Meet the staff and get to know them

Akbar
Veterinary Technologist I

Education/training: DVM (Iran)

Areas of interest/specialties: Lab animal research 

Why I love working at the BSF: Caring for and treating the lab research animals and helping the labs the best I can. 

 


Arin 
Veterinary Technologist II

Education/training: BSc. Animal Biology (UGuelph); RLAT certification; 20 years’ experience in lab animal research 

Areas of interest/specialties: Colony maintenance; breeding mouse colonies; blood collection 

Why I love working at the BSF: Helping manage researchers’ colonies and contributing to research by caring for the animals 

 


Carolyn 
Veterinary Technologist I

Education/training: Veterinary Technician Diploma (Georgian); Veterinary Assistant Certificate (Northern) 

Areas of interest/specialties: Husbandry; animal housing; enrichment 

Why I love working at the BSF: There is a variety of species to work with. I love helping people and research is the direct source to finding cures. 

 


Christine
Vivarium Director
 

Education/training: Veterinary Technology Diploma; Medical Transcription Diploma; Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma; ILAM graduate; MLPAO certification; RLAT certification; CMAR certification; experience in GI physiology/neurophysiology research, cancer research, bone pathology research, rodent microsurgery and electrophysiology. 

Areas of interest/specialties: Managing diversity; problem solving; team building; leadership; networking and bioethics  

Why I love working at the BSF: Supporting our research community and working with such a fantastic team! 


Deb 
Clinical Veterinarian

Education/training: BSc. Biology, hons.; MSc. Marine Biology; DVM; Cert. LAM; 5 years of clinical practice; 9 years of lab animal practice   

Areas of interest/specialties: Exotics; rodent enrichment; surgery; anesthesia and analgesia; education and training 

Why I love working at the BSF: Constant learning; complex problem solving; providing resources to researchers; helping students succeed 


Kelly 
Vivarium Research Lab Technician and Coordinator

Education/training: Veterinary Technology Diploma (UGuelph Ridgetown)  

Areas of interest/specialties: Animal behaviour; surgery 

Why I love working at the BSF: The BSF team is an amazing group of people to work with! I also love all the different species we get to work with and helping all of our labs with their projects. 

 


Kelsie 
Veterinary Technologist II

Education/training: Veterinary Technology Diploma (Seneca); 15 years in veterinary medicine with a partial focus on wildlife, exotics, pocket pets (rodents), surgery and behaviour 

Areas of interest/specialties: Wildlife; avian and reptiles; behaviour; surgery; breeding and colony management. 

Why I love working at the BSF: The researchers are passionate and willing to spend time explaining their research and what they are discovering.  


Rolando
Lab Animal Technician III (Cage Wash) 

Education/training: On-the-job training; health and safety training; cage equipment cleaning using mechanical washers; microbial decontamination principles and chemical disinfectants; quality control monitoring; housekeeping; material handling 

Areas of Interest/specialties: Ensuring the smooth operation of the vivarium’s hub; supporting our researchers; safe work practices 

Why I love working at the BSF: Working with a great team! 


Ryan 
Veterinary Technologist I

Education/training: BSc. in Animal Biology (UGuelph); Veterinary Technician Diploma (Seneca); I have worked in the animal care field for over a decade, from veterinary clinics to research facilities such as Sunnybrook Research Institute and The Centre for Phenogenomics (TCP).  

Areas of interest/specialties: A particular interest and passion of mine is environmental enrichment and the different ways we can maintain mental stimulation of the animals.  

Why I love working at the BSF: The best part of working with BSF researchers would be learning about their studies and the passion they have for the welfare of the animals while completing their research.  


Simone 
Lab Animal Technician III (Cage Wash)

Education/training: On-the-job training; health and safety training; cage equipment cleaning using mechanical washers; microbial decontamination principles and chemical disinfectants; quality control monitoring; housekeeping; material handling 

Areas of Interest/specialties: Ensuring the smooth operation of the vivarium’s hub; supporting our researchers; safe work practices 

Why I love working at the BSF: Working with a great team! 


Stephanie B 
Behavioural Neuroscience Technician/Specialist

Education/training: PhD Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience; UofT)

Areas of interest/specialties: Science translation; teaching; health and safety 

Why I love working at the BSF: Getting to be part of these creative teams and seeing the cool research that comes from their work! 

 


Stephanie M 
Business Officer and Administrative Assistant

Education/training: HBA International Relations (UofT); MEd. Higher Education (UofT); Cert. Trans. (UofT); 15 years’ experience in an academic environment 

Areas of interest/specialties: Office administration; communications and events; financial and payroll systems; business management; leadership   

Why I love working at the BSF: I love the variety of responsibilities my job allows me to explore; the team is wonderful to work with and the animal research fascinates me. 


Stephanie T 
Veterinary Technologist II

Education/training: Veterinary Technology Advanced Diploma, hons. (St. Lawrence) 

Areas of interest/specialties: Exotic animals; enrichment; breeding 

Why I love working at the BSF: I love working at the BSF because of the vast variety of services we provide. Housing a range of species and being able to care for them all is very important to me. At work I like to aid in breeding practices, I find my gentle approach and observational skill lend well to complications with reproduction.  I deeply appreciate being able to keep my skills and expertise broad with the different services we provide.