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Our Team

Dr. Sarah Slater


Dr. Slater attended the University of Guelph where she achieved an Honours Degree in Zoology (1998) and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (2004).  She started her career working in a small community south of Ottawa and enjoyed developing close relationships with people and their pets.  While now working in “the city”, she still enjoys getting to know the whole family - the furry and the non-furry members!


Dr. Slater actively seeks the newest treatments and medications to best serve her patients.  In 2013 she obtained her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture - a process that required over 150 hours of class time, 40 hours of internship placement and a case report.  Annually, she attends as least one major conference and several local talks to stay as current as possible.


While not working, Dr. Slater spends time with her 3 children, 2

dogs, 2 cats….and her husband!  She enjoys gardening, baking, and ultimate frisbee.

Jamie-Lynn Beelen

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Jamie-Lynn graduated in 2005 from St. Lawrence College with a diploma in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation, she received the OVMA (Ontario Veterinary Medical Association) Award for Outstanding Achievement and obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician status.


Jamie-Lynn loves all aspects of being an RVT, from the basics of nutrition to the excitement of surgery. Although according to her, the best part is meeting the animals and helping them and working with their owners through all stages of life. She knows that a pet becomes an important family member no matter how big or small. She continues to learn through webinars, online courses, and teaching seminars to keep up to date within the field.


Jamie-Lynn's got a full house with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs keeping her busy with hockey and baseball and all things in between! She enjoys time with her family and a good run in the fresh air.

Dr. Hanna Laidlaw

Hanna graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006.  She began her career at a busy small animal practice in Kingston, Ontario, and immediately fell in love with Eastern Ontario.  She has moved around a few times as a result of her husband’s job, but they are both thrilled to be back in Eastern Ontario with their family, and Hanna is very pleased to be a part of the Rideau River Animal Hospital team.   Hanna enjoys the day to day diversity of general practice, but has a particular interest in Internal Medicine and Dermatology.  Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her husband and their two daughters, and of course her beloved cat Wonky who she rescued in Kingston during her first week as a veterinarian! 

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