About Our Team
Dr. Serge (Srdjan) Gotovac graduated from the University of Sarajevo’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1988. He then took a two-year post-graduate program in Small Animal Medicine at the university of Zagreb’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (in Croatia). After settling in Canada with his family, Serge earned his Certificate of Qualification from both the Canadian and American Veterinary Medical Associations and went on to attain his license to practice veterinary medicine Ontario. In 2008, Dr. Serge and his wife Edita opened up Rouge Valley Veterinary Hospital, a dream come true for their family.
Dr. Serge has his own family of rescued fur babies, otherwise known as the “Gotovac Zoo”. In 2015, Dr. Serge and his family adopted Donny and Ruby from Duga, a home for stray dogs in Bosnia (see “Our Cause”). Although this troublesome duo love to dig holes in the yard and bark at the mailman, the love and joy they bring to the family is irreplaceable. The family also includes 3 cats – Katarina (the Queen Bee), Ellie (the bravest of them all), and Lucy (the cuddle bug).
Dr. Nevena Gotovac graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology (Honours) from the University of Guelph in 2014. In June 2018, she graduated from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College, and earned her license to practice veterinary medicine in Ontario.
Animals have always been an important part of my life, and becoming a veterinarian has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Today, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to go to work every day and do what I love—it still feels surreal at times. I also get to work alongside my father and colleague, Dr. Serge, who has always been my biggest inspiration—I’m surprised that scientists have not yet isolated the “veterinarian gene”!
Dr. Nevena’s special interests include diagnostic imaging, pain management, and preventative healthcare. Since joining the team, she has completed the Fear Free certification Program and is passionate about eliminating the stress, fear, and anxiety that patients may feel when coming in for veterinary visits.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Lindsay graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since June 2008. In 2016, she joined the RVVH team as an RVT and Hospital Manager. Lindsay’s passion for veterinary medicine reflects in her vast knowledge and love for animals. She also has a knack for business.
Maintaining the well-being of animals has always been a significant part of my life, whether they’re my own animals, other people’s animals, or wildlife in need. I guess you could say I’m a sucker for anything with 4 legs.
At home, Lindsay has a 2-year-old Doberman that she describes as a “big misunderstood goofball with a gimp ear”. She recently rescued and cared for two Raccoon babies who lost their mother in a car accident, and thanks to Lindsay, they are currently on the path to rehabilitation and release. When she’s not working, she can be found relaxing at her cottage or at a good country concert. She also loves to travel – especially to her favourite city, Vegas!
Patient Care Manager
Alyssa’s childhood dream was to be surrounded by animals in one way or another, and after completing a co-op at RVVH, she joined the team as an Animal Care Attendant.
I’m really happy to be working with pets and caring for them and helping them as well. It really is a job I enjoy coming to every single day!
At home, Alyssa’s fur family includes a smart and incredibly energetic Miniature Schnauzer and Yorkshire terrier mix named Pebbles, as well as a tummy-rub-loving cat named Havoc. In her free time, she is usually painting/drawing, watching a good comedy, or hanging out with her family. She loves camping and fishing during the warm months, and travelling to her home country, Portugal, where she enjoys the beach and sun.
Veterinary Technician Student
Patient Care Attendant
Patient Care Attendant
Alyssa has been an Animal Care Attendant since 2014, and joined the RVVH team as a part-time member in 2016. She is currently a nursing student at Trent University with a special interest in paediatrics, and hopes to one day combine her love for animals with her nursing career, such as working with therapy animals.
I truly love animals as they have always played an important role in my life since I was young. I’ve also always had a passion and interest in medicine, and now that I’m in nursing the two fields are very similar.
Alyssa has two cats—Jax and Kit, both of which were adopted from Toronto Animal Services after being hit by cars. Alyssa is passionate about sports, especially hockey and horseback riding. She spends her downtime from work and studying at her cottage, enjoying the lake with family and friends.
Patient Care Attendant
Lauren completed the Animal Care Program at Sheridan College in April of 2007 and joined the RVVH team in July 2013 as a part-time Animal Care Attendant. Since then, she has graduated as a Social Service Worker, and divides her time between her two passions – social service work and animal health.
Growing up, I was always obsessed with all animals. Big, Small, Wild, Tame, Nice, Not Nice, Furry, Slimy, you name it, it didn't matter, I loved them all. My favourite thing about this profession is that I am able to help and care for people's pets, ensuring they stay healthy and happy.
Lauren has two fur babies at home—her dog Howie, which she rescued from a high kill shelter in Ohio in 2010, and her cat Alvin. When she’s not at the clinic, you can find her at one of her other 3 jobs, working out, or volunteering at the Distress Centre, she’s always on the go!