Nutrition Consultation Team
SANDY VALVERDE DVM, CCRT
Upon graduation from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, Sandy dedicated 5 years to a small animal practice in her hometown of Edmonton. In 2008 Sandy pursued her interest in Veterinary Rehabilitation and became a Certificated Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) in 2009. Sandy has over 12 years of experience in the nutrition industry. She has extensively developed individualized nutritional plans for dogs and cats with unique nutritional requirements and multiple disease conditions.
Sandy is passionate about providing exceptional patient care and helping pets live longer and healthier lives. She believes that proper and individualized nutritional management can make a significant and positive difference for pets.
Sandy’s areas of interest include: rehabilitation, weight loss, lower urinary tract disease, and osteoarthritis.
Sandy is delighted to be consulting for Rayne Clinical Nutrition and share in their dedication to helping pets enjoy and long and happy life.
EXPERTS BEHIND RAYNE
MARK FINKE | PhD Nutritionist
A true expert in pet nutrition! Mark Finke holds a PhD in nutrition with his entire career dedicated to the nutritional health of pets. Mark has been researching their role in animal diets since graduate school His experience is abundant and has been extensively published.
CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM
HEATHER ALEXANDER | Technical Sales Representative
With a strong background in veterinary nutrition, Heather is a passionate pet owner and dedicated parent, who believes in the value of nutrition for overall health.
Territory: Vancouver Island, BC
KIM ROWLAND | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Kim is a veterinary technician with 25 years of experience working in small animal practices. Having spent 10 of those years as a hospital manager, Kim has always had a special interest in both customer service and pet nutrition. Living a healthy lifestyle, complete with a nutritious diet, has always been a priority for Kim. She is thrilled to now be a part of Rayne Canada, covering the Toronto area, where she’ll have the opportunity to take her passion for optimal pet nutrition to the forefront of her career!
Proud parents to two amazing girls Kim and her husband also share their home with two dogs (Rosie and Stella) and two cats (Jack and Jesse). When she is not working, Kim enjoys long walks with her 2 legged and 4 legged family, reading, and spending quality time at her family’s cottage.
Territory: Georgina & Keswick, Barrie, Parry Sound, Midland, Collingwood, NewMarket, and Aurora.
SEAN MARRIN | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
After spending a number of years as a pharmaceutical rep, Sean is thrilled to be joining the Rayne team where he visits clinics in the Mississauga/Hamilton/Niagara region.
Working at Rayne is the perfect fit for Sean, as he has always been passionate about animals. In fact, not only has he been owned by a number of dogs and cats over the years, he has shared his home with hamsters, fish, and a soft-shell turtle as well! Sean has a keen interest in fitness and nutrition. He understands that eating well is key for him and his family to remain fit, healthy, and active.
Sean and his wife has 2 great kids, and their 3 dogs Patches, Brutus, and Tucker. In addition to keeping up with his 3 very active canines, Sean enjoys all sports (particularly hockey, which he plays twice per week, year round)!
Territory: Mississauga, Milton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Niagara Peninsula
CONNOR MCCARTHY | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Working as an Animal Care Attendant in clinic for the past four years, Connor was determined to bring nutrition awareness and education to the clients coming into the practice. In fact, Connor is so passionate about it, that he spearheaded a nutrition program at clinic level, with a strong emphasis on allergy and weight management.
When not working, Connor spends his time reading, writing, running, and canoeing. He shares his home with some tropical fish, a crested gecko, and a lionhead rabbit who keeps him quite busy!
Territory: South Western Ontario: Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Chatham, Windsor
SANDIE WAND | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
With over 18 years’ experience working with animals of all sorts (yes, including wildlife!) as well as managing my own business, I am thrilled to be part of the Rayne team.
My veterinary technician career started in 1999 and I developed my craft at various vet clinics. In 2002, I was privileged to further my career by doing an internship at the Toronto zoo working with all kinds of animals. I have also completed courses in canine behaviour, animal nutrition, and pet grooming.
In 2014, I engaged in a major life change and adopted my son. As a single Mom, this beautiful and challenging experience has led me to reflect deeply regarding my life and what I want from it. My priorities have changed to meet the needs of my son, so I have turned the page on owning my own business and have found a new career where I am able to apply everything I have learned and utilize those skills.
I take pride in doing an excellent job that will exceed your expectations. As the only French speaking member (for now…we are growing, or haven’t you heard) I am very proud to represent ‘French Canada’
Avec plus de 18 ans d'expérience de travail avec des animaux de toutes sortes (oui, y compris la faune !) Ainsi que la gestion de ma propre entreprise, je suis ravi de faire partie de l'équipe Rayne.
Ma carrière de technicienne en santé animal a débuté en 1999 et j'ai développé mon métier dans diverses cliniques vétérinaires. En 2002, j'ai eu le privilège de poursuivre ma carrière en effectuant un stage au zoo de Toronto où je travaillais avec toutes sortes d'animaux. J'ai également suivi des cours de nutrition animale, de comportement canin, et de toilettage pour animaux de compagnie.
En 2014, j'ai entrepris un changement de vie majeur et adopté mon fils. En tant que mère célibataire, cette expérience belle et stimulante m'a conduit à réfléchir profondément sur ma vie et ce que je veux. Mes priorités ont changé pour répondre aux besoins de mon fils, alors j'ai tourné la page et j'ai trouvé une nouvelle carrière où je peux appliquer tout ce que j'ai appris et utiliser ces compétences.
Je suis fier de faire un excellent travail qui dépassera vos attentes. En tant que la seule membre francophone (pour l'instant ... nous grandissons ou n'avez pas entendu), je suis très fier de représenter le « Canada français »