Dr. Edison Barrientos
I am the founder and owner of Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I came to Canada as a young child with my family from Chile. Since I was a small boy I had a fascination with animals. I was always trying to convince my parents to accept a new pet that I had taken in or somebody was trying to give away. My collection of pets ranged from a chicken to a budgie, to a turtle, and of course a cat and a dog. When I finally went to university I decided to combine my love of animals with my interest in medicine. Thus, I studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph and I graduated in 1993. For the first few years of my career I worked in a mixed practice in central Ontario. My patients included cows, horses, pigs, yaks as well as dogs cats and exotic pets. After this I worked at several animal clinics in the Greater Toronto area. My special interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
On the personal side, I am married to Brigida Fortuna and we have four wonderful sons. We enjoy camping, bike riding, movies and downtown living.
On summer afternoons you can probably find me and my family sipping a coffee on College St. or visiting antique stores on Queen West
Dr. Lucia Delgado de la Flor
Hi! My name is Lucia Delgado de la Flor and I’m the newest veterinarian working here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I grew up in Peru’s capitol, Lima; a beautiful city by the sea filled with good people and even better food. I knew I wanted to be vet since I was little girl and spent most of my childhood chasing animals on my grandfather’s farm or trying to get bandages to stick on the family dog. I went to one of the top schools in Lima, where I graduated third off my class on 2010 with an interest in small animal medicine and wildlife.
On 2012 I got married and soon after that my husband Alejandro and I came to Canada to stay. I took me almost 2 years and even more sweat and tears, but by the end of 2014 I got license to practice veterinary medicine here in Canada. I have been happily working here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital since this last February, and I really enjoy the chance to look after all your furry little family members.
On a personal note, me and husband own a beautiful grey and white cat named Abbey Road (or maybe I should said she owns us) who loves to scare me to death by hiding on unsuspecting places and play fetch at three in the morning. The three of us have just move to Toronto recently and we are really excited about exploring what the city has to offer.
Dr. Natasha Asotra
I am the newest veterinarian to join the family. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a veterinarian. It started as a little girl with an immediate love for animals and progressed to a curiosity for how the body works. Combining this love for animals with my interest in science made veterinary medicine an obvious path.
I completed an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2009 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013. I practiced in the Kawartha Lakes for two and a half years. I gained a lot of experience working in rural Ontario, everything from middle of the night c-sections to pulling endless porcupine quills from dogs. Although living in cottage country was beautiful, I yearned for the excitement of the city!
A few months before moving, I tragically lost my two-year-old cat Leo to an underlying heart condition. Leo was a special cat and will forever hold a place in my heart. However it didn’t take long for a naughty kitten to squeeze his way in. I am now the proud mom to Carter who is as mischievous as he is cute.
When I am not working you can find me exploring this great city and enjoying all of its culinary delights. Besides veterinary medicine, my passion is without a doubt, food! The next time you are in, strike up a conversation about food and watch my face light up.
I am so grateful to have found a home at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I look forward to getting to know all of our clients and patients, swapping stories about our furry companions and of course getting a good restaurant recommendation! 😉
My name is Melissa Chatterjee and I am the office manager here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I live in the neighborhood with my husband Arjun and our two beautiful children, Kira and Liam.
I was employed as a pharmacy technician for 16 years,working at various locations in Toronto including Shoppers Drug Mart and the Hospital for Sick Children.
I have always been an animal-lover and have had the privilege of being a companion to many a furry friend over the years. There was Trixie, a beautiful short-haired calico who would sleep with me every night. Next came the ferrets- Cajun Sky, Malibu (Bu), Sachmo (Baby), Bits (as in Bits & Bites) and finally, big panda-colored Steve. What fun! Still, to this day, I don’t think I’ve ever met such a lively bunch. A very spunky orange tabby named Tyke would relish many quite moments in the rocking chair with my daughter, Kira. Tyke needed a playmate, so along came big loveable Mooch. He was a pure white cat with big green eyes and an even bigger heart.
Tyke and Mooch became patients of Dr. Barrientos in 2001, so I was a client here long before this too-good-to-be-true job opportunity presented itself. They were frequent visitors here for routine exams and vaccines as well as urinary problems and unfortunately, heart disease. Even though Tyke passed away in 2004 and Mooch in 2005, they are still very much with me as are all of my pets, both past and present. So, on a brighter note, just in case you were wondering, at last count I have 3 terrific cats- Thomas, Petra and Charlotte, one lovely goldfish- Nemo and one cute dwarf hamster- Theodora.
Hi, I’m Navjit. When I first moved to Toronto, I began working as a customer service representative here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I have also had the pleasure of working at our sister clinics Front Street Animal Hospital and was previously Clinic Manager at Wellesley Animal Hospital. I am now helping to oversee operations at all three clinics.
Over the years, I have been involved in various ways with local cat and dog rescues including having the great honor to sit two years on the Board of Directors for Annex Cat Rescue. Currently, I am the pet guardian of a rescue Chihuahua, Morgan, who I met through fostering for Canadian Chihuahua Rescue & Transport. It’s been an amazing journey to see him start out as a timid, puppy, mill dog and with patience blossom into the quintessential, couch loving, cuddle seeking, Chihuahua. When I’m not busy with work at the clinic I enjoy endless movies, usually at home, with Morgan (he’s trained me well!).
Customer Service Representative
I have been a customer service representative at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital since June 2015. I am a slef-described crazy dog lady who, like most children, wanted to be a vet growing up.
I grew up in Waterloo, Ontario with two shih-poos, who sparked my love for dogs. Growing up, I was always writing stories (albeit, usually about puppies and or horses), and that passion for writing pushed me to purse a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Ryserson University, which I obtained in 2012.
For the next three years, I worked as the associate editor at a news website for young children, When the website went out of business, I decided to use the opportunity to try and pursue a career in the veterinary field. Who wouldn’t want to work with dogs and cats all day?
I started in the industry by volunteering at our sister clinic Sherbourne Animal Hospital in February 2015. Now I also work att one of our other sister clinics, Front Street Animal Hospital. Working at three different clinics has given me a lot of different learning experiences and allowed me to meet so many unique dogs and cats. I love being able to greet client and nothing makes me happier than being able to give a cookie to any dog that walks through our door.
When I’m not at work, I can be found snuggling with my rescue dog Bo, or being fully submerged in my latest DIY project. I love crafting, interior design, horseback riding, spending time with friends, and exploring the city.
I was born in Serbia in 1965. I grew up in the country, learning how nature is important, always surrounded with a lot of pets (from frogs to pigs, and of course more commonly, cats and dogs).
I graduated from Vet University in Belgrade and was working there as veterinarian for several years. In 2002 I came to Canada, and five months after I became a technician at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I had and still have the privilege to help a lot of animals, in the best way I know. I am also a proud owner of two adorable cats: Squirrel and MacMilena, both adopted from Annex Cat Rescue.
They like to join me in resting moments in front of my aquarium, and tolerate pretty well most of my plants which surround them. I like biking too, and find that as well as being good exercise it is the best way to travel through the city.
Hi, my name’s Laura! I started at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital about a year ago, but before that I worked in customer service. My position here as a veterinary assistant is perfect because I still get lots of opportunities to interact with the public, but I also get the chance to help dogs and cats on a daily basis. I also love getting to see new things and learn every day!
In the future, I’d like to continue working with animals, and veterinary medicine in particular, but maybe as a technician or a veterinarian. I still have so much to learn, so it’s hard to say where I’ll end up, but I say with certainty that Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital has stolen my heart!
At home, I have two cats and a dog, so it’s a full house. My cats are extremely sweet and all black. They look like littermates even though I got them a few years apart! They’re both young and very healthy and extremely well loved. My dog’s name is Cici and she is a little Portuguese hunting dog called a Podengo. She is still just a year old so she has lots of energy, which makes her the perfect match for me! We go for runs together every day and most days, she gets to hang out here at the clinic with me. The four of us make one big happy family!
My name is Pilar and I was born in Chile. When I was 4 years old, I felt the passion to be a veterinarian. I wanted to be rich and use all my money to rescue all the stray cats and dogs and give them a home and a better life. Part of my dream did come true. I graduated from Veterinary School and opened my own clinic, which I ran for 16 years. While practicing as a veterinarian in Chile, I met Dr. Barrientos.
When I arrived in Canada 10 years ago, I re-encountered Dr. Barrientos. I began to work with him at Dundas-Euclid Animal Hospital as a part-time Vet Tech for one year. I am really happy that I returned as a full-time Vet Tech a year ago and I am able to take care of your pets as well as help you in the best way that I can.
I and my lovely husband have 4 children and 3 grandchildren whom I adore. I also have 2 furry children who bring lots of joy to our lives. Toby is a 3 year old Jack Russell and Lasha Apso mix and Titina is an 8 month-old kitten who I adopted from this very clinic.
I speak Spanish and English and understand Portuguese and French. Animals have always been my passion and I truly love being able to work with them every day. My hobbies are sewing, knitting and hand crafts.
Professional Pet Groomer
I’m Mari, the newest groomer to join the Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital team. My mother has been a dog groomer and instructor for over 30 years in the Thornhill/Richmond Hill area, and because of that I feel I’ve had a strong connection to dogs ever since I was a baby. My mother even thinks I’m the reincarnation of her toy poodle, who passed away in the year before I was born.
I remember being interested in art and aesthetics early, from “redecorating” my childhood bedroom to giving my stuffed animals a “new haircut”. In elementary school I began helping my mother in her salon, starting off with washing and drying dogs, and gradually learning cuts and styles for different breeds as I continued on to high school and University.
Not knowing what I wanted to do professionally, I studied at York University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Humanities. My studies ultimately helped me to better understand people and humanness, which led me to a minor interest in the psychology of business and customer service. I aim to please my clients whenever possible, while adding my own creative touch to every dog I groom.
Aside from dog grooming, I am a professional kotoist. The koto is a 13 stringed traditional Japanese floor harp, and you will see me playing it regularly at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. My background is Japanese, but I was born and raised in Toronto, and I speak English and Japanese fluently (I passed the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test just this year.) I have a strong interest in fashion as well, and would some day, like to combine it with my passion of dog grooming.
When I lived with my parents in Thornhill, I had a miniature and a standard poodle, Toni and Hana. They are my best friends, and sometimes we have Skype chats together. For now, my clients and friends at Dundas Euclid are my family.
I look forward to meeting you and your precious family members!
My name is Mario and I’m the groomer at Front Street Animal Hospital.
I’ve been a professional groomer for close to 10 years. I am originally from Mexico which is where I had most of my training. In Mexico, I groomed show dogs and have a specific interest in terrier cuts. I also do hand stripping. I’ve learned through my career that a good balance between knowledge of dogs and cats aesthetics and their behavior are essential to make pets and owners happy. I believe that it’s really important for future and current owners to understand their pet’s behavior in order to offer them a better life.
Grooming is an essential necessity for most of our pet’s health and they have to be exposed to it as soon as possible. I encourage owners to start brushing their puppies and bringing them for a quick clean up at a young age.
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music; painting; and reading while sipping a coffee. I always had several pets back in Mexico and I hope to get one of my own soon.
Hi, my name is Fred!
I was surrendered to Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital awhile ago and I must say that I have found a forever home with these caring staff members 🙂 Since I have been here I have had tons of belly rubs and relaxing brushing sessions! I can’t complain one bit.
I am a bit shy so I don’t wonder around the clinic too much. I tend to spend most of my time lounging by Melissa’s desk or on Melissa’s desk.
I love my new home and I wouldn’t have it any other way!!
Years in Practice: 1
Interests: Begging for food and running away from dogs!
Always on our minds, forever in our hearts 2000 – 2011