Dr. Edison Barrientos
Veterinarian Team Member Since January 2001
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. Natasha Asotra
Veterinarian Team Member Since September 2015
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! 😉
Dr. Catalina Roman
Veterinarian Team Member Since January 2020
Hello my name is Dr. Catalina Roman! is fluent in English and Spanish. I first worked here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital from 2001-2004 as a technician and receptionist when I moved here after graduating veterinary school in Chile. During these years, I worked on getting my Ontario veterinary license, and, when I obtained it in 2005, I re-joined the Dundas Euclid team as a full-time veterinarian until 2008. I then moved back to Chile for eight years in 2010 with my husband and my young son and continued working there in small animal medicine; I even got to treat a couple of penguins! During my time in Chile my family got a bit bigger with the arrival of my daughter.
In 2018 we returned to Toronto and I began working between our sister clinics as needed until I finally re-joined the amazing Dundas Euclid team in January! I am fluent in Spanish and I’m always happy to assist any Spanish speaking clients. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am looking forward to meeting (or in some cases re-meeting) you and your furbabies!
Dr. Shannah Kavonic
Veterinarian Team Member Since January 2021
Growing up in Australia, I knew I wanted to be a vet the moment I learned that animals had doctors. I’ve always felt a strong bond with the animals I met, and a sympathy for those in need of help. I loved training and caring for my family’s dogs, two cocker spaniels. I worked at an equestrian school during high school, and as a veterinary receptionist during university. I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Sydney in 2009. During my studies I had the opportunity to handle a variety of animals, including corellas, gallahs, snakes, goannas, a dingo and even a kangaroo!
I obtained my license with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario when I moved to Toronto in 2010. I practiced in Scarborough for 10 years, where I gained experience in general medicine and surgery for dogs and cats. In 2020, I transitioned to emergency medicine at a referral hospital in Toronto, where I received the benefit of mentorship from board certified specialists. I’ve volunteered with the CVO as a Peer Advisor, and with the ICVA as a Subject Matter Expert. Now, I am excited to get back to general medicine and preventative healthcare, as part of the Dundas Euclid Veterinary team!
Registered Veterinary Technician Team Member Since April 2018
Hello, I’m Wendy! I grew up in the small city of Barrie, about an hour drive north of the city. It was always my dream to work with animals and I was determined to make that happen.
While completing my degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph, I began to research the roles that a veterinary technician plays in a clinic – nurse, radiographer, laboratory technician, anaesthesiologist, etc. It became very clear that this was the career path for me. After receiving my BSc, I enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Georgian College where I graduated with honours in 2011. I completed my credentials to become registered soon after and have been a member with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) ever since.
After working at a variety of different clinics throughout Ontario over the years, I am thrilled to find a new home base at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital!
Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my partner, Tom, my fluffy grey and white cat, Dallas, and our lovable Flat Coated Retriever, Morty. I also have quite the travel bug and have backpacked through several countries in South America, Oceania, Asia, and Europe. If you are ever looking for travel tips or advice, please do not hesitate to ask for me!
Registered Veterinary Technician Team Member Since February 2018
I have spent most of my life living in Etobicoke but my first childhood memories were made in my home in Parkdale. Growing up as a kid, I have ALWAYS loved animals and have owned many different pets. My current fur babies are two dogs named Snowball & Misty and two rats named Bacon & Eggy. In 2016, I started the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College and began the journey to my future career. It was not easy to get into this competitive program, but I truly knew that helping animals was what I was destined to do, so I never gave up.
In February 2018, I became a part of the DEAH team! Working with the amazing veterinarians and technicians here has taught me so much already and has made me a lot more confident in myself as a technician. What I like the most about DEAH is that everyone here has been incredibly welcoming and kind towards me but most importantly, I’ve gained the approval of my new coworkers’ dogs and our clinic cat Fred as well!
Veterinary Technician Team Member Since May 2021
Hello, I’m Alyson! I grew up in the small town of Alexandria, Ontario, about 5 hours east of Toronto. I moved to Brampton five years ago to attend college.
From a young age, I knew I wanted to spend my life helping and caring for animals; I just wasn’t sure how to make it a career. It was only after completing a high school co-op at a local veterinary hospital that I realized that this was the job for me.
From that point on, I worked towards my goal of becoming a registered veterinarian technician – completing the Animal Care Program, the Pre-Health program and, finally, the Veterinarian Technician Program, all at Sheridan College. As part of my studies, I did my second-year field placement with Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital, and now I’m excited to say, having graduated, I get to work full time with the DEAH team.
When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my partner, Tyler, and my fur babies, Ellie and Minnie, who were rescues we adopted.
Practice Manager Team Member Since October 2007
Hello there!! My name is Melanie and I’m the Practice Manager here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I have been with DEAH for more than 13 years and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
I’m the mom to a distinguished and quite handsome white and orange cat named OJ. He’s my main squeeze!! He really doesn’t really like it when I dress him up in bow ties or silly hats for photo sessions but he knows it makes me happy so he suffers through it and always gives me his best meow. 🙂 I also was the mom of our clinic cat Fred who recently passed away. Fred was a sassy but yet sweet boy who depended on me as much as I depended on him. I miss him every day!
I have lived in Toronto my entire life but one day I’d like to trade city living for the simple country life. When I’m not at work, I can be found cleaning or organizing random areas of my house, learning how to turn YouTube recipe tutorials into yummy masterpieces, scrolling through Netflix or sitting outside birdwatching with OJ!
I am also known as the “Portuguese Girl” so if you need a translator then look no further. I look forward to meeting you!
Animal Care Attendant Team Member Since May 2020
Hello I’m Chiwai!! I’m firmly set on becoming a veterinarian, and I’m currently working on my undergraduate degree with the aim of moving on to veterinary school. I am committed to pet health and I know that with my work ethic and my drive I will become a top-tier vet!! Until then, I am working here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital as an Animal Care Attendant.
My love for pets stems from Yo-Yo, a special need talking cockatiel that delighted me as a kindergartener, and Diamond, my handsome and brave Bichon Frise. Their adventures together were the stuff of legends!! I look forward to meeting you and your pet!
Animal Care Attendant Team Member Since May 2019
Hello, I’m Misha and I’m one of the Animal Care Attendants here at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital. I completed the Veterinary Assistant program at Seneca College and shortly after I was given the opportunity to work here at DEAH. When I’m not at work you can find me at the gym, hiking and practicing martial arts. I hope to one day, own a blue nosed pitbull and eventually open my very own pitbull rescue.
Kennel Attendant Team Member Since July 2021
Hey, my name is Claire! I am a high school student that started volunteering at DEAH for my school’s co-op program as a veterinary technician assistant, and now I am currently working here part-time. I love all types of animals and I aspire for a career in the research field where I get to study exotic animals around the world. I have a passion for zoology, conservation, and evolutionary biology and working here helps me gain important experience and knowledge for my future career and educational path. I have had an interest in animals for as long as I can remember and have always been surrounded by them. My best furry buddy is my grumpy, old dog named Nickel that our family adopted 7 years ago.
My hobbies include reading, drawing, playing soccer, and making music with anything from my ukulele to taiko drums. I enjoy working with this amazing team and I always love learning about your pets and how I can help them!
Client Care Representative Team Member Since April 2012
Hiya! My name is Kira, and I’m a receptionist here at Dundas Euclid. I started off by volunteering and now I’ve been working part-time for about 5 years! I am currently going to the University of Toronto part-time as well, working on a degree in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. I have an enormous love for animals and have had a wild mix of pets in the past, from cats to ferrets to a snake. I recently adopted a cat that was brought to the clinic from the Annex Cat Rescue, and fell absolutely in love with the little guy who now goes by Arthur! I’m always more than happy to help answer your questions or chat about your fluffy friends.
Client Care Representative Team Member Since April 2021
My name is Hunter and I joined the lovely team at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital in April of 2021. I first began working in veterinary clinics in 2018 and quickly found my place in the industry. I’m the proud parent of two quirky rescue cats and one feisty terrier named Pickle who keeps me very busy in my spare time. As a passion project, I volunteer with local cat rescues and there is a special place in my heart for Toronto’s stray and feral felines.
I’ve fostered all kinds of animals and discovered my calling in special-needs fosters, inevitably leading me to adopt my two cats, Lemmy and Kirby. When I grow up, I hope to own a hobby farm with goats because they’re my absolute favourite animal. All my life I have found comfort in the company of pets and I’m happy to be able to do what I love every day as a part of the DEAH family. You’ll likely hear all about my misfit crew of pets when you call or email the clinic. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family!
Client Care Representative Team Member Since September 2020
Hello everyone! My name is Sharon and I’m a receptionist here at Dundas Euclid Animal. I began volunteering here at DEAH about 3 years ago and just last September I became an official member of the team. I couldn’t be happier!! I am currently studying at Sheridan College as an international student with hopes of becoming a Registered Vet Technician in the future! I’m the mom to 3 cats – DuoDuo, DouDou and Coco and a dog named Rocky. When I’m not working you’ll find me at home surrounded by my fur babies and eating my favourite food, a big bowl of rice! I also speak fluent Cantonese and Mandarin so if you require a translator, I’m happy to help!
I can’t wait to meet you!
Client Care Representative Team Member Since February 2021
Hello everyone, I’m Brenda and I’m a receptionist at Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital! I grew up in Brazil and moved to Canada in late 2017. I’ve always loved being around animals and had a goal to start a career in the animal care field. This February, DEAH gave me the opportunity to be a part of their amazing team! I have plans to begin studies at either Seneca or Sheridan College to become a Veterinary Technician and be able to help DEAH even more. At home, I have two kids – Coco, a grumpy cockatiel and Joana, a lovely Syrian hamster. When you come by DEAH, you will be able to see my friendly face as you walk into reception and I will be pleased to assist you!!
Practice AdministratorTeam Member Since October 2004
Groomer, Fluffy Tails Salon Team Member Since April 2020
Hi, my name is Sheron and I’m the groomer at the Fluffy Tails Salon in Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital.
Since I was a child I’ve always been passionate about pets so growing up I knew that working with pets was something I wanted to do! When I moved to Canada from China in 2016, I decided to enroll in a grooming school to be certified as a professional groomer. I graduated in 2018 and have enjoyed every moment of this industry.
Every day I get to meet different dogs and I always do my best to give them the proper care they deserve and make sure they leave the salon looking clean, fresh, and happy!
I hope to see you and your furry companions in the future.
Fred 2002 – 2021
Fred was surrendered to us with the intention of finding him a new home but as it turns out, he already was home.
Every day, he would greet us with a huge good morning meow. Fred was a people cat, always wanting to be where the action was. Reception was a popular place for Fred to hang out, sprawled across the desk or lounging on the office chair. We would always make way for Fred and would rather stand than sit should he be napping on the chair. In his early days, Fred was a bit on the plump side and we started him on a weight loss program. We were diligent about making sure we didn’t leave any food bags around where he could get at them but despite our best efforts, Fred managed to chew his way through a number of bags over the years to the dismay of Dr. Barrientos.
Fred was sassy. When he wanted attention, he’d paw at your leg and stretch waaaaay up so you’d pick him up. When Fred could no longer jump onto the office chairs, we bought him not one but two sets of stairs. As he would climb the stairs, we joked that he was like royalty ascending the steps to his throne which earned him the title, King Fred. We were his loyal subjects. In later years, he would dine with us, sharing our meals. A light tap on your arm was his signal for more. He particularly enjoyed chicken, salmon and lasagna; Garfield would’ve been proud.
The past couple of years saw the beginnings of arthritis and kidney disease and with this came the addition of medication and nutritional supplements as well as laser and fluid therapies lovingly provided by King Fred’s treasured subjects. As his appetite waned, we would tempt him with a variety of special foods, many of which were not to his liking but that didn’t prevent us from trying. And try we did until Fred let us know it was time for him to leave us. He passed easily, surrounded by love and light.
We miss Fred dearly. His passing has left an irreplaceable void in our hearts. Clinic life just isn’t the same but we move forward, knowing that we gave him the best life possible and in return, he gave us his love and a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Always on our minds, forever in our hearts 2000 – 2011