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The Machray Animal Hospital Team

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Dr. Diane Keddie

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Dr. Diane Keddie was born in Ontario, up grew up in Winnipeg. She has always enjoyed spending time with animals and decided at the age of seven that she wanted to be a veterinarian. To reach this goal, she obtained a chemistry degree at the University of Winnipeg and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Saskatchewan.


Dr. Keddie began working at Machray Animal Hospital straight out of college in 1994. She is especially proud of the impact we have in the community through our work with several rescue organizations. She considers herself a general practitioner and enjoys the problem solving necessary when her patients cannot speak for themselves.


Apart from work, Dr. Keddie enjoys cycling, family, time at the lake and travelling. She currently shares her home with two cats, Natalie, and Josie, rescued from local shelters.

Dr. Heather McDonell

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Dr. McDonell was born and raised in Winnipeg. She completed her pre-veterinary studies through the faculty of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatoon) in 2004. She has worked at Machray Animal Hospital since August 2004.


As a life-long animal lover with very understanding parents, Dr. McDonell grew up surrounded by pets. She rode and trained horses for many years and worked at the U of M dairy barn as a summer student. She presently shares her home with Iorick the white cat and a community tank of tropical fish.


Dr. McDonell’s professional interests include dermatology, soft tissue surgery, abdominal ultrasonography, pain management and animal welfare. She enjoys all facets of general veterinary practice, and finds great joy in solving medical problems, no matter how big or how small.


Outside of work, Dr. McDonell spends her time training for and competing in triathlons and half marathons, cooking & eating delicious vegan food, travelling, concert-going, gardening, and volunteering.

Dr. Esther Hillonov

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Dr Hillonov grew up in southern Ontario but now calls Winnipeg home. Her interest in science and medicine led her to become a veterinarian and she graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science before attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon to complete her veterinary degree.


Dr Hillonov’s favourite part of being a veterinarian is working alongside owners to develop a healthy life for their pets. She has specific interests in nutrition and dentistry but enjoys the diversity of all aspects of medicine and surgery.


She is proud of Machray Animal Hospital for being involved with many animal shelters and rescues, and often volunteers with CARE, a cat spay and neuter program for low-income families in Winnipeg.


In her spare time, Dr Hillonov enjoys running half marathons, learning the violin, volunteering at her church, traveling, gardening, baking, and spending time with her big black cats, Max and Mowgli.

Dr. Saskia Madick

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Dr. Madick was born and raised in Winnipeg. Her love for animals began at a young age. She grew up with a variety of pets in her family home and went on to ride horses and compete in reining. She decided to become a veterinarian at the age of five and never looked back.

She completed her pre-veterinary education through the faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. She joined Machray Animal Hospital shortly after graduation. 

Dr. Madick enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, including soft tissue surgery and animal welfare, but her highest priority is always patient care. Between appointments or surgeries, she can be found snuggling patients in the back.

Outside work, Dr. Madick enjoys travelling, scuba diving, spending time with family and friends and playing hockey and soccer. She spends her time at home caring for her plants and snuggling with her tuxedo cat Caesar.

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