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.
Heather Whitty, Head of Reception/Accounts Manager
Heather began working at Gilson Equine in May 2015. Heather has a long background of riding and caring for her own horses and donkeys. She currently multi-tasks in the office, booking appointments, handling accounts and doing labwork among other things! In her free time, Heather spends time with her dogs and her 2 teenage daughters.
Megan Crockett, Vet Assistant/Stable Staff
Meg was born in Ontario but spent her early years in Alberta. She returned to Ontario as a teenager and started riding dressage at a local stable. This is where her passion for horses grew! Meg got experience working with all ages of horses from foals to adults, and also worked with stallions.
Meg started with GEVS in 2018 as stable staff, but has progressed to be a integral part of the team, working both on the road and also behind the scenes in the office and with the breeding program.
In her spare time, Meg spends time with her pets, riding her motorcycle and tending to her plant obsession.
Meghan O’Riordan, Vet Assistant/Stable Staff
Born and raised on my family’s 200 acre dairy farm in Brooklin, Ontario.
I have been a lifelong rider and my passion and love of horses has opened up many great opportunities in my life from yearling sales in Kentucky to the breeding sheds of Ireland.
My earlier years I was student of Parks & Forestry at Fleming College but got drawn back to my true passion when I took on a position that lasted 3 years at the famous Windfield Farm in Oshawa, my tasks included thoroughbred yearling sales preparation, breaking & training & exercise rider. My time at Windfields Farm took me to Kentucky and Woodbine and gave me a huge exposure to large volume of horses and owners. This exposure and experience led me to my next great chapter.
In 2003 I was one of a select group accepted into the world renowned Irish National Stud Breeding & Stud Management Course. This course gave we an insight and education into various parts of horsemanship such as stable management, mare management, foaling & stallion management among others.
After I came home I went to work for Tara Hills Stud and Hanover Farms doing yearling preparation and foaling their standardbred herd.
My journey has now brought me to The Gilson Equine Clinic where I can bring all my experience, charm and sense of humor which I hope will benefit the staff and clients.
Before returning to my equine passion I worked as a certified PSW for 10yrs in a long-term care facility in Oshawa.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and pets and over the last few years have enjoyed riding my mare throughout the Ganaraska forest trail system.
Brittney Shanks, Vet Assistant/Stable Staff
More info to come!
Marissa Pierik, Vet Assistant/Stable Staff
Marissa has dreamed of being a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She is currently completing her degree in Zoology at the University of Guelph and hoping to make her way into Ontario Veterinary College to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Her love for horses began in a highschool co-op position at a local zoo. This love for horses continued to grow when she worked in a quarter horse barn and later in a dressage barn in Guelph. She hopes to continue to learn about equine health alongside Dr. Gilson, Dr. Knox, and Dr. Harness. Marissa currently works in the barn and out on the road. In her spare time, Marissa loves to play guitar and watch hockey with her family.