Maddie joined our team in the spring of 2019. Coming as a fresh graduate of the Veterinary Office Admin. & Approved Veterinary Assistant from Ridgetown University of Guelph. She grew up in Clifford and now currently lives in Belgrave with her boyfriend, cats Milo & Luna and golden retriever, Bauer. Maddie can be found at the front desk answering the phone and communicating with clients. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, cuddling her pets and helping at her grandparents restaurant.
Graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006, Annika came directly to the Ripley-Huron Veterinary Clinic to start her career and continues to be a cornerstone of the team. Born and raised in the rural Kincardine-Ripley area, Annika has enjoyed being able to come home and work with the large diversity of species and clientele this area has to offer. In her spare time, she likes reading, walking, riding and volunteering with non-profit charities and organizations.
Dr. DeGroot was born and raised on a pig farm near Zurich, Ontario. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006 and has since worked in mixed animal practices for 5 years. Mike has been with the Ripley-Huron Veterinary Clinic team since 2010. He currently resides in Wingham with his wife, Tracy, and three children. When he isn't working, his hobbies include playing hockey and baseball.
Veterinary Technician & Receptionist
Jessica graduated received her diploma in Veterinary Technology from Georgian College in 2011. in 2011 she also started working as a receptionist/technician at the Huron Shores Veterinary Service in Port Elgin - a satellite office of the Ripley Huron Veterinary Clinic. Jessica owns three cats - 'Scarface', 'Zoey' and 'Sophie', whom she loves very much. She grew up with three brothers and four sisters on a farm in the Kincardine area. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, playing video games and playing the piano. Jessica is currently working on earning her 'registered' status as a Veterinary Technician.
Debbie graduated in 1988 from Centralia College of Agriculture Technology from the Animal Health Technician program. She grew up on a beef farm near Bluevale and her love of animals started at a very young age. She worked at the Seaforth Veterinary Clinic for 10 years before taking a 7 year leave of absence to raise her 4 children; Nicole, Alexa, Lucas and Zane. She started with the Ripley Veterinary Clinic in 2004. She is actively involved in community activities and loves to volunteer and be involved in many community programs. She recently accepted a position on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Easter Seals Society. She lives in Chepstow with her partner, Jay, and her 4 children, as well as with her step-children Damen, Amber and Jordan part-time. Her love of family includes all her children but her pets are also one of her greatest loves. She has a black lab, 'Cinder', a black lab, 'Cooper', a french bulldog 'Douglas' and a cat named 'Jack'. She has been a technician for 23 years and enjoys her job with all of her heart.
Registered Veterinary Technician & Groomer
Robyn has been working at the Ripley-Huron Veterinary Clinic since 2000. She graduated from Niagara College with a diploma in tourism marketing in 2005; however decided that the field of veterinary medicine is where she wanted to be. She then attended a pre-health course at Fanshawe College before going on to complete a full time correspondence program through Thompson Rivers University. Robyn completed her correspondence program in conjunction with the Ripley-Huron Veterinary Clinic and graduated in December 2010 as an Animal Health Technician. Robyn enjoys working as a technician, but also enjoys grooming at our Ripley and Huron Shores offices. She enjoys travelling throughout Canada and to warmer countries during the winter months in her spare time.
Jayne joined our team in 2001 as the receptionist at the Lucknow-Huron Veterinary Service, a satellite office of the Ripley-Huron Veterinary Clinic. She has always enjoyed chatting with people and loved working with animals both large and small. She is married with 2 children, 1 dog, 1 barn cat and a few dairy cattle. Jayne and her husband recently retired after more than 25 years operating a 40-cow dairy operation. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, camping, gardening and decorating.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Brianna joined our team, as a Registered Veterinary Technician, in the fall of 2018. Growing up she always knew she wanted to work with animals and then in 2014 she graduated from the Veterinary Technician program from the University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus. She grew up in London and now currently lives in Ripley with her husband and their dog Fuzzy, who is pictured here. Brianna can be found at the front desk welcoming and assisting clients, or in the back focusing on surgery, anesthesia, or lab work. When not at work Brianna enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, playing piano and horseback riding.
Clinic Cat / Princess
Slinky helped run the Ripley-Huron Vet Clinic from 2007 until her passing in March of 2020. Her favorite activities included begging for treats, grooming herself, and lying on the front desk so everyone could pet her. If not found lying at the front she could be found curled up in a warm corner of the clinic or running around outside. We all miss her dearly as she was most definitely apart of the front desk.