball team.
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Katie, Administrative Assistant
Katie, Administrative Assistant
Katie has been working for the HVS clinic for a few years. She began as kennel help and has since moved up as a part-time front staff administrative assistant. She has a horse named Bailey, and is currently going to college to become a hair-stylist.

Clinic cats

Princess
Princess
Princess, deceased May 2019, was a 21 year old, completely deaf, diabetic cat, who also had early stages of kidney disease. She was the cat who resided all day with the front staff, and if she had the chance would lay on all of your paperwork and would try to steal your food. She is dearly missed by everyone at the clinic.
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Sully and Ray - aka "the kittens"
Sully And Ray
Sully and Ray are brothers who came to us in the summer of 2018 as 8 week old kittens. They both have developmental disabilities due to an in utero infection that their mother contracted. Sully has cerebellar hypoplasia - a condition where his brain did not develop properly and he now has balance issues and intention tremors. Ray has incredibly poor vision as only 1 eye developed. This eye is only partly visual. They love to play and get into mischief.



PO Box 990, 1014 Peninsula Road, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, K0M 1S0

Phone: (705) 457-2087     Fax: (705) 457-9532     Email: haliburtonveterinaryservices@gmail.com

After hours emergency number: 1-888-234-6801

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