Veterinarians & Business Owners

Dr. Carleen Foot, DVM


Dr. Carleen Foot grew up in Dundas, ON and from an early age developed a magnetism towards animals – in fact, she still has the trophy she earned from her grade 1 teacher for demonstrating outstanding animal care!

She graduated from Guelph University with a Bachelor of Science followed by completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, with distinction (above 80% average) at the Ontario Veterinary College. She was honoured with the OVMA animal welfare and behaviour award in 2002 and the feline medicine and surgery prize in 2004. She is a small animal veterinarian here at Markdale Veterinary Services and has special interest in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging including ultrasound and endoscopy.

Carleen has also been an avid equestrian from a young age and now lives on a hobby farm in Meaford with her husband, 2 children, and several horses, donkeys, pet sheep, dogs, and a rabbit.

Dr. Chris Buschbeck, DVM


Chris Buschbeck was born in Germany a long time ago, where she attended the University in Kiel and earned a master degree in agriculture. After immigrating to Canada in 1988 she worked for the University of Guelph as a research assistant before going back to school for her degree in veterinary medicine. She has been working at Markdale Veterinary Services since 2000, when she, her husband and two boys relocated their dairy sheep farm to Grey County. Chris is involved in the sheep industry as a breeder of East Friesians, a frequent lecturer at producer meetings and an owner of SRGenetics, a company that offers artificial insemination services for sheep and goats. She is currently the Past President of SRVO, The Association Of Small Ruminant Veterinarians Of Ontario. Chris and her brother used to be avid 3-day-eventers, but now settle to take their horses for a good run through the bush when they find time.

Dr. Talia Fletcher

Dr. Talia Fletcher, DVM


Since graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College with distinction in 2011, Dr. Talia Fletcher has been working as a mixed animal veterinarian in Wellington, Bruce and Grey counties. In 2014, she decided to settle down in Grey County and joined the Markdale Veterinary Services Team. Dr. Fletcher enjoys treating all animals – from cats and dogs, to sheep and goats, to cows and horses – and is developing her own mixed animal farm. Her special interests include milk quality, pasture management and small animal surgery. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, her friends and her animals in the great outdoors.

Dr. Thera (Tee) Fox, DVM


Warm sunshine and the Phoenix Coyotes couldn’t keep Dr. Thera (Tee) Fox from coming back to her greatest love, Canada. Dr. Tee Fox was born and raised on a mixed animal farm in Southern Alberta. She was very active in school sports and is purported to be very skilled on the basketball court. In 1998, Tee graduated from Olds College, Alberta, as a veterinary technician, but knowing full well that she could diagnose, treat and prescribe just as well as the veterinarians she worked for, Tee went on to veterinary school in 2003. Tee’s penchant towards all things equine flourished at vet school: she was president of the Theriogenology (animal reproduction) club, student rep to the Equine Health Research Fund, horse project leader for Viscount 4-H Multi-club, and recipient of the AAEP Foundations Scholarship for proven leadership in veterinary school, advocating for equine welfare and academic achievement – WHEW! Upon graduating, our budding horse whisperer worked at Elder’s Equine Clinic in Winnipeg and, primarily, at Assiniboia Downs Race Track. Amidst the two careers, Tee found time to perform locum veterinary work at Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Sarnia, Ontario! However, the cold Canadian climate drove Dr. Fox to seek the vitamin-D replenishment therapy offered by the sunny, warm climes of Phoenix, Arizona, where she had been working at Turf Paradise Racetrack on her equine patients, orphans looking for forever homes and her summer tan. But missing her home, Tee uprooted her husband, sons and pets to establish their forever home in Grey County. In their spare time, the Fox family takes every opportunity to inhabit the outdoors and spend time camping, hiking, fishing, skiing and anything else that Mother Nature has to offer.

Matt Schieck

Dr. Matt Schieck, DVM


Dr. Matt joined Markdale Veterinary Services in 2010 after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College.  Having grown up on a family farm near Drayton, Ontario, He has a strong interest in rural practice and food animal medicine.  His favourite part of practice is serving our rural community and building relationships with clients.  Matt is currently a board member of the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Dr. Britney Carr

Dr. Britney Carr, DVM


Dr. Britney Carr graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in 2009 and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013. She grew up outside of Chesley, Ontario and now lives near Markdale with her husband, two sons and cat. Britney has a strong passion for companion animal practice. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, board games, cheering on her family’s various sports teams, playing with her sons and spending time with other family and friends.

Associate Veterinarians

Dr. Heather Neureuther, DVM


Dr. Heather Neureuther joined our team in September of 2017. She was born and raised in Goulais River, Ontario located 30km north of Sault Ste. Marie. Dr. Neureuther enjoys a variety of mixed animal practice and now lives in Markdale with her partner and dog Aspen and cat Cole. She also likes curling, camping and board games.

Dr. Clarissa O’Sullivan, DVM


Dr. Clarissa O’Sullivan grew up in Oakville, Ontario where she enjoyed figure skating and spending time with her dog Fetz and rabbit Hopper. Her interest in becoming a veterinarian began at a young age, and in high school Clarissa began working at veterinary clinics and at Woodbine racetrack as a hotwalker. Clarissa attended the University of Guelph, completing a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Clarissa graduated in 2020 and is excited to be starting her career at Markdale Veterinary Services. Clarissa’s veterinary interests include internal medicine, reducing the stress of pets in clinic, and emergency medicine for both large and companion animals. In her spare time Clarissa enjoys hiking, scrapbooking, baking, and caring for her house plants. She now lives in Markdale with her fiancé Tristan, their dog Raven, and their cat Tig.

Dr. Marika Van Schaik, DVM


Since Marika was a young child she has loved all animals, but horses have truly captured her heart. She attended the University of Guelph obtaining her Bachelor degree in molecular biology and genetics before continuing on to finish her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College. During her time at OVC she served as president of the OVC’s student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. After graduating from OVC she finished a rotating equine internship at Tennessee Equine Hospital before coming home to Markdale Veterinary Services. During her down time she enjoys taking care of and showing her all around western performance horses.

Veterinarians, Founders & Mentors

Dr. Jim Mitchell, DVM


Dr. Jim Mitchell, DVM (retired) is one of our founders and mentors since 1973 and although retired we value him as an honorary member of our team and still rely on his expertise from time to time.

Dr. Lloyd Wieringa, DVM


Dr. Lloyd Wieringa, DVM was one of our founders and mentors.  Although no longer here with us, his time with us and his major contributions to this clinic will never be forgotten.

Front Reception Team


Equine/Food Animal Client Care Coordinator

Sarah joined our team in November of 2019. She was raised in the Orangeville area, and has recently relocated to Grey Highlands. Her main area of interest is in large animal medicine. She comes from an equine background and has a quarter horse of her own. In her spare time, she enjoys making the most of it spending it at the barn with her horse “Irish”, barrel racing/rodeoing and 4-wheeling.


Small Animal Client Care Coordinator
Kate was raised on a small hobby farm outside of Dundalk with all different kinds of animals, but primarily Kate has grown up in a family full of horse lovers. From a young age Kate has also shared that love and has spent the majority of her life riding horses. From fox hunting to showing hunter/jumpers and a bit of everything in between. She now lives in Proton Station with her boyfriend, their dog Millie, and cats Scooter and Luna. Kate continues her love for horses and still has her childhood horse Jamaica. In her spare time Kate enjoys spending time with friends, taking Millie for long walks and snowboarding.


Client Care Specialist


Melissa Bullock



Melissa grew up in Markdale, ON and has been a member of Markdale Veterinary Services since her early childhood, both as a client and regular volunteer.   Melissa brings to our clinic an amazing amount of equine experience having been born and raised on a horse farm. She has continued to train as an equestrian and is a certified riding instructor.  She operates a boarding and lesson facility on her farm near Markdale with her husband and twin girls .   In addition to her family Melissa shares her love with 17 horses, 6 dogs, 3 cats and a donkey.

Veterinary Technicians

Eleanor Bateman

Eleanor – R.V.T.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Born in Markdale and raised in Berkeley, Eleanor attended the University of Toronto in a 1 year undergrad program followed by the 2 year Veterinary Technology program at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and graduated in 1999.  Eleanor resides in Markdale with her husband, daughter and two sons as well as her lovely little toy poodle.

Eleanor joined our team as an RVT in October of 2013 and has a special interest in Laboratory work and Client Education.  She enjoys watching her kids see and discover new things in the world around them as well as scrapbooking and walking the trails around beautiful Eugenia.

Erika – R.V.T.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Erika was born in Toronto, raised in Mississauga and graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree. She then went to Georgian College where she successfully completed the Veterinary Technician program and joined our team in June of 2016. Erika’s specific veterinary areas of interest are dental health and nutrition. Now living in Markdale with her husband and two cats, Erika enjoys camping, hiking, and canoeing. She has also played women’s fastball competitively growing up and played for the University of Guelph Varsity Team.

Jessica Sherson

Jessica – Managing R.V.T.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jessica graduated from the Ridgetown College campus, University of Guelph and obtained her diploma in Veterinary Technology with distinction in 2012. Since graduating, she sucessfully completed her National Exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. Jessica joined our team right after graduating and enjoys both aspects of the mixed and small animal practice. Most importantly, Jessica loves dealing with the families of our patients and strives to ensure that their needs are met just like our patients. She will often be found caring for the animals in our hospitalization ward or in the exam room assisting the doctors. Jessica currently resides near Dundalk with her husband, baby daughter, dogs and cats. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Dundalk and District Agriculture Society and enjoys helping out around the community.

Ryan Stoddart

Ryan – R.V.T.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Ryan has been a part of Markdale Veterinary Services since he started as a co-op student in 2001. He enjoyed working here and decided to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. He went to St. Clair College in Windsor and graduated in 2005. Ryan lives in Markdale and lives with his Great Dane, 3 cats and a rabbit. When you do find him at home he will be reading a book, watching TV or working on a jig-saw puzzle.

Holly - R.V.T.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Holly grew up on a rural property just outside Walters Falls, Ontario, her love of animals and agriculture started from a young age. From as far back as she can remember, Holly has always cared for animals. From a young age she had an assortment of farm animals including chickens, pigs, calves, sheep and goats. Her true love and passion have always been dairy calves. After she completed her Veterinary Technology diploma, she acquired a full-time job on a local dairy farm looking after the entire calf population. From feeding, and cleaning, to routine calf health and everything in between! Even though calves are her “one true love”, she always knew in the back of her mind that she might return to the Markdale clinic since completing full time Co-op back in 2013 and short stint as kennel attendant in 2014. When the opportunity came up in March 2020 she went for it and became full time in August 2020. When Holly is not working at the clinic, her hobbies include riding her horse, Daisy and photography particularly agricultural scenes. Holly currently resides just outside of Owen Sound with her boyfriend on a cash crop/beef farm with there 3 tri coloured cats and Blue Heeler, Riggs.

Christina - R.V.T.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Christina is a graduate from Georgian College. She decided she wanted to become a veterinary technician after working at the Ontario Vet College for her Biotechnology co-op. She was born and currently lives in Flesherton, ON on a hobby farm with llamas, sheep, chickens, and ducks. Christina has a soft spot for animals of all kinds and hopes to continue her education into all species. In her downtime, Christina enjoys hanging out with her furry pal Ivy.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Taylor was born in Barrie, ON and has been raised in Grey Highlands. She attended the University of Guelph for Animal Biology. While currently working as a veterinary assistant at MVS, Taylor found her career passion and plans to return to school to become a registered veterinary technician. Taylor’s specific areas of interest are small animal and equine medicine. She lives in Maxwell on a small farm with her 5 quarter horses and dog “Rocklynn”. Her hobbies and interests include horseback riding, baseball, hockey, sketching and spending time with family and friends.

Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistant

Jacquelyn joined our team in December of 2017. She obtained her certificate in Performance Horse Handling from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus – where she was student ambassador for her class of 2016! She has groomed in Prince Edward Island, and at the World Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida. Her special interests lie in small animal surgery and equine medicine and rehabilitation. When Jacquelyn is not busy here in surgery or on the road with Dr. Fox, she can be found spending time with her family and friends. Her favourite pastimes are riding her horse “Starlett”, as well as hiking and paddle boarding all alongside her amazing canine companion “Hazel”.


Veterinary Assistant

Shae is a graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program at Georgian College in Shae is a graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program at Georgian College in Orillia, Ontario. They have recently graduated the Master Herpetology program. Their specific areas of interest lie in reptiles as well as canine behavior and psychology. Currently living outside Holland Centre with a household of various reptile species and 2 shepherds.


Veterinary Assistant

Ashley has grown up in the heart of grey highlands and enjoys spending time on her family farm. Ashley graduated from the University of Guelph- Ridgetown College with her diploma in agriculture in 2022. After graduation Ashley joined the team at MVS and can be found assisting the reception team, local farmers and the small animal team around the clinic. Ashley enjoys cows but also has a soft spot for her dog Rip.


Veterinary Assistant

Chantel graduated from Northern College in 2020 from the Veterinary Assistant and Grooming programs. She grew up with many pets and has always loved animals. She resides in the Durham area with her husband and cat Bessy.



Kim joined our team in February 2022.  Born in Toronto and raised in various provinces, Kim currently lives in Durham with her husband and three children.  Before heading to the country, where she met her husband, Kim graduated from York University with a BA in Sociology.  And while Kim loves all creatures great and small, her main passion has always been horses. She successfully obtained her Equine Science Certificate with Distinction from the University of Guelph in 2021, and will complete the Equine Studies Diploma in 2023.   Before joining the clinic Kim spent her free time volunteering at a local therapeutic riding facility and at an animal sanctuary & rescue near Durham.  Outside of the clinic you will find her crafting, reading, and spending time with her family.