Team

Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Brian Laing

Veterinarian

For the past 30 years, Dr Brian Laing has lived and practiced veterinary medicine in the Stouffville/Markham area.

In 1980, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and his DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984.

Upon graduating he received the K.W. Kennel Club Award for small animal medicine and surgery and the P.V.U. Award for small animal medicine, surgery and fluid therapy. Dr Laing did a two week rotation at the Animal Medical Centre, the world’s largest hospital for small animals and a leading center for veterinary medicine and clinical advances.

In 2015, he received the prestigious Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s ‘Award of Merit’. Click here to watch the OVMA award presentation video or here to read the article in the Stouffville Tribune. To read the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association blog about why he was selected for the award, click here

After working for a year in a mixed practice in Paris Ontario, he bought a Stouffville veterinary clinic in 1985 with Dr. Peter Weidelich. They changed the name to Town & Country Animal Hospital.

He has a special interest in surgery, particularly orthopedic surgery, and as such performs 95% of all surgeries done at Town & Country Animal Hospital.

Furthermore, he is the creator of ‘Best Doggone Diet’, a nutritional App that he developed to help owners help their dog’s at home to either maintain or lose weight safely.

Dr. Laing has been invited to discuss veterinary issues on TV shows such as ‘Your Pet, Your Vet’, and the CBC evening news and is the resident veterinarian of ‘Daytime’, a daily morning program.

Dr. Laing is actively involved in his community. He was past president of the MLEAC, sat on the LSCA Lake Management Stewardship Plan and currently sits on the Science Committe of the MLRA. He also helps out annually with Ballantrae Lions’ fundraiser.

Dr. Brendon Laing

Veterinarian

Dr. Brendon Laing is a second generation veterinarian, following in the footsteps of this father, Dr. Brian Laing. He has literally spent his entire lifetime around animals, ranging from assisting his father with large animal emergencies to now helping deliver puppies in the dead of night.

Brendon has a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University (2009) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Guelph (2013). He is also a recipient of the prestigious Small Animal Surgery Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After graduation, he joined his father in practice at Town & Country Animal Hospital, making them a rare father-son team.

When Dr. Laing isn’t serving the pet community, he spends his time with his wife, Cassandra, and his dogs Olive & Watson. He has always had a passion for travelling, and has been involved in previous years with Global Vets – an organization devoted to the care of animals around the world.

In the summer of 2011, Brendon’s passion for animal brought him to Thailand where he did 6 weeks of volunteering at an animal shelter, a marine conservation and an elephant santuary.

Dr. Melissa Pinto

Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Pinto graduated from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in 2018. She is happy to have joined the team at Town and Country Animal Hospital, to continue to provide exceptional quality service and care to the pets of Stouffville. Dr. Melissa has a strong interest in medical and surgical oncology and she looks forward to progressing her skills, particularly in these areas, working with both Dr. Brian and Dr. Brendon. She also loves spending her days interacting with her clients, developing lasting relationships that ultimately lead to the best care for her patients.

When Dr. Melissa is not at the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Joey, and her two cats, Mariah Hairy and Beatrix. She also loves taking on new challenges. Most recently, she began dancing hula and loves learning more about Hawaiian culture through its most celebrated art form.

Meet Our Team

Cassandra

Hospital Manager

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Christine

Hospital Manager

Apart from the management of our veterinary clinic, Christine is responsible for all the indoor/outdoor renovations/ decorating and our website.

She believes strongly that it’s important to be actively involved in the community you live in. She was past president and is currently an executive of the MLRA. She sat on the LSCA Stewardship Plan for Musselman Lake. For years, she was the hockey and soccer manager of two of her kid’s competitive teams and presently sits on the executive of the Stouffville Off-leash dog park.

In her “free time”, apart from skiing and scuba diving, she does every imaginable crafty hobby and loves doing construction work side by side with her husband and son, Dr. Brian and Dr. Brendon Laing. She can be seen more often at the clinic now that her eldest daughter is off studying Law at Queen’s University and her youngest is doing her Master’s at the University of Saskatoon.

Keira Kyriakopoulos, Receptionist

Keira

Care Coordinator

Some of our clients might recognize Keira as she used to own the local Mt. Albert pet store.

Her friendly personality and extensive involvement over the years with animals are what made us jump at the opportunity to add her to our “We Care Team”.

Apart from working with animals, she has been involved with many pet contests for her community fairs and festivals. She married her high school sweetheart Nick, and has two lovely girls, Sara and Nicole. She is the proud owner to two ‘crazy’ dogs, Copper, a beautiful golden retriever, and Lacy, a cockapoo as well as Shadow, her cat.

When Keira is not at the clinic, she is busy lost in her craft room doing scrapbooking.

Leanne Taylor, Receptionist

Leanne

Care Coordinator

After many years as a business professional, Leanne realised it was time for a change and to start doing what she loved, working with the animals, especially the dogs. Her new adventure led her to us after gaining industry knowledge and experience working as an office manager for a dog grooming, walking and training facility. Now, she enjoys greeting our clients both 2 legged and 4 legged and is always happy to help. When not at the clinic, Leanne spends time with her husband, Stephen, her daughter, Alexis along with her furry kids, Bandit, her senior shepherd collie cross and Jazz, her golden retriever.

Leanne can also be found training with Jazz on the dog agility course in hope of one day competing.

Katie

Veterinary Nurse

Katie graduated from Seneca’s veterinary technician program in 2010, but has been working in the veterinary field since 2003. She has conquered every area of a working animal hospital. Her first job was as a receptionist, then as a veterinary assistant and for the past 10+ years, she has been working as an RVT. Not only has she assisted veterinarians during routine exams and surgeries, she has trained new VAs and RVTs. All this to say, she is a highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable RVT. One of her passions is to organize and streamline things so they run smoother.

When not working at TCAH, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her four legged family.

Carrie

Veterinary Assitant

Carrie worked for several years for a veterinary clinic in Thornhill and is a welcome addition to our team.

She took a chance and dropped off a resume after she moved to Stouffville. Once we saw her credentials and met her in person, it was an easy decision to hire her. Not only is she knowledgeable and efficient, she believes in giving back. Every fall, she runs and does fundraising for the Terry Fox event.

Carrie shares her home with Byron, her golden retriever mix, Gibson her cat and her partner Chad. When she is not at the clinic, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors camping and mountain biking.

Jennifer

Veterinary Assitant

Jenn infectious laugh and great personality is sure to win you over. She is truly knowledgeable in the veterinary field and will gladly help answer any questions you may have. She brings years of animal care and welfare experience from raising and releasing raccoon’s to fostering and adopting homeless or unwanted animals. Although she completed her law clerk diploma, her heart and passion is caring and working with animals.

When she is not greeting everyone at the reception desk or assisting our veterinarians, you can find her with her family. She is the wife to her hubby Brandon, mother to her two kids, Zach and Kassandra. She is a proud pet parent to her her bouncing gazelle Rottweiler “Kaeden, her energizer bunny American Bulldog “Tundra, her Chihuahua cross “Lily”, her two cats Oscar and Esme and her many many frogs.

Jackie

Veterinary Assistant

Jacyln is not only a great veterinary assistant, she is excellent at handling clients calls as our sometime receptionist. Her pleasant friendly demeanor is sure to win you over. During her off time, she likes to be outdoors, travel to beautiful destinations like Florence, Italy and spend time with her horse and dog.

Kirsten

Veterinary Assitant

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