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Dr. Mara Gerriets Ashby
Hi, I’m Dr. Mara Gerriets Ashby, and I have wanted to be a small animal vet since I was very young. I didn’t follow the usual path to veterinary medicine, but made my own way, ultimately leading me to build a full service animal hospital near you and becoming your newest Waterloo Veterinarian!
I began by pursuing my love of reading and horses, and completed degrees in English Literature and Stable Management. My early jobs included working for a backpacker bus in Europe, exercising polo ponies, teaching English in Thailand and writing for magazines. I knew I still wanted to become a small animal vet, so I went back to school.
Graduating from Ontario Veterinary College in 2006, I moved to St Jacobs where I live with my husband and two beautiful collies. When not working with small animals at my dream job as a Veterinarian and owner of Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital, I still love reading books and riding my horse, Prince, whenever I can.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your pets, while offering you high quality animal care with a comfortable and comforting experience.
Veterinarian/Fear Free Certified Level Two
Registered Veterinary Technician
I started at Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital in 2016. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and combine my skills to help pets feel more comfortable in the veterinary clinic setting and to help keep any procedures and handling as low stress as possible. I have really enjoyed getting to watch the progression as pets that have been scared and anxious to visit the clinic become excited and can hardly wait to get in the door.
I have a lab mix named Luna that graduated from veterinary technician school with me. Luna is an independent goofball that loves to learn new things. She is quite convinced that 101 Things to do With a Box is the best game EVER! Luna came with some fears and worries about the outside world that needed time and training in order to make her feel safe. Because of this experience with Luna I have a soft spot for dogs with behavioural issues and an understanding of what their owners go through. This also motivates me to help puppies get the best start on life with the Kindergarten classes we offer so that they do not have to face some of these behavioural challenges in their future.
I have always had a passion for animals! Their unconditional love and quiet snuggles are calming in a crazy world!
My husband and I are so lucky to share our home with two cats, and two children. The children and I went to meet the cats at their foster home, and knew instantly that they belonged with us!
The cats are brothers named Leo and Luigi. They bring us so much happiness and laughter!
We also have two wonderful horses named Marty and Spark. Marty and I enjoy jumping! Spark is a retired race horse. They enjoy spending their days together in the fields!
I look forward to meeting you and your furry family member soon!
I am very excited to be working with Dr. Ashby and the team at Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital! At home, I have a very energetic
chocolate labradoodle named Piper who just loves playing hide and seek! In my spare time when I am not greeting you and your furry friends at the door when you visit or studying for my bachelor degree, I enjoy riding and jumping horses!
Registered Veterinary Technician
While growing up in Kitchener, Rebecca fell in love with veterinary medicine when she completed a cooperative educational placement in a veterinary hospital during high school. Rebecca loves the diversity of veterinary medicine, where her days jump from one exciting task to the next, such as educating clients, taking X-rays, and administering anesthesia.
Rebecca previously worked at a veterinary hospital in Mumbai, India, where she adopted her three-legged cat, Boy, who presented close to death but was miraculously nursed back to health. Now he is famous for stealing food every chance he gets, which has earned him the nickname “Food Monster.”
Rebecca loves to travel, whether an international trip or a weekend excursion to a new destination, and looks forward to future volunteer opportunities with animals, both abroad and closer to home. Rebecca joined the Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital family after returning home from working on the East coast because, she said, “I finally wanted to settle down in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and started looking for a clinic that shared my passion for high quality medicine and client care.” We are glad Rebecca joined our team, and look forward to getting to know her better.