Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Team of Lake Country Animal Hospital located in the Orillia area! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at (705) 326-4800 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Tracey Rogers RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician, Office Manager

Tracey joined the practice in October 2011. She attended the veterinary technician program at Seneca College and graduated in 2003. Following her graduation, Tracey completed her registration exam with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and has been a member in good standing ever since. Within the practice, Tracey enjoys working with the veterinarians during surgery and anesthesia and has also taken on the challenging role of Office Manager. At home, Tracey and her husband keep busy with their young daughter and son, as well as their Labrador puppy Toothless and 2 cats Sweet and Spicy. Tracey grew up in Orillia, and enjoys spending her time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors with camping and kayaking and quilting when the weather is not co-operative.

Betty Boop
Assistant Manager, Quality Control and Security

Betty joined the practice in June 2019 after hearing of a vacancy for the live-in role. She enjoys spending her days assisting Tracey with paperwork, ensuring quality pet care by sampling the staff’s scratches and snuggles,  and quality control of the staff lunches/pet foods.

She is sure to be found joining us at our morning and afternoon rounds daily to keep apprised of the days tasks. She can also be found enjoying any sunny spots throughout the clinic or trying to comfort the patients in the hospital.

Nicole Shellswell, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician

Nicole started at the practice in April 2010. She attended Georgian College, and graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program in 2010. Nicole has been a member of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians in good standing since completing her registration exam in 2010. Within the field of veterinary medicine, Nicole enjoys working in the laboratory, specifically surrounding hematology, and has a strong interest in both feline medicine and radiology. She is a member of the dart team at the Ladies Moose Lodge Dart League. Nicole has an energetic kitten named Castiel and a handsome orange tabby named Merlin.

Krista LaRochelle, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician

Krista joined the practice in 2016 and after graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College. She has enjoyed learning in all aspects of the clinic and is a Registered Veterinary Technician in good standing. She has a talent for dental radiography and is always willing to lend a hand wherever needed.

In her spare time Krista enjoys spending time at her family cottage, kayaking and spending quality time with her thoroughbred mare Ange.

When at home she enjoys the company of her loving cat Maisie.

Chelsea Rutledge
Client Care Representative

Chelsea joined the practice in December 2019 after working in an emergency clinic for 5 years. Having gone to Georgian College for Indigenous Studies & Community Development and a year at Lakehead University for Social Work she decided that her calling was to help animals, not people. Having volunteered in several shelters and rescues, the veterinary world was an easy transition.

When Chelsea is not at the clinic, she can be found at home with her husband, two cats, and dog or at the barn spending time with her horse.

Rebecca Terkildsen
Client Care Representative

Rebecca joined the practice in August 2020. She is enjoying learning new skills and continuing her education in the different aspects of veterinary medicine. Rebecca and her husband have 2 children and enjoy spending time together with their French bulldog Mazy. She is looking forward to patient care and interacting with clients.

Tara McGarvey
Client Care Representative

Tara joined our team in the fall of 2021 after graduating from the Centre for Distance Education Medical Office Assistant program. Tara is very excited to utilise her new skills and to learn many more in this fulfilling career in veterinary medicine.
As a lifelong advocate and lover of animals this felt like the perfect way to honour her passion and contribute to the community that she lives in and loves.
When at home, Tara enjoys spending family time with her husband and 4 children, along with her dogs Luke and Leia, and kitty Merlin. She likes to spend her time working in the garden, boating, and baking!

Sarah McGowan
Client Care Representative

Sarah joined the practice in June 2018 and has been working at the clinic every summer since.  She just finished the third year of her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph, and will be applying to the Ontario Veterinary College in the fall. She has enjoyed learning in all aspects of the clinic, with special focus on client care and veterinary assistance. Sarah especially enjoys shadowing the veterinarians, observing surgeries and lending a hand to the technicians whenever needed.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys horseback riding, spending time at home with her three dogs, cat and bird, and hiking with her Australian Shepherd, Caia.