Orillia Pet Hospital is staffed with experienced veterinarians and support team members who all share the same desire to make and keep pets well. Most of them have pets of their own, so you can be confident knowing that your companion will be treated with compassionate, quality care. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our Orillia vets or support staff.
Dr. Mark Bolton, DVM
Dr. Bolton is the owner of Orillia Pet Hospital. He was born and raised in Shanty Bay and attended Eastview High School in Barrie. He grew up with many of pets and spent a lot of time working on neighbouring farms. He enjoyed helping the animals and had hopes of becoming a surgeon. In high school, Dr. Bolton worked at clinics and traveled to different farms with large animal veterinarians, where he performed various farms duties, including milking cows. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Guelph before attending the Ontario Veterinary College.
As one of our veterinarians, Dr. Bolton keeps our patients healthy and performs examinations, gives vaccines, and does wellness blood testing and parasite prevention. He also treats sick animals and performs surgery as well as dental cleanings and surgical extractions of teeth. Dr. Bolton has attended many extra courses on general and orthopedic surgery, dentistry, and oral surgery. He feels most fulfilled performing a complicated surgery or successfully completing a difficult dental case. Watching the pets go on to heal well and be comfortable is very rewarding for him.
Dr. Bolton and his wife, Dr. Schmidt, have two kids, Lauren and Carter. They also have a Doberman named Stella, a donkey named Moritz, and two ponies named Foxy and Scout. But Dr. Bolton’s favourite pet is his guinea pig named Twinkle Toes. The family enjoys working around the farm, boating and swimming in the summer, and skiing and tobogganing in the winter.
Dr. Katrin Schmidt, DVM
Dr. Katrin Schmidt is the hospital administrator and chief veterinary director of Orillia Pet Hospital. She is in charge of making sure all team members understand their impact on the client and pet experience to ensure a better outcome for all. She has always had a passion for medicine, science, and technology. As a constant learner, she enjoys educating and coaching others. Veterinary medicine seemed just a little bit more challenging than human medicine or computer science.
Born and raised in Germany in a rural mountain setting, Dr. Schmidt enjoyed horseback riding and country living at an early age. As a teenager, she lived in Dallas, Texas, and Hudson, Quebec. She spent most of her childhood working with animals, including horses. Training horses exposed her to many of the behaviour principles we apply to most species, including humans. Her interest and experience in solving complex problems with new and unique ways led her to attend the Veterinary College in Guelph.
Since graduating with a BSc. in 1991 and DVM in 1993, Dr. Schmidt, with Dr. Bolton, has been a veterinary practice owner since 2000 and co-founded the Barrie Veterinary Emergency Clinic in 2001. As primary patient care coordinator and hospital administrator, it was important to Dr. Schmidt to be adequately trained in patient and client care as well as business needs. In 2004, she completed her Certificate of Veterinary Practice Managers diploma and graduated from the MBA program at Lakehead University.
With her work experience in veterinary community services, Dr. Schmidt is able to help clients and members of the team with personal and professional challenges and dreams. Helping others succeed in improving pet health and strengthening the human animal bond continues to be a rewarding experience.
Dr. Schmidt is very fortunate to have her immediate family residing in the Barrie and Orillia area. She lives with her husband, Dr. Bolton, and their two children, Doberman, and ponies in lovely Horseshoe Valley. The family loves spending time outdoors both in the summer and winter.
Dr. Cam Lindsay, DVM
As one of our veterinarians, Dr. Lindsay sees our furry friends for appointments, performs surgeries, and maintains patient medical records. He was born in Kirkland Lake, ON, and grew up in Barrie. He remembers going to the vet clinic with his mom when he was young and always being interested in the visits. He also loved learning about veterinary medicine. In high school and university, he loved biology as well; he attended McMaster University and the Ontario Veterinary College.
Dr. Lindsay’s wife is also a veterinarian who loves to work out and has a special interest in dermatology (study of skin). Their Boston terrier, Maude, likes to sleep, and constantly searches for the warmest spot. Dr. Lindsay also has two cats; Herb loves to help with laundry, and Jim is a stealthy suitcase urinator and butter consumer.
In his spare time, Dr. Lindsay loves mountain biking and cross-country skiing. He also plays hockey and does annual canoe trips with his friends.
Jen Cote, RVT
Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Jen joined our team in April 2013 with extensive experience in the field. She was born in Barrie, where she also grew up. She started her education earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at McMaster University, but between semesters, she obtained a job as an animal care attendant. It was then that she learned of veterinary technicians and how valuable they are to veterinary practices. She applied to Seneca College that year and graduated as valedictorian in 2006. She also received the OVMA award for outstanding academics and the Jim Smith Award for “above average” standing.
As an RVT, Jen is comfortable in all aspects her position, including client appointments and education, animal care, X-rays, lab and pharmacy, and anesthesia. She even has extra training and certification in anesthesia and pain management, taken through the Ontario Veterinary College. She also has recent emergency and referral hospital experience, which she considers valuable to helping clients make choices regarding their pets’ care.
Jen lives in Barrie with her husband, Steve. They love cottaging and camping with friends, cooking and entertaining, and caring for their many pets! She has two rough collies named Nico and Blue, who are everyone’s best friends, and two Siamese cats named Morbo and Kif, who love to wrestle, sleep, and eat. She also has a tortoise named Throttle, who never passes up a good, juicy earthworm.
Erin Wall, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
After traveling the world for a few years, from England to India to Morocco, Erin received her Diploma of Photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville before moving to Toronto to try city life. She has always loved animals, so she ended her 13-year career in the business world, relocated to Orillia, and attended Georgian College. Since leaving Toronto, she has embraced the country life and just bought a kayak! She graduated from the Georgian College Veterinary Technician Program with honours in 2015, receiving two awards for outstanding academics. She joined the Orillia Pet Hospital family shortly after.
Erin’s friendly face is now a permanent fixture as she is now with us full time. You may also be greeted by her at the Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic on weekends. She enjoys the fast-paced environment of the emergency clinic, in small doses. She also enjoys meeting all of the pets that visit our clinic and likes to spend time with them while they recover from surgery. She has a fondness for exotic animals and wildlife, but would like to specialize in canine and feline dentistry.
Erin now lives in Orillia with her two dogs. Oliver is a Mexican hairless dog (called a Xoloitzcuintli), and Mickey is rescue dog from Thailand. Although she enjoys walking on the many trails found in the area, Oliver and Mickey seem to prefer digging up her garden in the backyard.
Justine Kish, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Growing up Justine was always surrounded by family pets. Her favourite childhood past time was falling asleep on her aunt’s dog when they came over for a visit. During high school Justine started researching careers in the veterinary field as this is where she knew she wanted to be. One year after graduating high school, Justine met a veterinary technician and fell in love with everything she had to say about being a technician. She attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, graduated from their Veterinary Technician Program in 2015, and then moved back home to Orillia where she found Orillia Pet Hospital.
After graduating, Justine gained her first experiences as a technician completing her field placement at Orillia Pet Hospital. She then worked in Barrie where she spent a year and a half gaining experience, but she knew she wanted to be closer to home, which led her back to Orillia Pet Hospital in February 2017. Justine enjoys appointments and educating clients on the wellbeing of their pets. She also has experience in surgery, anesthesia, pharmacy, lab, nutrition, x-ray, and dentistry. She is exceptionally interested in the human-animal bond and loves being a key part in it.
Justine enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and spending time at her boyfriend’s beef farm. Above all she loves to spend time and share her home with her beloved fluff ball Buster, an 11 year old cock-a-poo. He loves to cuddle, play with his overabundance of toys, and eat as many treats as he can. His favourite past time is playing with his squeaky toy throughout a good movie!
Most days you can find Cynthia’s smiling face when you walk in the front doors. As our inventory manager, she deals with ordering your pet’s favourite food. Growing up, Cynthia lived in Bracebridge and attended Trent University, where she majored in English. She decided to join the veterinary field after working in retail stores. She wanted to do something that was both active and helpful, so she found that Orillia Pet Hospital fit the bill perfectly.
Her first position at our hospital involved cleaning kennels. This allowed her to be involved in the lives of so many animals, which she loved. Her current position consists of ordering and receiving inventory, helping clients and patients at the reception desk and assisting in patient care.
In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys outdoor adventures, bread-making, and reading.
Karly started with us in October of 2014 and has been a welcome addition to the team. You can see her friendly smile at the front desk, greeting pets and clients alike. Other days, she is a super help as a veterinary technician assistant! She grew up in Orillia, volunteering at the OSPCA in her spare time, and knew that she wanted to pursue a career working with animals however she could. In 2007 she made the big move to Toronto to work at a veterinary clinic and loved every minute of it. Seven years later, she felt the calling for cottage country again and decided to move back to Orillia, and that’s when she found Orillia Pet Hospital.
Karly loves fishing, camping, and spending as much time as possible outside with her dogs. She lives with a full house of pets. Kozmo is a border collie who loves to run and has a natural talent for agility. Her trusty sidekick, Rupert, is a Yorkshire terrier who is small dog with big dog personality! Their BFF (best feline friend), Napoleon, gets away with all sorts of trouble. He just needs to flash his pretty blue eyes, and his mom’s heart melts. Karly also has two dwarf cats named Neville and Peggy. They are small but mighty and full of mischief!