Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Huron East Animal Hospital in Kitchener! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 519-895-8883 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Laura Cristancho, DVM

I graduated as a veterinarian in Colombia in 1991 and moved to Canada in 2001.

After doing a Master of Science program in the Pathobiology Department at the University of Guelph in 2006, I worked for a poultry-vaccine-producing laboratory for a short time. I assisted at several veterinary clinics and hospitals in New Hamburg, Elora, and Waterloo while completing the VSTEP training in 2010. I obtained my license to practice Veterinary Medicine in Ontario in 2015.

My most rewarding experience so far has been working as a part-time veterinarian at Waterloo West Animal Hospital, and as a Locum veterinarian for some small animal practices around the region.

I currently live in Kitchener with my Husband Raul and my adorable German Shepherd, Whiskey.

My goals are to focus in preventive medicine and client education. I strive to make all my clients and patients feel welcome when visiting our hospital.

I am fluent in English as well as Spanish.

Cassi, Veterinary Assistant

I graduated with distinction from University of Guelph: Ridgetown College in 2011 from their Veterinary Office Administration program. I have been working in clinics since 2012 as a Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist.

I had a short break from working in clinic to have my son in 2015 and recently moved back to the Kitchener area. I have a passion for client education and rescuing/connecting with rescue animals.

At home I like to spend my time with my family, which includes three dogs, two cats and a bearded dragon. Half of my pets are rescue animals and have enriched my life completely.

Kirstyn, Office Manager

I started working in a vet clinic in 2010 part time while I was in university. I fell in love with my job and cannot imagine myself working anywhere else. I love meeting all the lovely patients and hearing their stories. I love attending conferences to keep up to date. In my spare time, I love spending time going on walks with my husband and our Siberian husky.

Ashley, Registered Veterinary Technician

I graduated with distinction from University of Guelph: Ridgetown College in 2017 from their Veterinary Technician program. I obtained my Registration on Dec. 11, 2017 and have been a member of high standing since. Immediately upon graduating I started working at OVC in the Large Animal sector. I had missed working with dogs and cats so much that I decided to also look into working at a small animal clinic. The skills I have cultivated from working in large animal have been transferable and very useful during emergency procedures. I am confident and comfortable in all aspect of clinic work from surgeries to routine appointments; your pets are in good hands with me. At home I have a great dane and a horse. If I am not at work, I am often out in the field.

Confetti (Resident cat)

I am a sassy domestic shorthair. I was rescued in 2016 by Dr. Laura. I love spending my days greeting all the clients and sleeping at the reception desk. I love all the attention I get but sometimes I like to play bite. You can usually spot me waiting at the front door for the next patient to arrive.