Our caring and compassionate Veterinary  team!

At Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital, our team members are well-educated and experienced helping support you and your pet.  Our team offers a wide range of expertise and is invested in your pet’s well-being.

Please call us at 519-869-4228 to speak to one of our staff members!

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Rodger Griffiths

Dr. Rodger Griffiths opened Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital 30 years ago. He has always felt that the bond between an owner and their pets is special and should be cherished and celebrated. It is the job of the clinic to respect and augment that bond anyway we can.

Dr. Griffiths has been through extensive continued education and examination, even becoming Board Certified. Recertification is required every 10 years and he has maintained his specialty status. He feels that between being Board Certified and going through the rigorous standards set up by the American Animal Hospital Association, Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital offers the most up to date services to our clients and their pets.

He has a soft spot for cats and shares his home with two Devon Rex cats, Flv and Hun Bun. He enjoys visiting with his children and grandchildren whenever possible. He likes staying active and enjoys biking and restoring his antique car.

Dr. Melanie Moore

Dr. Melanie Moore-Fernandes is a veterinarian committed to animal welfare, providing accessible care, and public education. Originally from the Cayman Islands, Dr. Melanie grew up surrounded by stray animals. By the age of 14, she began working in an animal clinic and witnessed the financial and socioeconomic barriers to giving animals happy, healthy lives. Now, her mission is to provide affordable treatment, promote responsible care, and support animal population control through affordable spay and neuter programs. 

Dr. Melanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Aberystwyth University is Wales before graduating from Ontario Veterinary College with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2021. Her professional interests include providing cost effective services and protocols to pet owners, shelter medicine, and providing low-cost pet sterilization services to the community. She is currently pursuing a Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from Chi University to provide alternative, holistic services including acupuncture, food therapy, and Tui-na (Chinese medical manipulation). 

Dr. Melanie is co-founder of two organizations; Canadian VIBE (Veterinary professionals Instilling Black Excellence) Network, a collaborative network of Black Veterinary Professionals throughout Canada, and Canadian Collective for Equity in Veterinary Medicine-Collectivité Canadienne pour l’Équité en Médecine Vétérinaire, a collective of veterinary professionals and students working towards an equitable, accessible, and sustainable profession through community-building, education, and advocacy. She is the recipient of the 2021 Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Change Agent Award, which honors rising leaders and their commitment to diversity and change in veterinary medicine.  

In her spare time, Dr. Melanie is a board member for the Sarnia Humane Society, volunteers for Big Brother Big Sister Sarnia, and mentors aspiring veterinary professionals. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their Persian cat Sultan, weightlifting, and canvas oil painting. She looks forward to meeting you and your fur babies!  

Dr. Thomas Kostuch

Dr. Tom has worked with us on a part-time basis the last eight years. Dr. Tom brings a vast skillset and broad knowledge to the clinic.  He is a highly skilled veterinarian who can be found in our surgical suites.

Our Registered Veterinary Technicians

Amelia

Amelia is our newest registered vet tech who graduated from Northern College in 2020. She enjoys fostering animals in need (especially the challenging ones!) and nursing them back to health to find their furever homes. Amelia has 2 rescued dogs, Squeejee and Freya, and 2 rescued cats, Toothless and Asphalt.

Amelia’s passions in the clinic are taking radiographs and surgery. She wants to make every pet feel comfortable while they’re in the clinic. Amelia is our lead laser technician for our therapy laser. Her favourite patients to see are cats and huskies.

Tabby

Tabby developed a passion for animals and from a young age she brought all kind of creatures into her family home, from mice to kittens to turtles. She enjoys horseback riding, fostering animals through the Sarnia & District Humane Society and spending time with her family. Tabby currently shares her home with cats, a dog, a rabbit and a horse.

Tabby graduated from the University of Guelph with a Certificate of Veterinary Office Administration and then continued on to earn her Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology. Her favourite aspect of the job is surgery and anesthesia.

Veronica

Veronica has always had a love for animals.  As a young child she was often found outside digging for worms and other critters in the garden, playing with the family dog, or cuddling the family cat. She continued her love for animals at the University of Guelph where she received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology.  She continued her studies by completing her Veterinary Technician diploma from Seneca College and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2010.Veronica strives to make every animals’ experience a good one and treats them like she would her own pets.  She shares her home with her husband, 2 children, and her cat Cosmo.

Our Veterinary Assistant Team

Ashley

Ashley is a recent addition to the Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital Team.  She is currently working toward her Diploma in Veterinary Technology and is looking forward to the day she earns her Registered Veterinary Technology designation. Ashley has a nursing background and has also worked for the Sarnia and District Humane Society.  When not at the clinic, she enjoys time outdoors with her family, learning new things and spending time with her three horses, two dogs, three cats, one fish and any foster that she has welcomed into her home.

Our Veterinary Animal Care Lead

Nicole

Nicole is a new addition to Bright’s Grove Team but she brings extremely strong animal care experience to the clinic.  Growing up on a farm, Nicole has always shown a focus on the well-being of the animal at the forefront of her approach – her over 15 years in the veterinary and animal welfare industries speak to her dedication and commitment to this approach. Nicole is currently working toward her Diploma in Veterinary Technology.
When not at the clinic, Nicole can be found outdoors with her family and two dogs.

Our Office Manager

Erin

Since Erin was a young child, she has always had animals a part of her life. Working at Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital seemed like a natural fit! Working for Dr. Rodger over the summer time as a university student, Erin happily rejoined the team in a different capacity as Office Manager.
When not at work, Erin loves to spend time with her husband and two children at horse shows and dog shows.

Our Customer Care Team

Erinn

Active in many dog sports from a young age, Erinn enjoys the challenge of competing with her boys as well as the one-on-one time she spends with them; whether in the ring or on the trails. Erinn enjoys the experiences she gains from fostering for organizations such as Autism Dog Services.  She has fostered for them for the past eight years, raising pups to become service dogs. Her passion is dog behavior, cooperative care and making animals feel safe and enriched. Erinn has worked with all sizes of animals – from pocket pets to large animals! Ever curious, Erinn enjoys learning about new techniques and all aspects of animal health.
Erinn shares her home with her two white shepherds , Torch and Cash, and her current foster puppy.

Jo-Anne

Jo-Anne has been an employee at Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital since almost the opening of the clinic! She has been involved in every aspect  – from grooming to reception to assisting with surgeries! Jo-Anne shares her home with her beloved dogs and cats.

Jolene

Jolene is a long time and vital part of our Customer Care team. She completed the Animal Care program at Sheridan College to pursue her love of animals prior to starting at Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital. She has now been with the clinic for over 15 years!
Jolene loves animals of all shapes and sizes but has a soft spot for her whippets. She shares her home with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 whippets, Starkey and Emmy.

Tamika

Tamika is part of our Customer Care Team.
Biography to come – stay tuned!

Laurie

Laurie is part of our Customer Care Team.
Biography to come – stay tuned!

Milena

Milena is part of our Customer Care Team.
Biography to come – stay tuned!