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Our Team at Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre

Our veterinarians are dedicated to meeting your animal’s needs through preventive care, regular examinations, vaccinations, and other medical services. At our veterinary hospital, our philosophy revolves around improving and maintaining the health of your pet, while offering convenient and friendly service to you. We are pet owners and animal lovers, so you can count on us to treat your pets as if they were our own. When it comes to getting medical care for your furry loved ones, look no further than Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre.


Dr. Sherry Davidson, Veterinarian, BSc, DVM

Education: Ontario Veterinary College

Hometown: St. Catharines

A native of the Niagara Region, Dr. Sherry Davidson knew early on that she wanted to be a veterinarian and was surrounded with many animals, both small and large, at a young age. There was no doubt her career would be with animals; after all, her grandparents were founders of the Animal Assistance Society.

Dr. Sherry graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2012. During the summer months as a student, Dr. Sherry was employed by the Toronto Zoo, utilizing and further developing her skills in many species of animals.

Since graduation, Dr. Sherry has been practicing small animal medicine. She loves working with all creatures from cats and dogs to rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, various lizards and snakes, birds, hedgehogs and many others! She has treated a wide range of species and can counsel you on the best care for your pet—no matter the species.

Dr. Sherry has a strong interest in dermatology, internal medicine, and surgery. She is also passionate about nutrition and preventive dental health. In order to offer you and your pet exceptional care, Dr. Sherry attends and participates in ongoing education. She also recognizes the importance of the human animal bond, and works to strengthen and nurture it.

​Dr. Sherry is married and has four fur-babies: two sweet, senior cats and two crazy and loveable mixed-breed dogs!

Dr. Juliana Tatzel, Veterinarian, BSc, DVM

Education: University of Melbourne Veterinary College

Hometown: Fonthill

From a young age, Dr. Juliana Tatzel knew that she wanted to work with animals. Growing up in Fonthill, she attended Notre Dame High School and then went on to pursue her passion for science at Brock University, earning her Bachelor of Science. Deciding to couple her love of travel with her veterinary education, Dr. Juliana headed to Australia in 2013 to attend the University of Melbourne Veterinary College. In 2016, Dr. Juliana Tatzel earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, having spent her entire fourth and final year of veterinary college on the Dean’s Honour List.

Dr. Juliana has a special interest in animal behavior, internal medicine, and anesthesia.

Veterinary Assistants

Stacey, Nutritionist/Nursing Care

Hometown: Ridgeway

Stacey first started at the Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre in 1981 with Dr. Godsell. She was trained in the clinic as a veterinary assistant. Her first priority is to provide nursing care to all patients of the clinic. She’s finished numerous courses with a special interest in nutrition and attended many seminars to keep up to date with the many changes that occur in veterinary medicine. She says she will probably retire here, someday! Her family of pets include: four cats and an energetic Jack Russell named Beckett. She’s acquired several of her pets through NFAMC and she’s grateful for the opportunity to help save a life.

Andrea, Veterinary Assistant

Education: Durham College

Hometown: Niagara Falls

Pets: Pearl, Lazarus, Gretta, Zero

Andrea started working at the Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre in May of 2009, after graduating from Durham College’s Veterinary Assistant program with honours. Andrea has three cats: Gretta, Lazarus, and Pearl, and a Border Collie mix named Zero. When she’s not working, Andrea spends most of her time with her pets and family, or helping other animals in need.

Licenced Veterinary Technician

Dawn, Licenced Veterinary Technician

Education: Medaille College

Hometown: Niagara-On-The-Lake

Dawn began working with the NFAMC in 1989 for Dr. Charles Godsell. She continued on with Drs. Ron and June Mergl when they purchased the clinic in 1989. In 1990 she enrolled in the Veterinarian Technician program at Medialle College in Buffalo, New York. She graduated from school in 1992 and continues to work at NFAMC as our LVT. She continues her education by attending lectures, conferences and correspondence courses. Dawn and her husband have one daughter, an African Grey parrot and two lovely dogs -an Irish setter named Chestnut and a sweet Yorkie mix named Sadie.

Veterinary Receptionists

Heather, Client Care Specialist

Hometown: Niagara Falls

Heather originally joined NFAMC as a client in the spring of 1989. She was part of the start-up team at the Niagara Veterinary Emergency Clinic headed by Dr. June Mergl. Heather began working part-time at NFAMC in 1994. She continued working at the Emergency Clinic, and later part-time at the Cat Clinic of Niagara. In the end, though, Heather decided to join the full-time staff at our hospital. Heather and her husband have a growing family of amazing grandchildren, as well as a grand dog named Tula, and grand kitty named Toews. They also have two cats, Stirling and Kane.

Kathie, Veterinary Receptionist

Education: Loyalist College

Hometown: Ottawa / Niagara on the Lake

Kathie has been with the Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre since September 2020, soon after graduating from a two-year Veterinary Office Assistant program from Loyalist College. Initially she enjoyed volunteering for a few months at NFAMC to gain hands-on, practical learning experience and mentoring by the amazing Doctors, Technicians and Assistants and has since settled into a Veterinary Receptionist position. Any spare time is spent nurturing her two rescued female Chihuahuas Storm and Cocoa, working on various knitting projects, biking, travelling, as well as, indulging in great food and wine with her husband Craig, family and friends.

In Loving Memory of Dr. Ron Mergl

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Dr. Ron Mergl, Veterinarian, BSc, DVM, MSc

Education: Ontario Veterinary College

Hometown: Pelham

It is with both profound sadness and immense gratitude that we remember Dr. Ron Mergl, who purchased Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre with his wife, Dr. June Mergl, in 1987. For 35 remarkable years, Dr. Ron Mergl dedicated his life to veterinary medicine with a compassion and excellence that left an indelible mark on our community and far beyond.

Born in Welland and raised in Pelham, Dr. Mergl's academic journey led him from honors at the University of Guelph to earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ontario Veterinary College in 1985. His thirst for knowledge and commitment to improving veterinary practices saw him further attain a Master’s degree in Zoonotic diseases from Brock University.

Dr. Mergl’s legacy is not just one of professional achievements, which include the prestigious Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Award of Merit in 2014 for his humanitarian efforts both locally and globally. It is also a story of boundless love for his family, deep faith, and a dedication to serving others that knew no bounds. Alongside his beloved wife, June, he built a life rich with joy, purpose, and adventure, raising three sons, nurturing countless pets, and contributing significantly to the fabric of the Niagara community.

Ron's kindness, generosity, and unwavering spirit of service were the foundation upon which the Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre stands. His commitment to animal welfare, exemplified by his leadership in the Rotary Human Rabies Prevention Project in Uganda and his participation in international polio immunization days, reflects a life lived in service to both animals and humanity.

Dr. Mergl's passions extended beyond the realm of veterinary medicine. A lover of the great outdoors, adventure sports, and the arts, he embraced life with a zest and energy that inspired all who knew him. Whether it was scaling Kilimanjaro with his family, engaging in wilderness adventures, or sharing his love for music, Ron's spirit was one of joy, resilience, and boundless curiosity.

As we continue to navigate the future of Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre, we do so with Ron's spirit guiding us. His belief in the power of community, compassion for all living beings, and dedication to making the world a better place remain at the core of our mission.

Dr. Ron Mergl's legacy is one of extraordinary impact, profound kindness, and an enduring love that will forever be a part of our centre's story. We honor his memory by continuing to serve our community with the same dedication and heart that he exemplified every day of his life.

To Dr. Ron, a visionary, mentor, friend, and much-loved family man, you may have left this world, but your legacy lives on through the lives you touched, the community you nurtured, and the family you loved so deeply. Thank you for everything, Dr. Ron. You are profoundly missed but will forever be remembered.

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