Our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Robert Close

Dr. Close has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1978. During his career he has treated small animals, large animals, pocket pets, and a few others. Dr. Close has shown an interest in Biology, more specifically Zoology, but loves gardening especially so, with perennial plants that feel like “old friends” after he sees them reappear each spring.

Dr. Close has taught high school science & biology before becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Close has always shown a keen interest in the young of all species, wondering over them from birthing to seeing them develop into very capable adults. The miracle of life has so many wonderful surprises in it but it also has challenges.

The Ontario Veterinary College and St. Michael’s Hospital for people are two great institutions that provide exceptional care as well as research. Both of these institutions are well known and Dr. Close believes that the special attention to them is well deserved.

While there are other institutions that Dr. Close supports, Dr. Close believes that the Stratford Festival & the Stratford Chef School productions are among the best.

Dr. Close wishes to thank his family, his clients, his patients, the people of Ontario and Canada for the opportunity to serve you as a Veterinarian and for the support that was afforded to him with his education.

Dr. Gabor Magyar

familyA native of Toronto, Gabor was inspired at a young age to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph before attending the Ontario Veterinary College. Having spent a few years gaining valuable experience in veterinary hospitals in both Alberta and Ontario, he is happy to settle down and call Close Veterinary Clinic home.

Gabor enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine, with special interests in surgery, dentistry and preventative medicine. Dr. Magyar participates regularly in continuing education to remain current in the profession. He is looking forward to working together with the compassionate team at the Close Veterinary Clinic to provide optimal health care for our clients and their four-legged family members! In his spare time, Gabor enjoys reading, mountain-biking and spending time with his beautiful family which includes his wife Laura and daughters Kamilla and Nikoletta.

Dr. Heidi Hung

heidiDr. Heidi graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996. She practiced in several locations in Ontario and overseas before settling down in Kitchener-Waterloo. While her experience is in small animal medicine and surgery, she did spend 2 years in sheep and goat research. At Close Veterinary Clinic, she finds rescue work very rewarding. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their 3 children and the energetic family dog, Ralphie.


 
 
 
 
 

Manager

Emilee

Emilee is one of the fantastic Veterinary Technicians on our team! She has been with Close Veterinary Clinic since the beginning and works hard every day to make sure surgeries run smoothly and that all the animals in our care are well taken care of! She has been the office manager since February 2015, bringing lots of experience to ensure the best care is provided. Emilee is currently working on her Office Administration – Veterinary at Conestoga College and will be graduating in 2017. Before working with Close Veterinary Clinic, Emilee worked in a local boarding facility gaining experience, then proceeded to obtain her grooming license in Brampton, Ontario. Outside of work, Emilee enjoys spending time with her husband Jordan, family and friends. At home, she has four rescued fur babies: two Chihuahuas: Tia & Paco and two feline friends: Indy & Momo.

Technicians

Jessica M

Jessica is a RVT who joined our team in July of 2014 after earning her Diploma in Veterinary Technology from Ridgetown College. Growing up in Georgetown, ON with pets of many species, she knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career working with animals. She was introduced to the veterinary field in 2008 when she got her first job as a kennel attendant at an animal hospital.

Although Jessica loves animals of all sizes, she has a special place in her heart for horses. Prior to college, she spent many hours at a horse farm taking lessons, participating in shows, and eventually was also hired on as a stable hand. After graduation, Jessica relocated to the Kitchener-Waterloo area where she now lives with her fiancé Shayne, their baby girl Elena along with a Pug named Yoda and a cat they adopted from the clinic named Miss Chub Chubs. In her spare time (which as a new mom is scarce) she enjoys reading, playing video games, sports, music and movies.

Jan

Jan is a RVT who graduated from the University of Guelph (Ridgetown Campus) in 2013.Jan lives with her three cats: Luca, Florence, and Daisy. Daisy came to the clinic as a feral cat with a serious leg injury and is now doing well in her new home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receptionists

Doreen

photo 1After arriving from Scotland, Doreen attended high school in Montreal and then McGill University, graduating with a B.Sc. and B.Ed. She taught in Montreal and Labrador City for 13 years. While teaching in Labrador, Doreen became involved with the local SPCA and for 11 years volunteered to work with the veterinarian who flew in from Quebec City every 6 weeks. This vast experience became the basis of her future work with animals. Upon relocating to Ontario in 1983, she made the decision to follow her heart and her love of animals and work full time in the veterinary world. She has worked at four veterinary clinics over the last 30 years performing many functions, but now prefers to work at the front office interacting with the clients and their pets. At CVC, she loves to work with the rescued animals giving special time to kittens which often go home with her for some extra TLC. Throughout her life she has shared her many homes with goldfish, birds, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, tortoises, cats and dogs. It is her special love for cats that brought her to the showing and breeding of Persian cats for over 20 years. She was the president of the Golden Triangle Cat Fanciers, our local cat club, for over 10 years. With 5 granddaughters much of her time for attending cat shows has been curtailed, however she still enjoys getting away for a week-end to show Japanese Bobtails, a wonderful but little known cat breed.

Jessica D

Meet Jessica, one of our wonderful receptionists. Jessica has always had a passion for animals and has 2 little pugs of her own at home. After high school, she decided to take the Animal Care program at Sheridan College and graduated with honors in 2013. Since then she has been working with the staff at Close Vet Clinic and she plans to go back to school soon to further her education and become a registered veterinary technician..


 
 
 
 
 

Julia

This is Julia, one of our receptionists and the youngest member of our team. She has always had a love for animals and an interest in the veterinary medical field. Growing up with pets in the house at all times and a grandmother who owned a sheep farm, she knew from a young age that she wanted to work in animal healthcare. She is currently enrolled in the Vet Tech program at University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus and is on course to graduate as a RVT in 2019..


 
 

Misha

Misha has been with the Close Veterinary team since March of 2016. He divides his time between helping customers in the front of the clinic and training to be a veterinary technician in the back. He has extensive experience working with animals in Canada, the United Sates, and Australia. Misha has also been training service dogs for the last 10 years, working alongside National Service Dogs and Guide Dogs Canada. Misha has a special interest in canine behavior and training and is always ready to help clients in this area if needed..


 
 
 

Krista

Krista is one of our receptionists. She started working with Dr. Close many years ago and continues to work with us on a part time basis. She has always been drawn to animals and has two Labrador Retrievers (Jasmine & Tilly) and two cats (Stormy & Vinny). In her spare time, Krista enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


 
 
 
 
 

Groomer & Veterinary Assistant

Rhonda

Rhonda has been with Dr. Close since 1990 and is a “jack of all trades”. She is our one and only groomer and she is in hot demand – booking up weeks in advance! When not in her grooming room, she can be found lending a helping hand around the clinic. Rhonda has loved animals since she was a little girl and has a special love for her golden retrievers. She had a passion for working with dogs which led her to begin her involvement in obedience training. After beginning work in a veterinary clinic, Rhonda found that she had a knack for grooming dogs. Rhonda strives to make all pets at Close Veterinary Clinic feel loved.


 

Animal Care Attendant

Gord

Meet Gord, the man who wears many hats at the clinic. He has been a client with Dr. Close since the late 80’s and has adopted many animals from us over the years. He’s our ‘behind the scenes’ man on weekends. Not only does he take care of the clinic animals, but he also looks after the boarding and hospitalized patients on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Gord seems to have a special connection with each and every animal he meets: our resident dog Deena loves him to pieces!