Toronto Animal Eye Clinic Staff

Vicki Goodwin, Hospital Administrator

Hospital Administrator Vicki Goodwin has spent over 20 years in the animal care field. For the past five years she has been an integral part of the staff at Toronto Animal Eye Clinic. Before joining our team, Vicki worked in management and administration at a large emergency specialty practice in the Greater Toronto Area. Her duties at our clinic are performed behind the scenes, where she handles office work and IT issues. However, you can sometimes spot her lending a hand answering phones or assisting a patient anytime the need arises.

Vicki says, "I enjoy working with this fantastic group of people, who together offer some of the best medicine I've had the good fortune to witness." Her favorite part of her job is ensuring the practice runs smoothly. By doing this, she says, it "helps our patients by creating an environment where our veterinarians, technicians and staff are free to excel at what they do!" She enjoys looking for opportunities to promote the practice and organizing new print materials for referring veterinarians and clients.

Vicki earned her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English and Psychology with honors. At home, she has three pugs, a 13-year-old fawn male pug named Reilly, an 8-year-old female black pug named Leila, and an 11-year-old blind, one-eyed pug named Quincy. She is a volunteer for Pugalug Pug Rescue, and she offers her house as a foster home for pugs in need. Reilly and Vicki previously enjoyed agility training, before Reilly got a bit too old. Vicki and her late pug, Rosie, once volunteered at their local chapter of St. John's Ambulance in the therapy dog program. In her free time, Vicki enjoys spending time with her friends and family, in particular her adorable nephew. She also enjoys hiking, camping, reading a ridiculous number of books, watching documentaries (that no one else can stand) and spending time with her three wonderful pugs.

AmyLee Brewer, Registered Veterinary Technician

AmyLee was born to work in veterinary medicine. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College before becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. Not one to rest on her laurels, Amy’s deep affinity for cats lead her to the International Society of Feline Medicine in the United Kingdom where she earned her diploma in Feline Nursing in 2019.

AmyLee's dedication to animal care has been evident since her career began in shelter medicine shortly after graduation. When the opportunity presented itself, Amy chose to further develop her skills by following a path towards emergency and critical care. She worked in various emergency clinics around the GTA for a number of years before crossing over to the dark side, joining the Toronto Animal Eye Clinic in 2018 to work alongside Dr. Wolfer and Dr. Julien.

A self-confessed Crazy Cat Lady, AmyLee shares her life with another human and roughly 226.5 cats and three delightful rabbits.

Natalie Patterson, Veterinary Assistant

Natalie initially joined the Toronto Animal Eye Clinic on a part-time basis in 2019 and enjoyed it so much she decided to join us full-time! Having completed the Veterinary Assistant program at St. Lawrence College in 2013, Natalie is an accomplished assistant. Her career began at a busy primary care practice before she forged a path for herself in emergency medicine. The lure of ophthalmology proved to be too strong, and she abandoned it all to become Dr. Zigler’s assistant in early 2020.

Natalie shares her life with a human, a gorgeous Cane Corso aptly named Kane, 2 lovely cats as well as a gecko, hedgehog, and even a tarantula or two. Her colleagues are eternally grateful that her tarantulas remain at home while she’s at work!

Leila, Resident Diva

Known around the clinic as a little punk, Leila came into her own at a young age. She met her assistant Vicki while recovering from lifesaving surgery at a large veterinary emergency and referral practice in Toronto. Recognising a golden opportunity when she saw one, Leila quickly wormed her way into Vicki’s heart and took over her life.

Perched atop her heated dog bed, Leila oversees the daily operations at the Toronto Animal Eye Clinic. When not exercising her right to keep the team on task, she can be found saucily demanding fresh fruit from those around her. Confident in her sense of self-importance, Leila rarely takes ‘no’ for an answer.