Kingston West Veterinary Hospital

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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Lyndsay Clarke DVM

Dr. Lyndsay Clarke was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. She moved to Ontario to complete secondary school in 2004 and has since completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology in 2011 at the University of Guelph and most recently her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from the Ontario Veterinary College.

Dr. Lyndsay has special interests in veterinary surgery, dentistry, and diagnostic imaging. She has spent many summers working in private practice in Canada and the Bahamas. Outreach and community involvement is important to Dr. Lyndsay; she has volunteered with various spay and neuter programs throughout the Islands and assisted in Veterinary Outreach Programs within the GTA to help underprivileged individuals with animal care.

Her hobbies include anything involving sports! She loves to play sports and is an avid follower of her favourite professional teams. She loves spending downtime with a good book and her “furrkids”. Dr. Lyndsay has recently married her husband Curtis and the two have moved to Kingston with their cats Abbey and Birk (rescue pup soon to come). She is looking forward to practicing veterinary medicine with the Upper Canada Group in her “new home” of Kingston!

Dr. Julie Reed DVM

Dr. Julie Reed grew up on a hobby farm outside of Peterborough where her love of animals began at an early age (thanks to the assorted cats, dogs and horses that were always around!). She completed an undergraduate degree at McMaster University before pursuing veterinary medicine at the University of Guelph where she graduated in 2018. She started working for Upper Canada Veterinary Group Inc. shortly after graduation and has loved her time here in Kingston, especially exploring the water and various hiking trails. She particularly enjoys the relationships she has the privilege to form with clients and getting to support her patients throughout their lives, from puppy/kitten visits onwards. When she is not at work, you can probably find her reading a good book, baking or hanging out with her menagerie (which currently includes a cantankerous cat named Izzy, a retired service dog named Gillian and 3 horses).

Dr. Lisa Vander Wilp DVM

Dr Lisa Vander Wilp grew up on pig farm in Carlisle, Ontario where she helped with barn chores and tamed with barn cats. She had the opportunity to work as an assistant in a veterinary clinic through high school where she was mentored and encourage to train as a veterinarian. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002, she and her husband moved to eastern Ontario where she had the opportunity to work in a rural mixed animal practice. With the arrival of their first child, they moved to Kingston where Lisa has enjoyed continuing to practice veterinary medicine and feels privileged to provide care to the pets and clients in her community. Kingston has been a wonderful community in which to raise a family, with opportunities for all the members of our family to participate in soccer, kayaking, cycling, hiking, church and volunteering. 

Dr. Heather Melinyshyn DVM Associate

Dr. Heather Melinyshyn grew up in Seeley's Bay, Ontario and has since moved to Kingston. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology in 2016 at the University of Guelph. She went on to complete the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 2020.


Dr Heather's special veterinary interests include diagnostic imaging, geriatric health and preventative medicine. She has spent many summers working alongside local veterinarians at various Kingston and Gananoque clinics, and the Kingston Humane Society. Heather's veterinary background also involves large animal medicine and surgery, with experiences on sheep and dairy cattle farms, as well as at the OVC large animal clinic.


In her spare time, Heather loves anything involving the outdoors. She is an avid hiker and runner. You can often find her spending time with her horse, at a friend's farms or relaxing at home with a good book. Heather lives with her partner, Brett, and their black Labrador retriever, Reed. Heather is excited to meet all the clients and patients of the Upper Canada Veterinary Group!

Our Staff

  • Elke Conard, RVT
    Practice Manager

    I’m Elke. I’m naturally a very nurturing person, but with a lot of energy and work ethic.  I enjoy overseeing that all our patients and clients are looked after. I graduated from Lionel-Groulx College, and worked at an emergency hospital in Quebec City. I am mother of Ariane, Jerome and Catherine. I spend my leisure time reading, running or outdoors.

  • Emily Zadow

    I am a graduate of Sheridan College and have been an RVT since 2015. I live with my sister, nephew and 3 cats (Walter, Chester and Moira).  I enjoy the outdoors, knitting and sewing for my side business The Plan B Collective.  I enjoy discussing nutrition options available to help pets and owners with preventative care and specific medical conditions. 

  • Kelly Berry

    Hi, my name is Kelly. As a farm girl, I tended endlessly to animals which led me to pursue studies in the veterinary field.  I graduated from St. Lawrence in 2011 and began working for the Kingston Napanee Spay Neuter Clinic a few years later. I enjoy all aspects of being an RVT and have become proficient at surgery and nursing.  I currently share my home with my three cats.  I like hiking, photography, swimming and spending time with my family.

  • Shawna van Leeuwen

    Hi, my name is Shawna. I graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in 2019 and joined UCVGI shortly after in June 2019. I enjoy traveling with friends and family and being outdoors. I love being an RVT and getting to see all the amazing animals that come in every day.

  • Morgan Latimer

    Hey, I’m Morgan. I recently graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in 2019. I enjoy traveling and the outdoors, and in my spare time crafting with wood. I am passionate about animal care and providing extra love and comfort to my patients. 

  • Jessica Radford

    My name is Jessica. I live with my husband Jake and our 5 animals (2 dogs Lexie and Odin, 3 cats Chloe, Mr. Bubby and Mookie). I graduated from St-Lawrence College in 2014 and I started with Upper Canada Veterinary Group Inc. immediately afterwards. My favorite part about working in clinic is doing anesthesia/surgery and patient care. I’m currently spending some time at Queen’s University to work towards gaining more letters after my name (RLAT). Look forward to seeing you around!

  • Stephanie Wight

    Hi! I'm Stephanie I grew up in the small town of Athens before moving to Kingston after high school. I graduated from the Veterinary Technologist program at St. Lawrence College in 2019. I live with my husband Ryan, our rescued dog Nora and we are expecting our first child later this year! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading and playing video games. 

  • Isobel


Kingston West Veterinary Hospital 

2165 Bath Rd Kingston, ON

Kingston Napanee Spay Neuter Clinic

2165 Bath Rd Kingston, ON

Lennox and Addington Animal Hospital

11 Commercial Court, Napanee, ON

Limestone City Animal Hospital
70 Cataraqui St, Kingston, ON

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