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Dr. Ken Metzger

Dr. Ken Metzger grew up on a dairy from near Elmira and then a hog and beef farm near Lucknow. He graduated from The Ontario Veterinary College in 1987. After two years working for OMAF as a swine veterinarian and another two years on faculty at OVC, he started Metzger Veterinary Services. He has practiced in Linwood for over 26 years. Ken lives on a farm near Wallenstein with his wife Sofya and their son Nicholas (Koli). Ken also has four adult children. Joey, who is a computer programmer and has worked for the past five year for Microsoft in Seattle. Ed, who is currently a swine and poultry veterinarian and works at South West Ontario Veterinary Services. Marty, who is in vet school at the OVC. Johnny, who is attending the University of British Columbia where he plans to pursue a career in law. Ken enjoys John Deere, Harley Davidson and watching the Montreal Canadiens try to win their 25th Stanley Cup.

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Dr. Van Mitchell

Both Dr. Van and his wife, Heidi, were born and raised in the western state of Utah. Most of Van’s growing up years were spent helping his father operate a farm and cow/calf ranch. Van loved his years on the ranch, but chose to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian. Van attended veterinary school at Mississippi State University.   He has been with Metzger Vet since 2010. He and Heidi have five lively children. Van’s main interests outside of vet work include spending time with his family, waterfowl hunting, fishing, and waterskiing.  

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Dr. Emily zur Linden

Dr. Emily zur Linden grew up on a cow-calf and alpaca farm in southern Ohio and joined Metzger Veterinary Services in January 2013 after graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While enjoying all aspects of food animal practice, she has a special interest in beef cow obstetrics, small ruminants and rabbits. Emily and her husband Alex, who is also a veterinarian at OVC in Guelph, have a chocolate lab, “Mel”.  In her spare time, Emily enjoys competitive exercising, weightlifting, watching Baltimore Ravens football, and fishing.

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Dr. Gabriel Jantzi

Dr. Gabriel grew up on a dairy farm near Wellesley and then lived with his family in Ukraine for eight years. In 2009, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree at University of Guelph. He graduated from veterinary college at University College Dublin in Ireland in 2013. Gabriel worked as a dairy vet for a year before joining Metzger Veterinary Services in 2014.


Dr. Greg Dimmers

Dr. Greg grew up on a farm near Ingersoll ON where his parents still crop and have a farrow to finish hog operation. He graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 2016 and spent time during vet school in Western Canada and Mid West US. He lives in Oxford County close by the family farm.

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Dr. Jessica Retterath

Dr. Jessica Retterath grew up on a farm near Moorefield with horses and beef cattle.  She graduated from OVC in 2011 and has been working with large animals ever since.  She recently made the move to Metzger Vet in the spring of 2018. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys riding her motorcycle, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Dr. Jenna Funk

Dr. Jenna Funk was born and raised in a small town in east-central Illinois. She received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2015. After a year in a private cow-calf practice in Nebraska, she returned to Iowa State University to complete a beef cattle residency and Master’s degree program. In January of 2019, she moved to Ontario to join Metzger Veterinary Services. Her main veterinary interests are feedlot production medicine and health record data collection and analysis.

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Dr. Daniel Pecoskie

Daniel grew up on a cow-calf operation in Douro, ON, just east of Peterborough, with his parents, three sisters and his border collie Sam. Daniel completed a degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph before graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2019. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing hockey, hiking and camping.

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Ron Stevenson

Ron grew up on a Beef and hog farm near Walton in Huron County. He joined Metzger Vet in August of 2016, prior to working at the clinic Ron was employed 15 years as an Industry Cattle specialist for a global pharmaceutical company. Ron and his family currently reside on the family farm and operate a cow-calf operation.


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