Lennox & Addington Animal Hospital

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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Mark de Wolde DVM

Dr. Mark A. de Wolde, born in Kingston, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1993 after which he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award and the Hill’s Nutrition Award. A portion of Dr. de Wolde’s education was completed at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. 


​After spending six years in Greater Napanee, Dr. de Wolde spent some time practicing in Kingston Upon Thames in Surrey, England. In 2001, he returned to Southern Ontario and established both the Bath Village and Lennox & Addington Animal Hospitals. In 2004, Dr. de Wolde created a business relationship with long-time friend, Dr. Jason Shepherd. Together they co-founded the Upper Canada Veterinary Group; an animal hospital management team. Subsequently, in 2006, the Limestone City Animal Hospital was opened in beautiful downtown Kingston, followed by Kingston West Veterinary Hospital in 2016. Dr. de Wolde has special interests in orthopaedic & laser surgery.


Dr. de Wolde is the current President of the Upper Canada Veterinary Group, President of Lenio Pharmaceuticals and recent past President of the Kingston Regional Pet Hospital Corporation.  He is a member of standing with Veterinary Study Groups.  In 2018 Dr. de Wolde was honoured at the annual OVMA convention in Toronto with the prestigious Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Award of Merit.     


Dr. de Wolde is married to his beautiful wife, Jessica; together they have two handsome little boys, Owen & Benjamin.  The house is filled with their rescued Husky X named Porter, a purebred Whippet named Ivy and a rescued miniature Poodle named Persie.  Outreach is very important to the de Wolde family. As avid contributors to World Vision, Lennox & Addington branch of the OSPCA, Kingston Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Kingston’s annual Paws for Hope Walkathon, Relay for Life, Night in Blue, Missionary Alliance and other local charities.  Dr. de Wolde has been very active in the fitness community. He enjoys many activities outside of the home, including numerous sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, and golf), movies and experiencing great local cuisine.

Dr. Jason E. Shepherd DVM

Dr. Jason Shepherd was born in Clinton Creek, Yukon and moved to the Kingston – Napanee area from the Niagara region in 2004.  H​e graduated from the University of Guelph with Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees in 1998.  Prior to practicing in Eastern Ontario, he practiced in the Waterloo region and Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Dr. de Wolde and Dr. Shepherd co-found the Upper Canada Veterinary Group network in 2005 and the Limestone City Animal Hospital in 2007 & Kingston West Veterinary Hospital in 2016.  His special interests in Veterinary Medicine include diagnostic Ultrasonography, internal medicine and general surgery.

In 2011, Dr. Shepherd married his wife Lydia, and the two of them live happily out in the country with their three boys, Jack, Deacon & Remi, along with their four-legged kids, Timmy, Maverick, Charlie, Armani & Chanel.

Dr. Shepherd enjoys many extracurricular activities, including soccer and music.  He is a talented musician who plays numerous instruments.

Like Dr. de Wolde, Dr. Shepherd supports numerous charities in the area, including the L&A OSPCA, Kingston Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Paws for Hope, Relay for Life, Night in Blue and the Missionary Alliance.

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. Sarah Edwards DVM

Dr. Sarah Edwards was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario.  She graduated from Queen’s University in 2011 with a BScH in Life Sciences, specializing in microbiology and immunology research. She then received a certificate in Business Administration from the University of Windsor Odette School of Business, prior to attending the Ontario Veterinary College, where she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2016.


Dr. Sarah has special interest in veterinary ophthalmology, cardiology, general surgery, and public health. She has spent many of her summers traveling and volunteering, including participating in the Veterinarians Without Borders Summer Internship program in Laos, Southeast Asia.


She is an avid board game enthusiast and enjoys spending time with her family, playing and watching hockey (go wings go), and scuba diving as a PADI certified rescue diver.  She has a rescued “mexi-mutt” named Guillle, and an adopted Victorian Bulldog named Tank.

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

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    Becky Fobert

    Hello, My name is Becky. I have been in the veterinary field for 18 years ( I’m only 32!!)  and haven’t looked back. I love all things anesthesia and strive to make sure our patients go home happy and healthy. I have been with the UCGVI for  4 years  now and I love that our team goes over and beyond for our clients/patients. I have one dog named Fynn who is an absolute sweatheart and four horses, Birdie, Doc, Jose and Roxy.

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    Christina Wales

    For the LOVE of animals big and small, I have always had a passion to be involved with animal lives. Animals bring me joy and happiness.  I grew up on a farm, work on a farm and have always had animals around me.  Veterinary medicine is another way in which I feel connected, as when an animal is in need or helpless it feels great to be able to support them and nurse them to better health.  My career path as a Registered Veterinary technologist began over 25 years ago.  As well being able to communicate and help others understand the requirements for animals is very rewarding for me.

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    Emily Laver

    Hi my name is Emily. I joined Upper Canada Veterinary Group in January 2020, graduated from St. Lawrence College from the Veterinary Assistant Program in 2018. I knew I wanted to be in the Veterinary field ever since I was little helping stray animals get better. I currently live in Kingston with my boyfriend and our boy Cain. I am a huge car enthusiast, I enjoy working on my cars and taking care of all animals in my life.

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    Miranda Mathieson

    Hi, my name is Miranda. I graduated from St. Lawrence college in 2019. Since then, I've worked in general practice and with wildlife. I am passionate about dentistry, nutrition and love working with exotics. When not at work, I'm reading or hiking and enjoy spending time with my dog and kitty, Percy and Gizmo.

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    Emmalene Findlay

    Hi, my name is Emmalene, and I graduated from Seneca College in 2016. Since that time, I have worked in general practice and emergency animal care. I also spent multiple summers working at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre caring for our native injured turtles. When I am not at work, I spend my time with my two adopted cats, Charlie and Sinder.

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    Brenna Jackson

    Hello, my name is Breanna. I graduated from the University of Guelph with my bachelor of science major in animal biology (April 2020). Then I started the vet tech program at St. Lawrence College in September 2020. I also have a tiny side business making pet bandanas & portraits and enjoy a lot of outdoor time such as camping, hiking with the dogs, biking, swimming at the lake, etc. I look forward to meeting you and your pet!

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