Receptionists

Andrina Peretti, Buck Animal Hospital’s Manager has been working at Buck’s since 1992. While working she completed her Honours Biological Science Degree at University of Guelph graduating in 1995, as well as receiving her diploma at St Lawrence College in 2001 for Veterinary Hospital Manager.

Andrina has been working in a vet clinic since she was old enough to work. She has had a number of different jobs but always enjoyed working with animals and has always kept a job in a vet clinic.

Andrina’s furry family members include Ashawa, a grey short-haired cat who will tolerate anything – including her newest addition – a Great Dane puppy named Aros. He is a spry, bouncy boy full of life!

Andrina has always loved animals and has had many cats, dogs, birds, fish, and rodent pets over the years. Animals give you unconditional love and respect. It is always wonderful to come home and to be greeted with great enthusiasm.

Andrina enjoys time at the cottage, bike rides and long walks. She lives with her partner Mark, and beautiful daughter Tesla and adorable boy Wason.  In 2008, Andrina’s eldest daughter Cyra passed away.  She had a brain hemorrhage, strokes and a 5 year battle.  She is missed terribly but remembered daily.

 

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Alicia Wind has been working in animal care since 1997 when she started as a kennel personnel at Buck Animal Hospital. At the time she aspired to be a veterinarian and wanted some experience working in a clinic setting. She loved working there so much that she stayed on through university and started working as a receptionist in 2001.

Alicia currently serves two unique cats who were each rescued from various situations.  Ella Louise a feisty black short-haired cat who loves playing fetch and Kitsune a beautiful butterscotch tabby who loves greeting everyone at the door. 

Animals have always had a special place in Alicia’s heart and she loves being able to interact with and provide care for them. Animals give us so much and she feels privileged to be able to give something back to them. Although Alicia initially wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian, she has changed career paths twice since then and completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Guelph. She currently works as a Resource Conservation Specialist for Enviro-Stewards Inc. where she helps industrial, commercial, and institutional clients reduce their impact on the environment while becoming more profitable

 

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Samantha Dixon first joined Buck Animal Hospital in 2007 working as animal care personnel and a kennel staff. Since then, she has moved to become a receptionist and is currently working as a technician in the back.  Sam has been volunteering and working in vet clinics and hospitals since the age of 10.

Sam is always adopting new furry friends. Currently she cuddles with Molli a rescue, and two cats Portia and Turtle. After the loss of her beloved 10y old english bulldog Brutis, Sam is hoping to rescue another bulldog soon. 

Sam loves spending time outside hiking, riding and taking care of the horses, as well as working out at the gym. She has graduated from the University of Guelph with her BSc in Animal Biology and recently completed her MSc in Animal Genetics.

 

Linda Burt has been a receptionist at Buck Animal Hospital since 2006. Linda has always been an animal lover, ever since she was a little girl. You can sometimes catch Linda working alongside her daughter Melanie, another receptionist at Buck Animal Hospital.

At home, Linda has a house full of fury friends. Linda has a big heart for German Shepherds and has two of her own, Bronson and 15 week old Isla. Along with the pups, Linda has three cats, Petey, Louis (aka Louie) and Gino. Linda’s four grown children have an inside joke that their mother replaced the four of them with four (and now more) pets – so she could always be taking care of something.

Linda thinks there’s just something about the connection between humans and animals that she loves. They really do become family members. A house is not a home without them!

Outside of work, Linda can be found managing her large family and all the critters that go along with them. Linda is surrounded by pets everywhere she goes and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

Melanie Burt has been working as a receptionist at Buck Animal Hospital since January 2012. Melanie works alongside her mother, Linda, another receptionist here at Buck.

At home, Melanie shares five family pets including Bronson and Isla, both German Shepard’s. Melanie also lives with three cats, Petey, a tuxedo male and Louis, an orange tabby that the family rescued and their newest feline companion Gino.

Melanie loves many types of dogs and cats, but has a super soft spot for the larger breeds, including Mastiffs. Melanie has always loved animals, whether it be working with them or just seeing them around the neighborhood. If Melanie could help every animal in need, she would!

Outside of work, Melanie loves being surrounded by friends and family, no matter what the occasion may be. Melanie can also be found baking yummy treats for her work family in her spare time.