Lee Siertsema, DVM
Lee graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014 and started practicing in Blyth right away. He grew up on a farm two country blocks from the clinic. His family milked cows until the early 90’s, when they later switched to milking goats. In May of 2017, after three years in practice, Lee purchased and now owns the clinic. In 2019, he completed the Dairy Health Management Certificate Program at OVC, a 3-year program that “provides intensive, science-based education to progressive dairy veterinarians to expand their knowledge, skills, and attitudes so they may enhance the health, profitability and sustainability of dairy farms.” Since 2019, Lee has also expanded the clinic in the field of equine medicine and has discovered a second passion for horses as well. Lee lives in Blyth and raises softbill finches as a hobby. He enjoys playing squash, running, cycling, going to the gym, the beach, and spending time on the family farm.
Grace Hildebrand, DVM
Grace joined Blyth Vet Services after graduation in June of 2020. Since schools were closed prior to her licensing date, she had actually started training and working with us unofficially much earlier in the year. Grace grew up near St. Augustine, not far from Blyth, so it is very special for us to welcome another local vet into the practice. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, and was awarded the Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario Award upon graduation. Grace is interested in all aspects of large animal medicine, including dairy, beef, small ruminants, horses, and camelids. Grace’s smile, friendly personality, and good humour have really helped us through a challenging and busy year so far. Grace enjoys baking, hiking, canoeing, working in her yard, and spending time with her boyfriend, Cam, and their two dogs, Honey and Daisy.
Nicole Burcar, DVM
We are happy to introduce Dr. Nicole Burcar to our team at Blyth Vet Services. Nicole graduated with honours from the Ontario Veterinary College in June of 2022. During her time living in Guelph, she worked at the University of Guelph Dairy Barn and a local broodmare barn. Her interest in agriculture began when her family moved to Manitoba and continued when she moved to Quebec for her undergraduate degree at the agricultural campus of McGill University. It was at McGill that she began milking cattle at the University and at a commercial Jersey barn nearby. Nicole has an interest in cattle medicine, specifically dairy, and also has an interest in equine work. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and dabbles in photography in her free time. She is looking forward to exploring Huron County and meeting all of our clients.