Our Vets and Team


Dr. Angela Halbert

As a young child, I was fascinated by animals and had my heart set on becoming a veterinarian.  I obtained my BSc from the University of Guelph in 1987 and then went on to pursue a degree in Veterinary medicine, graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992. My passion has always been veterinary medicine and I enjoy all aspects of the profession.  I enjoy treating a variety of species including small rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs,  chickens, and pot bellied pigs in addition to dogs and cats. I also have a special interest in pediatric medicine with a focus on “starting them off right”  which includes assessing and addressing both  health and emotional development in puppies and kittens. I live north of Shelburne with my husband. Our farm is home to numerous dogs, cats, sheep, horses, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and a pig.


  Dr. Stephanie Cukier

I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014. I then began my career in mixed practice, working with animals both large and small in eastern Ontario. I joined the team at Nottawasaga Valley Veterinary Hospital in 2018 and have been focusing on canine and feline medicine ever since.

My special interests include canine and feline behaviour, preventive medicine, and palliative care/pain management. I enjoy performing small animal surgery and dental procedures. I appreciate attending regular continuing education, and try to focus on increasing my knowledge on subjects such as the use of nutraceuticals in veterinary practice and “fear-free” veterinary visits. I live in Georgina with my husband Adam, my dog Athena, and my cat Milo.


Dr. Donna Wagar

I always had a love of animals and science. I entertained the dream of becoming a veterinarian early on in life as I grew up in my hometown of Orangeville, Ontario. While working on my Bachelor of Science degree at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, I was thrilled to be accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. During my time at vet school, I confirmed my passion for small animal internal medicine. In 2003, I earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

I started my career back in my home province of Ontario in companion animal medicine. I called the Niagara region home, working many years as a locum veterinarian there. I am very happy to be joining the wonderful veterinary team at Nottawasaga Valley Veterinary Hospital and living back in Orangeville. I love being back close to my family.

I have a special interest in internal medicine and client education. I am very excited to provide you, the client, and your furry family members with the best care through practicing the highest standards of preventative and diagnostic medicine with the aim of helping pets live a long and healthy life.

Over the years I have been the proud pet parent of many beloved cats and a dog. Currently my family is made up of Andy and Alice, two very special rescue cats that filled my life with joy. When not working, I love doing genealogy research and being part of Toastmasters International where I have earned my Competent Communicator designation.




Virginia Gallagher attended Brock University and graduated with a BSc in Biology in 2004. She then attended the Veterinary Technician Program at Georgian College in Orillia from which she graduated with Honors in 2009. She has been with Nottawasaga Valley Veterinary Hospital since May 2008. She is the proud mother of a beautiful boy, three cats and a dog. Her free time is spent with family and friends. She also enjoys walking her dog at the park and relaxing in the sun.

Ashley Campbell attended the University of Guelph and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Animal Biology in 2009.  There, she took a special interest in reproduction, genetics and nutrition.  She then attended Northern College where she graduated with honours in the Veterinary Technician program in 2011.  In 2012, she became one of the first graduates of Northern College’s Companion Animal Physical Rehabilitation program and a registered veterinary technician.  Before joining the Nottawasaga Valley team in July of 2017, Ashley worked for almost 4 years in emergency medicine.  In her spare time, Ashley and her family run a breeding kennel where they breed, raise and show Schapendoes.  She enjoys doing confirmation and agility trials with her dogs on her weekends off.  When not working with animals, Ashley pursues her interests in visual arts (mostly drawing and photography), cinema and reading.

cyndy_l Cyndy Hill has been a receptionist at Nottawasaga Valley Veterinary Hospital since its opening in 2000. Cyndy resides in Wasaga Beach with her husband, two dogs, three cats and six goldfish. When Cyndy is not at the front desk of the office she is enjoying travelling the world with her husband. Her interests include skiing, running, yoga and horseback riding. Her latest hobby is spending time with her granddaughters Iris and Ivy.

shirley_l Shirley Buist has worked in the veterinary industry for more than three decades, Shirley’s association with the Halbert family pre-dates Angela’s graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992.  She has worked in many capacities in veterinary practices and is currently the Nottawasaga Valley Veterinary Hospital bookkeeper.  This flexible position allows her to work the bulk of her hours from home near Caledonia only needing to be at the hospital on a bi-weekly basis. Always having been involved with animal husbandry in one way or another, Shirley and her husband Duncan are presently kept busy boarding and foaling Standardbred horses as well as breeding and showing their Jack Russell Terriers.