Dr. Michael Mogavero, DVM
Michael Mogavero was born and raised in Toronto. During high school he worked as a standardbred groom at Greenwood Raceway. He went on to earn his trainers and drivers license. Once accepted to the Ontario Veterinary College the horse racing career was placed on hold. Upon graduation in 1981 he set up an equine practice at Flamboro Downs Raceway. In 1985 he opened the Wilson St Veterinary Clinic in Ancaster and combined his horse practice with companion animals. In 1997 he purchased the West Park Animal Hospital from Dr. John Morton. Over the next couple of years he weaned himself away from the horses and by 1997 he was doing companion animals almost exclusively. In 1997 he purchased the Mohawk Animal Clinic from its founder Dr. Wayne Gerrie. The Downtown Animal Hospital was open by him in 2004 followed in 2012 by the Main St. West Animal Hospital.
Dr Michael is the proud father of two grown children David and Carlee. He has served on the board of directors of the Hamilton Burlington SPCA for many years, the last two as Chairman. He has also served as a Councillor at the College of Veterinarians on the Registration, Complaints and Discipline Committees.
In his spare time he enjoys golf and hockey as well as caring for the thoroughbred horses and Limousine cattle on the small farm in Copetown that he shares with his partner Sherry and 14 year old Schnoodle Remy.
He is pictured here with long time mascot of the Wilson St. Veterinary Clinic, Cosmo who passed away February 2014. He is missed.
Karen Towner, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Karen is a familiar face at the clinic as she has been the RVT at Mohawk since 2007. She graduated from the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown College in 2003 and became fully registered as soon as she graduated. She then spent a little over three years at a busy downtown Toronto practice. After getting the travel bug out of her system she now calls Hamilton home. She shares her home with her wonderful husband Kenny, their two children Felix and Ziyah and their cat Noodle.
Karen has really enjoyed working with all of the clinic’s staff (and clinic cats) over the years. She has especially enjoyed getting to know all of Mohawk’s wonderful clients and watching their pets grow throughout the years. Karen’s passion at the clinic is nursing critical patients and she values her experience in anesthesia. She's pictured with our late clinic cat Otis who would assist Karen in making sure the clinic patients were comfortable and received the best treatment possible.
Outside of clinic life Karen enjoys camping with her family and running.
Lindsay was born and raised in Hamilton. After attending McMaster University and obtaining her BSc in Environmental Science and Biology, she travelled to Africa to volunteer with endangered species for a summer. Between tracking cheetahs and radio-collaring painted dogs, she fell in love with animal conservation and decided to gear her career towards helping animals.
Lindsay has spent much of her life working with animals, from dogs and cats, to monkeys and kangaroos. She spent 2 years working for a small zoo outside of Ottawa, where she cared for many orphaned or neglected exotic species. Now that she has returned home to Hamilton, she splits her time between caring for the clinic patients, and training dogs at a local kennel.
She spends most of her free time on long hikes with her dog Willow, playing with new kitten, camping up north, or dancing with her friends. Her dream is to one day open a rescue and rehabilitation centre for Ontario native species.