veterinary technician checking labrador retriever's pulse

Allison RVT


Allie came to Beechwood for her student placement at Algonquin and fortunately for us agreed to stay. She passed her RVT with flying colours having loved her classes at school. Allie has a great interest and fascination with parasites, and gets very excited when she finds something new and strange.

Born in Brockville and raised in Kanata Allie grew up with cats, and the hurt and abandoned critters she would bring home. Her passion for animals and their care grew as she got older.
Her hobbies include martial arts, horseback riding, painting, music and computers. She lives with her 2 adopted pets, Salem her cat and Wookie a Shih Tzu – Lhasa mix.



Born and raised in Orleans, Kim always had cats when she was growing up. As a child she had a doctor’s kit (stethoscope, thermometer, etc.) that she loved to play with. She liked to help people ‘feel better’, and would follow her Dad around the yard while he was working, band-aid in hand, ready to run to his aid when he inevitably hurt himself.

She was not really sure, or familiar with all her options for school, until a friend told her about the Veterinary Technician Program at Algonquin College. She arranged to attend an information night and was hooked! She applied for the program, was accepted and graduated in 2007, when she came to Beechwood Animal Hospital to work.

Kim always loved her classes, and looked forward to school. She has a deep interest in biology and loves to watch documentaries about biology, human health, bacteria etc., then keeps us all up to date at work the next day. Sometimes to our chagrin!

Kim loves to cook, bake, (which we all love her for), bicycle, hike and enjoys nature. She even loves winter!

Kim lives with 2 VERY cute cats she adopted, named Little Foot and Flea,  and has a dog, Max, who lives with her parents. In this picture she is holding her cats.




registered veterinary technician holding cat

Deanna RVT


Deanna was born and raised in Kenora, ON and always had animals while growing up. She was always ‘rescuing’ critters from the back-yard! Dee started working professionally with animals when she got a job thru a co-op placement with the Humane Society, which later became the SPCA Kenora Branch. She worked there for six years, usually during the summer months when she’d return home from college.

Dee attended Northern College starting out in the Veterinary Assistant Program,  then went on to do the Technician Program, and finished off with the Veterinary Technology Wildlife Rehabilitation Program. She graduated with honours in 2006 and moved to Ottawa to work at Beechwood Animal Hospital. Deanna is one of our Weight Loss Program consultants. She is certified in Class 4 Companion Animal Laser Therapy and Stem Cell Processing techniques. She is currently completing a veterinary medicine course on the Basic Principles of Rabbits and Ferrets.

Dee went to South Africa in June 2007 to participate in the ‘Vet Nurses in The Wild’ Program. There she got to experience, hands-on, the world of wildlife conservation in Southern Africa, and participated in game capture and relocation programs.

Dee is our resident menagerie miss. Her current companions include two cats, Gracie and Spooks, and two dogs Sevens and Zoey. She also has two Husky mix dogs, Simba and Snoopy, who live in Kenora with her parents.

It is never surprising to have her arrive at work with her latest rescue, usually a kitten, and she always finds them a good home.