Our Vet Team in Oakville, ON

Each of us at SOVH brings a skill set that’s both unique and complementary. All of us share the goal of elevating how veterinary medicine is delivered. We love what we do and care very deeply about how and with whom we do it. That’s why we’ve come together to create a new, state-of-the-art hospital that’s privately owned by long-term residents of Oakville with strong ties to the community and a wealth of experience in the field of veterinary medicine.

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Derek Peters

Dr. Derek Peters

Veterinarian

Raised in Oakville, Dr. Derek Peters combines his passion for animals and medicine in vet practice, focusing on internal medicine and team collaboration.

Dr. Lilla Yan

Dr. Lilla Yan

Veterinarian

With a passion for animal biology since childhood, Dr. Lilla Yan has worked in veterinary medicine, focusing on cats and dogs with advanced training in laparoscopic surgery and ultrasonography.

Dr. Iz Jakubowski

Dr. Iz Jakubowski

Veterinarian

After a career in the software industry, Dr. Iz Jakubowski switched to veterinary medicine. Now at SOVH, she excels in general practice and ultrasound, aiming to elevate patient care with her team.

Dr Joanna Mcpherson

Dr. Joanna McPherson

Veterinarian

Bio coming soon!

Management Team

Rita Peters

Rita Peters, CVPM

Managing Partner

Rita has an eye on the big picture with a drive to stay ahead of the curve. She always has a view of optimizing patient care, client care and team cohesiveness.

Helen Duncan

Helen Duncan, CVPM

Hospital Manager

Helen rejoined Rita at SOVH, aiming to build a state-of-the-art, tech-forward, partnership-centered veterinary practice, relishing the chance to shape a high-quality care environment from scratch.

Veterinary Technicians

Dannielle

Dannielle Gauci, RVT

Veterinary Technician

From childhood, Dannielle was destined for animal care. Now an RVT at SOVH, she excels in emergency care, anesthesia, and tech innovation, treating every pet as her own.

Maureen Haunts

Maureen Haunts, AHT

Veterinary Technician

Maureen, a vet tech since the 1980s, uses her vast experience at SOVH to provide superior care and client education, focusing on geriatric and palliative support.

Liz James

Liz James, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Liz leverages her curiosity and tech skills at SOVH, focusing on surgery, dentistry, and lab work, while ensuring client and patient comfort with compassion and humor.

Shaniqua Lowe

Shaniqua Lowe, VT

Veterinary Technician

Driven by a lifelong passion for animals, Shaniqua excels in veterinary care, focusing on emergency medicine, surgery, and dentistry, with a strong emphasis on service and empathy.

Alyssa Cope

Alyssa Cope, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Alyssa, a skilled RVT, excels in client care and pain management at SOVH, motivated by a collaborative culture and a passion for enhancing the human-animal bond.

Cheryl Marshall

Cheryl Marshall, VT

Veterinary Technician

Cheryl, with a lifelong passion for animals, brings decades of veterinary experience to SOVH, focusing on individualized care and animal behavior with a practical, heartfelt approach.

Stephanie Yurek

Stephanie Yurek, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Stephanie excels in lab work and surgery at SOVH. She is driven by a passion for animal behavior and patient care, with boundless enthusiasm for learning.

Kayleigh Kuidersma

Kayleigh Kuindersma

Veterinary Technician

Kayleigh shifted from chemical engineering to veterinary care. She combines animal care experience with Fear Free® practices, eager to learn more.

Veterinary Assistants

Samantha Sula

Samantha Sula

Veterinary Assistant - Current Veterinary Student

Sam is a former Team Canada kayaker who’s now pursuing her dream of veterinary medicine. She’s spending the summer assisting our team and soaking up as much as possible before returning to school.

Emily Telizyn

Emily Telizyn

Veterinary Assistant

Emily’s journey from high school co-op to vet tech-in-training at SOVH reflects her passion for caregiving and love for pets, balanced with creative pursuits like singing and baking.