Our Care Team

Surgeons

Dr. Kim Murphy
DVM, DVSc, DACVS

Dr. Murphy graduated as a veterinarian from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1998. Before returning to OVC for an Internship and Residency in Small Animal Surgery, Dr. Murphy worked as a mixed animal practitioner and a small animal emergency veterinarian. Since completing her surgical residency and becoming board certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007, Dr. Murphy has worked at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Referral Hospital and the Surgical Referral Service in London 
as a small animal surgeon specializing in orthopedics, soft tissue, and neurosurgery. Dr. Murphy was a faculty member in the Small Animal Surgery department at the Ontario Veterinary

College, University of Guelph from 2008-2010 and remains an adjunct faculty at the college. Dr. Murphy continues to be actively involved in teaching and providing continuing education opportunities in surgery for veterinarians in Southwestern Ontario and across North America. Dr. Murphy has built upon her academic research in the area of canine biomechanics with a focus on orthopaedic procedures.

Dr. Murphy enjoys whitewater canoeing, wilderness camping, travel and photography. Her extended pet family includes her dog Keno, and cat Chance.

Dr. Sylvain Bichot
DVM, MSc., DVSc., Dip ACVS-SA

Dr. Bichot graduated in Toulouse (France) in 2003. He completed an internship in Small Animal Surgery and Medicine in Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec) in 2004.

After working in private practice in France, Dr. Bichot returned to Canada where he completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery and a DVSc at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2011.

Dr. Bichot has a strong background in anatomy and biomechanics. During his residency, Dr. Bichot’s research focused on biomechanical evaluation of surgical implants. Dr. Bichot is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After completing his boards, he worked as a Faculty Surgeon at the OVC (University of Guelph). He has also completed a Masters of Science about osteoarthritis.

When not at the Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital, Dr. Bichot enjoys spending time with his wife, their three children and their dog, Stanley.

Dr. Krista Halling
DVM, Dip ACVS, CCRP

Dr. Halling graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998, receiving graduation awards for academic achievement and leadership. After receiving her D.V.M. degree, she completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Colorado State University, followed by a residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Halling achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003.

She was an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College from 2002 until joining the surgical service of our hospital in 2006.

Dr. Halling’s additional qualifications include a certification in Canine Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and advanced experience in external fixation and correction of angular limb deformities in dogs.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Halling is also a certified Professional Bicycle Mechanic.


Technicians

Tanya Vickers
RVT

Tanya graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Seneca College in 1995 and passed her registration exam the same year. After graduation, she started working in regular practice and joined the surgery service at Mississauga Oakville in 2006, working closely with board certified anesthetists to further her knowledge in safe anesthetic practices and pain management of surgical cases.

She also accompanies Dr. Murphy on the mobile service, providing one on one anesthetic monitoring and care for our “on the road” cases. When not at Murphy Veterinary Surgery Services or on Mobile, she stays busy with her family that consists of a husband, three children, two dogs, three cats and Nigerian Dwarfs goats. Look for her youngest child at the various farm fairs where she enjoys showing the goats.

Shelley Morley
RVT

Shelley graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at St. Clair College in 1995. After graduation, she started working in a specialty practice where she realized she enjoyed working in surgery.  Shelley worked at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital where she had the opportunity to receive more specialized training in anesthesia from working with the board-certified anesthetist.

Shelley has been working with Dr. Murphy since 2014 and is an integral part of the team. When not working Shelley is raising two children with her husband and enjoys her yellow lab named Lucy.

Adam Argenti
RVT

Adam graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus in 2008.  He has worked in Large and Small Animal surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and then spent several years in Prince Edward Island working at the Atlantic Veterinary College Veterinary Teaching Hospital in a large number of roles, caring for Small and Large animals.

Adam's main interests in veterinary medicine are surgery, and emergency and critical care in both companion and large animals.  Outside of work Adam enjoys a wide variety of activities including gardening, cooking, horse back riding and creating stained glass artwork.  He shares his home with two Siamese: Lily and Violet, a Gray Tabby named Toby, and Molly Malone and Duke his two Newfoundland dogs.

Darlene Leonard
RVT

Darlene worked for many years as a veterinary assistant and technician before graduating from Seneca College in 2010. She passed her RVT license exam here and then relocated to USA where she wrote the American testing and became an LVT. She has always worked in specialty practice with the bulk of her time in emergency/ICU medicine.

Her particular areas of interest include trauma, critical care and anesthesia. When not working for Dr. Murphy, Darlene still works in emergency and ICU medicine within Guelph and the GTA.


Support Staff

Jodi Laferla
Customer Service Representative

I’ve been working in the veterinary field of Emergency and ICU care for the last 11 years as an animal care attendant at Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital where I continue to work part-time. I also help out with IFAW spay/neuter and vaccine clinics in the northern Cree communities of Quebec.

I enjoy spending time with my family on our hiking and camping adventures with our 9 yr old dog Junior.

Tami Packham
Customer Service Representative

Tami is very passionate about health and care of dogs.  After spending 10 years with Toronto Equine Hospital as a vet assistant and receptionist, Tami made the switch to small animals.  Working for both surgery and dermatology referral services keeps her challenged.

Tami has also been training dogs for the past 9 years, working with families of kids and dogs is her favorite.  She enjoys the challenge of the various dog behaviors we see in and out of the clinic.

Tami is an avid runner and yoga enthusiast that helps keep her in shape for her 3 sports crazed kids and husband.  They also share their house with a 13 year old Boston Terrier and a 6 year old Golden Retriever, as well as the occasional foster dog from Boston Terrier Rescue Canada.