Who we are

Scott Westlake, DVM

SWScott Westlake was raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto.  An avid reader in his youth, his interest in veterinary medicine was sparked by the books of James Herriot.  Though initially drawn to horses, dairy cows became his focus after working on dairy farms in the Ottawa valley.  After graduating from OVC in 1986, Scott joined Mitchell-Monkton Vet Services for three years.  In 1989 he joined Tavistock Veterinarians and became a partner in 1991.  Scott complete the Dairy Health Management Certificate Program in 2004, thereby broadening his knowledge and skill set in dairy production medicine.  Together with his wife Linda and their children Duncan, Ella and Isaac, Scott lives on a small hobby farm on the outskirts of Embro with a menagerie of animals.

Scott Westlake, DVM

Al Scorgie, DVM

ASAllister grew up in Toronto. He originally intended to do small animal practice but became interested in dairy practice when he entered OVC, class of 1982, and worked on a dairy farm near Milton. He developed an interest in pork production as a student, when he worked in Waterloo, Perth and Oxford Counties. After graduation in 1986, he worked at West Prince Veterinary Services in PEI. In 1988, he returned to Ontario and started at Tavistock. He became a partner in 1990. Allister’s emphasis is swine health management and production medicine, but maintains his interest in dairy practice. Allister lives with his wife Leslie and three boys Allister, Jordan and Liam in New Hamburg.

Al Scorgie, DVM

Clark Sinclair, DVM

Clark SinclairRaised in Acton, Ontario, Clark has had an interest in animals and agriculture from a very early age.  It began at his grandparents’ farm as a child and progressed from there.  Cattle were always his main interest and he enjoyed being around them right from the start.  Clark joined 4-H and enjoyed doing livestock clubs along with judging clubs.  His interest in agriculture and cattle led him to the Ontario Agricultural College where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in 2010.  After completing his undergraduate degree, he wanted to pursue a career where he could work in the dairy industry at an on farm level and make a difference for producers.  He decided the best way to do this was to become a veterinarian.  He was fortunate enough to be selected into OVC and he graduated in 2015 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

His main interests are dairy production medicine and dairy health management as well as reproduction.  He also has a strong interest in embryo transfer work.

Clark’s other interests include sports, gardening and fishing.  He looks forward to meeting the Tavistock clientele.

Clark Sinclair, DVM

Kristen Edwards, DVM

KEHailing originally from Southwestern Ontario, Kristen received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from The University of Guelph, and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ontario Veterinary College 2014. Upon graduation she joined the Perry Veterinary Clinic in Perry, New York.  The Perry Veterinary Practice is a large predominately dairy practice with 26 veterinarians on their team.

Her journey to becoming a veterinarian included serving as a herdsperson on a dairy farm in Killenagh, Ireland, attending the Cornell Summer Dairy Institute in 2013, and studying ultrasonography with Dr. Jill Colloton.  Dr. Edwards is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians.  Her professional interests include dairy nutrition, calf health and dairy economics.

Wanting to be closer to family, Kristen decided to return to Ontario to practice dairy production medicine.  She is very much looking forward to working with and alongside the Tavistock veterinarians, staff and our clients.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and going on canoe trips.

 

 

Kristen Edwards, DVM

Kalie Bernardo, DVM

Kalie BernardoKalie is a recent graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Kalie grew up in Mississauga. Her interest in dairy practice evolved when she did her undergraduate in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. Her preparation for dairy medicine include international learning in New Zealand and Scotland, where she spent a summer experiencing management practices and techniques from the dairy veterinarians and farmers there. Kalie may be familiar to you as she spent 3 weeks of external elective education with us during her final year. Kalie’s main interests are in dairy herd health and reproduction. She is very excited to join our team and work with you on your dairy cows.

Kalie Bernardo, DVM

Molly Mackenzie, DVM

Molly Mackenzie was raised in Stouffville, Ontario and her rural upbringing instilled in her an appreciation for animals and agriculture. Her passion for dairy cows began when she started working on a dairy farm, and after 6 years of experience working on that dairy farm she decided to pursue a degree in agriculture at the University of Guelph. Becoming a veterinarian was always considered as a career option and it seemed like the best way to be able to combine her passion for agriculture and animals, while still being able to work directly with producers. Her main interests are reproduction, dairy economics, and calf health management. Molly’s other interests include hiking with her two dogs, travelling, and competing in the sport of Olympic weightlifting. She will be graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in May, 2018 and is excited to begin working with the Tavistock Veterinarians.

Molly Mackenzie, DVM

John Chesney, DVM

JCJohn Chesney was born and raised in Oxford County.  He attended OAC and graduated from OVC in 1977.  During his college years, he split his free time working for Western Ontario breeders and with Bruce Robb here at Tavistock Vets.  After a short stint in Northern Ontario, John worked for the ruminant field service at OVC training students.  In 1979 he returned to Tavistock and became a partner with Dr. Robb.  John has an interest in dairy reproduction and a keen mind for farm finances.  He is a graduate of the Dairy health modules and dabbles in poultry medicine.

John Chesney, DVM

Wayne Shewfelt, DVM

WSWayne grew up on a farm near Kincardine Ontario and graduated from The Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 1977.  Upon graduation he worked in a mixed animal practice in Wheatley, Ontario.  He moved to Tavistock in 1980 to be an associate in a 3 person predominately dairy practice and became a partner in 1982.  His professional activities focus on the provision of dairy health management services (including nutritional consultation, herd monitoring, reproductive management, cow comfort, vaccination and udder health services) as well as traditional medicine and surgery to dairy producers in Oxford, Perth and Waterloo County.  Wayne takes a proactive approach in the herds he works with by monitoring herd production and productivity.  When herd disease parameters are found to be beyond the industry standard he encourages action and intervention by the herd owner.  “I enjoy being a part of the dairy herd’s management team trying to make a positive difference for producers”.  Wayne has a passion for dairy veterinary medicine, dairy cows and his clients.  As well as his OVC 1977 DVM degree Wayne is a graduate of the Dairy Health Management Modules offered by the University of Guelph from October 1992 to June 1994.  In November 2006 Wayne was certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Dairy Practice.  At the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference in Vancouver September 2007 he was presented with the Fort Dodge Bovine Practitioner of the Year Award.  During the November 2009 annual Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference, Guelph, Ontario Wayne was the recipient of the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners ‘Award of Excellence’.  Wayne and his wife Carol have 3 children, Scott and his wife Raechal, Gregory and Megan.  His home is in the village of Tavistock.  Hobbies include gardening, family activities, community service, coaching hockey and downhill skiing.

Wayne Shewfelt, DVM

Alana McNichol, Animal Health Tech

AMOriginally from Clinton ON, Alana moved to this area for her job at Tavistock Veterinarians in April 2003.  She graduated as a Vet Tech in 2002 from St. Clair College, Windsor ON.

Alana is our Large Animal technician who goes on farm and administers and tracks producers dehorning and vaccination programs.  She also offers ultrasounding calf lungs and participates in data gathering for research projects for the clinic.  She does all the data input for Dairy Comp 305 in clinic.

When not at work she enjoys gardening, working out and plays baseball. Alana has 2 girls and 2 Great Danes, Lily and Gus.

Alana McNichol, Animal Health Tech

Sarah Smith, proAction, Web, CE, CPE

SSOriginally from outside St. Mary’s ON, Sarah has been a resident of Tavistock for most of her life.

She started working for Tavistock Veterinarians 17 years ago in accounting.  Her role has changed and evolved multiple times throughout the years and now she works predominantly from her home office with a strong focus on CQM/proAction.  She’s helped with the in-class producer training for that program and is available to assist clients on farm if requested.

Sarah has 2 grown boys, 2 step-daughters, one granddaughter and is married to Jeff Smith and her in-laws dairy farm, Smithden Holsteins Inc, which she owns a half-dozen head of dairy cattle.  You can find her at many dairy shows/events.

Sarah Smith, proAction, Web, CE, CPE

Lois Turvey, Inventory Manager

LTLois grew up on a dairy farm in Bruce County, and moved to this area after graduating from Centralia College as an Animal Health Technician.  She joined Tavistock Veterinarians in 2006 as the Inventory Manager. Her job duties keep her mainly at her desk, but she also helps out in the front office. When Lois is not at work, she enjoys many hobbies, including reading, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and square-dancing. Lois is married to Doug and they have 2 daughters.

Lois Turvey, Inventory Manager

Jen Knapp, Reception & Milk Cultures

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Jen Knapp, Reception & Milk Cultures

Dana Weicker, Reception

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Dana Weicker, Reception

Elizabeth Jones, Reception

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Elizabeth Jones, Reception