Meet Our Staff

Dr. Sue Smith

Dr. Sue graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993 and has been with Pickering Animal Hospital since 1995. 

She became a partner in 2010 and sole owner in 2014 when Dr. Towell retired. She enjoys building relationships with her clients and has gotten to know many of them well through the years. She enjoys all aspects of medicine and the variety of cases that provides. Sue loves working with her team.

Sue lives with her husband, her teenage daughter and son and their herd of pets. Jack the Mini Aussie, Lily the Golden Retriever, the cats George and Cutie, Dolce the rabbit and of course, Christopher the Crested Gecko.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking the dogs, reading and movie nights with the kids.

Dr. Susan McMillen

Dr Susan graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998 and has been working at Pickering Animal Hospital since then. 

Susan enjoys the Pickering Animal Hospital family and how well everyone works together for the good of each patient.  She enjoys medicine and surgery but has a keen interest in dentistry and tackles most of Pickering Animal Hospital’s difficult dental cases.   She also treats small pocket pets like rabbits and rats!!

Susan lives in Brooklin with her human family; husband and two teenage daughters and her fur family of three cats, two Boston Terriers and one Lab.  In her spare time, she enjoys wood working; making scrollsaw signs. 

Dr. Janice Chen

Dr. Janice graduated from OVC in 2021 and joined our practice in August of 2022.   She has quickly become part of the clinic family.

She is passionate about preventative medicine and fear free visits and is excited to get to know the clients and patients of Pickering Animal Hospital.

Dr. Janice has a Golden Retriever named Pudding, a Shiba Inu named Lulu and two cats El and Mrs. Grey.  In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, baking, and watching Netflix.

Dr. Eran Gilady

Dr. Eran graduated from OVC in 2001 and honed his skills for four years as an emergency veterinarian in Toronto and was a clinic owner for six years.

Eventually, Eran decided he'd return to being a practice veterinarian and has since been working as a locum.

He joined our Staff in early 2020 holding a part time position and has loved being a part of  our dedicated and caring team.

He enjoys surgery and the joy of making animals well. Eran is married with two children, two cats and Aero the Whippet.

Dr. Deborah Pakes

Dr. Deborah graduated from veterinary school in Israel in 2006.  She worked as a locum in practices in both the US and Canada.  She joined our team as a part time vet in January 2021.

She currently teaches Surgery and Anesthesia at the Seneca Vet Tech college.   She especially enjoys meeting puppies and kittens with their bright eyes and bushy tails (who doesn’t?).

She lives with her family in Toronto and enjoys hobbies like puzzles, yoga, scuba diving, fish tanks, cottage weekends by the lake and DIY home improvement.

She loves working at Pickering Animal Hospital- the staff are great!

Dayna Budd

Dayna attended the Sheridan College's Animal Care Program and has been working as an Animal Health Technician at Pickering Animal Hospital since November 2001. 

She has worked with animals for over twenty years . Dayna also shares her home with her husband Jason and their two daughters Lyndsey and Lynelle (who keep her very busy).

Taylor Lepage

Taylor started working at Pickering Animal Hospital as a volunteer while attending high school.

She eventually became a part time employee doing after hours for boarding animals. After graduating High school Taylor attended Durham College and graduated from the Veterinary Assistant Program in 2008.

When not working Taylor enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, and spending time with her husband and new son Colton.

Michelle Seymour

Michelle attended Durham College and completed the three-year Medical Administrative Assistant Program. She also attended Loyalist College where she specialized in Pharmacology (two years) along with courses in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology.

Michelle has worked in the animal health care field for over twenty years. She started working at Pickering Animal Hospital during March of 1995. She then took a leave of absence in 2006 and came back to Pickering Animal Hospital in July of 2015.

She lives with her husband Mike, her daughter Grace, her son Jack and their cat Zoe. Michelle enjoys working at Pickering Animal Hospital due to its family like atmosphere and loves the clients and patients she meets on a daily basis.

Leslie Burden

Leslie attended Durham College’s Animal Care program from 2013-2014 and started working at Pickering Animal Hospital in October of 2014.

She is an animal lover and owns Todd her cat a.k.a. Toddy Tickles.

Leslie’s favourite animal is the Dalmation breed of dog.

Leslie enjoys talking to the clients at Pickering Animal Hospital and learning their pets’ stories and is very happy to work in the animal care field which is something she’s always wanted to do.


Amanda Tyo

Amanda attended the Animal Care program at Durham College in 2017-2018. After completing her co-op placement, she started working at Pickering Animal Hospital as a full time employee in 2019.

Amanda has always loved animals and enjoys supporting Pickering Animal Hospital’s veterinarians in their pursuit of helping little fur patients get better.

Amanda enjoys hanging out with friends and family. Specifically, her husband and Bernie her Bernese Mountain Dog.

Taylor Bedley

Taylor started as a co-op student at Pickering Animal Hospital during high school, and later joined the team part-time as she went on to complete Durham College’s Animal Care Program in 2019.

Taylor has always wanted to work with animals, and now finds her daily involvement with dogs, cats and pocket pets very rewarding. She has also volunteered her time at a farm to gain hands-on experience with cows, horses, sheep and many more!

When not at the clinic, you can find Taylor spending time with her two golden retrievers, Penny and Sadie, or exploring outdoors with friends and family. Taylor enjoys the family-like experience of being a part of the Pickering Animal Hospital team along with meeting patients and owners every day. 

Hailey Bannerman RVT

Hailey graduated from St Lawrence College in 2021.  She completed her certification and became a registered veterinary technician in early 2022. 

She joined our team in spring of 2022. She lives with her family, her “foster fail” Maple and her guinea pig Marshmallow. 

Her family has also helped to foster other dogs on the way to their forever homes. Hailey is a nail polish enthusiast, and you may see her wearing some of her artwork. We are happy to have Hailey join our team.


Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle is a new member of our front reception team.

She is just getting back into the workplace after some time off caring for family.

Michelle has worked with human patients in the past at an x-ray/ultrasound medical office. She loves meeting and greeting all the animals that come into the clinic and  lives with her daughter and their Holland Lop bunny, Cinnabun, who both keep her busy.