Dr. JINNI DEMINE
“My call to care for animals came to me when I was 4 years old. My friends and I found a stray dog on the streets of Russia and we spent over a week keeping the dog hidden while dog catchers were in our area. Since then I grew up finding those stray animals, cleaning them, feeding them, and bandaging their wounds (sometimes using my own clothes). When I was a young adult, I was accepted into a veterinary school in the city of Moscow which was 2 hours away from the little village where I lived. Every night, when I finally got home from school there was a line of pets with their very preoccupied people waiting for me to treat their various maladies. Break outs of distemper and parvovirus were common in our building and it was heartbreaking to lose those pets.”
Dr. Jinni Demine graduated from University of Guelph in 2001. She has started her studies in Moscow, Russia right after high school. Her passion has always been ensuring that your pets live long and healthy lives. Her special interest is in dentistry. In fact, Dr. Demine routinely donates her time to perform dentals for pets in Humane Societies and Rescues to ensure they get a great start with their fur-ever families.
Dr. Jinni’s other passion is exotic pet care. Her dream is to be a mom of a Russian Box Tortoise. She currently houses a chinchilla, a hedgehog and 9 chickens. That is in addition to her dog, Deysi, and her cat, Vasilisa. In her spare time, Dr. Demine is very involved in the community. Her community passion is to promote and initiate any programs through Rotary International involving youth. Dr. Jinni and her 3 children have been a host family for many teenagers from around the world.
Dr. MARIA OSTROVSKAYA
“As a child, I always wanted to become an advocate for pets. For those who cannot raise their voices, for those whose pain is often overlooked and goes unnoticed, for those who give us unconditional love and are always there for us. This is why I decided to become a veterinarian. This profession gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people and their furry companions, it constantly keeps me on my toes as there are never two days alike. I never cease to learn new things. The passion to help animals drives my desire to be better at what I do and provide the best possible care and experience for our pets and their caring owners.”
Dr. Maria Ostrovskaya is an associate veterinarian at Trenton Pet Hospital. She received her veterinary degree in 1999 from Saratov State Agrarian University and spent the first couple of years working with large animals and enjoying outdoor life. She joined Trenton Pet Hospital in 2015 and is dedicated to her work with furry patients. She values knowledge and innovation and is always up-to-date with the latest developments in the veterinary field. Her special interest is parasitology. Maria has two children, a boy and a girl, a super charged cat named Marta, her partner-in-crime, a poodle named Matilda, and an aquarium full of colourful fish.
“My passion for animal care and well being is something I was born with. From the earliest of ages I have always had an extreme interest and attachment for all living creatures. To me there was no difference between the mouse in the house or the frog in the nearby pond to our family pets. It was apparent that I needed to persue a career in animal health. It wasn’t until I spent 3 months volunteering with wildlife in Africa that I knew that I wouldn’t be fulfilled in life unless I was helping animals. It’s women like Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall that inspired me and allowed me to believe that anything is possible. So my journey began.”
Taralee attended a 3 year Veterinary Technician program offered by St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. After graduating she invested all of her earnings into traveling and volunteering with wildlife across the world. Her experiences with exotics is what encouraged her to apply within the Trenton Pet Hospital team as it was important for her to continue working with exotics. As much as she enjoys preventative health care and client education her passion is stronger for internal medicine, anesthesia and surgery. By completing monthly continuing education she keeps herself up to date in the animal medicine world. Taralee has 3 adorable and entertaining cats at home whom which she spoils to pieces.
Registered Veterinary Technician
“As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with animals. Everything from their biology to their behavior has captivated my interest. As an athlete, I have also come to love the comraderie and energy that a close-knit team creates. Veterinary medicine allows me to immerse myself in my passion while working closely with a team that shares that passion. There is no other place I’d rather be working.”
Justin is a registered veterinary technician here at Trenton Pet Hospital. He comes to us after 5 years working at a hospital in Aurora, Ontario. He first received his bachelors degree in Zoology at the University of Guelph and then his veterinary technician diploma from Seneca College. Justin has strong interests in anesthesia, cytology and dental health. Outside the clinic he is an avid cyclist competing in races around the province.
Client Service Representative
“My passion for animals can be traced back to the many years spent on our family farm that I try to visit regularly in order to appease my love of horses. My two main interests have always revolved around art and animals. Despite having pursued one passion by obtaining a Graphic Design degree from St. Lawrence College in 2009, I realized that was not how I wanted to devote the majority of my time. The early part of my career was spent doing a variety of different jobs before my transition to the veterinary field in 2012, where I have gained a great deal of experience in both animal health and client service.
Outside of the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my endlessly entertaining Australian Shepherd, Rosco, and keeping my creative juices flowing any way I can.”
Client Service Representative
“Growing up in the country with many farms close by, as a child I used to care for the neighboring barn cats. Lack of veterinary care was very apparent so as a child I did all that I felt I could, but never felt that it was enough. It was during my very young years that I discovered my passion for animal care, I felt like I didn’t just want to make a difference but I had to. So over the course of my education I took steps necessary to become a great animal advocate, while following my passion I discovered I also have passion for people.”
Ashley is a certified veterinary assistant who graduated in 2013 from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. After graduating she has followed her passion and remained working in the veterinary field. At home Ashley keeps busy caring for her young son, her miniature Schnoodle Miley and her friendly feline Minx.
“Growing up on a farm I knew from a very young age that my dream job would always be to work with animals. I was always eager to help the large animal veterinarians that came to the farm and was always eager to learn more. I worked alongside a variety of animals such as horses, cows, sheep, llamas and much more. My passion for wanting to help animals only grew.”
Shannon, who got her first start at Trenton Pet Hospital in 2011, has been a dedicated veterinary professional for the past 7 years. In 2016 she rejoined the Trenton Pet Hospital team as our Doggie Daycare Manager. Shannon shares her homes with her daughter Hayden, her dog Peter and her cat Houdini. In her spare time she is very passionate about photography and animal behaviour.