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 sanctuary.

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.

Dr. Jessica Leader

Veterinarian

For Dr. Jessica Leader, the human-animal bond has always been an essential part of enjoying life. From studying cheetahs in her undergraduate degree in Guelph to researching sepsis during her veterinary program, lifelong learning has been her passion.

Graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013, Dr. Leader has developed interests in preventative medicine, endocrinology, and cardiology. She has a particular love for senior cats and dogs and loves keeping them healthy well into their golden years.

At home, Jessica’s love for animals is evident in her two cats, Harry and Ron. Starting out as foster rescues, they were quick to become “foster fails” and claim their forever home. When she’s not working as a veterinarian, you may find her enjoying a good book and cup of tea, or relaxing with her lifelong hobby of piano.

Meet Our Team

Heidi

Hospital Manager

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Playing with my 2 little boys

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Veterinarian

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
Gardening

What types of pets do you have?
Goose...the most disobedient yellow lab you will ever meet
Ginger, my very loving 20 year old kidney cat

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I have a side business making custom handmade painted signs and I am also an independent Scentsy consultant

What can you never have enough of?
Hugs and kisses from my kids

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Chicken Thai bites from Boston Pizza

Samantha

Registered Veterinary Technician

🐾 coming soon 🐾

Tony

Veterinary Assitant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Love spending time with my pets, playing old records, and playing Warzone with the boys

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Paleontologist, I watched too much Jurassic Park when I was little. I used to be obsessed with dinosaurs.

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
A language expert. Fluency in multiple languages means a lot of door opening that had previously been closed.

What types of pets do you have?
2 Poodles - Rocket & T-Rex

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I achieved a gold certificate from the Singapore swimming association.
Back on my 16th birthday I saved 2 strangers from drowning at night, I still remember I broke my first iPhone that night due to salt water damage. A week later, Apple gifted me a new one.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Jolibee's Chickenjoy

Carrie

Veterinary Assitant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Mountain biking, yoga, running, hiking, spending time in nature, spending time with family and friends, target practice

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Veterinarian

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
Being able to heal others

What types of pets do you have?
An 11 year old Golden Retriever/Newfoundlander - Byron

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I'm a certified yoga instructor

What can you never have enough of?
Time with family and friends doing things that we love

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Ice cream

Jennifer

Veterinary Assitant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Crafting, reading and spending time with family and pets

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Marine biologist

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
Crafting

What types of pets do you have?
Dogs, cats, ferrets and birds

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I love piano

What can you never have enough of?
Chocolate

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Watermelon

Jackie

Veterinary Assistant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Hiking, getting outside with my dogs

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Veterinarian

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
To be fluent in Italian and French...all language actually

What types of pets do you have?
Dogs and I take care of the clinic cat

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
My extended family owns a zoo

What can you never have enough of?
Dogs

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Pasta salad

Hayley

Veterinary Assistant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Spending time with my family, friends and pets. Going on adventures.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Veterinarian

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
Reading minds

What types of pets do you have?
2 domestic short haired kittens - Waffles and Catty

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I played hockey for 10 years

What can you never have enough of?
Time

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Candy

Emily

Veterinary Assitant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Finding cool new places to hike and explore with my dog, gardening and camping

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Spice Girl

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
Nothing because the journey is the best part

What types of pets do you have?
A 4 year old Shepherd-Husky mix - Blue

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I volunteer helping people with addictions and mental illnesses

What can you never have enough of?
Puppy kisses

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Extra cheesy pizza with pepperoni and green olives

Tatiana

Veterinary Assitant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Hanging out with my family, trying out new restaurants, volunteering at the TWC, just relaxing

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Marine biologist because I love everything to do with the ocean

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
To be fluent in every language

What types of pets do you have?
I have a 2 year old Alaskan Malamute - Mahina

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I love to play rugby

What can you never have enough of?
Traveling

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Pho

Diana

Veterinary Assitant

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Volunteering at the Humane Society, hiking and sleeping

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Veterinarian - and it's going to happen because she just got accepted into vet school!

If you could snap your fingers and become and expert in something, what would that be?
An expert in cinematography

What types of pets do you have?
A cat name Marley

Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
I'm a published author

What can you never have enough of?
Cuddles with my cat, reality TV and food

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Ramen