red brick building with large concrete steps including a center black railing going to the double front doors with a half circle window on top on the second floor. Planters frame the doors at the top of the steps. An elaborate decorative white concrete door frame stretching to window on the top floor with the words “Ontario Veterinary College” engraved in it above the door. Several large, tall rectangle windows symmetrically placed on all 3 floors. A large tree in on both sides of the steps with white benches in front.

Our Team

Charly McKenna | RLAT, BSc, MSc, PhD Student (part-time)

Research Manager l OVC Clinical Trials and AHP Veterinary Medical Innovation Platform

Image of Charly with a brown and white dog in an orange collar.

As OVC Clinical Trials Program Research Manager, Charly is responsible for the daily operations and projects. Daily operations include working with faculty who have projects associated with the platform to assist in recruiting, supporting, reviewing and implementing study (animal use and research ethics) protocols, development and execution of research agreements, grant writing, execution and tracking of grant billing, and scientific writing for abstract and manuscript presentation. She also works to assist with project data management and quality assurance, coordination and communication with clinicians and hospital administration.  


Office: ANCC Rm2155

Phone: ​​​​​​​226-962-6542

Missy Freeman | RVT

Clinical Trials Technician l OVC Clinical Trials

Missy graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program in Kingston, Ontario. She became registered by the Ontario Association Veterinary Technicians the same year. Throughout the years Missy has worked at local veterinary clinics as well as the surgery department at the Ontario Veterinary College since 2010. She currently works part-time at OVC’s Companion Animal and Large Animal Clinics as a surgery technician and part-time for this team.

Natalie Mashtaler | RVT, BSc

Clinical Trials Technician l OVC Clinical Trials

Image of Natalie with a brown and white dog

Natalie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph where she received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology. She continued her education at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, where she graduated with distinction from the Veterinary Technology Program and obtained her registration the same year. Natalie gained a wealth of knowledge working at a small animal general/emergency practice in Guelph that handled both exotic and companion animals. Since then, Natalie has had the opportunity to advance her training and develop her skill set by working alongside a variety of board-certified specialists in the Guelph and Mississauga-Oakville region, in departments such as dentistry, oncology and dermatology.


Phone: 226-962-7960

Deirdre Stuart | VT, BScH, MSc

Biobank Coordinator | OVC Clinical Trials and the Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation

Image of Deirdre with a black cat

Deirdre has spent many years doing what she loves best – helping people and their pets live the best lives possible. Graduating from Centralia College’s Veterinary Technology program in 1993, she has worked with small, large, exotic and research animals in a variety of clinics and labs. In 2013, she decided to return to university to pursue her undergraduate degree followed by a Master’s program in reproduction in U of G’s Biomedical Science department, which she hopes to complete this semester.

Starting as a volunteer with the Clinical Trials Coordinator during her undergraduate work, Deirdre spent several years behind the scenes and joined the ICCI team full time in 2019 as the Tumour Bank Coordinator.  This allows her to be back in the clinic chatting with clients and cuddling their pets! In between cuddle breaks, she collects, organizes and logs samples from patients with potential cancer diagnoses which are stored in the Tumour Bank for researchers to access. This allows ongoing research in different cancer types with minimally invasive techniques as tissue is collected from tumours already being removed, and blood or urine is often collected with standard of care sampling.


Phone: 226-979-8467

Charlotte Apps | DVMc, BScH

Ontario Work Study Program – Surgical Oncology Research and Social Media Assistant

Image of Charlotte with two brown and white dogs

Charlotte is a Phase 3 veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College (go Opal Otters!). As a Work Study student, Charlotte assists with data collection for retrospective studies, and in creating graphics for the Clinical Trials social media platforms. She strongly believes in the importance of the work being done through clinical trials at OVC, not only for animal health but human health as well! In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys trying out new recipes, exploring the city of Guelph (her home for the last 7 years!), and spending time with family, friends & all creatures big and small.


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