Dr. Robert (Bert) Blackburn graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1975 at which time he purchased Buck Animal Hospital (along with Dr. Jim Coleman) from Dr. Bob Buck. For 40 years Dr. Blackburn had been a partner at Buck Animal Hospital.  At the beginning of 2015 Dr.Blackburn stepped down and sold his share to Dr.Galbraith. But don’t worry, you can still see Dr.Blackburn working hard around the clinic, he isn’t ready to give it all up yet!

Along with his wife Gale, Dr. Blackburn owns two lovely German Short Haired Pointer. One being a mature but eager lady named Echo and the other one named Jasmine – a spry puppy always looking for new friends. To keep the dogs in line they have a feline referee Talar. Gale also has a very important horse in her life, named Kody. With a passion for trapshooting, Dr. Blackburn has grown especially fond of pointing dogs!

Dr. Blackburn is interested in the surgical side of veterinary medicine and loves nothing better than to see a lame dog get back to work & play by repairing orthopedic problems.


Dr. Linda Sommers graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1980 and has been working in veterinary medicine ever since. Dr. Sommers moved to the Kitchener/Waterloo area in late 1986 and joined the team at Buck Animal Hospital the following year. In 2001, Dr. Sommers became a partner at Buck Animal Hospital.

In her personal life, dogs have always been around! Dr. Sommers has 2 Shih Tzu’s Kiwi and Buddy who are currently learning how to sail. While she would love to have a cat, her husband Brian is allergic so she relies on spending time with her daughter’s cat as well as the clinic cats, Hester (better known as Hussie) and CJ.

Dr. Sommers loves animals and veterinary medicine because every day is a new experience. She loves working with pets and pet owners alike and puts this passion into every day at Buck Animal Hospital. When she’s not at the hospital, you may find her playing the cello in the KW Community Orchestra!

Dr. Laura Galbraith has been working with animals as a veterinarian since graduating from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2002. She has worked at a range of practices – from small animal clinics throughout Southern Ontario to an emergency clinic where she gained valuable experience in urgent and critical care. Dr. Galbraith joined the Buck Animal Hospital team in 2008 and became a partner in 2015.

Dr. Galbraith’s Standard Poodle Ryder, is a bouncy lad who loves hiking and playing with her 2 daughters.  Ripley, her  Abyssinian is always looking for trouble at home and enjoys attending cat shows.

Outside of work, Dr.Galbraith’s lifelong hobby is horses and has been since childhood. She and her partner have recently started Ever After Acres in Ariss, ON where her love for horses continues to grow. She is very busy building up the property and teaching young riders.

Dr. Jessica Yenssen grew up on a dairy farm in Bruce County where she spent a lot of time helping care for the livestock. She began her veterinary career by working at a rural mixed animal practice during a high school co-op placement. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2008 and began practicing immediately, starting at Buck Animal Hospital in 2010.

Dr. Yenssen is the proud owner of Peggy Sue, a black Miniature Golden Doodle. She and her husband got Peggy Sue as a puppy in 2010 and since then she has become an important part of the family. Dr. Yenssen and her husband are the proud parents of three daughters: Sophia, Emma and their newest addition Clara.

Dr. Yenssen loves practicing veterinary medicine; she is passionate about providing quality care to her clients and their owners.

When Dr. Yenssen is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, pursuing outdoor activities and baking.

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Dr. Amanda Palmer grew up on a veal farm outside of Wingham, surrounded by dogs, cats, riding horses and helping with chores. She became passionate about animals at a very young age and decided in elementary school that becoming a veterinarian was her dream.  She began her veterinary career by working at the town clinic during a high school co-op placement as well as picking up weekend shifts. Graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012 she began practicing immediately as a mixed animal veterinarian working her first three years in Tillsonburg, starting at Buck Animal Hospital in 2015.

Dr. Palmer’s first childhood horse, Gold, will always hold an extremely special place in her heart and she regrets not having him to this day. Dr. Palmer and her husband adopted a cute black kitty named Sammy from the humane society in Simcoe. She is very playful, loves being outdoors on her leash and can even fetch! Recently a German Shepherd Mix named Heidi was surrender to the clinic, it did not take Dr.Palmer long to fall in love with her. Dr. Palmer adores her job and even though it is not always easy it can be very rewarding when progress is made and animals become well.

Dr. Palmer enjoys living a happy, healthy lifestyle with her husband: running, cycling, hiking, surrounding herself with friends, attempting new kitchen creations, tending to their veggie garden and dreaming of global exploration.  They have a dream to one day be back living on a self-sustainable farm as a family with 2 horses, some cattle, pigs, and chickens. Dr. Palmer has just returned to us after being on maternity leave with her first baby.


Dr. Jodi MacFarlane knew from a very young age she wanted to be a veterinarian. She is originally from London, Ontario where she grew up with a Shepherd mix named Skamp and Misty the cat she had for the first 18 years of her life. From there she  went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph in 2006. After completing her undergrad degree  she moved to Calgary, Alberta and worked at a small animal emergency and referral clinic. In 2009 she was accepted to the Ontario Veterinary College and had to tear herself away from the beauty of the mountains and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013. After graduating she worked in small animal clinics in and around the GTA and Guelph and is now excited to call Buck Animal Hospital her new home.

Jodi is especially interested in educating clients to make the best decisions for their pets’ health in addition to dermatology, surgery and weight management.

Dr. MacFarlane and her husband recently welcomed their first child – Theodore. She is enjoying her maternity leave with her two large dogs, Lou & Shilo, and their crazy cat, Monkei.

In her spare time when she is not working on renovations around their house you can find her staying active with hockey or fastball, walking the pups with Devon and Theo or spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Andréée Morin