Carter Veterinary Hospital

2323 Durham Regional Hwy 2
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K7


Our Staff


Dr. Linda Carter, Veterinarian

Linda is a 2002 Ontario Veterinary College graduate.  She has always loved all animals and is thrilled to be able to open Carter Veterinary Hospital.  Linda lives with her husband, James, their three non furry children (Cameron, Zackary and Kayley) and their eight furry children (including the adorable Chloe, featured here)!  She loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, from meeting cute and adorable new friends, to helping solve challenging cases.  Linda especially loves to do second opinions (for difficult cases), dentistry and surgery.

Dr. Alana Flim

Dr. Alana has had a true passion for animals since she was very young, insisting that her parents allow her to pet every dog they came across. As she grew, her love of animals, biology and connecting with people grew, making the decision to become a veterinarian all she could think about.

Originally from Toronto, Dr. Alana knew from a very young age that she was meant to live in a rural setting. Moving to Guelph, she completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Biology prior to completing her DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2018. Now she is very excited to call rural Bowmanville her home!

Dr. Alana’s professional interests include surgery, preventative medicine, pain control, nutrition, behaviour and training. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, friends and family, as well as time outdoors hiking, camping, horseback riding and sailing. She is the proud owner of a rescue cat named Beep Beep, and is soon to introduce a rescue pup to her family.

Ariah Naugle, RVT

Ariah is a 2015 graduate from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College. She wrote and passed her VTNE exam and received her RVT status from the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians the same year. She has been surrounded by animals her entire life, and couldn’t imagine working in any other field.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and weekends away at the cottage. She shares her life with her husband, Eric , and her two fur babies - Moose, a Golden Retriever, and Hadley an Australian Shepherd.

Lauren Collins, RVT

Lauren is a 2001 graduate from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College.  She wrote and passed her registration exam in that same year.  Lauren has worked in small animal practices in the area for the past 15 years.  She has a particular interest in animal behavior and rehabilitation, but enjoys all aspects of the job.

When not at work, Lauren enjoys spending time at the trailer with her husband and two children (Noah & Nevaeh) and two boxers (Newman & Sam).  Lauren also shares her home with three adorable guinea pigs (Squiggy, Ninja & Noosh).  Although life in her house is pretty hectic most days, she tries to squeeze in a little fitness, reading and photography when she can.

Lauren is looking forward to meeting all the patients (and their parents) as well as advancing her knowledge of pocket pets, avians and reptiles.

Deborah Muise, Receptionist

Deborah is thrilled to have joined the amazing staff at Carter's. Having worked in the veterinary medicine field for many years, she brings a genuine love for animals and a strong commitment to excellent customer service to the team.

When Deb isn't busy hiking with her Standard Poodles, Apple and Audrey, she is busy back country camping, Canoeing, running & obstacle course racing, and traveling the world. She adores her four grand children who live abroad, so many of her trips involve visiting them.

Deborah is also a Search & Rescue technician and an Adventure Smart presenter, which fits in very well with her active outdoor lifestyle.

Please don't hesitate to call and speak with her, as she is always happy to help!

Natalie McHugh, Receptionist

Natalie has always had a love for animals! Growing up in rural Kingston, ON, offered plenty of opportunities to experience wildlife, livestock and domestics. It was not uncommon for her to bring home a new friend after adventuring in the fields near her house. Having dogs and cats for most of her life, it was only natural for Natalie to get her Animal Care Specialist Diploma in order to be the best Fur-Mom she could be. Natalie is currently mom to three humans and three dogs and loving every minute of it!

Kayleen Harren, RVT

Kayleen graduated from Georgian College in 2016 and is a registered veterinary technician. She joined the Carter Veterinary team in 2018.

In her spare time Kayleen enjoys, going to the gym, and spending time outdoors. She has a special furry family member named Jericho, a silver lab, that she adores.