Dr. Ken Newman

 Ken brings to our team a tremendous amount of valuable experience as well as a wealth of knowledge. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Animal Science at the University of Guelph. Ken then continued his education at the Ontario Veterinary College, graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Making the most of his days at college, he coached women's hockey as well as played competitively himself, worked on a variety of farms, participated in the Foal Watch program at OVC, and traveled. Ken was later accepted for a position as a Large Animal Surgery resident at the Ohio State University where he also completed his Masters of Science. Ken completed the Large Animal Surgery board exams in 2008 and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Large Animal Surgery. While in Ohio, he met his future wife Margaret who is also a veterinarian. In 2006 Ken and Margaret moved to the Kemptville area, where they are currently living with their daughter Elizabeth and son Samuel.


 

Dr. John Donovan

John grew up on the family beef and horse farm in Escott, Ontario. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995, and joined the Prescott Animal Hospital upon graduation as a full time large animal veterinarian and has since become an owner/partner in the Prescott Animal Hospital/Rideau-St. Lawrence organization. He has a specialized interest in large animal medicine, equine sports medicine, and equine dentistry. He now lives in Brockville with his wife Cheryl, and his daughters Alisha and Daron. In his spare time he loves to boat, play hockey, travel, or socialize with friends. 


 

Dr. Alexandra Knoepfli

Alexandra grew up in Burlington, Ontario. She graduated in 2001 from the Ontario Veterinary College. She was introduced to Prescott Animal Hospital as an externship student, re-joined the practice upon her graduation as a full time equine/small animal veterinarian, and has since become an owner/partner in the Prescott Animal Hospital/Rideau St. Lawrence organization. Alex enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a special interest in reproduction, sports medicine, preventative medicine, and alternative medicine. During her spare time she routinely attends dog agility classes with her Golden Retriever, "Kolby". She also loves to ride her horses in her spare time that she keeps at home on her small hobby farm where she lives with husband John, two children, golden retriever, three horses and three cats. She loves to travel, hike, and do any other outdoor activities.
 

Dr. Henry Ceelen

     Henry  was born and raised on a dairy farm near the town of Hallville in Dundas County. During his formative years, Henry was an avid 4-Her and participated in multiple 4H clubs each year. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1981. Upon graduation, he joined the mixed animal practice of Dr. John Henry in Kemptville. In 1985, Dr. Ceelen assumed ownership of the practice when Dr. Henry retired. During the next twenty five years, the practice grew to employ six veterinarians. In 2009, Dr. Ceelen amalgamated the large animal portion of his practice with that of Prescott Animal Hospital to form Rideau-St. Lawrence Veterinary Services.
     Dr. Ceelen is the Past President of the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners, as well as a past president of the Central Canada Veterinary Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.
     Henry enjoys providing veterinary care to all species of animals including dogs, cats and horses, but his passion remains cattle, particularly dairy cattle. He was one of the first graduates of the Dairy Health Management Certificate Program hosted by OVC. This program revolutionized dairy veterinary practice by emphasizing preventative animal care in contrast to a treatment and emergency care model. Henry strives to improve the performance and welfare of his cattle patients through preventative medicine, nutrition, and facility and housing design.
  
Dr. Ceelen lives outside Kemptville with his family. Henry enjoys sports of all kinds, including hockey and fold. He also enjoys maintining, improving and caring for his property.