Large Animal Veterinarians

Dr. Jamie Hobson

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!  

Dr. Nick Gallo

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.  

Dr. John VanOstaaijen

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.   

Dr. Kyle Steeves

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. 

Dr. Bret McLeod

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.   

Dr. John Tokarz

John grew up near Peterborough on a cow-calf operation and realized early in life that he enjoyed working with food producing animals. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Animal Science in 1989, he went on to graduate with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 from the Ontario Veterinary College. John's early career was spent in the Ottawa area, and after a move to Fergus in 2002, he has been practicing in and around the Elmira area at a neighbouring practice. His veterinary interests are centered primarily on the reproduction aspect of food animal production, as was as disease treatment and prevention. John's primary focus is on dairy cattle but he also as a keen interest in sheep and goats (dairy and meat). John looks forward to having the opportunity to work with producers to improve their operations. His hobbies include hunting, fly-fishing, fishing, camping, his kids' sports, and a solar project. John has a wonderful wife, Catherine and they have three active, athletic boys who keep them on the go with hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and rugby.  

Dr. Sebastian Ruszkowski