About Us

Our Veterinarian

Dr. Shibesh Basak

Dr. Shibesh Basak, DVM MSc PhD

Dr. Shibesh Basak grew up in a rural area of Bangladesh blessed with all the gifts of mother nature, such as, domestic and wild animals, green fields, forest, rivers. Traditionally his family kept cows, goats, chicken, ducks, pigeons, fish, dogs and cats. It was only natural for him to go into the veterinary medical field for a career, and he still cares for pets as the owner and sole veterinarian at Speedvale Pet Hospital in Guelph.

By the time he was 25 years old, Dr Basak had completed his six years of veterinary school (DVM and MSc) from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University. In 1990, he was awarded the British Commonwealth Scholarship to complete his PhD from the Tropical School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK. During his 13 years of service in the Department of Livestock Services of Bangladesh, Dr. Basak became experienced in multiple veterinary fields ( medicine, diagnostic, biological, teaching).

Upon immigrating to Canada in 2001, he had an immediate opportunity to start his veterinary career in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), Guelph. During his six years of work in OVC, he was encouraged to complete the National Board Examinations (NBI, Canada) and Educational Commission For Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG, USA) to become a licensed veterinary practitioner in North America. After years of working in a number of small animal clinics in Michigan and Ontario he founded the Speedvale Pet Hospital in Guelph where he and his team happily serve the pets of Guelph and the surrounding area.

Dr. Basak does everything he can to stay up-to-date on modern veterinary medicine- He feels it is his job not only to treat the ill pets, but to educate pet owners on how to keep their animals happy and healthy for years.

Dr. Basak has lived in Guelph with his wife and two children since 2001. At home, he enjoys sports and spending time with his best furry friend "Lily".

Our Staff

Erika Eden

Erika Eden, B.Sc. RVT ABC-DT CPDT-KA

Erika started on the road to a career in the animal business at a young age when she adopted an aggressive dog named Kalli from the Humane Society. In the process of finding ways to help Kalli become the friendly and lovable dog she was destined to be, Erika developed the skills and knowledge base to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and now owns her own business; Eden Dog Academy. Erika loves to compete with her lab cross, Stella, in CARO Rally Obedience and her German shepherd, Falcor, in CKC Rally Obedience, Formal Obedience, and is exploring the world of sheep herding as well!

Erika's education began at the University of Guelph where she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Wildlife Biology in 2008. She returned to school to become a veterinary technician and graduated from Ridgetown College in 2013, writing and passing the registration exam that summer to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Along the way she completed the Animal Behaviour College course for obedience instructors (ABC-DT) and wrote the dog training industry examination through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA). Erika believes strongly in continuing her education in order to better assist her clients.

In addition to behaviour, training and medicine, Erika loves to study pet nutrition because she believes that many medical conditions can be prevented and even cured with good nutrition. Her favorite thing about her chosen career is that she gets to combine her varied skills to help people enjoy their pets for as long as possible by helping to keep them healthy and behaviorally sound.

Nivole Dewald

Nicole Dewald, VOA

is Speedvale Pet Hospital's Receptionist/Vet Assistant. Her love for animals started at a young age. She grew up having many pets; cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils. She got her first dog when she was 14 which was a Miniature Pinscher named Nicky, who became her best friend. She also has Memphis who she raised from new born and is now 3 years old. Nicky is no longer with her but Memphis has become a great sidekick and follows her everywhere.

She always knew she wanted to work with animals when she grew up and she started doing just that when she was in high school. She started by working in a grooming/boarding kennel. After high school she went to Sheridan College in Brampton, ON and took the Animal Care program where she learned; Animal wellness and ethics, basic and advanced grooming, nursing fundamentals, facility management and many more courses. A few years later she went on to take the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Bow Valley College in Calgary, AB. She went on to work at a 24 hour emergency hospital where she got lots of fast paced experience with a variety of different small animal cases.

Nicole has become an amazing advocate for our clients and their pets. She consistently provides friendly and compassionate client services and is always ready to greet clients with a smile.

Jo-Anne Barclay

Jo-Anne Barclay, VA

Jo-Anne is our newest team member as a Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant. As a young child her love for animals extended beyond the family dogs and budgies as she would often bring home strays or injured wildlife to care for, much to her parent's dismay.

After studying Business Psychology at Brock University and earning her diploma as Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst from the Honeywell Institute, Jo-Anne always knew that she would one day work in the veterinary field and obtained her Veterinary Assistant diploma from the Stratford Career Institute, graduating with highest honours in 2002. Only a few months later Jo-Anne began her new career with a vet clinic in Cambridge. Many years earlier, Bunz, the rabbit, came into her life, and her love of rabbits began. Bunz was quickly followed by 3 more that were in less than favourable living conditions. Studying everything she could about rabbits, in 2006 Jo-Anne created Running Rabbit Farm Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary, where she is the Executive Director and known as The Bunny Lady.

As well as running the rescue, Jo-Anne also trains therapy rabbits, who visit residents in hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities. She happily shares her home with rabbits and her 3 cats, Koneko, Willow and Forest. Even after over 14 years as a VA, she continues to take courses in order to better help our clients and their pets. Jo-Anne looks forward to meeting you and your furry friends!