Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic

2826 HWY 2
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K5


Dr. Wendy Korver 

I knew at 3 years of age that I wanted to be a veterinarian. As I got older, I would always bring various animals home to nurse back to health. My personal favorite was a pigeon named Beau that I raised from a squab, and eventually released back out into the wild (this made my mom very happy since Beau spent a lot of time perched on our basketball net waiting for me to come home from school, and as a result our patio required regular hosing). In the picture above I am holding Phoebe, one of our clinic cats. If you look carefully you will see that she is missing her left foreleg. She became our clinic cat when she arrived as a kitten needing an amputation since a wild animal had attacked her. You likely won't see much of her since she is shy with strangers, but she just loves playing with our co-op students and hanging out on her blanket on top of our stacks of towels in the treatment room.

I arrived at Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic as a fresh new veterinary graduate in 1987, and loved it so much I ended up staying, first as an associate veterinarian, then as a partner in 1993, and now since 2009, as owner of this lovely establishment! I am also a Research Associate at Trent University, which allows me to oversee graduate students.

My goal with every patient and every client that comes to Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic is to make them as comfortable as possible under the circumstances they are in. Coming to the vet clinic can be stressful for both patient and client, and our entire team is focussed on creating a fear free environment for your pet and a comfortable environment for you. We welcome "treat visits" where you bring your pet in just for some treats (and you can have a coffee or tea!). We find this makes actual vet clinic appointments a much more enjoyable experience for all involved, since your pet knows that coming to the clinic means tasty treats!

Our clinic mantra is "Excellence in Care for Pets and Their Families". Our top priorities are transparent client communication, and high quality compassionate veterinary care for your pet. We have rounds every day, and regularly have clinic meetings and attend conferences in order to update ourselves on the latest information available in veterinary medicine. Our clinic is also a member of the Veterinary Information Network, which allows us to get input from veterinary specialists from around the world on the most up to date treatments for your pet.

I consider myself a very lucky person. Not only do I get to work with a wide variety of incredible animals each day, but I work with the most amazing and caring team of people that anyone could ever ask for. In my spare time, I love cooking and spending time with my family. I am currently between dogs but am looking forward to finding a new canine friend soon!

Please never hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

 Dr. Helen Koseck 

I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996. I worked at a few small animal clinics in Southern Ontario, until May 2003 when I was fortunate to join the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic. I am so thankful to work with such a talented and passionate group of people.

I can honestly say that everyone at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic is completely dedicated to the well-being of all our patients! I especially enjoy dentistry, soft tissue surgery and exotic animal practice, including the sick and injured wildlife that we triage on a regular basis.

Outside of work I enjoy my own companion animals; "Hannah" a geriatric Standard Poodle, "Libby" a sweet little Italian Greyhound, Biscuit the rabbit and Jasmine a Lineolated Parakeet. I love spending time kayaking, swimming and gardening with my husband and three teenaged children.

Dr. Brigitte Rudolf

I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002.  Shortly after I moved to Vancouver to work in an emergency clinic and in an ICU of a referral hospital.  In 2008 my husband and I moved back to Ontario to be closer to family and live in a  more rural setting.  After looking for the perfect practice I was thrilled to join the team at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic in April 2009. I feel fortunate to be part of such a great team, and be able to practice high quality medicine and offer excellent care to all my patients.  I feel lucky to have a job I love that gives me so much fulfillment on a daily basis. 

I have a special interest in emergency medicine, surgery and exotic medicine.  When not at work I help my husband on our sheep farm east of Orono.  Our farm is shared with our border collies Jake and Blue, our sheep guardian dogs Maggie, Saiko and Romelus, our cats Maxine and Sam and my horses Frodo and Tristan.  When not spending time with my animals or at work I enjoy hiking, reading, pottery, gardening and travelling.

Dr. Vanessa Tonn

Growing up in Kamloops, British Columbia, I was always that kid who loved animals; there was never a barn cat or a stray dog that I didn’t want to (and sometimes try to) bring home. I had always considered veterinary medicine as a possible career choice, but it wasn’t until I volunteered at a clinic and watched my first surgery that I was hooked! I graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2012, and immediately gained a position at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic covering a year-long maternity leave. One year became three, after which I moved back to Saskatoon while my husband completed his schooling. Once we were finished in the prairies, I was fortunate enough to return to the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic, practicing such high-quality medicine and care.

My veterinary interests continue to expand daily, but currently include behavioural medicine, dermatology and nutrition. At heart I am still that kid who wants to bring every animal home, and currently have: three cats, Heinrich, Finnegan, and Nicholas; an Australian cattle-dog cross (who is my constant inspiration for my interest in behavioural issues), Surrey; and my horse, Silk. In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, photography, yoga, painting and of course horse-back riding.

Sandra McBride, Practice Manager

I am honoured to be a part of this magnificent team. I graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 and began a career in Finance Administration, but my true passion came calling and I began working here in June 2004. It is a pleasure to work in an environment dedicated to the health and well being of animals and to work with such an amazing, compassionate caring group of people. All of the staff here understand and appreciate the human animal bond and work tirelessly to promote and strengthen that bond. 

I am also the Vice-Chair of the Safe Families Safe Pets Network-Durham; the purpose of the Network is to provide safe housing for the pets of women entering the VAW (Violence Against Women) shelter system.

I also enjoy nursing stray and injured wildlife back to health, my family jokes they never know what I am going to bring home from work, I say it's the perks of my job! I am delighted to share my home with my  dog  MacTavish, cat Pierce, Amazon Parrot Dorian and Cockatiel Stefaan as well as my husband Liam and son Eamon.  If you ever have any questions or comments please contact me or stop in for a chat.

Diane McGill, RVT

I graduated from Centralia College in 1979 in the veterinary technician program and obtained my Registered Veterinary Technician status as soon as it was introduced in the late 1980's. I have a special interest in nursing care,nutrition and dentistry,but enjoy all aspects of the veterinary field. I will have been part of the BVC team for 30 year in August.What has kept me here so long? I love the clinics dedication to excellent animal care, progressive medicine and the nurturing of the human-animal bond. The staff at the clinic are like my second family and it is wonderful to be able to share my love of animals with all of them. Outside of work I love being outdoors and hiking with my girl Kenzie, a wonderful 5 year old Siberian Husky.My daughter now owns a French Bulldog who we all adore and who joins Kenzie and I on many occasions for walks through the woods. She actually thinks she is a big dog which is so typical of her breed. I also love horseback riding and gardening. I live in a rural area with my husband, Brian and two daughters, Julia and Andrea. Along with Kenzie I also share my  house with Gideon a very independent Domestic Short Haired cat. My barn is home to three horses, a very special Miniature donkey named Harriet and six gorgeous and well loved barn cats.

I was also honored to receive the 2007 R.V.T. of the year award. Although I have been at the clinic for almost 30 years I have no intention of retiring yet. There is still something new to learn everyday. I love this job!!!

Lisa McGuigan, RVT

I graduated from Northern College in 2001 as a Veterinary Technician after graduating from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998. I first began working with the team at Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic in July 2001 and went off on an extended maternity leave in  2007. Because I loved the working environment here so much I returned in March of 2010. At work I enjoy educating clients, especially about preventive medicine and dental hygiene.

Outside of work I enjoy horseback riding, camping and canoeing. I live with my husband and 3 daughters, Amber, Emily and Courtney. We live on a hobby farm with lots of room for my border collie to roam, where our 3 horses and pony also live and inside our cat rules the house.

Chantelle Oliver, RVT

I graduated from St. Lawrence College in 2009 in the Veterinary Technology Program and soon after obtained my Registered Veterinary Technician status.  I began doing my placement for school at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic in May 2009 and became a permanently part of the team in July 2009.  I have a special interest in wildlife, exotics, dentistry and physical rehabilitation. The most fulfilling part of my job is when I am able to nurse a sick or injured patient so that they can recover and go home with their family.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband Ryan, two lovely labrador retrievers Reggie and Bacardi, 3 cats Lewis, Babes, Sammy and fish Bubbles. I also love being outdoors, gardening and cleaning.

Lori Bozian, RVT

I graduated from Seneca College's Registered Veterinary Technician program in 1995 and was the proud recipient of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association's "Veterinary Technician Award" presented for "Above Average Standing With An Emphasis On Clinical Practice".  I went straight into Emergency Medicine helping to set up the newly opened Emergency Clinic of Durham where I worked as a full time RVT for 5 years. Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic has always been my Clinic of choice for my own pets and where I also currently work as part of the RVT team.

My other passions include breeding and showing Bull Terriers, scuba diving,  photography, traveling and various crafts. I share my home with 4 Bully's  Dottie, Scarlet, Luna & Buzz. and my husband Jack.

Karen Gilkes, RVT

I graduated with honors from St Clair College in 1995 and obtained my registration status that same year. After gaining some experience at a referral hospital, I moved overseas to work with a veterinarian in the beautiful island of Barbados. That was a very interesting and enjoyable experience! I worked in a mixed practice which specialized in companion animals as well as horses.

Six years later I met my wonderful husband, Christian, and we moved back to Toronto for new work opportunities. It wasn't long before I found myself back in the same referral hospital I worked in before going away. I worked in the specialties of emergency and critical care as well as surgery. This experience added greatly to my level of confidence and technical skill as a Registered Veterinary Technician. After moving to Bowmanville 7 years ago I am now proud to be a part of the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic team!!!

Karin Klich, RVT

I recently graduated the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in Orillia in 2013, and obtained my full registration status that same year. When I lived in Orillia I volunteered at Stonegate Farms, which is a therapeutic horse riding farm for disabled children, and I loved seeing the healing power of the human-animal bond. I did both of my placements at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic, in 2012, and 2013 and was hired shortly after in June 2013, and I absolutely love it (not only the clinic but the people in it). The best part of being a Veterinary Technician is that you are constantly learning something new all of the time, not only from peers, but also from the clients. My favorite parts of being a vet tech are being able to participate in surgical procedures, lab work, as well as getting to see all the different critters that come in to our doors, and it certainly does not stop there.

I currently live on my own, with my two cats Maddy, and Henry, as well as my two rats Ophelia and Sage. I am looking forward to moving into a house in the country and expanding my animal family with a couple dogs, and some horses too.

Shelley Monroe, RVT

I graduated with honours and awards in 2014 from the Veterinary Technician Program at Georgian College in Orillia. I obtained my Registration status (RVT) immediately after graduating that same year. During my externship, while attending school and shortly after, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a large variety of animals. I obtained employment working with an equine surgeon, a large animal DVM, an emergency clinic and my favourite was with the doctors and staff at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic working with exotics, companion animals and wildlife.

After creating and developing a successful local family business and having my sons old enough to step in, I felt that it was time for me to pursue my lifelong dream and passion to work with animals. I am proud to be a part of this amazing dedicated team of professionals at the BVC. All of the staff here work so well together to provide the best care possible to every animal we see. We strive to help educate our clients to ultimately strengthen the relationship with their pet. 

When not at the clinic you can find me with my husband taking care of business or with our family and friends either out on our boat, competing on horseback or at home on our hobby farm caring for the horses, German Shepherd “Tequila”, Yorkie “Bandit”, “Slick” the snake and “Beckham” the barn cat.

Joanne Mulder, Vet Assistant

I have been lucky enough to be part of the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic team since October 2004.  I am fortunate that I am able to work in the treatment room helping through surgeries and with patients that are admitted to the hospital.  I also work at the reception desk where I get to greet the clients and meet their pets. I look forward to coming to work each day as I learn something new everyday and working with others that love every animal as much as I do. I live with my husband  and our new baby Golden Retreiver, Gemma.

I have two grown children who I spend alot of time with.

Patty Seaton, Receptionist

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  Having worked in the auto industry as well as the airline industry, I can definitely say that my 20 years at Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic have been the most interesting and gratifying of my working career.  I continue to be humbled by the human/animal bond I witness every day. 

My life away from the clinic involves my three grown children, my three cats, as well as exercise, sports, community theatre and lots and lots of reading.

Laurie Hancock, Receptionist

I finally decided what I wanted to do with my life when I started at the clinic in October of 2005. It is the most rewarding and fulfilling position I have ever held, there is nothing like wagging tails and puppy breath.  Outside of work I enjoy crafting, and hiking with my lovely dog Lindi.


 Shaylene Vessio-Kerr, Receptionist

I've been a part of the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic family since summer of 2015 and love every minute of it. Being able to make a difference in people's lives and support them through the good times and the bad, gives me the constant reassurance that I am in the right field. It is continuously rewarding to be able to see the joy that animals bring to our clients (and our staff!) and caring for their loved ones. I am grateful to my co-workers for their continuous support and the generous team work that each of them offer which makes coming to work enjoyable. When I'm not at work I enjoy traveling, trying out new restaurants, spending time with my husband, family, friends and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Jackson.


Carter, CEC (Chief Executive Cat)


Phoebe,VIC (Very Important Cat)