Meet Our Staff

Abbey Animal Hospital was purchased by Dr. Scott Hobson on April 11th 1988.  Before that time it had been operated as a satellite clinic for about 1 year.  It came with a minimum  of equipment, space and staff and only a small tabletop file cabinet of client cards.

Over the years Abbey Animal Hospital has grown in both the physical and business sense.  The facilities have been expanded, modernized and re-equipped. There are now 5 veterinarians; including 3 partners Dr. Scott Hobson, Dr. Geoff Beck, Dr. Adam Rossborough and a full compliment of support staff.

As our community changes we are presented with a whole new set of needs and expectations from our clients, a whole new world of information and technologies from our science, and an ever growing bond between people and their pets. At Abbey Animal Hospital we seek to meet these challenges, to fulfill a role of leadership and to welcome our clients and their pets into our lives.


Dr. Scott Hobson


Dr. Hobson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984. After graduation he worked at Ganaraska Animal Clinic in Port Hope and Renforth Veterinary Clinic in Toronto before purchasing Abbey Animal Hospital in 1988. After 30 years in practice Dr. Hobson has seen a wide variety of interesting and unusual cases. He is certified in Pennhip, a method for evaluating the integrity of breeding dogs’ hips. When not devoting his time to the clinic and his patients, Dr. Hobson enjoys skiing, spending time with his wife Sue and his feline friend Rupert.

Dr. Geoff Beck

B.Sc., D.V.M.

After completing a degree in Marine biology from McGill University, Dr. Beck received his degree in veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. He worked as an associate in a hospital near Ottawa and in an emergency clinic in Brampton before joining Abbey Animal Hospital in 1996. A few years later he became a partner at the clinic. Dr. Beck has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography. In his spare time he enjoys hockey and golf as well as fly-fishing and windsurfing.

Dr. Adam Rossborough

B.Kin., D.V.M.

Dr. Rossborough graduated with the class of 2000 from the Ontario Veterinary College after completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University. He joined Abbey Animal Hospital immediately after graduation then became a partner in 2005. While Dr. Rossborough has an interest in all aspects of veterinary medicine, he specifically enjoys wound management and repair and periocular surgery. When not caring for his patients he is caring for his two cats, Gwen and Lily, and his Papillion Zsa Zsa. He enjoys endurance sports and has finished 9 ironman triathlons and many marathons. This has become a family affair, with his wife and daughter now competing in races and relays.

Dr. Sarah Bishop

B.Sc., D.V.M.

Dr. Bishop joined Abbey Animal Hospital following a degree in Life Sciences from McMaster University and after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. She worked at many veterinary clinics in the surrounding area while growing up in Burlington, it was then she realized her love of veterinary medicine. She enjoys attending conferences and seminars in order to keep up with the latest information. Dr. Bishop enjoys photography and getting away with her husband to their cottage.

Dr. Maggie Rockx

B.Sc., D.V.M.

After graduating the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016, Dr. Rockx began her veterinary career in Windsor, Ontario. She transitioned back to her hometown Burlington by joining Abbey Animal Hospital in June 2017. Dr. Rockx has a special interest in shelter medicine and exotic small mammals. When not at work, her time is shared with Serena the rabbit, her boxer mix Bee and miniature dachshund Belle. She also enjoys hiking, gardening and baking.

Vanessa Balcome


Vanessa graduated from Ridgetown College in the class of 2002 with a veterinary technician diploma. While in school she worked at several clinics before coming back to Abbey Animal Hospital in 2003. She was quickly given the role of our Head Technician. Vanessa has an interest in the medical issues related to our geriatric patients. She has a Golden Retriever named Chevy and an orange tabby named Frank. Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, canoeing and watching football.

Jennifer Augusto


Jenn graduated with a veterinary technician diploma from Georgian College in 2006. After completing her co-op placement with us, she was asked to officially join the Abbey Animal Hospital team. She has a special interest in feline medicine, specifically related to those senior cats. Jenn has 3 cats, Jake, Lincoln and Spice. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, travelling and spending time with her husband and son.

Phoebe Sanders


After completing her veterinary technician co-op placement with us, Phoebe joined the Abbey Animal Hospital team. She graduated from the Georgian College veterinary technician program in 2017. She is a Toronto Blue Jay fan and enjoys going to games as well as hiking and cycling the trails. Phoebe shares her home with the family Lhasa Poo Buddy & domestic short-hair Ollie.



In September 2000 Freddy came to live at Abbey Animal Hospital. He had been found hit by a car, had a dislocated hip and was dehydrated; generally he was in need of a good clean up. He quickly won the affection of everyone here and had been in control of the clinic, acting as our Head Client Greeter for over 17 years.

On the 7th of December 2017 we said good-bye to Freddy. He will be forever in our hearts and we are thankful for all the wonderful memories.

Jill Van Den Heuvel

B.A. Practice Manager

Jill has worn many hats since she started at Abbey Animal Hospital in 1988. After a brief leave to complete a B.A. degree at McMaster University, she returned and is now the practice manager. She can often be found helping out at reception or in her office with Freddy at her computer. Jill has 3 cats of her own, S’mores, Bart and Mortimer, and a smooth-coated Collie named Keltie. When not managing the clinic, Jill enjoys camping with her husband and 2 children.

Melissa Brown

B.A. Technician

Melissa has been an integral part of the team at Abbey Animal Hospital since 1994, when she started as a volunteer, then began full-time assisting our veterinarians. She completed a B.A. in Women’s Studies at Western University. She has an interest in preventative feline medicine and behavior. In her spare time she enjoys playing piano, travelling with her boyfriend and caring for her cat Savannah. When not at work she can often be seen out photographing wildlife.

Kelsey Arnold

Assistant & Receptionist

Kelsey joined our team at Abbey Animal Hospital in 2011 while completing the Veterinary Administration program at Mohawk College. She has 3 cats, Fern, Harley and Lacey and a German Shepherd named Mia. When not at the clinic, Kelsey can be found hiking with Mia or enjoying a good book.

Shelly Rose


After 17 years in the veterinary field, Shelly joined Abbey Animal Hospital in 2012. She has a special interest in nutrition, behavior, obedience training and end of life care. She is a member of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Ontario and Canada and enjoys spending time outdoors with her 2 Bernese, Arlo and Alice. Shelly and her husband also share their house with their 2 cats, Wally and Murray.

Ashley Young

Assistant & Receptionist

Ashley joined the Abbey Animal Hospital team in January 2015 while completing her certificate program for a personal support worker at Mohawk College. She was then able to bridge into a nursing diploma which she recently completed. Ashley keeps herself busy with her cockapoo, Fynn. She greatly enjoys interacting with clients and helping people. In her free time Ashley likes to meet up with her family at the cottage.

Sherri Lynn Kubar


Sherri Lynn has a degree in Social Work and a B.A. in Psychology. After joining Abbey Animal Hospital in July 2010 she acquired her B.A. in Education. Growing up Sherri Lynn and her family were roller coaster fanatics, vacationing to different amusement parks. These days she and her husband are kept busy running after their 2 boys. Sherri Lynn also has 2 dogs, a lab named Peach & a shepherd lab mix named Link.

Sofia Belmonte

Assistant & Receptionist

In May 2015 Sofia joined the Abbey Animal Hospital team. She enjoys hiking with her 3 dogs, a cockapoo named Bailey & 2 maltese crosses named Belle and Lilly. Sofia likes to volunteer her time fostering dogs during their transition to a permanent home. She also has an interest in baking and is kind enough to share her delicious baked goods with her coworkers.

Sam Kearns


Sam joined the Abbey Animal Hospital team in October 2015. She has completed a Humanities degree from Brock University and has always had an interest in veterinary medicine. Sam enjoys interacting with clients and helping them with their pets. When not at the clinic she can be found snowboarding, working out and spending time with friends. She cares for two cats, Quincy and Hutch, and a Samoyed named Cooper.

Becky Carmichael

Assistant & Receptionist

Becky has always wanted to work with animals as they play a special role in so many of our lives. She spent 16 years as an Equine Canada Coach and in July 2016 became a team member of Abbey Animal Hospital. When she is not being entertained by her new kittens (Leah and Gunnar), Becky and her husband enjoy the company of good friends, a great meal, and a wonderful glass of wine.

Ashley Blake

Assistant & Receptionist