Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Susan Gambling

    Dr. Susan Gambling graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 1989 and then did an Internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. She opened the Rice Lake Animal Hospital in July 2014 and is proud of how this practice provides modern and exceptional care with a small town, family feel. She enjoys devising a plan specific for your pets individual needs.

    Susan lives with her incredibly supportive husband Rick at Cedar Pond Farm. They happily share their farm with 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 horses, chickens and last but not least, a donkey.

    In her spare time, if she is not stand up paddle boarding with her Border Terrier on Rice Lake, you will find her riding a horse in the beautiful Ganaraska Forest.

  • Dr.
    Gala Musters
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Gala Musters acquired her DVM in Europe in 1991 and has been practicing veterinary medicine ever since as a small animal veterinarian. She relocated to Canada 20 years ago and became a licensed veterinarian in Canada as well. Dr. Musters has worked in both emergency hospitals and regular practices providing medical care to pets and support to their owners. She has worked for 20 years across the GTA until now when she left Toronto and settled with her husband Ed near beautiful Rice lake.

    Dr. Musters joined Rice Lake Animal Hospital in March 2021 and is excited to meet your pets. She always feels great joy when she hears the good news that with her help yet another four-legged friend has overcome an ailment and is now happily enjoying life with their human guardians.
    Dr. Musters enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family. She shares her life with one very sweet cat, but in the past, she has owned dogs, birds, fish, hamsters, gerbils, and a snake.”

  • Dr.
    Sherry Blenden

    Dr. Sherry Blenden graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude, in 2007. She is a native Floridian and immigrated with her husband from the United States to Ontario in 2018. She has practiced in a variety of settings including small animal, equine/farm animal, shelter medicine and spay/neuter. She particularly enjoys helping owners to set their pets up for success from day one, believing the best cure is prevention ( including daily tooth brushing for pets! ). In her free time, she enjoys conditioning her horse, Sonny, for long distance endurance rides.

  • Dr.
    Kim Adie
    D.C. Certified Animal Chiropractor

    Kim graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1994, then, combining both her love for animals and her extensive experience and skills as a chiropractor, she attended the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre in 2008, where she is currently co-director and an instructor. Kim is further certified with the College of Animal Chiropractors and devotes much of her time to education and the evolution of Animal Chiropractic in Canada. Since giving up her human practice to focus on animal chiropractic, her patients now consist mainly of horses, cats, and dogs. Kim’s calm, gentle touch puts animals (and owners) at ease allowing her to skillfully address a variety of muscle, joint, and related nerve issues. Kim shares her life with her cat, Daisy, and much loved 4-legged companions Reggie & Dazzle. In her spare time, Kim, Reggie and Dazzle compete in the dog sport of Dock Jumping.

  • Kaitlynd Schad

    Katie graduated from Trent University with a major in Gender Studies and Social Justice, and was working in Social Work, and eventually returned to get a secondary Masters/Honours degree in Archaeology. A childhood passion, that she decided to pursue as a second career. 

    Katie was born and raised in Cavan but left for 14 years to live the dream in Jasper Alberta. She quickly considered herself a local and fell in love with the mountains, and all the fun they have the offer. Some favorite times are hiking, climbing, biking, and snowboarding to name a few. 
    Katie met her husband in Jasper, backpacked with him from Mexico down to Panama (the entire Central America continent), and through Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru in South America. Upon returning to Jasper, they had a baby girl in 2018. Katie and her husband Jacob decided to move closer to family, and made the move across Canada with a 1-year-old, and a dog and an RV in 2019 right before the pandemic hit. 
    Katie has been working in Veterinary Medicine for 5 years and is an absolute animal lover through and through. Currently, our family consists of a rescue dog we found in Mexico and brought home with us, named Leonardo, and the cutest rescue bunny with white fur and blue eyes named Mochi - just like the sweet Japanese treat! 
    You'll find Katie at reception, or giving your large breed dogs a hug.

  • Nicole Almeida
    Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

    Nicole graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Durham College in 2013. Animals have been her passion since she was young and she knew this was the perfect career for her. She started her journey in Veterinary Medicine at a high-volume clinic in Oshawa and bloomed from there. She has always had a passion for exotic animals and pocket pets and is so thankful she has had the opportunity to work with these critters in her veterinary medicine career. 
    Nicole shares her recently purchased home with her boyfriend Tyler and her 2 dogs; Sadie & Merle, 3 cats; Hemi, Roni, and Vinny. She enjoys camping, summer nights, and spending time with her fur babies outdoors. Nicole joined our team in January 2020 and she couldn’t be happier to continue practicing Veterinary Medicine with such a caring and loving team! She is very excited to get to know your fur babies and love them like her own!

  • Caroline Douglas
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Caroline is a Registered Veterinary Technician who began working at Rice Lake
    Animal Hospital at the start of 2020, moving from her hometown Etobicoke in
    Toronto. After graduating from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus Vet
    Tech program, she continued her education at Northern College in the
    Companion Animal Rehab program, graduating with Honours. She currently
    shares her home with her Cane Corso mix named Denali and a sassy rabbit
    named Marmalade. She is however determined to start a hobby farm filled with
    donkeys, horses, alpacas, and lots of dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys
    snowboarding, traveling, and being outdoors with her fiancée.

  • Anna Jarzynska
    Veterinary Assistant

    Anna graduated with honors from the Animal Care program at Durham College in 2013. She started her journey in the animal field at a high volume clinic in Toronto and it was there that Anna knew she picked the right career. Anna joined the Rice Lake Animal Hospital team in 2018, bringing a positive attitude and the love of caring for our furry friends. Anna enjoys going on adventurous hikes with her daughter Emilia and her dog Shyla, as well as hosting dinner parties for friends.

  • Hilary Baker
    Veterinary Assistant

    Hilary graduated with honors from the Animal Care program at Durham College in 2014. She made a decision to change careers after working in Human Resources for a few years as something was missing. Hilary has always had an extra big smile on her face when she is around animals and pursuing a job that would allow her to be around them and help them just made sense. After completing the Animal Care program, Hilary went on to graduate with honors from the Animal Grooming program at Northern College in 2015. She worked at a high volume clinic right out of school and knew she made the right decision for her future. Hilary joined the Rice Lake Animal Hospital team in 2018 and loves meeting new clients and patients every day. She spends her free time with her stubborn samoyed, Riot and her two humorous persians, Smartie and Tybalt.

  • Liz Smale
    Veterinary Assistant

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  • Maggie Hails
    Veterinary Assistant

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Thank you to Dr. Gambling and the vet tech (I'm apologize, I can't recall her name) who treated my cat, Knoxie, today! I walked in expecting the worst, but left there feeling great relief. They are both wonderful and understanding people!"
    Jenner D.
  • "My dog had a 1 inch cut on his throat and was bleeding. i was in panic mode and called them. Then girl said we are very busy but be here for 5:30 and the vet will look after him. Every one was very welcoming to me and my dog that explained every and costs before they did anything. I have been to other vets and i can say they totally made my day and pricing was very fair . THANK YOU KENN"
    Kenneth H.
  • "I had to share this. I went to Rice Lake Animal Hospital this morning to pick up meds for Mack and Candy. When I arrived there were some people there with their little dog that had an injured paw. The office was closed for the holiday weekend. These people were staying at Southview Cottages and didn't know what to do. I was in the process of telling them about an emergency vet not too far away when a vehicle came in. Around the corner came Dr. Susan Gambling and her little dog. She opened up her office to help these people with their little dog. Not many would do this. This is why I love Rice Lake Animal Hospital �
    I hope the little dog was ok."
    Cheryl A.