Meet Our Veterinarians And Staff

We are a dedicated and passionate team of animal lovers who will provide the best care for your animals.

The Alcona Animal Hospital Team

Anne Paquette former allendale vet in Barrie now owns alcona animal hospital

Dr. Anne Paquette


Dr. Anne Paquette graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2002.

Just after graduation she began working at a local veterinary hospital where she stayed for 10 years. In May of 2012 she along with Dr. Neilan decided to open a veterinary hospital in Alcona.

It has been a very exciting time. Now that the hospital is open, she is happy that she is finally back to doing what she loves; helping pets live a happy and healthy life and promoting the human-animal bond.

During her time away from the clinic Dr. Paquette can be found spending time with her husband Rob and their two children Parker and Grace as well as her three dogs Crosby, Charlotte and Owen.  The family has also recently welcomed a new Scottish Fold cat named Olive!

Paul Neilan Alcona Veterinarian

Dr. Paul Neilan


Dr. Paul Neilan graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1996.

He had worked since then at a local small animal hospital until deciding along with Dr. Paquette to open their brand new clinic in Alcona. It has been a wonderful adventure and he is enjoying meeting all the new clients as well as seeing some familiar faces.

He lives locally with his wife Diane and their 2 daughters. The house is shared with an Australian Shepherd named Bindi, a new rescued lab mix named Carlton and their cat Diego. 

His interests include golf, soccer, hearing a good joke and living life to the fullest.

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Dr. Kyla Mayrhofer


Kyla is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

Kyla's love for animals began at a young age with her family's miniature poodles and lead her to explore many aspects of veterinary medicine, including work with milking sheep, horses, exotic and companion animals.

She has a passion for volunteering overseas in disadvantaged communities and has been involved in spay-neuter initiatives in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Bahamas. Closer to home her interests include dentistry and senior pet care.

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Dr. Sarah Divito


Dr. Sarah Divito is a graduate of the Ontario veterinary College. Her love for animals big and small is what drew her to a career in veterinary medicine.

Her special interests includes preventative care, pain management, and building relationships with pets and clients. She is excited to meet all your furry companions but extra cuddles will be always be given to golden retrievers!!

In her free time Sarah enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and all the other outdoor activities this area has to offer. She is almost always accompanied by her fur-baby Winston.

Lori Alcona Animal Hospital


Practice Manager

Lori joined our staff in 2013.  She attained  her Honours BSc. degree from the University of Guelph in 1994. She is also a veterinary technician, having graduated with high honours and gained her registration status in 1997 from Seneca College. 

Lori enjoys meeting and assisting all of our patients and clients.    Lori is thrilled to be part of such an amazing staff and health care team.  She looks forward to making sure every visit you and your pet has at our hospital is a great experience!  

When not working at the clinic, you can find Lori watching her daughter's volleyball tournaments, reading a good book, or spending quality time with her family.  Her family likes to hike with their Labradour Retriever's Maverick and Kiki, and their newest addition Callie, a 6 year old Cockapoo.  The family also has two cat's Ellie and Soleil.  

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Customer Service Representative

Renata has been working in the animal care field for over a decade, both behind the scenes and on the front desk. She truly enjoys the daily interaction with our patients and clients.

When not working, Renata enjoys camping with her family, holistic nutrition/cooking and reading. She is a mom to a son and daughter, her sweet Rottweiler, Shelby, an English Bull Terrier mix named Faith and a bearded dragon, Lily. Before starting her human family Renata rescued many dogs, cats, rabbits and even a squirrel.

We are very lucky to have Renata join our team!  She looks forward to seeing you and your pets every day! 

Sarah Miller Alcona Animal Hospital


 Customer Service Representative

Sarah previously worked as a legal assistant but has found her calling working in the animal care industry. She loves her role as first point of contact for clients and assisting them wherever needed. 
When not working, Sarah enjoys fitness, cooking delicious vegetarian meals and cheering her marathoning husband on in races. 
One of her passions is animal rescue and often has a foster dog at home, she has a soft spot for the seniors! She shares her home with her adopted Border Collie, Sadie, who keeps her on her toes. 
We are so happy to have Sarah as a member of our team and we know you will be too!!
Vet assistant in Innsifil at Alcona Animal Hospital


Veterinary Assistant

Diane has been working for many years in the animal care field and is a valued part of the Alcona Animal Hospital team.

You will meet her up front at reception greeting clients or helping out with the pets in the treatment area.

Diane lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters locally. They have a Mini Australian Shepherd named Bindi and most recently added a lab mix named Carl to the mix!


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Veterinary Assistant 

Amber was a Co-op student at Alcona Animal Hospital in 2013 and is now working as one of our Veterinary Assistants. She is thrilled to be back working with us! 
You can find Amber at reception or helping out with patients in the treatment area. Her favourite part of her job is preparing patients for surgery and monitoring them while they recover from anesthesia. 
Amber and her family share their home with two dogs; Malakai and Gizmo. They also have three cats; Charlie, Theo, and her most recent rescue, Oliver. In her spare time she loves to be outside with her dogs and watching her boyfriend Sean play hockey. 
Amber  feels very honoured to be starting her career along such caring and passionate individuals and we are lucky to have her! 
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Veterinary Assistant

Kaitlin graduated from the Veterinary Assistant Program at Seneca College with honours in 2018 and has enjoyed the transition into a working as a veterinary assistant at Alcona Animal Hospital. 

She feels fortunate to work with staff that share her love for animals and have the same passion for patient care. Her favourite part of the job is seeing the patients recover and rehabilitate over time with care and compassion. She also has a strong interest in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.  

Kaitlin is the proud owner of two horses, Darling and Domino, two rabbits Jessica and Roger, a little dog named Angel and a recently rescued cat, Mia. When she's not riding horses, she can be found cuddled up with her animals reading her favourite books. 

We are very happy to have Kaitlin join our team!



Liz Alcona Animal Hospital


Exam Room Assistant

Elizabeth graduated from the Veterinary Assistant Program at Georgian College in 2013 and has since worked in veterinary clinics in and around Barrie. 

She adores animals and loves being in this field of work.  She is the proud mother to her fur baby Macy, the stubborn yet loveable beagle/bulldog.  She also adopted a Shar Pei mix named Sadie! When she is not at work Elizabeth loves spending quality time with her husband Chris and family and friends with Macy and Sadie by her side.  She also loves photography. 

Elizabeth is thrilled to be part of the amazing team here at Alcona Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting you and your beloved pets!

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Exam Room Assistant

Exam Room Assistant


Kate Watson Alcona Animal Hospital


Exam Room Assistant

Kate began her career in the animal field 18 years ago. It was her pleasure to work with Dr. Paquette and Dr. Neilan in the beginning of her career and she is thrilled to be working with them again!

One of Kate's passions is pet nutrition and she loves being able to help educate owners as to the major role it plays in their pets health.  Kate graduated with Honours from Cedar Valley College as a Certified Veterinary Assistant.  Kate has also studied canine massage and has achieved her Reiki Masters level in energy work.  She is affectionately known in some circles as "Voodoo Kate". 

Kate shares her home with a 5 month old English White Golden Retriever named Luna and right now she is learning the importance of manners!  Kate and her partner Trish are working towards a well trained Luna and they know that will take a lot of patience but it will be well worth it!  They have also adopted a Scottish Fold cat named Olivia. 

It is with great joy and pride that Kate joins the team at Alcona Animal Hospital as Dr. Paquette's Exam Room Assistant.


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Exam Room Assistant




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Registered Veterinary Technician Supervisor

Justine joined our team this past summer and we are very lucky to have her! 

Justine graduated from Trent University with a Bachelors of Business Degree and has a specialization in Human Resources.  In 2014 she graduated from Northern College as a veterinary technician and passed her VTNE exam that same year allowing her to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.  Justine still had a desire to learn and went on to get an advanced diploma in Wildlife Rehabilitation in 2015.

She loves sharing her home with her two cats, Hamlet (taken in as a stray) and Tux whom she adopted while attending school.  Her dog Nova is a sweet lovable girl whom she also adopted from school!

An initial dream to work with exotics and wildlife led her to do her placement on a wildlife reserve in South Africa!  Luckily she came back to Canada and followed her passion to help companion animals live long healthy lives with their humans!  Justine loves animal behaviour and helping clients and patients with behaviour modification techniques to enrich the human animal bond. 

In her spare time, Justine enjoys baking, spending time outside with Nova and cheering on her favourite sports teams, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Pittsburgh Steelers!

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Registered Veterinary Technician

 Ashley graduated in 2017 from Georgian college's Veterinary Technician program. Shortly thereafter she passed the VTNE exam and became a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She joined our team in March of 2018 and we are so glad she did! 

She has also completed an Animal care worker and enforcement program earning an honours certificate, as well as a pre-health certificate all from Georgian College. She has volunteered in several different aspects of animal care but has always been interested in small animal medicine and behavior. Ashley has plans to learn more about wildlife husbandry and medicine in the future.

At home, she and her boyfriend Jesse spoil their cat named “Meeka" and enjoy camping, fishing and getting outdoors anytime they can. Ashley loves being part of a team helping provide excellent health care for your pets!


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Registered Veterinary Technician


Nicole Sled Alcona Animal Hospital


Registered Veterinary Technician

 Nicole joined the team at Alcona Animal Hospital as a part-time Registered Veterinary Technician in June of 2017.  She comes to us with 20 years of experience having starting working in clinics at the age of 16.

Nicole graduated with honours from the Northern College Veterinary Technician program in 2002.  She then passed her registration exam with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians that same year.  Nicole has worked in clinics in the Muskoka area and in Barrie during her career.

When not working, Nicole enjoys being a mom to her son Max and her daughter Claire.

Nicole is also a proud mom to her Border Collie Mix Peca and her large black and white cat named Stiffler, both of whom she adopted from the Muskoka OSPCA. 



Alcona Animal Hospital Retired Catbassador!

Simon, our handsome clinic cat for the last 6.5 years, has retired to a staff members home.  He will be missed around the hospital but we know he will enjoy lazing around in his new home and will make frequent visits!   

Louie clinic cat alcona animal hospital


Alcona Animal Hospital Catbassador!

Louie found us when he showed up in our parking lot soon after our  new facility opened!  After not being claimed for a month or so we decided he was meant to be part of our team!!  Louie is a pretty chill cat who is not phased by any of the patients we see here.  You can usually find Louie sunning himself in the middle of the floor or walking across your computer as you work!  Please say hi to Louie next time you visit!