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
DR. REBECCA REMILLARD PhD, DVM, Dipl ACVN
Dr. Remillard is the Founder and President of Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, inc. that specializes in formulating strategically appropriate dietary recommendations for dogs and cats with medical conditions and provides independent consulting to pet owners and veterinarians through www.PetDiets.com.
Purdue University, B.S., 1976
University of Maine, M.S., 1978
Colorado State University, Ph.D., 1983
Tufts University, D.V.M., 1987
Specialty Training |
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Internship and Residency in Nutrition, 1987 – 1990
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Nutritional Research Fellowship, 1991 – 1993
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Nutrition, 1991
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
JENNIFER TUACH | Technical Sales Representative
Jennifer is thrilled to be part of the Rayne Clinical Nutrition team. She has always had a passion for animals and a calling to work with them. After attending St. Lawrence College and graduating with honours, Jennifer has been a part of veterinary field for the past 11 years.
She has seen first hand how important nutrition is for our furry families and how dedicated the veterinary community is to bringing products that offer the best results to pets.
In her spare time she loves to horse back ride and spend time with her wonderful husband, children, dog, and two cats in a small town in the country.
Territory: Cobourg, Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering, Stoufville, Peterborough, Kawartha's, Orillia, Huntsville
LINDSAY WILSON | Technical Sales Representative
Lindsay, a native of Fredericton NB, has a love of animals -- from garden snakes to neighbourhood dogs-- and after years of volunteering at local shelters and horse barns, it was no surprise she chose a career in the animal health profession. She attended Oulton College in Moncton, NB and graduated a Register Veterinary Technician in 2012. Her on the job training was completed in New Zealand. After working in a clinical setting for several years she has recently made the switch to sales, looking to improve the lives of animals through nutrition. She is currently owned by 2 cats and a pug named Frank. Enjoys off-roading, camping, fishing and gardening. Thrilled to be part of this wonderful team of Rayne and all that it offers!
Territory: Atlantic provinces: NB, NS, PE, NL
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
CARRIE SKEELS | Technical Sales Representative
Carrie is a Veterinary Technician with over 15 years of experience.
Carrie has been with Rayne Clinical Nutrition Canada since our launch in 2013, working behind the scenes doing administrative tasks, and participating in many veterinary conferences and seminars.
Carrie and her husband are proud parents to 2 lovely girls, as well as pet parents to their 2 dogs, Lexi and Jersey, 2 cats, and 2 lion head bunnies.
Her experiences and abilities perfectly position her to be an integral part in the growth and success of nutritional products within veterinary practices.
Territory: Grey/Bruce, Owen Sound, Georgetown, Brampton
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
WANDA KOPEC | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Wanda brings a wealth of veterinary experience to Rayne. She is an experienced Veterinary Technician who has spent more than 10 years dedicated to veterinary nutrition. She is a passionate pet lover. She and her husband, and their two children, share their home with Pele, a very active Viszla, 5 cats and 6 rabbits! She is eager to call on Veterinary practices across Manitoba and Saskatchewan and share the great success she has had with Rayne in her own pets.
Territory: Manitoba and Saskatchewan
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 »
TERRITORY: Montreal and Western Quebec
CAREN DOUGALL | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Caren is very excited to be a new part of our Rayne family with a strong passion for happy and healthy pets. As a Registered Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager, she has over 12 years of clinical experience ranging from a small rural practice to a large multiple doctor practice and even emergency care. She hopes to provide your team and patients with excellent service to assist you in maintaining not only healthy pets but also a healthy practice.
When not out on the road serving clinics, you can nd Caren working at home on the horse farm she and her hubby Shawn share with a mix match of creatures. They share their home with two house cats- Elf & Meatballs, Seeyas- their recent foster fail dog, Coco- their barn rodent of cer, Fred THE BEST miniature donkey, Fred’s girlfriend Nippy- a miniature horse and Gyspy who is a retired racehorse that working on his second career with Caren. They also have a handful of lovely clients and their horses, who make their farm and home a little piece of heaven.
Territory: Toronto, Markham, Vaughan, King City, Scarborough, Richmond Hill
ALLISON RICE | INSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE & SALES SUPPORT
Allison will be working with our remote clinics and aiding as sales support to our current sales force. You’ll be hearing from Allison following up on phone calls, lunch and learns, or case conults, diet trials, etc. She will be a great link and asset to have as it will ensure a close relationship with your clinic and Rayne.
Ever since she was a small child, Allison knew she was meant to work with pets. Her rst ever jobs included working with dogs in breeding and boarding kennels, and even through obtaining her B.A. from the University of Guelph, she worked with pets in a variety of aspects of the industry.
The last ten years have been spent working in the veterinary world, marrying her high school sweetheart, and welcoming two children, Everleigh and Lennox. When not working, Allison loves hiking with her rough collie, Liv, or curling up with her cats, Tonka and Mess, to read a great book.
Territory: Remote Veterinary Clinics
MAGGIE LAURIN | MARKETING MANAGER
You have seen Maggie quite a bit without noticing it! Working what would appear to be behind the scenes, Maggie has been instrumental in Rayne's branding and imaging. Maggie has worked with online, digital, and traditional marketing campaigns. A background in graphic design, and a history of work including the veterinary field, she is highly creative and passionate about making the connection for pet owners to Rayne.
When not working on marketing campaigns, Maggie can be found playing pretend with her two small children, working on DIY design projects on her house, or relaxing on her front porch with her dog at her feet.
TOSHA | GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Tosha is responsible for refining and maintaining the look and feel of Rayne. She works hard behind the scenes to make everything Rayne produces to have that extra polished look. She's passionate about all she does and it's obvious! Tosha is a designer, dreamy idealist, proud country girl, and sock and sandals enthusiast. She has 10 years experience as a professional designer with a heavily weighted background in the pet food industry. She has an incredibly skilled eye with her work behind the lens, a master in photoshop, and layout enthusiast! When not touching up photos or #MakingItRayne Tosha can be found spending time with her young family.