Our Team

Dr. Shannon Monteith , Veterinarian & Practice Owner

Education: Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Monteith is a 2001 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has worked for several mixed and companion animal practices along the Saint John River Valley. Dr. Monteith joined the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic as a part-time associate in 2003, became full time in 2008, and purchased the practice in March of 2010.

Dr. Monteith loves the challenge and variety of cases that veterinary medicine brings each and every day. She has a special interest in orthopedic surgery and animal rescue/rehabilitation.

Shannon’s ability to treat her patients as if they were her own is a quality that every pet owner desires in their vet. Her constant drive to improve her practice, learn new techniques, enhance the client relationship and positively influence the lives of their pets makes Florenceville Vet Clinic a one-of-a-kind medical endeavor. Shannon is known for having an uncanny ability to handle even the most nervous and stressed pets with kindness and compassion, always keeping their comfort level at the forefront of her treatment plan. She is a doctor unlike any other and embodies the true values of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Mildred Allison , Veterinarian

Education: Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Allison is a 1995 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. After graduation she completed a one-year internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She then worked for two years in a companion animal practice in Ontario before returning home to New Brunswick, where she opened the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic in 1999.

Dr. Allison enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine, and has a special interest in behavioral issues of dogs and cats. She is also responsible for rescuing hundreds of stray and injured animals, leading to the foundation of DunRoamin’ Stray and Rescue. Dr. Allison is now an established author and has since released two books related to her extensive experience in animal rescue.

Mildred took a step back in 2010 when Dr. Monteith purchased the practice, but she is still a very real presence in the clinic. Her devotion to the well being of her patients is top priority and her expertise with animal behavior is irreplaceable and contributes an unparalleled value to the client experience here at FVC.

Dr. Michael Rennick , Veterinarian

Dr. Rennick studied Veterinary Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College and graduated in 2007. He joined the team at the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic in March 2016 and easily made the transition from farm animal practice to companion animal medicine.

Dr. Rennick is a perfect fit at FVC with his easy-going attitude and natural skill. His enthusiasm is hard to duplicate, he takes pride in the care he provides and it is clear he was genuinely meant to become a doctor of veterinary medicine. Dr. Rennick has been certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association in Animal Chiropractic.

Dr. Ashley Scholten , Veterinarian

Dr. McCarthy graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2015 and we were excited when she offered to help out with our growing practice. Although she is only here on Saturdays, she has been a wonderful addition to FVC.

Ashley’s drive to succeed and dedication to the welfare of her patients is obvious. She treats both small and large animals through her work here and with the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture. She is a Jane of all traits!

Effectively communicating diagnosis and treatment plans with owners and her eagerness to keep learning different aspects of animal medicine are Ashley’s strongest traits. She has a bright career ahead of her and we couldn’t be happier that she is a part of our team.

Dr. Marianne Wortman​​​​​​​ , Veterinarian

We were very excited to welcome Dr. Marianne Wortman to our team in April of 2017.

Marianne was born and raised in Fredericton, NB and had always dreamed of being a veterinarian. In 2012, she achieved that dream as a graduate from the Atlantic Veterinary College. Since then, she has worked in Fredericton, NB, Conception Bay South, NL, and Moose Jaw, SK before returning to NB to settle down at Florenceville Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2017.In addition to medicine and wellness, Dr. Wortman's interests include soft tissue surgery, wildlife and reptiles. We couldn’t be happier with her decision to join our passionate group of staff.

Dr. Kristy Haines​​​​​​​ , Veterinarian

Introducing Dr. Kristy Haines! Born and raised in Carleton County, Kristy worked as a veterinary technician for 3years before going back to school at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in2007, where she had completed her BSc in Animal Science. She then went on to the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2011 and graduated in 2015 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
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Kristy moved home in July of 2018 to sign on as a full-time associate veterinarian here at FVC. Her positive energy, compassion, attention to patient comfort and overall joyous attitude have been wonderful traits that she shares with us every day and we are very fortunate to have her as part of our team.

Dr. Berdien Bakker, Veterinarian

And last but not least, introducing our newest veterinarian, Berdien! Dr. Berdien Bakker graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2019. She has been working with the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic since 2012 when she was in high school and is excited to return to her hometown to work alongside her mentors and the phenomenal team at FVC. She has two dogs, Buddy and Diesel, and loves to take them on hikes, as well as read and spend time with friends and family during her spare time. Berdien's eagerness and skill are hard to miss and we are truly blessed that she decided to come back home to practice.

Riley McIntosh , Registered Veterinary Technician

Riley grew up in Carleton County and began taking in strays and loving animals at a young age. She always knew her heart would take her somewhere in the animal field. She attended Oulton College and became a registered veterinary technician in 2012.

Riley particularly enjoys surgery, patient care and client education. She is continually learning and has undertaken extra training in Fear Free patient care, Medical Massage for Veterinary patients and Medical Acupuncture for Veterinary Technicians. The combination of Riley’s enthusiasm and ability to keep a composed disposition through even the most strenuous days is one of her greatest contributions to our animal healthcare team. Her attentive and diligent work ethic ensures that our patients get the care they deserve at the level we strive to maintain as medical professionals. Riley’s ability to perform tasks with precision and confidence without compromising the quality of her work has earned her a permanent spot at FVC among those who also aim to exhibit the same qualities. Her unwavering and steadfast dedication to the health and well-being of all creatures, big and small, is worthy of admiration. She exemplifies the qualities of what a veterinary technician truly symbolizes.

Jayme Rees , Registered Veterinary Technician

Jayme was born and raised in Canterbury. After graduating high school in 2012 she headed to Oulton College to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinary technician. She graduated from that program in 2014, and stayed in Moncton to work at a 24-hour veterinary hospital. Later she decided it was time to head home and started here at FVC in 2015. Like all of our staff, Jayme has completed Fear-Free training.

Jayme is a natural at being a technician. She excels in patient care, client communication, and her ability to recall details from past cases exemplifies her emotional investment in the pets she cares for. Her passion for animal health is evident in everything she does, especially her eagerness to learn new techniques and improve her skills.

Jayme also fosters for a local animal rescue, committing endless amounts of time and compassion to helping her temporary guests heal, grow, and learn to trust and love again. Her authentic desire to help animals in need and provide the care they require is admired by those who know her and makes her an exceptional example of the values and character we represent at the Florenceville Vet Clinic.

Kate McCormack , Registered Veterinary Technician​

Kate McCormack achieved her diploma in Veterinary Technology at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2013, but her adoration for animals and desire to improve their lives started long before that. She spent much of her childhood volunteering her time at local animal shelters and helping fundraise for their care.

We met Kate in 2011 while she was volunteering with the Carleton County Animal Shelter. Her devotion to the well-being of the pets she cared for was evident, so when she approached us to complete her practicum at the end of her technician course, we knew she would be the perfect fit for our passionate team of staff.

Of course, she did not disappoint! Kate’s intelligence, enthusiasm, drive for perfection, and dedication to her patients are all qualities that make her the person we would all trust our own furry family members with. Kate carries the responsibilities of a technician with infallible accuracy, displays a wonderful sense of humor, and always acts with the best interest of her patients in mind. She is also a certified Wildlife First Responder and is certified in Oil Spill Response. Like Riley, Kate has completed extra training to become Fear-free certified and has earned a diploma in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinary Technicians. We could not be happier that she has become a permanent member here at FVC!

Chloe Basque , Veterinary Technician​

​Chloe was born in Bathurst but moved to Florenceville in the 5th grade. Chloe has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered with DunRoamin’ Stray and Rescue since 2010. During her years as a volunteer, Chloe dreamed of working "upstairs" at FVC. After graduating high school, Chloe attended the veterinary technician program at Oulton College, completed her on-the-job training here at FVC, and blessed us by staying on full time. When not working or fostering kittens and puppies, Chloe enjoys spending time with her dog, her jeep and going fishing.

Marley McHatten , Registered Veterinary Technician

​As an animal lover from childhood, Marley always dreamed of having a career in veterinary medicine. She pursued her passion by attending the Veterinary Technician program at Oulton College, and joined our team at theFlorenceville Veterinary Clinic after graduating in June of 2017. She enjoys spending time with her 2 rescue dogs, as well as her foster cats. Marley is particularly interested in surgery, shelter medicine, and patient care.

Ashley Brooks , Registered Veterinary Technician

Starting at a very young age, Ashley knew she would have a career that involved animals. She graduated from the veterinarian technician program at Oulton College in 2016, and few months later passed her VTNE to become a registered veterinarian technician. She worked in Moncton for 3 years then decided home is where she belonged. She joined the Florenceville Veterinary Clinic in January 2019. Ashley has two adorable pit bulls named Capone & Pebbles along with four cats Elliot, Mimi, Adrienne and Tawny. Her nickname of Giggles suits her well, as her laughter is infectious; you can't help but smile when this young lady is around.

Meghan Bubar , Veterinary Technician

Meghan, like most of the rest of the team, knew from early in life that she wanted to pursue a career in the field of veterinary medicine. She attended Oulton College and graduated in June of 2019. She did her pre-requisite and on the job training with us at the Florenceville Vet Clinic and we knew that she was meant to stay with us for the long haul right away. She has a cat named Eugene that she loves spending my time with when she is not at work, but when at the clinic she loves her surgery days, working with the shelter animals and helping out clients and her patients. She has been a great addition to the team with her fun personality and a bright smile.

Kim Henry

Kim Henry , Office Manager

​​​​​​​Kim Henry began working for the Florenceville Vet Clinic in 2013 and has since been welcomed as a member of our full-time staff. Kim is a very upbeat and dedicated employee, and more importantly - part of the family. She has years of experience as a veterinary assistant that has allowed her to develop the knowledge and skills that has helped her to become an invaluable asset to our team.

Kim’s contagious enthusiasm and quick wit are some staple qualities that contribute to the overall nature of the FVC team. She is always eager to jump in where help is needed and pass her many valuable qualities on to new staff and students. Her drive for perfection and professional performance allows for seamless productivity and is only outdone by her passion for helping animals and providing aid.

Jessica Fournier

Jessica Fournier, Practice Manager

​​​​​​​Jessica joined us on September 2017, and has loved her return to the “animal world”. After graduating from the Nova ScotiaAgricultural College with a diploma in Agricultural Business/Animal Science, she went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting while working for a non-profit organization. An animal lover from childhood, she always dreamed of being able to combine her profession with her passion. Outside of work and continuous education, Jessica enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her 4dogs and/or reading with her 5 cats. Though you may not see her often, Jessica works hard behind the scenes to support our vision and values!

Marquita Higgs

Marquita Higgs, Client Service Assistant

Marky joined the FVC team as a Client Service Assistant in June 2018 and loves making every person who walks through the doors feel like family. After retiring from a career in law, she decided to pursue a new adventure in the veterinary field as a true animal lover. Marky has 3 wonderful dogs and 13 cats at home in her zoo and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Marissa Finnamore

Marissa Finnamore , Veterinary Assistant

Marissa began the pursuit of her passion for animals in high school, completing her co-op at Dunroamin' Stray and Rescue. After high school, she continued her education at Eastern College and became a certified Veterinary Assistant. In August of 2017, she became a part of our team at the Florenceville Vet Clinic. She enjoys spending her free time with her 3 dogs, 2 of which are rescues from DunRoamin, and her 2 chinchillas.

Taylor Thibodeau

Taylor Thibodeau, Veterinary Assistant

Introducing one of our newest Veterinary Assistants - Taylor! Taylor has had a love for animals all of her life and knew from a young age she wanted to pursue a career in the animal healthcare field. In high school, she volunteered for DunRoamin’ Stray and Rescue, and in her senior year, she continued her training by completing her co-op here at our clinic! After high school, she worked at DunRoamin’ stray and Rescue for the summer. Taylor joined our team in May as a Veterinary Assistant. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys traveling with her friends and her dog Maggie!

Eryn Staszkiewicz

Eryn Staszkiewicz ​​​​​​​, Veterinary Assistant

​​​​​​​Eryn joined our team in 2016 and we could not have found a better fit in a team-member. Her ability to seamlessly operate the front end of the clinic and her eagerness to gain hands-on experience is a strong asset in such a fast-paced environment. Eryn’s passion for helping animals is obvious in her care for patients, love for her own fur babies, and desire to help strays and helpless orphans. She is a reliable assistant, an authentic animal lover, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

Sarah Kenneson

Sarah Kenneson​​​​​​​ , Veterinary Assistant
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​​Sarah has been working at FVC since 2012, starting out as a summer student and eventually becoming a part-time assistant while she is in nursing school.

Sarah’s eagerness to improve her skills and empathetic nature is why we were thrilled when she committed to a part-time position with us. Her background in nursing is evident in her commitment to the best possible patient care. Diligence and accuracy are qualities that Sarah holds in high priority and performs them without fault. She thrives in a fast-paced environment and exudes confidence and determination while she completes a vast array of responsibilities.

Sarah’s compassion and influential presence is beyond compare, making her a fundamental component of our animal healthcare team

Kyla Henry, Veterinary Assistant

Kyla is a 2019 graduate of Woodstock High School and plans to continue her education at Oulton's College. She has been a great help here at the clinic after school and on weekends and her passion for animal care is evident in many ways. She already cares for her 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 fish, 8 chickens and of course her prized companion Dexter the horse.

Mark Kenneson, Kennel Attendant

Last, but in no means the least - please meet our new Kennel Attendant, Mark! Mark has always had a love for animals and was fortunate enough to be surrounded by them as he grew up. Mark joined the team full time in June of this year (2019) and quickly became a life-saver for the rest of us, taking care of everything behind the scenes. He enjoys his time outside of the clinic spending time with his dogs Zola and Divet, and cats FIG, Solo, Chaps and Mariel, all of whom he adopted from DunRoamin' Stray and rescue (a common side-effect of working here).