Our Veterinarians

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Dr. Jen Madden, DVM

Dr. Jen knew from a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 was a dream come true and she has worked in small animal practice ever since. She is excited to now be the co-owner of Kitchener South Animal Hospital and to be able to practice high quality veterinary medicine with integrity and compassion.

Dr. Jen shares her home with a senior kitty named Zoe, her husband, and their 2 young sons. They own a hobby farm in Puslinch where she enjoys watching her flock of chickens free ranging in the grass and sun. She has particular interests in surgery and internal medicine, and has a soft spot for the older kitties. 

Dr. Jen looks forward to providing the best medicine she can to your beloved pets, so that you may have as many years as possible together.

Dr. Chris Haves, DVM

Dr Chris Haves learned to love working with animals at an early age as he grew up on a dairy farm outside of London. They had Ayrshire cattle and an awesome Border Collie named Kerry who herded the cattle up to the barn for milking each day. He taught her many tricks but couldn’t get her to stop wagging her tail when she played dead!

 

He went to university in Guelph, earning a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Molecular Biology and Genetics before entering the Ontario Veterinary College. After graduation in 2000, he worked in mixed animal practice for 6 years before focusing on cats and dogs exclusively.

 

He and his wife have 3 sons who are active in local sports. When he is not at work he is probably at an arena or coaching his son’s baseball! Dr. Chris has lots of pets of his own including 2 cats named Parker and Fisher, a Westie named Nash, a border collie mix named Jet, and his rescue dog Molly. 

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Our Technicians

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Julie, Veterinary Technician 

Julie has been a veterinary technician since 1993. Julie’s passions include dentistry, senior cat care and, of course, meeting all of the new puppies and kittens that come through the door! 

 

Julie is married with two daughters. They have a very loved feline friend named Foster (Dr. Jen actually found him!) and a Bernedoodle puppy named Oakley.

 In her spare time, Julie can be found driving her daughters to volleyball, soccer, and to the ski hill.   

Julie also owns the Cat’s Meow pet sitting, which she started in 1994. She provides visits to homes for cat care while their owners are away, including many of our patients.

Natalie, RVT 

Natalie is a registered veterinary technician that graduated from the vet tech program at Sheridan College in April of 2019. She joined the team at Kitchener South shortly after, and passed her licensing exam to become an RVT in July 2019. Having loved animals all her life, pursuing a career as an RVT was the perfect choice for her!

 

Natalie has 2 furbabies of her own - a Shetland sheepdog named Ziggy and a cat named Eve that she adopted from the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society when she was 17.

 

When she's not at work, some non-animal related hobbies Natalie enjoys include going to concerts, archery, and curling up with a good book. Natalie hopes to one day live on a farm so she can have as many animals as her heart desires!

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Leslie, Veterinary Technician

Leslie has always known from a young age that her love of animals was her calling. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at the University of Guelph's Ridgetown campus in 2005. Leslie initially worked at a 24 hour vet practice while in high school and college, and then moved to a smaller practice. She stayed there for 14 years before joining our team in September 2021. 

Leslie is married with 3 children and has 2 dogs - Vinny the wiener dog, and Harlow the Doberman. All of them keep her busy and keep her on her toes!

In her spare time, Leslie loves to go to her kid's sporting events, watch movies, and go on hikes. When she's not taxiing her kids to and from their hobbies, she can often be seen nose deep in a book.

Our Customer Care Team

Kimee, Receptionist

After working in the veterinary field for many years, Kimee joined Kitchener South Animal Hospital when it first opened it's doors in April 2019 as part of our Customer Service Representative team. She grew up with a love for animals as her father was a veterinarian, so client pets became her extended family.

Dog behaviour and training have always been a keen interest. She currently shares three wonderful Springer Spaniels with her father - Hemi (mama's girl), Briar (the big guy) and Phoenyx (the wild child). They are all field trial dogs - a form of competition involving hunting and retrieving - although Hemi is now retired. Kimee and her father are members of the Central Ontario Spaniel Club and the South Western Ontario Spaniel Club.

In her off time, Kimee enjoys working with her dogs, is an active movie/tv show enthusiast, an avid reader, and loves to write fiction. 

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Amy, Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Amy has always loved learning about all kinds of animals, big and small! She has a keen interest in diagnostic testing especially. She completed her bachelor's degree in Biology and Zoology in 2019 and is currently studying Medical Laboratory Science at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Amy joined our team in October 2020, and is working part-time with us while she completes her studies.

In her free time, Amy loves outdoor activities like hiking, back country camping, and swimming. She is very excited to meet you and your pets!

Tara, Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Tara graduated from the Animal Care Program at Durham College in April 2019, and has worked as a vet assistant and receptionist ever since. Growing up she always had a passion for the health care industry and working with animals, so veterinary medicine was the perfect fit! Tara loves animals of all shapes and sizes, but she has a particular soft spot for small breed dogs.

Tara and her boyfriend reside in Cambridge with their young son. They also have a very spoiled chihuahua named Timbit.

When Tara is not at work (or chasing her toddler around!), she enjoys watching movies, crocheting, and being outside.

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Minnie, Clinic Supervisor

Minnie has the very important role of being the clinic supervisor at Kitchener South Animal Hospital. She makes sure that the entire team is doing their jobs efficiently and she keeps the clinic in tip-top shape.

You may see Minnie supervising on our front reception counter, or keeping track of stock in our pharmacy. As she works very long hours, sometimes she even naps on the job!

Minnie's hobbies include begging Dr. Jen for attention, warming laps on cold days, and sampling temptations treats. She also enjoys chasing her own tail and complaining about not having enough food in her dish.