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Meet the Team!


DVM - Dr. Emily Zakrajsek - Practice Owner and Primary Veterinarian

After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2018, Dr Emily began practicing veterinary medicine in Tillsonburg as a mixed animal veterinarian. Having been horse-crazy her whole life, she quickly fell in love with equine practice, but also maintains a passion for working on species of all kinds.  Not one to sit still, she spends her time outside of work at the gym, walking her dogs Jelly, Ranger and Heidi, and riding her horse Tessa. In 2021 Dr. Emily and her husband Eric started their own practice: Talbot Road Veterinary Services.  Dr Emily can't wait to serve all the creatures of Norfolk county and beyond!


Associate DVM - Dr. Carleigh Cathcart

Since graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2021, Dr. Carleigh has been practicing predominantly companion animal and pocket pet medicine. That being said, she's a farm girl at heart with a strong interest in anything with fur, scales, feathers or hooves, making her a perfect asset to our mixed practice.


Office Manager - Eric Elver

Growing up in London, Ontario, Eric has always had a love of animals as well as a keen interest in business and marketing.  After completing a business degree at Fanshawe college, he and Dr. Emily moved to Tillsonburg together and married not long after! In Tillsonburg Eric spent several years as a manager and eagerly joined the clinic team when the couple took over in 2021 as the office manager.  When not working, Eric enjoys hanging out at home with their cats Reese and Twix and going for walks with Dr. Emily and their dogs. He is also an avid paintball player and a hockey goalie. 


Head Technician RVT - Amanda Berry

Born and raised on an apple farm in Harley Ontario, Amanda has always had a love for the country and it's animals.  After completing her degree to become a Registered Veterinary Technician she began working as a mixed-animal tech in Tillsonburg.  In 2021 she was hired on as a founding member of Talbot Veterinary services.  When not at work Amanda enjoys playing with her cat named Sprout, exploring in the wilderness and riding a quarter horse named Bear.  She looks forward to working with all our clients and critters big and small!


RVT - Hannah Silverthorne

Hannah has always had a love for animals and medicine as she grew up on a beef farm and her grandmother was a nurse so veterinarian medicine was the only thing that made sense! Hannah graduated from St Clair college in 2020 and got her registration shortly after. Hannah enjoys working with all species especially bovine, equine and small ruminants. When Hannah isn’t working she’s at home working with cattle and playing with her dogs aka “kids” Ruger and Scarlett. Hannah is so excited and honoured to be joining the team as well as getting to meet everyone and working with their pets!


RVT - Kelsey Youcke

Even though Kelsey works in Norfolk County, She grew up in Elgin County and has lived there her whole life. Kelsey has always wanted to work with animals, So in the Spring of 2015, She graduated from Algonquin College then became a Registered Veterinary Technician in the Summer of 2015, and has not looked back ever since! Over Kelsey's many years as an RVT, she has gotten the chance to work with many different species, from fur to scales to feathers. Kelsey is very excited to join the team here at Talbot Road and is looking forward to working with even more species like Equine, Bovine, and so many others! When Kelsey is not working, she loves spending time with her cat Atticus, who is her literal shadow, and her pooch Nika. Kelsey also loves crafting, especially calligraphy, spending time with friends and family, and curling up with her cat to watch movies. Kelsey cannot wait to get to know everyone here at Talbot Road Veterinary Services and build bonds with all of our patients and clients.


Receptionist - Etta DeWolfe

Etta started her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2008, Having the privilege of working with exotics, Wildlife, Reptiles, Horses, and everything in between. Etta can honestly say she has a passion for animals of all kinds. Outside of work, Etta Enjoys Camping and hiking with her 2 children, Participating in Dog sports with her dogs, and spoiling her retired horse.

Thinking about working at Talbot Road Veterinary? We are always looking to add talent to our practice. Please forward your Resume and Cover letter to

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