Jessica Chatten

Jessica Chatten

Veterinary Assistant

I’ve always had a deep love for animals and I was lucky to be born into a family that had such a love for them as well. My first dog was already apart of my family when I was born. He was a terrier mix that my parents rescued from the streets. His name was ET because no one knew where he came from. We also had a shepherd/collie mix (Bear) and a Jack Russell terrier (Sally). The neighbourhood dogs always felt like our own too. We all took turns taking care of each other’s dogs when their owners were away.

We also had three cats when I was very young (Tigger, Whiskey and Daisy May).

I realized I needed to go back to school to work with animals when I started volunteering at Alliston and district humane society where I saw many animals coming in, in rough shape and leaving healthy and happy on their way to their forever home. There were so many happy tears seeing those smiling faces, wagging tails and head butts as they were picked up by their new loving families.

Prior to working at upper Canada animal hospital, I worked in the pet funeral industry where I helped families during the loss of their beloved animals. It had its sad times, but being able to honour the pets that make up so much of our life was so rewarding. Families always shared stories, videos and pictures of their pets and I would find myself sitting with them for hours talking about what an amazing life they had given their dog, cat, bird, hamster etc.

I currently have a crazy Jack Russell terrier named Winston (Winnie). He’s the sweetest thing and loves everyone he meets. If he’s not forcefully making you cuddle him, he’s chasing and squeaking his little rubber pigs. He’s close to having 25 of them now and loves every single one of them.

I am so excited to be working with the Upper Canada Animal Hospital family. I know that I am incredibly lucky to have found myself with them and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.

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