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The Doctors

Founder and Practice Owner

Fraser Hale graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984 and spent the next six and a half years in small animal general practice. In 1991 he started a mobile veterinary dental service, traveling from clinic to clinic. In 1994 he became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and established a stationary dental practice within a general practice in Guelph, Ontario. In 1997, Dr. Hale became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and in 2003 he opened Canada’s first dental-only veterinary practice, also in Guelph.

Dr. Hale has been a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since 1987 (now the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry), has served on several committees of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Dental College.

Dr. Hale was named Fellow of the Year by the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 2005 and received the American Veterinary Dental Society Research and Education Award in 2010. He has spoken at conference large and small around the world, has published many articles, has a textbook on veterinary dentistry, maintains an educational website and consults on the Veterinary Information Network. Dr. Hale is currently adjunct professor of dentistry at the Ontario Veterinary College.

More fluff about Dr. Hale can be found on the News Page


The Registered Veterinary Technicians

Stephanie Klages, RVT 

Stephanie graduated from Centralia College in 1992 with a diploma in Veterinary Technology.  After graduation, she spent 3 years in a mixed animal practice in Markdale, then moved on to strictly small animal practices in Owen Sound and Guelph. While trained and qualified as a registered veterinary technician, Stephanie really enjoys the '"front office" where she gets to interact with our clients on the phone and in person.

As our Referrals Co-Ordinator, Stephanie will typically be the first person you talk to when you call the clinic as well as the person who greets you when you arrive for your appointment.

Over the years at Hale Veterinary Clinic, Stephanie has become very familiar with dental and oral disease and the way we treat these conditions. She should be able to answer a great many of your questions, so please feel free to ask away. If she feels the subject requires Dr. Hale's attention she will defer to him.

Away from the clinic, Stephanie enjoys spending her time golfing as well as scrap booking. She is kept busy at home with her sons, Joshua and Reid. Stephanie and her family find endless entertainment with their cat Badger (Snowshoe-point Siamese) and their whippets, Cricket and Stan-Lee.

As Dr. Hale’s Executive Assistant and Referrals Co-ordinator, please do not hesitate to give Stephanie a call between 9:00 and 3:00 Monday to Friday if you have any questions about Hale Veterinary Clinic.




Kim Surette, RVT

Kim graduated in 1997 from Ridgetown College with a diploma in Veterinary Technology. Since  then, she has worked at clinics in South-Western Ontario as well as working for eight months in Penticton, British Columbia. Kim's experience has taught her the importance of veterinary dentistry and she really enjoys this area of specialized practice.

Kim spent several months with Dr. Hale covering a maternity leave in the late '90s and was pleased to have the opportunity to take the position permanently when it became available again in 2001.

Kim works primarily in the treatment room as Dr. Hale's assistant during procedures. Her focus is on monitoring and managing your pet's anesthesia. While we have a wide array of technologies to measure various vital statistics (temperature, blood pressure, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, electrocardiogram, respiratory rate), Kim is by far the most important monitor. Her diligent attention to your pet helps ensure a smooth and comfortable flight.

Kim and her husband Paul are actively busy keeping up with their 2 boys in competitive hockey and baseball.  They enjoy their downtime relaxing with the entertainment of ‘Ivy’, their Bengal cat and her crazy antics along with 'Abby', the love-sponge Labrador retriever.


Carys Jenkins, RVT

Carys graduated from Ridgetown College with a diploma in Veterinary Technology in the spring of 2006 and attained the status of Registered Veterinary Technician a few months later. She worked for just over a year at small animal/equine practice near Waterloo before joining Hale Veterinary Clinic in August of 2007.

As with Kim, Carys' day is spent mainly in the treatment room monitoring anesthesia, assisting Dr. Hale in procedures and keeping the treatment area and equipment in good shape.

Carys enjoys competitive rowing and spending time at the family cottage near "The Tub". Carys and her husband, Carmine have a daugher (Brooklyn, born in 2018), Sam (orange & white domestic long hair Carys adopted in her final year at Ridgetown) and a Bernese Mountain dog aptly named Atlas who joined the family in 2019.



Stella (Mengxi) Zhu, RVT

Stella came to Canada from China in 2012. She achieved her master's degree in animal behaviour and welfare from University of Guelph in 2014 and started her studies in veterinary technology at Ridgetown College in the same year. After graduation and becoming a Registered Veterinary Technicial (RVT), she worked at a general practice for a year and half before joining us in January 2018.

Apart from enhancing her anaesthesia skills, Stella is also interested in low stress handling for animals, especially for cats that are nervous during their vet visit. She completed her Fear Free Certification in 2017 and is aiming to provide every patient a stress-free visit with us.

Stella is owned by a cat named Cheech, who was a colony teaching cat at Ridgetown College. He decided to adopt Stella as his person before she graduated since he knows she will be spoiling him like he is the centre of the universe. When Stella is not at work, Cheech likes to ask Stella to take him for leash walks in the back yard or to play laser pointer with him.

Stella is fluent in Mandarin and she is more than happy to assist you during your visit if Mandarin is your preferred language.



Stacey Huneke, RVT

Stacey graduated from Seneca College in 2001 and achieved her RVT status in the same year. For the early part of her RVT career she worked in predominately equine practices, before transitioning into a mixed animal practice performing anesthesia on companion animals. Starting in 2013, Stacey spent five years working for the regulatory body of RVTs in Ontario (the OAVT). Looking to get back in to clinical work Stacey joined Hale Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2018

Stacey and her husband share as much of their home as their cat Freddie Fromage, and their dog Macaroni will allow. Stacey is also the lifestyle manager for a miniature donkey, Bandit and Quarter Horse, Teddy. She would talk about Harry Potter all day if we let her.

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