Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Erin Mills Pet Hospital in Mississauga! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at (905) 828-9691 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Jacqueline Starink

BSc, DVM, Owner

Dr. Starink is a life-long Ontario resident and was blessed to have family who was very supportive of multiple pets while growing up. Her first job was in a veterinary clinic, and she has worked in the veterinary field ever since. Time spent at the University of Guelph resulted in an Honours Bachelor of Science, with honours, and a veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. She has enjoyed time spent volunteering with the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine, including being President in 1999, and has served on committees for several years for the Ontario Veterinary Medical  Association.

Dr. Starink believes in compassionate care and wellness-centred medicine that focuses on the needs of each patient as an individual. She enjoys surgery, dentistry, and the investigation of medical illness. She continues to enjoy attending continuing education in all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine. She is proud of the team at Erin Mills Pet Hospital and all that we offer as our clients’ “other” Family Doctor! She currently shares her time between work, 2 teenagers and 2 (formerly) stray cats. She enjoys reading, cooking, skiing, horse-back riding and travel, but never has enough time!

Dr. Roberta Veitch

Part Time Associate Veterinarian, DVM

Dr. Veitch has been practicing veterinary medicine in Mississauga since she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992.  In 2007 she got her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Toronto and now she divides her time between her work at Erin Mills Pet Hospital and teaching in the Veterinary Technician Program at Sheridan College.

Treating each pet as an individual and tailoring the pet’s needs to its particular lifestyle is important to Dr. Veitch.  She believes strongly in preventative care.

Dr. Veitch lives in Oakville with her husband and two sons and their energetic small Munsterlander pointer, Karma. She enjoys her daily walks with Karma along Joshua Creek, watching her sons play hockey, baseball and soccer, and spending time in her garden.

Dr. Bisni Peter

Associate Veterinarian, DVM

Dr Bisni Peter graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Kerala Agricultural University ( India) in 2005.She moved to Canada in 2006 and continued her licensing procedures with Canadian Veterinary Medical association to be a licensed veterinarian in Canada. Since then, she has been working at various clinics in the GTA. Her professional interest include nutrition, preventative medicine and ultrasonography.

Outside of work she enjoys exploring this beautiful city with her husband andsmall kids, and is always open to suggestions for restaurants, parks and events

Dr. Rodrigo Velez

Veterinary Associate

Dr Rodrigo Velez is originally from Mexico; since he was 9 years old he was going to become a veterinarian as he has always loved animals and taking care of them.
He obtained his DVM degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2013. While he was in the school he had the chance to travel within Mexico, Chile and USA where he was part of a wide range of externships.
Shortly after graduation he and his family (Sophie his wife and their two doggies Lumba a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Mezcal a Labrador mix) decided to move to Denver Colorado where he practiced veterinary medicine for 4 and a half years before deciding to move to Canada.
His special interests are preventative care and internal medicine.
In his time off he enjoys spending time with his family hiking, camping and exploring Ontario as well as watching the games of the Spanish Soccer League.

Dr. Bick Jassal DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Growing up in his fathers veterinary hospital in Mississauga from the time he was a little boy, Dr. Bick knew veterinary medicine was where he would see his future. After earning a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Honours from the University of Queensland, and living abroad in Australia for five years, Dr. Bick returned home to join Erin Mills Pet Hospital. He has an interest in surgery, preventative medicine, internal medicine and dermatology. Dr. Bick is always around with a smile to help any of his fury friends that come in. His kind and positive attitude is a welcome addition to our team!

Dr. Joanne Rutledge

Part Time Associate Veterinarian, DVM

Dr. Rutledge graduated from Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College in 1992. She lived and practiced in Halifax before moving with her husband to Toronto in 1995. Dr. Rutledge continued to work full time until the birth of her two daughters. Now practicing part time her interests include horseback riding and gardening.

Dr. Rutledge has ridden and owned horses for 30 years. Currently she and her family keep Kelsey, a 7-year-old Collie Mix at home and one horse, two ponies and a small flock of fancy chickens at a hobby farm in Kleinburg.

Dr. Davinder Jassal

BSc. DVM, Owner

A graduate from veterinary school in 1984, Dr. Davinder Jassal obtained a Master’s Degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1988. After a three-year service at the Hospital for Sick Children, in 1992 he returned to his private practice. Dr. Jassal also worked in a veterinary emergency clinic in Toronto.  Dr. Jassal enjoys working with animals. He is dedicated to modern veterinary medicine by keeping up to date with continued education. His special interests are medicine, surgery and dentistry. Dr. Jassal is married to Mrs. Raj Ravi. They have two sons Bicky and Harmy, a dog named Lucky and Bambi, the cat. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to care for all the clients and patients that come to Erin Mills Pet Hospital!

Dr. Yash Varma

BSc, DVM, Owner

Dr. Varma graduated as a veterinarian in 1980 from the University of Nairobi (Kenya). At that time his special interest was in African wildlife. He spent the next 3 years working as a wildlife research veterinarian in Kenya. This was “real” wildlife like hyenas, lions, water-buck, eland, and buffalo. In 1984 he received a scholarship to do a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Dr. Varma then immigrated to Canada in 1987 and worked for a few months at the Ontario Veterinary College while preparing for his Ontario licensing exams. 

Dr. Varma is proud to be a veterinarian and endeavors to give back to the profession in mentoring veterinary students and foreign graduates to acquire local licenses. He has held the following positions

  • Past President of the Brampton Veterinary Association
  • Past President of The Highway 10 & Wexford Emergency Veterinary
  • Clinic serving Georgetown, Milton, Orangeville, Bolton, Caledon, and Brampton.
  • Council member for the College Of Veterinarians Of Ontario, the regulatory body for the veterinary profession in Ontario.
  • Treasurer of the Kenya Overseas Veterinary Association, whose mandate includes helping veterinary students and the profession in Kenya.
  • He is a co-owner of the Erin Mills Pet hospital in Mississauga.

He shares his home with his wife, Poonam, their 2 children, Ashna and Vishal.

When not at work, Dr. Varma likes to travel and spend his few free minutes at the gym.

Michelle M.

Receptionist & Customer Care

Michelle joined the Erin Mills Pet Hospital family in 2009 as a receptionist. Previously she worked as a Customer Service Representative at a major bank. Michelle’s smile and genuine caring attitude, her dedication and joyful nature is what greets our patients and clients every day.

Married to her high school sweetheart Jim for 37 years, Michelle’s greatest joy comes from her two sons James and Brian, and her grandson Emerson. 

Michelle has a cat named Snickers, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes going to the gym, being up north in cottage country, rainbows and stars.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

– Maya Angelou

Cindy L.

Technician & Boarding Co-ordinator

Cindy began her animal care career as our Co-Op student. After high school Cindy returned to work with us as our night time receptionist while she earned her Animal Care Certificate.

Along with her husband, son, daughter and newly born son (congratulations Cindy!), Cindy’s family includes her 6-year-old cat Kevin. She also shares four clinic cats with her fellow technicians.

Cindy has been a full time technician with us for the past 13 years and has the difficult job of coordinating our large boarding facility. Luckily for all of us, she brings her knowledge, dedication and infectious sense of humor to the workplace every day!

Kaitlyn S.

Technician, Veterinary Assistant & Animal Care, Anesthesia Technician
Kaitlyn joined the staff in 2008 as one of our full time veterinary assistants and animal care attendants. To further her knowledge and skills Kaitlyn earned her Animal Sciences Diploma in 2009. She and her animal care team are in charge of the day-to-day care of boarding and hospitalized pets. She also assists our veterinarians and technicians in any way needed.
At the end of day her work continues at home with her husband and young son, and newborn baby girl (congratulations Kaitlyn!), 13-year-old Pug Bailey, Lexy, a 12-year-old JRT Pug Mix, and 2 cats 12-year-old Bella and Russell, an 11-year-old Sphinx.

Sandy K.

Reception and Client Care

Sandy K. is here to welcome you and your pets with her friendly and caring attitude. She has been working as a veterinary assistant and front desk team-member since 2013. We are happy to have her back at Erin Mills after a few years away, and know that she will help us continue to grow. She loves seeing our patients and their families, and always has a smile to share.

Marina H.

Reception and Veterinary Assistant

Marina has been a passionate animal lover for many years and has been working in veterinary hospitals since 2011, on both the reception desk and as a veterinary assisstant. She has been actively involved in stray rescue, dedicating many hours of her time to improving the lives of needy pets. Her efficient and meticulous attention to detail helps keep the hospital running smoothyl, while her natural ability to handle even the most tentative pet keeps our veterinarians on track. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian, as well as English!

Victoria K.

Veterinary Assistant

Victoria has been a member of the Erin Mills animal care team since 2016. She has brought her passion for all animals, from horses to kittens, to her role here assisting with the care of all our patients. Currently she is attending Gueph University and plans to dedicate her career to animal welfare. We appreicate her gentle and attentive skills while maintaining strict attention to best care practices!

Brett L.

Veterinary Assistant

Brett has been caring for our patients and boarders, assissting our doctors and technicians since he arrived as a Co-op student in 2015. He has a wonderfully caring and conscientious attitude with our clients and is an invaluable member of our team. He has us to thank for his most recent new pet, a lovely kitten brought to us as a litter of strays in 2016! 

Robert L.


Education: Sheridan College

Robert joins Erin Mills as a Sheridan College RVT graduate. He found his calling 3 years into his Life Science degree at University of Toronto, and we are so grateful he did! He brings a s kind, compassionate dedication both towards our patients and our team. When not caring for our patients, he enjoys spending time with his rescue pup and enjoying music.  Robert is ready to help and is a great addition to our practice!


Coco was a stray cat who found her way to Dr. Starink’s house. She was taken in by our clinic and nursed back to health, and now she is our clinic greeter! She spends her day at the front desk in her basket often covered up by her blanket. She loves people and will welcome any love and affection you are willing to give to her!

She is also very vocal and loves to talk with people! Make sure to pop by the front desk during your visit to see Ms. Coco and say hello!

Dolores (aka DoDo)

Dolores was brought in to us as a stray cat in 2013. She was very fractious and very timid when she first came to us, so she was not suitable for adoption. Today she has really come into her own living at Erin Mills Pet Hospital and she is much more friendly! She is still quite timid especially around new people, but we love her very much!