Our Team

Dr. Stephen Hess, DVM – VeterinarianDr. Stephen Hess, DVM – Veterinarian

Dr. Stephen Hess has wanted to be a “vet” since he was a child, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1985, having earlier received his BSc from University of Guelph. With over 25 years of experience helping many breeds of animals, Dr. Hess brings a wealth of experience in private practice. Dr. Hess enjoys many aspects of his profession and has a keen interest in surgery. He loves his work, because as he puts it “we have the greatest patients on earth!”.



Dr. Kat Waldron, DVM – Veterinarian

Dr. Kat Waldron has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember.
Growing up in Kingston, Ontario with her parents, and her younger brother, she was always begging her family for a pet. When her family got their first dog, a golden retriever named Amber, she was ecstatic and her love and passion for animals continued to grow.
After graduating from high school Kat moved to Guelph to study Biomedical Science at the University of Guelph. She kept a hand in veterinary medicine by spending the summers working at a clinic back home and volunteering at the Ontario Veterinary College during the school year.
In 2014 Kat’s dream of being a veterinarian came true when she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College. During her veterinary medicine studies, Kat focused her attention on small animal medicine and surgery, knowing that she wanted to work with companion animals. Her studies lead to the development of personal interests in rehabilitation, internal medicine and nutrition.
Despite always wanting to work with cats and dogs, Kat also experienced working with large animals, spending a summer in the large animal wards at the O.V.C.
When not working, Kat likes to run and is a member of the Guelph Running Room. She has even completed her first half marathon. She also enjoys horseback riding and grew up with her horse named Ginger. She currently shares her home with her husband Jeff, and 3 cats.
Kat looks forward to building a relationship with each of her patients as well as their owners personally.


Dr. Ashley Farberman, DVM – Veterinarian

Dr. Ashley Farberman grew up north of Toronto. She developed a love for dogs, cats and horses at an early age and was always keen to learn from the local veterinarian and farrier. She was a typical “barn rat”. With her love for science, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Ashley received her Masters degree in Animal Science from the University of Guelph and then graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012. She enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, but has special interests in preventative medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Ashley lives on a small hobby farm with her husband Shawn, son Sidney, and Maxx, her 14 year old Shepherd x Hound. She has two horses, Gus and Oberyn. In her spare time, she loves horseback riding, doing arts and crafts, hiking and gardening. She loves meeting new people and hopes to share a great relationship with her clients and their furry friends.


Lorna – Registered Veterinary Technician

Lorna is our newest addition to the Acton Veterinary Clinic team, joining us in March 2016, filling the role of Registered Veterinary Technician. She graduated with high honours from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in May 2014 and wrote the national examination to become registered later that year. Although she’s still a fairly recently graduate, Lorna has gained a wide range of experience thus far in the veterinary world and is always eager to further her knowledge through continuing education in many subject areas. Lorna has a specific interest in anesthesia, dentistry and laboratory procedures.
In her free time, Lorna enjoys spending time at her family cottage, curling, indoor rock climbing and playing with her cat “Scully”.

JESSICAJessica – Veterinary Technician

Jessica is an accomplished veterinary technician with many years experience in small animal medicine. Since graduating from Sheridan college in 2002, she has persued continuing education in many subjects including anesthesia, dentistry, physiotherapy, nutrition and parasitology. She has a passion for laboratory procedure and can usually be found looking in the microscope.

A proud mommy, in her spare time Jessica can be found with her twins, Dru and McBain

Sheri – Office Manager, Veterinary Assistant

Sheri – Office Manager/Veterinary Assistant

Sheri is the Office Manager/Veterinarian Assistant and has been with the Acton Veterinary Clinic since 1993.  She graduated with an honours diploma in Animal Care Aide. Sheri’s job includes mostly managing the staff and the clinic but she also loves to assist the veterinarians when she can.

When Sheri is not at work, she loves spending time with her  2 shelties and 3 cats.

Kayleigh – Veterinary AssistantKayleigh – Veterinary Assistant

Kayleigh has worked for the Acton Vet Clinic since 2008. She fills the roll of Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist. After finishing her co-op placement at the Acton Vet in 2006, Kayleigh went on to completing the Animal Care program at Sheridan College in 2008. She completed her college placement with the Acton Vet and continued working here in the field she loves. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog “Brox”, and taking care of her cat “Bell”.

Shirley Veterinary AssistantShirley – Veterinary Assistant

Shirley has been a  member of our team since 1995. She has a wealth of knowledge and abilities in medical and surgical procedures. She has a certificate in emergency medical care.

Shirley also has been grooming for over 20 yrs. Shirley has 3 Bullmastiffs which she shows in confirmation. “Edee”,”Brigid” and “Caleb”.

Janet Jeffrey Veterinary AssistantJanet Jeffrey – Veterinary Assistant

Janet has been with the Acton Veterinary Clinic since 2010. She assists the veterinarians and office staff. She can often be found cleaning kennels and keeping the animals comfortable. As a former elementary school teacher, Janet has found a new passion in animal care. She loves coming into the clinic and being a part of the Acton Veterinary Team.

She has a Balinese cat named Bella who was born at our clinic in 2013.

Norina Veterinary AssistantNorina – Veterinary Assistant

Norina has been employed by the Acton Veterinary Clinic since August 2014, full filling the role of Veterinary Assistant. Having starting her career in the animal care field, Norina is excited to be back doing what she loves.

When Norina is not at work, she can be found playing ball in her backyard with Takubvik her Siberian Husky.

Anita – Animal Care Attendant

Anita has worked at the Acton Veterinary Clinic since March 2012. Anita was born and grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
She moved to Canada in 2005 with her husband and daughter and is now a proud “Canadian” following her Citizenship Ceremony in January 2015.
Her animals have always been an integral part of her life and when not working can be found spending time with her Alaskan Malamute Kyara and her 6 cats – Ginger, Sebastian, Pandora, Parker, Ben and Daisy.

Maddie Veterinary Pet CatMaddie – Our Little Healer

Maddie came to us when she was 6 weeks old in 2005. At that time we had Sheltie puppies here and she grew up with them. You can often find Maddie in the exam room on the table with a dog. She loves to help the dogs that come into our clinic feel safe. If a dog that is upset in his/her kennel, Maddie will often “ask” to go into the kennel with the dog and most dogs just love her “nursing” ability. Maddie is very loved not only by our staff but by the clients and their pets as well.

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