About Us

Who we are

We are a specialist veterinary ophthalmology practice providing compassionate surgical, medical, and diagnostic care for pets with eye problems.

Dr. Nick Whelan is a Board Certified Eye Specialist with 27 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of animal eye diseases. He is supported by Pauline the Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Technicians Erika, Jessica, and College Certified Receptionist/Animal Care Assistants Natalie and Jessica.

We all work together in partnership with you and your veterinarian to help diagnose, treat, and manage your pet’s eye problems.

We want you and your pet’s visit to be an excellent experience, so your pet has the opportunity for better eye health and improved quality of life.

We understand that good communication is important in providing the best possible care for your pet. We will take time to clearly explain our findings and recommendations to you and your referring veterinarian.

Our Staff

We all enjoy the opportunity to provide specialist eye care services for your pet.

From the time your veterinarian submits a referral, we call you to book a specialist appointment and when we see your pet for their eye problem, we are all working to optimize the care and services you and your pet receive.

We all look forward to meeting you and your pet, and doing what we can to help.

Dr. Nick Whelan

BVSc, MVSc, MACVSc, Diplomate ACVCP, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Nick Whelan

BVSc, MVSc, MACVSc, Diplomate ACVCP, Diplomate ACVO

Growing up in New Zealand and inspired by James Heriot's life as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales of England, Dr. Whelan decided to be a veterinarian.

In 1988, Dr. Whelan graduated with a veterinary degree from Massey University. After time in clinical practice, he returned to Massey, graduating with an MVSc.

Dr. Whelan completed an ophthalmology residency at Texas A&M University, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1998.

Before opening the Animal Eye Clinic in 2012, Dr. Whelan taught at Iowa State University, Massey University, and Ontario Veterinary College.

Dr. Whelan looks forward to working together to improve your pet’s eye health and their quality of life.

Erika

Registered Veterinary Technician

Erika

Registered Veterinary Technician

Erika graduated from the University of Guelph - Ridgetown College in 2005. She worked in small animal practices in the Cambridge and KW area with the opportunity to help numerous rescue animals before joining the Animal Eye Clinic of Waterloo Region in 2015. Erika finds ophthalmology exciting and very interesting and is happy to be a part of this amazing team. In her spare time Erika is with her husband, son, daughter and Bassett Hound, “Mabel”. She can usually be found either at a lacrosse arena or dance studio.

Jessica

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jessica

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jessica graduated from Northern College in 2016. While completing her veterinary technician diploma she fostered cats for a local rescue, one of which she adopted. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, Husky “Lightning” and 2 cats “Oscar” and “Kitty”. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the wonderful team at Animal Eye Clinic of Waterloo Region. She finds ophthalmology particularly interesting and looks forward to meeting you and your four legged family members.

Natalie

ACA (Sheridan)

Natalie

ACA (Sheridan)

Natalie graduated from the Animal Care program at Sheridan College in 2014. She has been working in small animal practices since graduating and has now joined the Animal Eye Clinic of Waterloo Region. Natalie finds ophthalmology intriguing and loves being part of the team. Natalie enjoys spending her spare time with her family and her Doberman, “Chula”.

Jessica

ACA (Sheridan)

Jessica

ACA (Sheridan)

Jessica is the newest addition to the Animal Eye Clinic of Waterloo Region family. She graduated with honors from Sheridan college in 2013 from the Animal Care Program. She immediately began her career at a veterinary practice in the KW area. Jessica decided to expand her knowledge and love for animals by joining our specialty clinic where she is excited to join the team. When she is not at work Jessica can be found at home surrounded by her family and her two pugs Tudo and Pixie.