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Madhu Mathews, DVM, MVSc

Dr. Madhu Mathews developed an interest in veterinary medicine from a young age and considers himself fortunate to live his life as a veterinarian. After he received his Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from Kerala, India; he proceeded with his Master’s and authored a thesis on Canine Dermatology. He has been a practitioner of veterinary medicine for the past 23 years, with expertise and experience in both regular as well as emergency medicine.

After volunteering in the Dermatology department of Ontario Veterinary College, he moved to the USA and finished his postgraduate training at Oklahoma State University in 2005 and started practising in Virginia/Maryland, followed by an emergency medicine career for more than 7 years. While at the Niagara Veterinary Emergency Clinic, for the last 3 years, Dr. Mathews was also working as relief veterinarian in a number of general practices in and around Hamilton, ON. This blend of experience in emergency and general practice makes it possible for him to handle stressful situations calmly and develop a strong client – doctor relationship.

Dr. Mathews is excited to be the owner and part of the 60 year legacy of the Ancaster Animal Hospital. His goal is to hold the torch of the legacy high by providing sincere superior quality service to all clients and patients by working with his clients to make sure his patients live the healthiest and longest lives possible.

He is married to Princy for the last twenty years and has two sons, Ashish and Ashwin. His pet family includes – Tiger, who really thinks is a TIGER and Montgomery who now rules the Ancaster Animal Hospital along with the senior hospital cat Toad. When not working with animals, Dr. Mathews enjoys oil painting, reading, travelling and movies.


  • Member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • Life Member of the Indian Society for Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Leanne Baehrle

Dr. Leanne Baehrle graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1991 and has been practicing animal medicine in ancaster for the past 23 years. A native of Toronto, she successfully owned and operated the Ancaster Animal Hospital for 15 years.

She enjoyed providing the best care possible for her patients, and recently handed the practice-owning torch to Dr. Madhu Mathews, whom she felt would continue the high standards of the practice.

When not working part-time at the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband Rob, Border Collie Tory and cat Severn.

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Debbie Vaughan

Debbie Vaughan has been working in the Veterinary field in Ancaster for the past 23 years. She began her career as a groomer, but her common sense and compassion for people’s pets lead to the natural progression into Veterinary Assistant. Most recently she has called upon her experience to become manager of the Ancaster Animal Hospital. As Dr. Mathews right-hand woman, she oversees all of the intricate details of running an animal hospital, far too numerous to even start naming. In short, she does it all! When not at the animal hospital, Debbie enjoys spending time on her boat with her husband and 2 dogs, a dachshund “Gideon” and border collie cross “Lilly”.
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Jessica Leaker, RVT

Ever since Jessica was little, she has always loved animals and wanted to be involved with them as she grew up. Jessica graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus in 2007. Following graduation, she worked for a year in a clinical setting before transitioning to emergency medicine. After three and a half years in an emergency setting, Jessica decided to return to a regular practice in 2012. She enjoys horseback riding, quading and going on hikes with her husband. Jessica has a thoroughbred named Ararity, a King Charles Cavalier named Viktor and a cat named Darla as her animal companions.
Registered Veterinary Technician
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Abigail Picyk

Abigail has been working as an Animal Care Attendant at the Ancaster Animal Hospital, on and off, since she was 16 when she started here as a co-op student. Since then, Abigail has completed 2 out of 4 years of a Bachelor of Science Honours Zoology degree at the University of Guelph and will be returning for her third year in the fall. She plans on applying to veterinary school in her fourth year and is working toward her goal of becoming an exotic animal veterinarian. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and traveling. She also enjoys playing with her rambunctious kitten named Posy.
Animal Care Attendant