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Harry Joel Rumney, B.Sc. (Bio), B.Sc. (Agr), DVM
Born and raised just up the road from the present clinic site, Joel is the only son of Harry and Patricia Rumney. Born and raised in “the valley,” Joel graduated from the one room school “Riverside” just down the road (the same school from which his father and grandmother graduated). Harry was a farmer by birth raising purebred Shorthorn cattle, sheep, horses, hogs and poultry. Pat, Joel’s mother, came into the community to teach at the one room school in Vasey where Harry was quick to take a liking to the new pretty young teacher.
Veterinary medicine was not something new to the Rumney family. Dr. Wilfred Rumney and his little sister Jean Rumney (cousins of Joel’s father and raised next door) were both veterinarians. Wilf went on to build and operate the Blue Cross Animal Hospital on King Street in Hamilton. Wilf later became the president of the College of Veterinarians and lectured at the Ontario Veterinary College.
Dr. Jean Rumney, although severely affected by polio at a very young age, became the first Canadian woman to graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1939. She continued her brother Wilf’s role at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital until her death in 1974.
Joel's desire to become a veterinarian was born from this background of farming and animal husbandry.In his studies at the University of Guelph, Joel completed a bachelor’s degree in both biology and animal sciences before admission to the Veterinary College.
Joel realized that he wanted to come back to the family farm to establish a practice. In his final year at O.V.C, he designed and planned the current facility. Joel’s carpentry and building skills led to his interest and proficiency in surgery and orthopedics, areas that he still enjoys immensely.
Edie Haberfellner (Rumney), DVM
Growing up with a multitude of pets, Dr. Edie knows the love and richness that they bring into our lives. This appreciation was enhanced at the Ontario Veterinary college by learning how to help our animals to live healthier and longer lives. With her mother being a family physician, human medicine was an obvious choice for Dr. Edie, but her heart drew her towards veterinary medicine. A choice she has never regretted.
Suzanne Abray, B.Sc., DVM
Dr. Abray is a native Canadian with ties in both Alberta and Ontario. During her eight years at North Simcoe Veterinary Services, she has specialized in surgery and become a vital member of the veterinarian team. Her household consists of one husband, one son, 2 cats, 1 dog, 1 guinea pig and one small but ferocious betta fish. When Dr. Abray is not taking care of her family and pets, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading. Dr. Abray specializes in small animal surgery.
Mike Irving, B.Sc., DVM
Having recently moved to the area from Toronto, Dr. Mike comes to North Simcoe/Midland Veterinary Services for relief work when the clinics are temporarily short-staffed. He graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1979 and has been practicing veterinary medicine since then. He especially enjoys small animal surgery and medicine, laser surgery, and orthopedic surgery. He and his wife have a dog and cat. When asked about his interests, he responded “too many to list!” Dr. Irving focuses his interest on small animal medicine and surgery.
Shauna O'Brien, MVB
Dr. Shauna was born and raised in Kildare, Republic of Ireland. After receiving her veterinary degree from UCD, Dublin, in 2017, she hopped on a plane and jetted off to Canada one week later. She works with all animals, though has a special love for her equine and bovine surgical patients, as well as those of the ‘scaly’ variety. Although she had to leave her best furry friend, Molly, behind in Ireland, she quickly added a new feline to her collection; Figaro comes to North Simcoe to get into trouble with our clinic cat. When she is not busy in the clinic, Dr. Shauna enjoys horse riding, canoeing, singing, and working on her accent so farmers understand her on the telephone!
Laurie Freedman, MVB, M.Sc, B.Sc, VT
Dr. Laurie hails from Brampton, Ontario, but is well travelled when it comes to her education. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Guelph, but Guelph was too close to home for our Dr. Laurie, and she moved to Wales for her Masters degree. After spending some time with the sheep of Wales, Dr. Laurie decided to pursue her veterinary degree abroad, and obtained her MVB from UCD, Ireland. She joined our team in 2018 as a mixed animal practicioner, with a special interest in bovine. She has one guinea pig and enjoys walking on the beach (although not accompanied by her pocket pet).
Ashley Mann, MVB
Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Dr. Ashley attended the University of Guelph for Bio-Medical science before moving abroad to Dublin, Ireland. After graduating with her degree in Veterinary Medicine from UCD, she returned home to Canada and settled in Midland with her adorable adopted cat Amber. In her free time she enjoys training and competing in martial arts, and visiting Copper, her family's Brittany, back in Burlington