Doctors

Dr. Amy Jackson

Dr. Amy Jackson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1999. Dr. Jackson has extensive experience in both general and emergency practice. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, particularly the challenges associated with emergency medicine and internal medicine cases. Dr. Jackson and her husband, Jason, have 3 young daughters that keep them quite busy. Her family also includes 2 cats and Eddie, the smiling dog, a rescue from northern Ontario. If she has any free time she enjoys reading, hiking, gardening and yoga.

Dr. Peter Sponagle

Dr. Peter Sponagle grew up in Ivy, just outside of Barrie, on a beef farm. As a youngster he raised and showed beef cattle and rabbits. As a teenager, he worked on horse and beef farms around Ivy. Dr. Sponagle’s interest in veterinary medicine came from seeing how the farm vet could work with a variety of species. After graduating from Barrie North Collegiate Dr. Sponagle attended the Ontario Veterinary College, graduating in 1995. Dr. Sponagle was on staff at emergency clinics in Kitchener and Illinois, before returning to Barrie in 2002 to raise his family. He has provided relief work for area veterinarians since 2003 and has been at Mapleview Animal Clinic since 2011. Dr. Sponagle has a particular interest in endocrinology and emergency medicine. Dr. Sponagle and his wife, Sara, are entertained at home by three active daughters and a Pug, a Boston Terrier, a bunny rabbit and 2 mischievous cats. In his spare time, he plays hockey and enjoys coaching young goalies. He also enjoys cooking, making maple syrup, cross country skiing and renovating his 150 year old farmhouse.

Dr. Sara Ayres

DVM, DVSc, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Sara Ayres knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. She grew up with dogs, rode horses during her teens and spent a summer working on a dairy farm. She spent countless hours reading and re-reading the stories of James Herriot – it was through his eyes that she was introduced to the art and science of veterinary medicine. Dr. Ayres graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992 and worked in a small animal clinic in Oakville until 1994. She then returned to the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a one-year internship and a three-year residency in small animal surgery and was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000. She completed a one-year fellowship in surgical oncology (the surgical treatment of cancer) at the University of Illinois in 2001. Dr. Ayres is a reviewer for the journal Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology and was the primary author of the chapter Tumors of the Head and Neck in the recently published textbook Veterinary Surgical Oncology. Dr. Ayres was a staff surgeon at the Ontario Veterinary College from 1998-2000 and 2001-2002 prior to moving to the Barrie area, where she has provided referral surgery services since 2003. Dr. Ayres and her husband, Peter, have 3 daughters (a theme at Mapleview Animal Clinic), a Pug, a Boston Terrier, a bunny rabbit and 2 mischievous cats. She also enjoys hockey, pilates, kayaking and photography and strives to improve the gardens of her 150 year old farmhouse.

Technicians

Brit

Registered Veterinary Technician

Brit grew up in beautiful Muskoka where she learned to work with animals big and small. She gained experience working at various horse farms, and volunteering at a grooming facility and veterinary clinic. Her love of horses and working with pets inspired her to start a career in the veterinary field. In 2013 Brit graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Ridgetown College. Shortly after finishing school she gained her Registered Veterinary Technician status and began working at a veterinary clinic in Bracebridge. In 2015, Brit and her husband Sean moved to Innisfil. She then joined the team at Mapleview Animal Clinic. Brit enjoys spending her spare time riding her horse Kiwi and playing with her puppy Nala and cat Cheeto.

Rachel

Registered Veterinary Technician

Rachel joined Mapleview Animal Clinic in 2018. Rachel grew up with dog and cats and knew from an early age that she wanted a career working with animals. She obtained her Veterinary Technology degree from Georgian College and completed both her Co-Op terms at Mapleview Animal Clinic. Rachel gained a great deal of knowledge and experience during her practicums. Shortly after graduation, she completed her certification exams and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2018. Rachel is keen to continue her education in order to provide the best care possible to the patients of Mapleview Animal Clinic.
Rachel and her partner, Joe, have recently moved to Ramara Township and are “parents” to Lucy and Peanut, both rescue cats, and Duke, a rambunctious Giant Schnauzer.

Jean

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jean joined Mapleview Animal Clinic in 2019. Jean grew up just outside of Thunder Bay with her family of sled dogs. Her love of animals started at a young age, helping with the dogs and learning to dogsled at the age of 3. Following graduation from Georgian College Jean worked in small animal practice in Ontario and at a fly-fishing lodge in BC. She returned to Barrie in the fall of 2019 and has been providing care to the pets of Mapleview Animal Clinic since. Jean particularly enjoys bonding with the new puppies and kittens. Growing up, Jean learned how to sail on the frigid waters of Lake Superior. Since moving to Barrie, she has been enjoying the warmer temperatures of Kempenfelt Bay.

Kim

Veterinary Technician

Kim knew at a young age that she wanted to be a voice for animals. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 1995 then went on to spend many years working in two small animal clinics in Newmarket, in a variety of roles - animal nursing, hospital management and client service. Kim’s passion for pet nutrition led her out of the clinic environment and into a three year position at Rayne Clinical Nutrition, offering a veterinary diet to those pets with severe allergies and complicated medical conditions. But she very much missed working directly with dogs and cats and their people. Kim was thrilled to join the amazing team at Mapleview in June of 2020, doing what she loves best, working in client care as an advocate for pets and pet parents. Outside of work, Kim shares her home with 2 teenage daughters (it really is a theme at MAC!) and 4 rescue pets, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Kim loves spending time with the whole gang at her family cottage, and enjoys swimming, hiking and reading.

Nanci

Animal Health Technician

Nanci has been working with Dr. Ayres since 2005. Nanci graduated from Centralia College in 1980. She has a particular interest in surgery and anesthesia. Nanci and her husband, Dave, have 2 grown children and are proud grandparents. They also have a lovely rescue terrier mix, Stan. In Nanci’s spare time, she enjoys golf and making folk-art.

Laura

Registered Veterinary Technician

Laura joined Mapleview Animal Clinic in 2017. Laura breeds and shows Dorset sheep. You can see her at most of the local fairs and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. She has sheep, horses and a lovely Basset Hound, Copper. Laura has recently moved to a large sheep farm in southwestern Ontario (ie heaven), but luckily for us, returns occasionally to lend a hand and cover vacations when needed.