Melissa graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Professional Writing & Communications. She has also received the Royal Canin Nutritional certificate. Melissa has worked in small animal practices since 2013, starting as an animal care attendant and working up to receptionist. Her passion for animals extends outside of Mitchell with True North Rattery, breeding rats and even having her rats appear on CTV and in a Mervish stage play. When she is not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her cat, dog and rats, playing video games, and gardening.