Meet the veterinary team of March Road Veterinary Hospital and Dunrobin Veterinary Clinic in Kanata and Dunrobin Ontario! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call March Road Veterinary Hospital at 613-591-2408 or Dunrobin Vet Clinic at 613-832-4444 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!
Dr. Andrzej Olender graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1990. He opened his small animal and equine mobile practice on March Road in 1991. Soon after, in 1994, he acquired the Dunrobin Veterinary Clinic. “Dr. O.”, his wife and four children have lived in North Kanata since the early 1990s. They share their home with three cats, Veggie, Zelda and Norma. Why Veggie? Well, she was found at a local grocery store in the vegetable department, hence her name. After being brought to the March Road Veterinary Hospital, Veggie was quickly adopted by Dr. O. In his spare time, Dr. O. likes to spend time in his family’s garden (it’s a big garden!), downhill skiing, and learning new languages. Although Dr. O. has special interests in many aspects of veterinary medicine, his main focus is in surgery, ultrasound, and dentistry. He is one of the few subspecialists repairing cruciate ligaments with TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) surgery and various extra-capsular techniques, like the Arthrex TightRope, the SwivelLock Knottless techniques, and the Arthrex Corkscrew and FASTak techniques. Dr. O enjoys mentoring new veterinarians, as well as students. He insists on continuing education. Even with two growing practices, he continues to keep up his interest in equine medicine and provides services to the Dunrobin horse community.
Dr. Farhad Ghasemi
Dr. Farhad Ghasemi, “Dr. G”, graduated in 1992 from the University of Tehran. He practiced veterinary medicine in Iran before moving to Canada with his family in 2005. He completed a residency in Equine Reproduction and Field Services and received his MSc from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Dr. G has worked at small animal emergency hospitals in Windsor and Ottawa and joined the March Road Veterinary Hospital team in November 2012. Dr. G particularly enjoys emergency medicine, surgery, ultrasound and dentistry. He has completed specialty courses in root canals, extensive dentistry and ultrasonography. He is also developing expertise in canine cruciate repair surgeries. Dr. G enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.
Dr. Robert Olender
Dr. Robert Olender graduated with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017 after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Robert was born and raised in Kanata and is excited to finally return home and begin practicing. He has worked at the March Road and Dunrobin hospitals since he was young, wearing several different hats working as a kennel assistant, receptionist, and taking many responsibilities of a technician. Being the son of practice owner Dr. Andrzej Olender, veterinary medicine was always in the air and in his blood. Having a father who is a veterinarian shaped and granted Robert the opportunities to pursue Vet Med as a career. Apart from his coveted puppy/kitten appointments, Robert has a keen interest in dermatology, surgery, and preventative medicine. Robert enjoys hockey, fishing, travelling, and manages to make the odd quilt in his spare time. He shares his home with the love of his life, Norma J. Jean. She is a beautiful young tabby who loves exploring different parks around Ottawa on her harness.
Dr. Leslie Dalton – In Memoriam
On January 18, 2017, our dear colleague, Dr. Leslie Dalton, passed away from breast cancer at the age of 40. Dr. Dalton was a hard-working, dedicated professional who lived her life with purpose, balance, grace and quiet confidence. Throughout her life, Leslie was incredibly kind, and exemplified care and compassion for those around her. Dr. Dalton will be forever missed and remembered for her brilliant mind, strong independent spirit, and generous heart.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Tina is the head technician at March Road Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1996. She has been part of the MRVH team since September 1996. Tina, husband Scott, and three daughters Sierra, Madison, and Sydney share their home with Jasper, a beautiful furry cat! She also has a lovely horse, Bradley. In her spare time, (when it comes around!), is spent horseback riding, reading and hiking.
Krissy is a Registered Veterinary Technician with a passion for anesthesia and multi-modal pain control. She graduated from Algonquin College program in 2009 and has been working with us since. Krissy has two wonderful and energetic sons’ Zayden and Lincoln, two cats Kiefer and Radar, and a very patient boyfriend Andrew. After growing up in Arnprior, Krissy moved to the city to attend school, though still dreams of moving back to the country.
Andrea graduated from St. Lawrence College in Kingston and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1992. She has worked in various clinics around Ontario, Belleville, Stoney Creek, Carleton Place, Almonte and now here at March Road and Dunrobin Clinic, since 2007. Andrea lives in Carleton Place with her husband Earl and 2 boys, Noah and Connor. They have 4 cats, Melvin, Rosie, Abby and Gus, a leopard gecko named Geckster and gold fish. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys photography, camping, biking, kayaking and traveling. For the last 9 years, Andrea has fostered orphaned baby raccoons through the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. She bottle feeds them from about 5 weeks old, and then releases them at around 5 months old before the snow falls.
Tobie – Practice Manager
Tobie is a graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program at Algonquin College. Tobie joined the team on a part-time basis in 2007 and became a full-time employee in 2008. She currently oversees the day-to-day operations of both clinics. Tobie enjoys spending her free time on her little hobby farm with her husband, three dogs, two cats and her horse.
Holly – Clinic Manager
Holly grew up in Constance Bay, after making the big move from England at the age of two. She now lives near White Lake with her husband, son, and Makayla, a 13 & 1/2 year old Rottweiller. She has always had a love for animals and followed her passion by working her way into the animal care field. She started off working as a manager of a local boarding kennel while completing the Veterinary Assistant program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Holly joined our team in March 2013 and you will mostly see her making sure things are running smoothly at the Dunrobin Veterinary Clinic. She is always eager to learn new things and has no problem helping out wherever and whenever!
Client Service Representatives
Ashlee joined our team in December 2016. Ashlee grew up on a military base and had the good fortune of staying in one place most of her life. Her family is from the beautiful province of Newfoundland. At age 18 she began her first job as a kennel attendant and got her veterinary assistant certification through distance education while continuing to work in clinic. In 2013 Ashlee and her bulldog brinks decided to move to Ottawa and she now works as a Client Service Representative at the March Road Veterinary Hospital and the Dunrobin Veterinary Clinic. Ashlee and her boyfriend recently added a little girl to the family, her name is Mila and she is a sassy English bulldog who annoys her big brother Brinks daily.
Julie is originally from Northern Ireland. Her family emigrated to Canada in 1974 settling in the suburbs of Toronto. Julie completed her Animal Sciences diploma course in 1998 and eagerly entered the animal care industry shortly thereafter. An avid animal lover, Julie is a “lifer” having never lived a single moment without having a pet her entire life! Wife, mother and grandmother, Julie is kept busy with her family, work and pets. Which include three misbehaving cats, Copper, Simon and Midnight and her granddog, Scotch. In 2017, the whole family moved to Dunrobin and Julie was thrilled to join the March Road and Dunrobin team in September as a CSR.
Stephanie joined the March Road and Dunrobin veterinary team in 2003, upon completion of the Veterinary assistant program at Algonquin College. She lives by the river in Constance Bay with her daughter Ella, 4 cats. Orphaned or injured wildlife seem to find their way to her quite often. Helping them is a most rewarding and interesting heartfelt responsibility.
Laura started at March Road Veterinary Hospital in September 2016 as a co-op student, where she did a full year of co-op and did such a fantastic job we added her on as part of our team. She is currently enrolled in the Pre-Health and Science Pathways program at Algonquin College and plans to continue into the Veterinary Technician program. She has a dog named Digger, three cats, Callie, Gypsy and Bear and is heavily involved in the community 4-H club where she shows Beef Cattle and Market Hogs.