From the time she was 6 years old, Dr. Alison has wanted to become a veterinarian. Although born in Toronto, she spent her early years in her father’s home state of North Carolina. At the age of 8, she moved back to Canada and spent the rest of her childhood in Niagara Falls. Her highschool weekends were spent working at a local vet clinic where she received amazing mentorship from both the technicians and Dr. Ron Mergl.
Dr. Shearer has been fortunate to always have animals as a part of his life, from growing up with parents that bred and raised Old English Sheepdogs, to working on the family farm with sheep, cattle and horses. Even during university, the company of a couple cats helped break up the arduous task of studying.
Dr. Chloe grew up in Northern Ontario in a rural community with a small town vibe. Both parents were local physicians and Dr. Chloe spent many an afternoon waiting for babies to be born so she grasped the unpredictability of medicine at an early age. Her love of animals was cultured by the family 'zoo' which consisted of the typical and not so typical such as lovebirds, turtles and horses. Her love of horses takes front seat in any spare time Dr. Chloe has, as well as a spirited game of soccer and travelling to exotic locations around the globe.
When Dr. Lauren graduated from OVC in 2005, she soon realized two important facts that she wasn't taught in school. First, most Labrador Retrievers are as energetic as a caffeine-fuelled toddler. Second, cats tolerate you only when you are doing exactly what they want. These truths help keep her professional life interesting.
Dr. Tracy has been with the clinic for many years. She graduated from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. She married a rugby playing Canadian in early 2000 after meeting on The Village Lions Rugby Team in New York City. They moved to Ontario over 15 years ago. She is now a dual citizen and so happy to be close to her husband Christopher’s hometown of London. She has two teenage children, Cael and Hailyn, and a menagerie of pets including a Basset Hound mix named Arwen (“Winnie”). She joins cats Milo and Ferguson as well as guinea pig, Amethyst, and axolotl, Alex.
Dr. Courtney grew up near Stratford Ontario and throughout her childhood she cherished relationships with many family pets including two rambunctious huskies. Throughout high school, with her love for animals and medicine, there left little doubt she would pursue veterinary medicine.
Dr. Juan was born in Bogota, Colombia and grew up in the United States. He has lived in 3 countries and 7 cities. He completed his undergraduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Biology & Conservation, and later graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2022. After graduation he decided to make London, Ontario his permanent home, where he lives with his husband and their two fur babies, a pomeranian named Gingy and a dachshund mix named Duke. As you can tell these two are full of personality!
Dr. Juan is passionate about community building and helping the veterinary profession progress through innovation & DEI. He co-founded the Latinx Veterinary Medical Association in 2020, the first nonprofit organization representing latinx veterinary professionals in the USA & Canada. Dr. Juan prides himself on being bilingual (English & Spanish) and is excited to offer Spanish consults to any clients that need it.
He enjoys client education, surgery, and rehabilitation. In his spare time he likes to bike, lift weights, and try new restaurants. He loves traveling and has explored a total of 17 countries. Dr. Juan considers himself a citizen of the world!
London Regional Veterinary Emergency & Referral Hospital will be closed from Fridays at 7 am until Sundays at 7am. If you are an active client and have an emergency during these times please call
This number is our RVT triage line through Smart.Vet, you can also reach this service by calling the clinic after hours.