The Ontario Veterinary Medicine Association has honoured a Barrie doctor with its Outstanding Veterinarian Award.
The award is presented to a veterinarian for their outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession.
Dr. Patricia Lechten, practice owner at Allandale Veterinary Hospital, has been caring for animals in the Barrie-area for 30 years.
“Dr. Lechten has inspired many of the veterinarians and veterinary staff around her with her enthusiasm and charisma,” says colleague Dr. John Brajkovich. “She takes on challenges with both hands and has a tremendous amount of confidence and passion for veterinary medicine.”
Dr. Lechten has served on the boards for Canadian Golden Retriever Rescue and The Global Alliance for Animals and People (GAAP). She has also held several roles with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, including serving six years on CVO Council and as the college’s president in 2019.
In addition, she donates veterinary care to COPE Service Dogs, the Ontario SPCA and the local hospice centre’s live-in pet. Dr. Lechten has also organized and participated in numerous spay, neuter and vaccination missions in Honduras, Guatemala and Jamaica, and in First Nations reserves to help underserved communities.