Liz Milne, Office Manager
Liz grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo where her interest in horses began at a young age. She started riding like most kids at summer camp at the local stable (with Kelli). This quickly grew into horse ownership and showing in a variety of disciplines. Liz graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA, and went on to work in the quality control sector of the automotive industry for the next 10 years. This helped support her “horse habit”, and she kept riding and showing in the A-circuit Adult Hunter Division. Liz continues to enjoy horse ownership and especially likes developing young horses for the show ring. Her next challenge will be saving to buy the pony that her daughter Lilly is already asking for. Liz has worked for Gilson Equine since it opened in 2007. Working in the horse industry has been a lifetime dream for Liz, and she is more than thrilled to be that in a service-oriented position, working with a life-long friend. Liz really enjoys interacting with clients and finds it very rewarding to be a helpful part of their veterinary experience.
Stephen Hudgin, Accounts Manager/Reception
Stephen joined the team at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services in January of 2012. He works in the front office, manages client accounts and helps keep the office running smoothly. He enjoys learning about clients’ horses and coordinating their veterinary care.
Stephen enjoys spending time with his horse, Luca. He also spends a great deal of time perusing the atlas to plan his next travel adventure.
Heather Cole, Reception
Heather began working at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services in May of 2015. She currently works in the office as a part-time receptionist. Heather enjoys assisting clients with their inquires. She also enjoys the investigative work in the lab.
Heather was raised in Quebec and was always surrounded by a plethora of animals as a child. She currently has goats, horses, ponies, donkeys, cats, dogs, a llama and many other small critters.
Holly Porter, Veterinary Assistant
Holly started working at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services in June of 2014. She works closely with Dr. Gilson as her veterinary assistant. She enjoys working in a challenging environment with various types of horses.
Holly grew up on a pleasure horse farm just outside of Lindsay. She has been riding for as long as she can remember. Holly owns, trains and races quarter horses locally and in the United States.
Victoria McEldon, Veterinary Technician
I graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus after completing my externship placement in August 2016 at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services. I’ve been riding horses from the age 8 and currently live on my family’s small hobby farm in Millbrook with my 2 horses. I also own a small herd of Simmental cattle that I continually work with to genetically improve. I was an active participant in 4H, competing at both local and national level competitions. My special interest in animal husbandry and my pursuit of a career in the large animal and equine medicine field was influenced greatly by my experiences in 4-H and my exposure to the agricultural industry in general. I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to start my career as a Vet Tech at Gilson’s Equine Clinic.
Tina Post, Barn Manager
Jamie Burns, Student/Vet Assistant
Jamie joined the team at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services in the summer of 2014. She works on the road assisting the veterinarians as well as in the clinic caring for mares, foals and patients that arrive at the clinic for treatment.
Jamie grew up on a hobby farm outside of Norwood and has been around horses her whole life. She has been riding competitively since she was 11, most recently in Eventing. Jamie will be graduating from the University of Guelph with an Honours degree in Animal Biology in April 2017.
Wendy Carruthers, Assistant/Barn staff
Wendy began working at GEVS in January 2016. She works both on the road assisting the veterinarians, and also in the clinic with mares and foals and rehab horses.
Wendy grew up around horses on her parents’ farm. She competes on the hunter-jumper circuit as well as eventing. Wendy is a coach and manages her own farm and riding school, Wendon Hills Equestrian Center.