The veterinarians at Eglinton Vet are supported by a compassionate team including our practice manager, customer service team, veterinary technicians and animal care assistants. We are pet owners just like our clients!
Meet The Eglinton Vet Team
Dr. Bob Watson, B.Sc., D.V.M.
Bob earned his Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Guelph in 1979, and joined Eglinton Vet after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984. Bob is well known in the neighbourhood, and prides himself on knowing something special about every client and their pets. He is now caring for second or third generations of pets for many of our families! When not at the clinic, Bob enjoys time with his wife and two daughters and he can often be found on the golf course in the warmer months.
Dr. Beverley Bateman, B.Sc., D.V.M.
Bev first worked at Eglinton Vet as a student in high school and joined the veterinary team full time in 2001 following her graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College. Prior to coming to EVF, Bev worked in wildlife rehabilitation and traveled to assist small and large animal veterinary practices in East Africa. She was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to join the EVF team immediately after graduation, became an owner of the clinic in 2009 and she continues to be our managing veterinarian. Outside of work, Bev is very busy with her family, including two sons who are constantly on the go, a Golden Retriever and three cats. She is also very active in advocacy for people with Lyme disease, using her veterinary knowledge to help humans as well. Dr. Bev's philosophy towards medicine has evolved over the years, and she recognizes the benefits of a "holistic" view towards each patient. She is currently in training to become certified in veterinary acupuncture, which has the potential to help our patient with acute and chronic pain along with other medical issues.
Dr. Josh Skapinker, B.Sc, M.Sc, D.V.M
Josh, like many of our veterinarians, grew up in the neighbourhood, before completing his B.Sc with Honours in Biology at the University of Western Ontario and his M.Sc in Animal Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Josh has had the opportunity to work with a variety of exotic species including Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Impala, and Elephants, and has a passion for wildlife conservation. He was excited to further his special interests in dermatology, cardiology, and surgery at EVF following the completion of his DVM with Honours at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. When outside the clinic, Josh enjoys spending time with his family and their Bearded Collie named Benny, as well as travelling overseas and enjoying outdoor activities in both the summer and winter.
Dr. Karen Macmillan, D.V.M
My best friend, Frisky, defended me against a rabid fox. At the tender age of five, something changed inside of me when I saw the OSPCA take my cat away with a rabies pole. A veterinarian was born. I graduated from the University of Guelph with an honours degree in Biomedical Science. In 2002, I graduated with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. ‘Neurologic complications following treatment of canine hypoadrenocorticism,’ was my first published journal article as a Veterinarian. I learned how to be a practitioner and a surgeon at clinics across Toronto. I make sure all my patients are vaccinated with the rabies vaccine. My husband and I settled in the Beaches in 2010. During the renovation of our house, we were blessed with the birth of our son. Our family is complete with our fur babies, including Vader, our tuxedo cat, and Rousey, our Bengal. I am excited to start a new adventure as a surgeon, meeting all of the adorable cats and dogs at Eglinton Veterinary Facilities.
Dr. Jessica Chong, D.V.M
Dr. Jess was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. She is a firm believer in preventative medicine with a passion for surgery and minimally invasive procedures. Jess was trained in laparoscopic procedures in 2014, and brings this skill set to Eglinton Vet once per week. When she is not at work, Jess loves the outdoors and she is busy chasing a toddler. Jess is on the lookout for a new furry addition to the family but the right four-legged friend has yet to appear.
Matthew joined our animal care team in 2001 as a veterinary assistant. He came to the clinic looking for a new challenge after leaving behind a very successful career in the record industry, where he owned and managed a record label. Through the years, Matthew has used his experience to help with logistics in the clinic, and he now focuses solely on management, working with our team as well as all of our suppliers to provide our clients and patients with the best possible care. Outside of the clinic, Matthew is also very busy as he has two daughters, many pets and hobbies.
Please feel free to contact Matthew at: email@example.com if you have any questions for us.
Sandra has been in the veterinary field for many years, bringing her skills and experience to Eglinton Vet in 2008. She graduated from Seneca College's Veterinary Technician program in 2003 and obtained her designation as an RVT shortly thereafter. Sandra takes great satisfaction from helping to keep our client's pets happy and healthy. She is particularly interested in surgery, and has helped us to get our successful laparoscopic surgery program off the ground.
Stacey grew up in Kingston, and had the opportunity to work as an assistant at a clinic there to start her career. She knew from this point that she wanted to work with animals, as she is passionate about their care and welfare. She graduated from the St. Clair Veterinary Technician Program in 2002, and has worked in clinical practice ever since, joining our team in the fall of 2013. Her desire to help more pets prompted Stacey to attend the Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee to become certified in rehab. She currently splits her time between Eglinton Vet and a local veterinary rehab facility. Outside of work Stacey enjoys travelling and even spent some time living in Australia and New Zealand. She currently shares her home with a gorgeous cat named Squash who was adopted through the clinic.
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Melanie is one of Eglinton Vet’s full-time receptionists, responsible for co-ordinating patient visits and keeping the doctors on track (which can be very challenging!). Melanie was born and raised in Thornhill and started to work in animal care in 2000 after completing the Animal Care Assistant course at Sheridan College. Although originally trained to assist the veterinarians and technicians with clinical work, Melanie found that she enjoyed the challenge of reception work at a clinic and the interactions with clients. She has been at Eglinton Vet since 2012 and many of our clients will know of how hard Melanie works to make each pet feel comfortable-she is the "cookie lady"!
Outside of the clinic, Melanie enjoys cooking, and considers herself a "foodie" who loves to try new foods. She also enjoys movies and traveling. However, her deepest passion is that for her beautiful children, Jacob and Mayah. They currently share their home with one cat.
Chelsea joined the EVF team in the summer of 2018 and quickly picked up the flow of working our busy front desk. She had the ideal background, having worked both reception and as an animal care attendant at other clinics in the GTA, including emergency and regular veterinary practices. Chelsea also completed the first year of the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College, along with a dog grooming course. She is hoping to continue her studies at some point and is especially interested in animal rehabilitation work. Chelsea’s passion for animal welfare is obvious, and she is happy to be working to advocate for the health and well-being of our patients.
Chelsea is “fur-mom” to Tucker, a German Shepherd cross and his "sister "Maya (a ‘Tortie’ cat). In her spare time, she likes to get out to explore areas of the city that she has not seen before, and she seeks out the hottest vegan restaurants.
Harry has worked at EVF for a number of decades, caring for at least generations of our patients (30+ years!). His work occurs mostly 'behind the scenes' where Harry can be found assisting our doctors and assistants, as well as maintaining the facility. He is our own personal "MacGyver" and can fix or build almost anything. Harry is also primarily responsibly for any dog bathing that occurs at the hospital.
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Bo joined the EVF team in the summer of 2014. At that time she was presented to our doctors grossly obese and suffering from diabetes mellitus. Her owner was unable to continue her care, and we were lucky enough to be in a position to adopt her as our own; she moved into the offices on the second floor of the clinic building, happily becoming the only cat after leaving a home with many other pets. Bo was immediately started on a prescription calorie control diet (think "Jenny Craig for cats") and insulin. Through consistent weight loss and a proper diet, her diabetes reversed quite quickly. As her weight loss progressed she slowly became mobile, exploring more and more of our space over time. Many of our clients will have seen Bo in our front reception room in the evening, demanding her dinner. Bo is a very special part of our EVF world, and is a testament to how important proper weight is to keep a cat healthy.
Kaylee joined the EVF team in August 2018 when one of our long-term clients was no longer able to keep her. Kaylee shared the second floor of the clinic with Bo and although Kaylee is missing an eye (due to an old injury) and is 18 years old she has taken charge over the space. We were sad to have to say goodbye to Kaylee in March of 2020, but all loved having her as the matriarch of the practice for the time that she was with us. This "bio" is left as a tribute to one of our important friends.