Jamie was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario and was introduced to vet medicine by an older brother. During his high school and university days he worked on many different types of farms but soon started to realize he liked cows……a lot. Jamie joined Eldale after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993 and eventually purchased a share in the practice from the retiring Dr. Ted Clarke in 1999. Also that year, Jamie went back to OVC part-time to complete a MSc in Epidemiology and to get specialized training in Dairy Health Management. His research focused on Neospora abortions in Ontario dairy herds. Jamie spends most of his time doing Dairy Herd Health and has recently delved into Embryo Transfer work. Jamie lives in Ariss with his extremely understanding and patient wife, Tracy. They have three very busy girls, Sydney, Lindsay and Samantha; a pair of rambunctious chocolate labs; one curious cat and one scaredy cat. In his spare time Jamie enjoys sports, especially rugby, making ice rinks, spending time at the family cottage and his weekly firing (and re-hiring) of Lisa!
Nick grew up in Argentina where both his parents practiced veterinary medicine. His father was out on the road tending to large animal calls while his mother ran a small animal clinic located across from their home. He has fond memories of attending to calvings and prolapses with his dad on the weekends or watching his mom do surgeries in the clinic. His family moved to Canada in 1991, after a few years in Quebec, they settled in Guelph, Ontario, where Nick attended high school and eventually graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2000. He started fresh out of school at Eldale Veterinary Clinic and bought into the clinic in 2006 when his mentor and founder of the clinic, Dr. Murrel Bauman retired his partnership share. Nick spends most of his time doing dairy herd health and medicine but also really enjoys equine medicine and reproductive work. Nick is married and has two beautiful daughters who keep him very busy. In his spare time, he enjoys supporting his wife, Colette, who coaches women’s rugby at the University of Guelph and failing miserably at mastering the sport of golf.
John grew up on a small family dairy farm in Stayner Ontario, he always wanted to work within the dairy industry so he chose a career as a large animal veterinarian. He graduated in 1997 from the Ontario Veterinary College, and started his career as a large animal veterinarian in Belleville, Ontario. John completed the Dairy Health Certificate Program at the University of Guelph in 2005, a program offered to Dairy Veterinary Consultants. In 2007, with twins on the way John’s Family decided to move closer to their families and chose Elmira because of its vibrant dairy area, the Eldale Veterinary Clinic was an ideal fit. John became a partner at the Eldale Veterinary Clinic in 2010. John, his wife Jodi and three kids, Nathan, Kyle and Macey live in Inverhaugh with their recently adopted dog Brady and cranky cat Sunny. In his spare time, John enjoys hanging out with his family, camping and gardening.
Kyle graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in April of 2011. During his time in veterinary school, Kyle focused on large animals, doing placements in Minnesota, Eastern Ontario and a summer externship at Eldale Veterinary Clinic. Before attending OVC, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Queen's University in Kingston. Growing up in Aurora, he always enjoyed spending time at his friends' farms and was fascinated by the large animals. He has spent time working in the thoroughbred industry in addition to working with pleasure horses. His areas of interest include dentistry, metabolic diseases and foal care. Although he doesn't currently own any horses he is keen to jump back into the saddle in the near future. Dr. Steeves is excited to work with the diverse array of horses and other livestock that are in the Waterloo and Wellington areas and welcomes your calls to discuss the care of your animals.
Bret started at the University of Guelph in 2004, where he completed his BScH in Biological Science. He then furthered his studies, at the same institution, completing his MSc in Reproductive Biology. From here, Bret was accepted into the DVM program at the Ontario Veterinary College where he selected the Food Animal stream. Originally from Stratford Ontario, Bret remembers spending his summers riding around the back roads of Waterloo and Perth Counties with his father, a longtime Dairy Farmers of Ontario field services representative. When not busy at school, Bret enjoyed holding summer jobs primarily in the agriculture and construction sectors to help cover the rising costs of tuition! Recently, in July and August of 2012, he travelled to New Zealand to complete an externship that coincided with the calving season, unique to NZ’s pasture based dairy production system. In the summer of 2013, Bret attended the Summer Dairy Institute at the University of Cornell, an advanced training program for prospective dairy veterinarians. In his spare time, Bret can be found on the ball diamond, golf course or at the rink.
Sebastian grew up in Brampton and has worked on farm operations in various parts of North America. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary college in the spring of 2018 and joined the Eldale staff in July. Sebastian has a keen interest in mixed animal practice and has gained much experience in the equine field, especially dentistry and lameness evaluation. In his off-time, Sebastian likes being outdoors camping, hiking or fishing and is well qualified in Karate. Sebastian is currently practicing as a mixed animal veterinarian by splitting his time between doing appointments and surgery in the small animal clinic and farm calls in the large animal portion of the clinic. Sebastian is excited to work in such a busy area and looks forward to meeting new patients both large and small.
Cristin was born and raised in Saskatchewan in a farming family. Her parents worked and ran a cash crop farm with much of her extended family running other food animal producing farms throughout SK and Alberta. By the age of 6, Cristin had her first horse and has continued to ride and train horses. Cristin enjoyed agriculture and always wanted to be a large animal veterinarian from an early age. Cristin attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI on a rowing scholarship where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Public Health. She returned to Canada in 2006 where she rowed as a member of the Canadian National Women’s rowing team for 4 years representing Canada in multiple international events including the 2007 Pan American Games. In 2011, Cristin moved to Guelph, ON where she completed a PhD at the Ontario Veterinary College on injury biomechanics in equine lameness and joint disease in racehorses. She went on to work for a forensic engineering firm as an injury biomechanics consultant until 2016 when she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. She became increasingly interested in the dairy industry after meeting her husband who was raised on a dairy farm in Perth county which her in-laws still run. Her areas of interest include equine and bovine lameness and reproduction with a specific interest in heavy horse medicine. Cristin lives in Guelph with her husband, Steven and their son, Arthur. They have a cash crop farm out near Mitchell, ON that her husband and in-laws run. In her spare time, Cristin enjoys being active with her family, helping with field work at the farm and hopes to soon find herself driving a team of heavy horses.
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