Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Forest Veterinary Clinic in Forest, Ontario! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets.

Please call us at 519-786-2306 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Veterinarians

Dr. Carley Stewardson

Owner/Veterinarian

Dr. Carley Stewardson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and is a recent addition to Forest Veterinary Clinic.

Carley grew up riding and competing horses and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was old enough to sit in a saddle!

She received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph with a focus on animal welfare in 2013. She continued to broaden her knowledge and medical training in equine, bovine and companion animal medicine until attending OVC in the fall. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2017 and has completed continuing education courses and additional training in bovine reproductive technology and surgery, alternative medicine, veterinary dentistry, high volume spay/neuter surgery, proAction for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, pain management and emergency medicine.

Carley is a homebody and enjoys spending time on the dairy farm with her husband Dylan, sweet little daughter Renley, 2 dogs Hudson and Houston and of course the cows! Her other interests include working on the farm, hiking, fitness and nutrition, horseback riding, reading and anything outdoors.

Dr. Rachel Laird De Groot

Veterinarian

Dr. Rachel Laird De Groot attended the University of Guelph and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Biology in 2002. This was followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. She graduated with honours.
A local to the Forest area, she grew up on a farm, which allowed her to foster a love for many different animals. She knew from a very young age that her calling was to be a veterinarian.
Dr. Laird De Groot is passionate about companion animal internal medicine and preventative health care. She has a special interest in, and has obtained extensive training in ultrasound as a diagnostic tool.
Caring for pets from their birth to their senior years and end of life is a privilege that Dr. Laird De Groot does not take lightly. This has been greatly enhanced by having children of her own to care for. She shares her home with her husband Darryl, three sons, Benjamin, Evan and Alexander, and a small group of fur kids. She looks forward to working with you to care for your beloved furry family members

Jamie McGill Worsley

Veterinarian

A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Dr. Jamie completed her Veterinary studies at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007. After practicing small animal medicine in Barrie and Sarnia, she joins the Forest Veterinary Clinic team in June 2018. A long time cat lover (and admirer of dogs), Dr. Jamie has also developed a more recent interest in working with small mammals such as rabbits, rodents and ferrets. When not in the clinic, Dr. Jamie is an avid runner and devoted hockey mom. Her human family currently shares their home with three cats and a leopard gecko named Spots.

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Shannon Kelly

RVT/Hospital Manager

Shannon grew up in Forest and attended school here, even brought her own animals to the Forest Veterinary Clinic. She was deeply interested in this field as a child and as she grew older, that fondness for animals grew stronger. Shannon explored her liking for this career through her co-op that she did in grade 11 and was enlightened. She knew she wanted to be a Registered Veterinary Technician.

After graduating from North Lambton Secondary, she attended University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus in 2011 and recieved her Diploma in Veterinary Technology. The big city was calling and she was hired in London soon after school. She completed the regulations set by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and was Registered in 2012.

Shannon had different jobs in and around London. This gave her experience in medical emergencies, technical duties, and management services. Shannon enjoys many different aspects of Veterinary Medicine, but her favourites are dentistry, continuing education and client services.

Shannon has a strong love for animals. She is a very happy person to begin with, but knowing what she does everyday just makes her day that much brighter. She decided to move back to the small town of Forest as she missed the area and the people who live here. She hopes to rekindle relationships and make new ones! Shannon enjoys music, movies, theatre, sports and camping. She has two adopted kitties named Hobbes & Wilbur, and will eventually be adding a much needed pup to the mix. Shannon is very excited to be apart of the team and hopes to be of good service to you and your animals. When we strengthen the bond between Veterinarian and owner, if we can reach an unbreakable trust, it works out best for the one we are all here for, the animal.

Janilee Szmiett

RVT

Janilee knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the veterinary field. She grew up on a sheep hobby farm just outside of Watford and attended high school right here in Forest.

Janilee completed the Veterinary Technology Program at Ridgetown College in 2016 and has been a valuable team member at Forest Veterinary Clinic ever since. Her strengths lie in anesthesia and surgery and she has a keen interest in large animal medicine and surgery.

She shares her home with a very energetic German Shepherd Maggie, and a tabby cat named Cindy.

Anne Thompson

RVT

Anne was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario and has always had a love for animals. She attended St. Lawrence College and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in 2015. She then completed her registration exam and began working as an RVT in Sarnia. This is where she developed a love for small animal nutrition and interest in caring for wildlife.

She shares her home with two mischievous calico cats, Harlow and Lucy and rescued an old poodle terrier mix named Buddy. In her spare time, Anne enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching tv with her pets, and walking her dog Buddy. She is a big sports fan and loves watching baseball and hockey. Her pets are considered part of the family and she looks forward to caring for your furry family members!

Kim Jackson

VT

Born in Canada and grew up in the lovely English countryside of Devon. Kim had a love for animals from a young age and was always surrounded by horses, dogs and cats.
Kim moved back to Canada in 2005 and work on a horse farm just outside of Lucan for 8 years. This is when she decided to take her love of animals to the next step. Kim took the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College and Graduated in 2014.
After graduating Kim got the chance to do an internship at Canada West Veterinary Specialists and Critical Care Hospital in Vancouver, BC. This was truly an amazing experience but felt her true passion was in a clinic setting. Kim got to work at a clinic on a beautiful island called Salt Spring in BC. This were she called home for 4 years.
Kim recently moved back from BC to be closer to family and is very excited to start her next chapter here at Forest Veterinary Clinic.
Kim also has a love for wildlife and has volunteered at organizations here and in BC.
In her spare time loves to go hiking with her dog Molly, going to the movies and spending time with family and friends.

Receptionists

Christie Lane

Receptionist

Christie was born and raised in London, Ontario. Her mother was a Dog Groomer which fostered Christie's love for animals at a very young age. She had cats, dogs, fish and a rat while growing up. She volunteered with a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center during her teens and loved caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

She completed the Veterinary Medical Office Administration program at Ridgetown College in April of 2015 and did a 4 week work placement at Forest Veterinary Clinic. She hired part time after the work placement and started working full time in January of 2016.

Christie enjoys spending time at home with her husband, Tom and their young daughter, Catherine. She has four cats, Noel, Myrna, Domino and Feisty and a rambunctious dog, Diego, who is part Border Collie and part Jack Russell. She also enjoys spending time reading, working on creative projects, cooking and gardening.