Dr. Melissa Hardy


Dr. Melissa Hardy graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI in 2012.

After graduating she moved to Fort McMurray, AB where she practiced in a busy small animal clinic. She made the move back to Ontario to be closer to family and most recently was working in downtown Hamilton.

Dr. Hardy is very excited to join the team here at West Niagara Animal Hospital and get to know all the fantastic clients and pets. As the new practice owner she will be taking on more as Dr. Smith and Dr. Allo begin their transition towards retirement.

During her free time Dr. Hardy, enjoys spending time with family, renovating her house and travelling. Dr. Hardy has traveled to places such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala to work in spay/ neuter clinics and provide veterinary care to animals in need. She also spends some time in February each year at the Canadian Challenge Dog Sled Race as a handler for a team of canine athletes.

Dr. John-Paul Settimi


Dr. John-Paul Settimi was born and raised in Grimsby, Ontario, where he spent most of his time playing team sports and volunteering at many of the local animal hospitals. After high school, he completed an honours degree in medical science at Western University in 2015, and soon after graduated from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2019.

Dr. Settimi kickstarted his career at a small animal practice in the Haldimand-Norfolk region, and is now part of our team at West Niagara Animal Hospital! He has a particular interest in internal medicine and hopes to pursue further training in alternative medicine including acupuncture in the future.

During his free time, Dr. Settimi enjoys hiking and cycling with his partner, as well as spending time with family. He has welcomed two beloved rescue animals into his home: an Australian shepherd named Maverick and an orange tabby cat named Louie, whom are now inseparable.

Dr. Settimi is very excited to join our team and meet all the fantastic clients and their pets!


Registered Veterinary Technician

Karen is an experienced RVT who joined the team in October of 2017 after having the pleasure of working with Dr. Hardy at a previous clinic in Hamilton.

She graduated in 2003 from the Veterinary Technician program at Ridgetown College through the University of Guelph. She became registered right after graduation.

Karen has worked in multiple clinical settings including emergency. Her favourite aspect of her job is caring for hospitalized patients and she values her experience in anesthesia. Karen comes most recently to us after working 11 years at a busy clinic in Hamilton and several years in Toronto prior to that.

Outside clinic life Karen enjoys camping with her husband & young children, and long distance running. Karen currently lives with 3 cats Noodle, Popcorn and Charlie. The latter two have just one eye each. She also has an energetic border collie mix named Rocket.

Julie (aka ” Jules”)

Registered Veterinary Technician

Julie is a Registered Vet Tech from Sheridan College.

Julie is a Registered Vet Tech from Sheridan College. Julie has always been around animals, whether it was dogs at the cottage or horse back riding, she has always been passionate about them. She currently is owner to a black cat named CeCe. She looks forward to a long career in the field and is a great asset to our team.


Animal Care Assistant

Rachel is our fantastic animal care assistant.

Rachel completed a bachelor’s degree in Zoology/Ecology at the University of Guelph shortly before joining our clinic in January of 2018. She has worked with animals in many locations, including as a volunteer at school, as animal care staff at a local zoo and in Zimbabwe, Africa where she worked alongside veterinary and animal-rehabilitation staff at a wildlife orphanage and rescue centre. In her free time Rachel enjoys reading, being outdoors and traveling, and she plans to continue her travels while pursuing a teaching degree and remaining a part-time member of our team.



Kathryn joined West Niagara Animal Hospital as a receptionist in July of 2019.

Kathryn took an unconventional route before getting into a field where she could work and help animals. From a young age Kathryn was petrified of all animals. She used to climb on top of her Dad’s shoulders if she saw a dog or cat. This all changed when she was introduced to a 3lb puppy, who she held all day. Her parents knew they had to take this miracle puppy home. Brandy was a beloved member of the family for 19 years and completely changed the way Kathryn interacted with animals.

From then on she was an avid animal advocate and snuggler. Who regularly stops for all animals and talks to cats for hours at parties.

Her soulmate later came in the form of an anxious black & white cat named Jersey who was her partner in crime for many years and is sorely missed.

She previously worked in the legal field & taxation but finds working with animals & their human parents much more fulfilling.

She currently shares her home with her son (human), Bernard (dog), Lestat (cat), Leonardo (hamster), and Vaccuum (fish).


Veterinary Technician

Tracy graduated from the Animal Health Technician program at St. Clair College in Windsor in 1989.

Her vast experience as a technician extends to both small animal and equine practice.

Tracy is a busy technician who also is currently running her own farm sitting business, Stablecations since 2012. Equestrianism is one of her passions and she also has excellent culinary skills.

We are very excited to have Tracy as a full time valued member of our team!

Andrea Woodhead

Veterinary Technician

I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to work with the team at West Niagara Animal Hospital.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Zoology in 2007. Shortly after this, I decided to pursue a career in the Veterinary field and enrolled in the veterinary technician program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus.

I have worked in a veterinary clinic setting for over 12 years now, and I absolutely love what I do.

When not at work, I enjoy playing soccer and spending time on my hobby farm with my husband and our two rescue dogs and assorted farm animal pets.