Dr. Guylaine Charette, DVM

Dr. Charette has been practicing at PAH since 1984, and the most rewarding part of her job is experiencing the bond between her clients and their pets. To her, being a vet is about more than just medicine, it is about family. Building that relationship is so important to her, and she knows that to do so, she must go above and beyond what medicine can provide.

After receiving her Doctorat en Médecine Vétérinaire from the Université de Montréal in 1984, Dr. Charette joined the PAH team. It was the first- and only- animal hospital she has ever worked at, and in 1986 she became a PAH partner. To this day she is still an owner of PAH, and has made a lifelong commitment to practice best medicine.

As a doctor at an AAHA practice, Dr. Charette knows that the relationship that a pet owner forms with their pet is an unbreakable bond. That is why she was a driving force in starting the PAH Pet Learning Centre. Dr. Charette has a special interest in dog behaviour and training, and is a member of the Human Animal Bond Association of Canada. It was important to her that PAH offer more than just medical care to patients, and she was happy to achieve her goal of offering obedience and puppy classes, right here at the hospital. She wants to provide her clients with everything they need- under one “woof!”

Dr. Charette has two dogs, Dizi and FM. Dizi is an adorable 11 year old Chihuahua that she rescued from a puppy mill. FM is a beautiful, brindle Whippet who is eight years old and thinks she is a Retriever. She will retrieve in any terrain- land, snow and even in the water. Her dogs have environmental allergies that Dr. Charette has well managed with a therapeutic diet. She also has had experience living with a cat that is diabetic, and another with a thyroid condition, so she is well versed in day-to-day treatment of these illnesses. She has also completed an animal acupuncture certification course.

When she is not working with animals she enjoys spending time with her family. Her daughter is an exceptional dancer, and completed the rigorous summer school program at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2015- a program designed to train serious performers for a professional career in dance. When she is not watching her daughter perform, she is fund raising for her dance program.

Dr. Charette is very involved with the North American Business Association (NABA), which is affiliated with AAHA. She acts as a NABA mentor, which means she is dedicated to always going above and beyond to exceed the standards laid out by both AAHA and NABA.

Being a practice owner of an AAHA hospital allows Dr. Charette to practice the type of medicine she loves- the type that focuses on the human animal bond. To her, there is no better way to practice, and that is why she never left the PAH family. Every day is a rewarding day for Dr. Charette because she isn’t just helping pets- she is bonding a family!
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Dr. Richard Hobart DVM

If you ask Dr. Hobart how he came to work at PAH he would tell you that he thought it would be a great place to start his career. He started working at PAH as a student after his second year in the veterinary program at University of Guelph where he graduated with his DVM in 1981. His dedication to compassionate veterinary medicine is why he was the driving force behind one of the hospital’s greatest accomplishments: being accredited with AAHA in 1983. Three years later he became a partner and never looked back- he has been practicing at PAH over 35 years.

At the age of 12 Dr. Hobart made a decision to be a veterinarian. He wanted to help pets because he believes they are valued members of the family. His journey into veterinary medicine led him to becoming a founder of the Renfrew County Veterinary Association in 1985- serving on and off as president for the past 24 years. Dr. Hobart has also served on the board of the CCVA and on the leadership council for AAHA.

The most rewarding accomplishment throughout his career has been helping his patients and supporting his clients through the good times and bad. That is why veterinary cremation standards are so important to him. Veterinary Referral Cremation Services (VRCS) was founded as part of the PAH family in 1993. Informed, about the poor standards in the pet cremation industry Dr. Hobart wanted to ensure that all veterinary clients had respectful treatment of their beloved pets. Thanks to his help, extensive professional and ethical standards were codified for the International Association of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories through his work as chairman of the IAOPCC Pet Cremation Standards Subcommittee. He became the primary author of the IAOPCC Pet Cremation Standards.
Dr. Hobart’s furry family includes Penny and Tempe the six year old Bichon and Maltese mix sisters and Tia Maria, a two year old Labrador retriever mix. Tia Maria has hip dysplasia which Dr. Hobart has well managed with a therapeutic diet and medication.

Dr. Hobart loves gadgets and figuring out how they work. He can probably answer just as many questions about your pet as he can about your iPad. He has a very active lifestyle. He plays croquet, pickle ball, volleyball and enjoys power walks with Tia Maria.

Dr. Hobart enjoys staying current on advancements in veterinary medicine. He attends at least one international veterinary conference a year, as well as veterinary meetings in Ottawa. He has been a member of the Veterinary Information Network since 1994. His goal is to be on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine and to continue to grow as a doctor.
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Dr. Melissa Davies DVM

A dirty mouth makes a big statement! That’s why Dr. Davies says that if she hadn’t become a veterinarian, she would be a human dentist. Lucky for the pets at PAH Dr. Davies loves animals too much to become a dentist, and was drawn to the veterinary field so she could experience the human animal bond every day. Her goal is to be a caring and compassionate doctor that gives animals a voice- and a great smile.

Dr. Davies grew up in a small town just outside of Burlington, Ontario, so when she came to Pembroke she fit right in with the tight-knit community. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Wilfrid Laurier University and her Master of Science degree in neuroscience at Queen's University before completing her DVM in 2011 at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Her favorite class in veterinary school was Dentistry, so it’s no surprise that she has become an advocate for pet dental health.

Her passion for dental care began in school when she learned how dental concerns affected a pet’s quality of life. Dental disease can cause a pet frequent pain. It is so impactful that dental disease can lead to other life threatening ailments. Dr. Davies knows that by improving her patient’s oral health, she could potentially add years to that pet’s life- and there is nothing more fulfilling than that!

Dr. Davies’ first pet was an adorable Poodle and Schnauzer mix named Soxy. She now has two dogs that she rescued through the SPCA- Snowy and Waldo. Snowy is a five year old Toy Poodle mix who loves squeaky toys and sitting straight up like a human. He has food allergies but Dr. Davies has this condition well managed by keeping Snowy on a strict hypo-allergenic diet. Waldo is a two year old Golden Doodle mix who is attracted to anything that squeaks or moves- including blowing leaves. The best lesson that her dogs have taught her is patience.

Winter sports are a passion for Dr. Davies. An avid snowboarder, she loves hitting the slopes in the mountains of British Columbia, but settles for Mont Tremblant because it is closer. She loves playing outside with her dogs, especially in the winter when she can get Waldo to chase snowballs. She also enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Davies keeps current on advances in the veterinary field by attending the Western Veterinary Conference and the Central Veterinary Conference every year. She is proud to be a doctor at an AAHA practice where she can uphold the highest standards of veterinary excellence and compassionate care, giving animals a voice- and a great smile!
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Dr. Carlie Paquette DVM

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows Dr. Paquette that she became a veterinarian. She has held a special place in her heart for animals ever since she was young. Between the ages of 9-14 she moved to a dairy farm, and got to care for the animals. She watched the large animal veterinarian hard at work. This sparked her interest in veterinary medicine.

Originally from Goderich, Ontario, Dr. Paquette graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 with her DVM after completing her general Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, majoring in Animal Biology.

She became passionate about animal nutrition in vet school as she learned about the deep ways it affects animal health. She enjoys working with clients at PAH to find a suitable diet for their pets. Nutrition can greatly affect over-all health and a diet recommendation can change a pet’s life- which she finds very rewarding. In some cases, a pet’s health concern can be treated by a simple diet change. That is why it is so important to her that she talk to pet owners about nutritious options for diet and treats.

One of the things Dr. Paquette enjoys the most about working in veterinary medicine is learning about the major differences in different species, as well as the differences in dog and cat breeds. She has limited experience treating exotic companion animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs and rats.

Dr. Paquette has three pets that she rescued; two cats, Bruce and Oscar and a dog named Bea. Bruce is a six year old long-haired brown tabby that she rescued from a farm during her externship in Bruce County. Oscar, a seven year old short-haired brown tabby, and Bea, a four year old Border Collie mix, were both rescued through the SPCA. Bea has seasonal allergies and food sensitivities that Dr. Paquette manages with a veterinary specific diet and medication. Bea has many tricks up her doggy sleeves, including playing dead when you shoot her “BANG” and smiling on command!

Dr. Paquette lives in Pembroke with her husband Joe, who is a member of the Canadian Military. She is very active and enjoys winter sports, running with Bea and hiking the many trails in the community. She also plays right wing in hockey. Second to her passion for veterinary medicine is her passion for travel, which pulls her all over the world. She has been to Rome, London, Paris, Portugal, Cuba and Australia, just to name a few.

Practicing in an AAHA hospital means that Dr. Paquette is encouraged to grow and learn as the veterinary field progresses. She attends the Western Veterinary Conference and the North American Veterinary Conference every year to stay current on advances in the industry. If she hadn’t become a veterinarian she would have become a professor, but luckily for the pets at PAH her love for all creatures guided her to the perfect profession for someone whose heart belongs to the animals.
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Dr. Shari Sims DVM

Dr. Sims received her Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Guelph in 1992 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1997. Dr. Sims started working at an animal hospital at age of 15, and has done so ever since. She has worked as an associate veterinarian at the Pembroke Animal Hospital since 2000. Dr. Sims goal is to help pet owners prevent any health concerns before they happen, by recommending preventative medicine.

Her experience with animals also includes some smaller companion animals. Dr. Sims has limited experience with rabbits and guinea pigs. She works primarily out of the Deep River Animal Services wellness centre in Deep River. She can be seen for appointments and surgeries in the PAH location on specific days.

Dr. Sims is passionate about helping her clients maintain their pet’s healthy lifestyle. That is why preventative medicine is so important to her. By doing things like early disease detection blood work, she can help reduce emergency vet visits in the future. Blood work enables her to diagnose things that cannot be diagnosed with just a physical exam. This can save pet parents money and unneeded stress. To her, all of her patients are a part of her extended fur-family, and she wants to make sure they are happy and healthy.

Dr. Sims has a four year old Border Collie mix named Bauer, who she loves spending time with. When she is not working with pets, she enjoys time spent with her daughters. They love camping and travelling together. Dr. Sims is very active, she plays hockey and soccer- she even coaches a soccer team. On warm summer days she can be found on her boat with her family.

Dr. Sims attends an international veterinary conference every year, as well participating in continuing education opportunities locally and online. Being part of an AAHA practice means that she is encouraged to continue her education and grow her knowledge in veterinary medicine. This is just another way she can ensure that she has the knowledge and resources to prevent problems, and keep her patients healthy and her clients happy!
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Dr. Chris Knight DVM

It wasn’t until Dr. Knight started volunteering at the Calgary Humane Society that he realized he wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary field. He had always been an animal lover, but something about the work he was doing lit a spark inside him that ignited his career. He discovered that working to heal animals and the value of the human animal bond was far more fulfilling than anything else he was doing. Dr. Knight decided then that he wanted to care for animals professionally.

Dr. Knight joined the PAH team in the summer of 2016 after graduating with his DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Prior to that he completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Queens University and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Calgary where he started a career in scientific research. Although he grew up in Cornwall he is familiar with the Ottawa Valley. He and his family would travel to their cottage in the area to spend relaxing days by the lake, and he has always preferred the sense of community that a small town has to offer.

His first experience as a pet owner was with his family pet Buster. Buster was his first and only pet growing up; he was a beautiful long haired white and black cat that they rescued when Dr. Knight was 12 years old. He had been begging his parents for a cat for months. Buster was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, a disease common in older cats, where the thyroid gland becomes overactive. While many cats respond to medical treatment, unfortunately Buster did not. When Buster was 16 Dr. Knight made the difficult decision to let him go, as he wasn’t responding to treatment and advanced therapies weren’t an option. Dr. Knight feels that this experience helps him guide and support clients when having to make difficult end of life decisions.

The newest edition to Dr. Knight’s fur family is an adorable orange tabby kitten named Elliot, who he adopted from the Renfrew County SPCA. His fiancé also recently adopted a seven year old cat named Gizmo, who Dr. Knight says is the most social cat he has ever encountered. Besides spending time with his cats and family, Dr. Knight enjoys playing soccer and hockey, and has just taken up curling.

Dr. Knight is excited to be a part of the PAH team because he is joining a practice that offers high quality veterinary care. He is proud to be a part of the 2016 AAHA Practice of the Year. He is looking forward to the unique opportunities for continuing education that PAH offers so he can stay current on the latest advancements in veterinary medicine. He has a professional interest in the areas of ultrasonography, oncology and soft tissue surgery.
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Dr. Alison Seely DVM, CA

Dr. Seely’s weekly visits to PAH ensure that all of her patients are well adjusted! That is because Dr. Seely specializes in chiropractic care for animals. Formerly the exotic veterinarian at PAH, practicing chiropractic became so rewarding and busy that she shifted her focus to only chiropractic- making sure that all her patients can align themselves with health.

Her education began in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where she earned her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology in 1986 from Acadia University. Dr. Seely went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology in 1991 from the University of Guelph and graduated from Ontario Veterinary College with her DVM in 1995. She studied Animal Chiropractic under the auspices of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in Moline, Illinois.

Dr. Seely was inspired to study chiropractic care after a memorable experience she had with a human chiropractor. She had always gravitated towards working with animals but her allergies wouldn’t allow it. In her 20s she started seeing a chiropractor regularly and soon after her allergies subsided to a very manageable, occasional sneeze. A curious person by nature, she loves anatomy and strives to truly understand how the body works. At the time she was working in marine biology. She decided then to enter veterinary college and even ended up marrying a human chiropractor.

She combined veterinary medicine with chiropractic care for many years working with exotics at PAH before deciding to do chiropractic full time. Although she doesn’t see exotics for veterinary care she does adjust them- she has adjusted rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, llamas, iguanas, and a squirrel! She has even adjusted animals at birth.

Any pet of Dr. Seely’s is lucky because they have unlimited access to being adjusted. Her four year old dog Haka is a mix of Great Dane, Bernese mountain dog and Golden Retriever- she affectionately refers to him as a “Great Mountain Retriever.” He is 140 lb and his puppy like antics resulted in an injury, so since then he gets regular adjustments. Haka will now present himself to Dr. Seely when he needs an adjustment and has become what she calls an “adjustment junkie”!

Dr. Seely is very active, running marathons and usually competing in one Ironman triathlon a year. She enjoys cross country skiing, swimming, kayaking and horseback riding- anything that gets her outside. Most of all she is a passionate mother who loves cheering her son on from the bleachers at his basketball games, and participating in triathlons or running races with her daughter and husband.

Her career has taken her many places, working with all kinds of animals. She worked at the Calgary Zoo, at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Florida and when she was a marine biologist she worked with a group of 21 grey seals. She has lived in many places but prefers small towns to the city, part of why she has made the Ottawa Valley her home.

Dr. Seely is proud to be certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. To maintain her certification she must complete continuing education annually, ensuring that she stays current with the advancements in the industry. She does regular lectures to dog groups, stables, and to the equine program at Kemptville College. She has also taught at the International School of Veterinary Chiropractic in Sittensen, Germany. Dr. Seely also provides chiropractic care to other practices in the area and she will visit stables and farms upon request. To see Dr. Seely for chiropractic care in PAH an appointment must be made in advance.
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