Dr. Elva Ma
Dr. Ma was born in Vancouver, B.C., but moved to the Toronto area at the age of 1 and has lived there ever since. Having had a lifelong passion for animals, her desire to become a veterinarian grew at an early age. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at the University of Toronto, followed by a Masters degree in Biology at Queen’s University, studying hamster behavior and reproduction. In 2008, she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Her professional interests include surgery, dentistry, animal behavior, and small mammal medicine. Dr. Ma currently lives in midtown Toronto with her husband Scott, daughter Hazel, and Finnigan, her sweet and loving feline. When not at the clinic, she spends her time listening to music, singing karaoke, bike riding, and chasing after her energetic toddler. She also loves exploring the city and is always in search of the next hiking trail or hidden gem to share with her family.
Dr. Maria Pilar Villanueva Caro
¡ahora ofrecemos servicios en español! Dr. Villanueva was raised on a farm in Patagonia, Chile, and has always been in contact with animals. Growing up in this environment allowed her to develop a passion for science, environmentalism, medicine and animal welfare. She began her studies at the “Universidad Austral de Chile (Southern University of Chile)”in 2000, and holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Biology as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After coming to Canada, she completed all requirements to obtain her license to practice in North America, so you could say she’s become a doctor twice in her lifetime! Dr. Villanueva is fluent in Spanish, and is happy to discuss pet care with owners in their native language.
Dr. Alison Young
Dr. Young completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science at the University of Guelph, followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. Since graduation, she has worked in both Cambridge and Toronto. She has worked and volunteered at a variety of veterinary clinics, farms and sanctuaries with dogs, cats, companion avian and exotic species, horses, miniature donkeys and alpacas in Canada and abroad. She has a special interest in rabbit medicine and surgery, and has completed numerous continuing education courses in companion animal exotic mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, rats and more!)
Pets have always been a part of her life. She grew up with rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, a hedgehog, cats, fish and fostered many others! Currently, she has 3 cats, Nala, Kiko and Sassy, as well as a beautiful collection of tropical fish. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, figure skating, camping and traveling.
- College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO)
- Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)
Dr. Benita Suen
Dr. Suen was born in Toronto, but spent half her life in Hong Kong before returning to Canada to pursue both her undergraduate and veterinary degree at the University of Guelph. She currently resides in Scarborough with her relatives and her pesky bunny, Batman. Outside of Veterinary medicine, she spends her time hiking, going to the gym and doing muay thai. She loves to travel and will spend sporadic getaway weekends exploring neighbouring cities and towns.
Jen B, RVT
Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician
Hi! My name is Jen, but many people call me JB. I grew up on a farm a few hours away before finishing college and coming to Toronto in 2006. I then spent 4 years working at a pet supply store while running my own dog walking business. Spending so much time outside, I often found injured animals that needed help. Inspired, I took a wildlife rehabilitation course that ignited my interest in medicine, and was immediately drawn to the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College. I graduated with honours in 2013 and took my licensing exams to become an RVT, picking up experience at a hospital in Newmarket before finding my home with Wellesley in early 2014. I took over as practice manager in late 2016, and couldn’t be happier to be in a position where I can help both pets and people!
Pets: A grumpy calico cat named Frost (see picture; that’s her best smile!).
Fun Fact: I love space exploration and I’ve been a member of the Planetary Society since 2012; my name is actually in space, on board NASA’s OSIRIS REx vehicle, currently completing a mission to the asteroid Bennu.
Heroes: James Herriot, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Hi there! I’m Ben, the surgery RVT here at Wellesley. A native to Toronto, I’ve been with animals as early as I can remember. After I finished my secondary education, I knew I wanted to work with animals. I discovered the wonderful world of Veterinary Technician and have loved every bit of it since. Graduating from Seneca College in early 2016, I was immediately picked up by Wellesley. I got my RVT license in 2017 and love spending my days helping pets and people alike!
Pets: A crazy zoo consisting of 2 cats, Max and Juno, and 2 dogs, a German Shepherd named Oscar and a Shepherd mix named Spencer.
Fun Fact: I’m the reigning Karaoke Champion of Wellesley, 2 years running.
Heroes: Luke Skywalker
Lead Client Services Representative
Hello, I’m Jen! I have always had a passion for working with animals. After volunteering at an animal hospital when I was just 18 years old, I knew that I had found my calling. I have since had the chance to work at a few different veterinary clinics around Toronto, and Wellesley “adopted” me and has been my “furrever” home since 2012 🙂 I also run my own company called Heartbeat at my Feet, providing pet sitting and home care services for cats, dogs, and exotic animals. Feel free to ask me for more information if you’re in need for your own furry family members!
Pets: Two rescue cats, Robot Tiger Escobar and Slash Mittens Perez (aka Mr. Slashy Pants).
Fun Fact: My cat Slash is polydactyl, and has 23 toes!
Heroes: David Bowie
Client Services Representative
Hi, I’m Amie! I transferred from our sister clinic Front Street Animal Hospital in the fall of 2016, and in addition to my CSR role I also help out in the back as a veterinary assistant. I was enrolled in nursing for two years until deciding to change career paths to animals, my absolute passion since a little girl. I graduated from Durham College’s Animal Care program in mid-2016, and joined this family of clinics a short time after. I can now usually be found out front singing along to a song or helping out people with their pets any way I can.
Pets: Two adorable holland lops named Bentley and Lala, known colloquially as “the buns,” an adopted brown spotted tabby cat son named Conrad, and most recently I provided the “furrever” home to our clinic cat Todd!
Fun Fact: I also do pet sitting and in-home care when I’m not in the clinic!
Heroes: Jake from Adventure Time and Bill Murray
Client Services Representative
Hello, my name is Kirstyn! I’m the newest CSR at Wellesley, joining the team in mid 2017. I graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2014, and began my journey to find a meaningful career where I could help people. The pieces of the puzzle came together, as I realized that my love for animals, interest in the medical field, and desire to make a difference could be channeled productively by working in an animal hospital. Shortly after, I found the perfect fit at Wellesley, and couldn’t be happier!
Pets: Fur-baby, Keelee (pictured).
Fun Fact: Amie and I are actually childhood best friends!
Heroes: Minerva McGonegall in Harry Potter
Client Services Representative / Veterinary Assistant
Hi, I’m Chiwai! I started with Wellesley in 2015 as a high school placement student firmly set on becoming a veterinarian, have been here ever since! I’m currently working on my undergraduate degree with the aim of moving on to veterinary school. When I’m not at school you can find me here doing everything I can to help animals and gain experience. My love of pets stems from Yo-Yo, a special needs talking cockatiel that delighted me as a kindergartener, and Diamond, a handsome and brave Bichon Frise. Our adventures together arere the stuff of legends! I couldn’t be happier to contribute to Toronto’s pet community and dedicate my life to caring for animals in need.
Pets: Diamond the Bichon Frise
Fun Facts: I speak Cantonese, and my favourite song is Fly Like An Eagle
Heroes: Dr. Ma 🙂