Our Veterinarians

Dr. Rod Schell

Rod graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1977. After several years in mixed animal veterinary practice, he started Cannington Veterinary Services in 1995 as a solo large animal practitioner. For the first few years, it was a family operation with his wife, Deb, and daughters, Denna and Riley, looking after the office reception. He enjoys the challenges of all aspects of large animal practice, but especially dairy medicine and surgery.


Rod and Deb (who may still occasionally be found working around the office) have four grown children and 12 grandchildren.


In his spare time, Rod enjoys wood working, renovating his home and cottage, and just spending time at the cottage with his family.


Dr. Brent McLaughlin

Brent grew up on a mixed livestock farm near Port Perry, Ontario and was actively involved in 4H clubs. From the earliest memories, his desire was to become a country veterinarian, and he travelled around with local vets for most of his early life. He graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1993. After 5 years in mixed and large animal practice in southwestern Ontario, Brent joined Cannington Veterinary Services in 1998.


Brent has developed a special interest in Equine Dentistry, but enjoys the variety of medical and surgical cases that large animal practice provides. Brent is married to Dr. Sue Talbot, and they are blessed with 2 daughters. Brent enjoys spending time with his family and actively volunteering in pastoral ministry.


Dr. Jenn Megens

Jenn spent her 2012 summer externship with us, and we were fortunate to have her join our team when she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in spring 2013. Jenn grew up on a beef farm and worked at local dairy farms in Uxbridge, Ontario. Jenn is a York 4H beef club leader and is also on the Eastern Ontario Angus board of directors, Durham Plowmen’s Association and a member of the Uxbridge Fall Fair board.


In her spare time, she enjoys showing cattle with her family, raising sheep and working with her Standardbred and miniature horses. Jenn’s special interests include dairy medicine and surgery as well as small ruminant medicine.


Our Office Staff

Cannington Veterinary Services is very lucky to have two “Sherrys” who share the office management duties, from reception and invoicing to inventory control and general housekeeping, ensuring that the practice runs smoothly on a daily basis.


Sherry Lewis

Sherry was born and raised in Nova Scotia in a prominent draft horse family. She came to Ontario and has been active in the draft horse industry ever since. She had manned the front office in a few other veterinary clinics before coming to Cannington Veterinary Services in 1999. Sherry and her husband, Stephen, have a 50 acre farm outside of Cannington, where they enjoy raising, training and showing Clydesdale, Shire and a few Percheron horses.


Sherry Lynn Riddell

Sherry Lynn came to the practice in 2005, after many years working in large animal practice. She enjoys working with the public and always maintains an upbeat, positive and compassionate attitude. Her strong competencies in computer technology have led Sherry to become our computer guru, making sure our systems are always up and running.


Sherry Lynn’s other passion is being a fitness trainer/instructor helping many people with their health and wellness goals. In her spare time, Sherry Lynn loves gardening, playing hockey and hitting the gym.


Deb Schell

Deb still may answer the phone and look after clients in the office if she has to fill in for one of our “Sherrys”.


Deb enjoys reading and gardening, but especially spending time with her children and grandchildren at home or at the cottage.

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