Our Staff


Hi! I am DR. RAJIV BHATIA and I am a doctor of veterinary medicine graduate of the Punjab Agricultural University in India . Upon completion of my veterinary degree I did my masters in veterinary surgery and radiology. After achieving my masters I practiced and taught veterinary surgery and radiology at the same University for over 8 years. In December 2000 I immigrated to Canada and have been practicing in small animal medicine and surgery since. I have worked in various settings – daytime practice, after hour emergency practice and 24 hour animal hospitals. I feel compassion for the pets and their owners is the most essential part of veterinary medicine. My special interests lie in surgery, radiology and internal medicine. I attend continuing education courses on a regular basis and always strive to provide the most current diagnostics and treatment for my patients!


Hello! My name is DR. REBECCA PHILLIPS. I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I did my undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in the spring of 2016. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my job but have special interest in feline medicine and internal medicine. I find it very rewarding getting to know owners and their pets. Outside of work I love to ride horses, read, play the piano and spend time with my partner Peter and our handsome cat Gus.


Hi everyone! My name is AMY BHATIA and I am the hospital administrator here at Beaver Creek Animal Hospital. I was born and raised in Windsor, ON and moved here with Dr. Raj in August of 2009. I completed my Bachelor of Science honours degree at the University of Guelph in Animal Biology in December of 2007. I enjoy being around animals and educating clients on how they can take the best care of their additional family members as they possibly can. I love all the nature and walking areas the St. Thomas region brings. I also enjoy riding my horse Ralley, walking our dogs Sydney and Darla and watching movies!


Hi my name is SARAH MCGANNON and I am the office manager at the Beaver Creek Animal Hospital. I joined the hospital team in August of 2012. Before moving to Ontario from Vancouver in 2005. I started in the industry Volunteering at the age of 13, and have been in the business for over 30 years. I live in London with my partner Peter our 4 children, Aiden, Ryan, Corey and Finnley. Along with our bulldog cross Kay, Golden Cross Payton and last but not least our leopard gecko Lizzy! 


Hello! My name is AILEEN ZYLSTRA. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician at Beaver Creek Animal Hospital. I have been employed here since summer 2001 and thoroughly enjoy my job! I have had a love for animals since being a child and growing up on a farm. I have had many experiences with animals and love helping them out! I share my time with my husband Greg, our children Levi, Jude, Anna, Sam and Joy, our dog Maggie and our
family and friends. My interests are playing baseball, sports, reading, scrapbooking and enjoying time spent with friends and family.


Hi my name is MICHELLE ADDLEY. I graduated from Ridgetown College in 2002. Working at Beaver Creek Animal Hospital since 2003 as a registered veterinary technician has allowed me to do a job I love and could not imagine doing anything else. I live in St. Thomas with my black cat Bogie, but still find time to go home to my parents to see my dog Knight, a male dutch shepherd. When not at work I enjoy spending time with friends and family watching movies and going to London Knights Hockey Games.


Hi, my name is BRITTANY THIBODEAU. I joined the Beaver Creek Animal Hospital as a coop student in 2013. Upon completion of the coop program I was employed on a part time basis as a nighttime kennel staff. During that time I witnessed numerous interesting cases of animals requiring after hour care. In the fall of 2016 I switched to full time employment as a veterinary assistant. I love animals, I love my job and I couldn’t imagine anything better than working with my favorite thing in the world! I love spending my spare time with my four legged children; my wrinkly Sharpei mix Rocky Rue and my two fur kitties Gracie and Tigger.


Hello my name is JESSICA RADKE. I graduated from Conestoga College's on-line Veterinary Office Administration program in 2019. I was born and raised in Tavistock, Ontario. Currently I don't have any pets but most recently I had an English Setter, Katie who I miss dearly. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, baking, reading and crocheting. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and their furry family members!


Hey there! My name is RENITA DEWAELE. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Beaver Creek Animal Hospital. I was born and raised in Springfield, Ontario and currently share a home with my family and three cats; Caramel, O'Malley and Tiger Lily as well as my dog Gracie. Growing up, I spent a lot of my time on both of my grandparents farms. I had the good fortune to be surrounded by a variety of animals such as cows, horses, chickens, peacocks and more! In my spare time, I like to go on spontaneous adventures, fish, camp, write, paint, play my tenor saxophone in the Norwich Musical Society Band and archery. You will know I'm in in the clinic if you hear absurd animal calls

Hello! My name is SARA ABEL and I was born and raised in Dutton, Ontario. After not being able to complete all the senior courses I wanted in Grade 12, I took co-op in my fifth year at our sister clinic West Lorne Animal Hospital in order to fill more time in my schedule. Taking that class was the best thing I ever did; not only did it change my career path, but it also made me fall in love with being a vet tech! I officially graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Guelph: Ridgetown Campus in October 2020 due to COVID delays. I started my externship here at Beaver Creek in June 2020 and have been here ever since! I may not have any pets at home currently, but I have always had a deep passion for all animals. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, mini golfing, and watching baseball games!


Hello! My name is ZOEE HEPBURN. In 2016 I joined the Beaver Creek Animal Hospital as a co-op student. I was later hired on as a part of the night time kennel staff. Then at the end of 2018 I started as a part- time receptionist. I love meeting the variety of furry faces and working closely with an awesome team! When I’m not working I enjoy watercolour painting and spending time with friends and family. I have two handsome boy kitties named Murphy and Terry. 



THE CLINIC PETS 

Darla

DARLA is the west highland terrier that belongs to Dr. Raj and Amy who you will often see behind the front reception counter. She loves to try to convince clients to feed her as many treats as possible and will voice her terrier attitude to other dogs when they first enter. Darla loves squirrels, being outside, going for walks and would gladly accept an unlimited amount of belly rubs every day.

          

          


 

Vito

VITO came to Beaver Creek Animal Hospital from the St. Thomas city pound because he was having difficulties breathing.  After doing X-rays, we found he had a diaphragmatic hernia (meaning his abdominal organs were in his chest). Vito is a strong kitty who pulled through major surgery and continues to do well each day, even though he now only has one working lung!  During his long recovery the staff fell in love with him! He spends his days lying in his cat bed, playing with toys or keeping an eye on all of us making sure we are doing a good job.

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St. Thomas Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed