|Arrowhead Veterinary Staff|
I was privileged to grow up in both Calgary and rural Alberta, on a farm just outside of Carstairs. Years of exposure to everything domesticated (some not so much!!!) made Veterinary College an ideal next step. Graduating in 1990 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (with Distinction), the many years since have provided me with the opportunity to practice extensively in both rural and urban settings all over the Alberta. We regularly get out hiking, skiing, camping and canoeing. I sometimes find time for our garden and women’s soccer. My husband Glenn, daughter Brie and I are fortunate to be part of this wonderful and dynamic community, and to live and work in Cochrane.
I grew up in a rural area of Saskatchewan as one of a triplet. My family had a small hobby farm and I grew up around horses, cattle, dogs, cats, and various other animals. I really enjoyed riding and was active in my local 4-H club. After graduating high school, I moved to Saskatoon to attend the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. I graduated in 2005 and moved to Cochrane to be closer to the mountains and a much better climate. My husband Brad and I had our first baby, a daughter named Hayley, on February 10, 2012. We also have 2 fur-babies, a cat named Bree and a chocolate lab named Peyton. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping and yoga.
I grew up Yorkton, Saskatchewan on a Dairy and grain farm . I was the youngest in a large family. My interests were always in animals. I spent a lot of my time in 4-H (training, showing and judging of cattle and horses). I also enjoy crafts, sewing and motorcycles. In my teenage years, I volunteered for the local humane society. I developed a keen interest in ferrets, as they were a very popular pet at the time and started a rehabilitation program to tame some of them. My post secondary education as a Registered Animal Health Technician was done through Olds College and SAIT in Calgary. From there I continued on to Saskatoon to the University of Saskatchewan to finish my training. After graduating from College, I tried a variety of different avenues in my industry . I started in feedlots, and mixed animal practice, then continued onto small animal practice, emergency medicine, and specialty surgery. Recently, my goals changed and I decided Cochrane was a nice place to relocate. I have two dogs Piper and Josie and am spending more time on my hobbies. I love to travel, walking in the mountains and show a special interest in grooming, wildlife, zoo animals, and overall animal behavior. I have a new son, "Dalton", who now completes my family.
I graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program in 1998 from Fairview College. I moved to Cochrane in the Spring of 1998 for my practicum, and fell in love with both the town of Cochrane and my husband Shaun. I worked in a mixed animal practice for 4 years, and then I decided to expand my experience. In 2002 I started working at Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre. I first started in the ICU and then moved over to Internal Medicine and Ultrasound. I was one of the coordinators of WVSEC’s Canine and Feline Volunteer Blood Donor Program. In 2006 after returning from a year of maternity leave from my son Konar’s birth, I was one of Western Veterinary Cancer Centre’s medical oncology technologists at WVSC. In February of 2008 I was expecting the arrival of my 2nd child Kayleigh, so I accepted the position of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society’s Manager and set up the CAHS Internal Animal Hospital for them. When I returned back from a year maternity leave, I knew that I missed the bond that I saw with families and their pets and decided that I wanted to go back to private practice and joined the great group at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre. I love spending time with my wonderful family which also includes 2 cats (Domino & Jazz), and 2 dogs (Soda & Tess).
I grew up in the beautiful Wine County of the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario. Working with animals is the only thing I ever wanted to do. I started with a high school co-op placement at an Animal Hospital, which confirmed my passion for the veterinary profession. After high school, I went north, and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program two years later, in 2004 from Northern College. I then continued my education at the University of Guelph, and graduated with a B.Sc. in 2009. A few years later and needing a change, I moved from Guelph to Calgary in May 2012. I have worked in several routine practice and a few emergency clinics. Recently, I decided to settle back into routine practice and joined the team at the Arrowhead Veterinary Centre in May 2013. I have been graciously accepted as a valuable team member, and am glad to work with such a great group of individuals.
My family and I emigrated from Somerset, England to Cochrane in September 2008. We enjoy the amazing scenery and have lots of fun exploring different parts of Alberta. On our first trip to the mountains we were all speechless, they are amazing! We enjoy picnics and swimming in the lakes during the summer and hiking and skiing in the winter. I have been married to my husband Bob for 18 years and we have three wonderful children Bradley (15), Liam (13) and Hannah (9). Sparkie, our Border Collie, came over from England with us and we now have another addition to the family Sophie, a Yorkie Poodle, who is a real bundle of fun! We also have Tropical Fish and two Green Tree Frogs. I started working at Arrowhead in January 2011 and feel very lucky to be working in such a friendly, caring and interesting environment. I have learnt an enormous amount, it really has been fantastic. What a great place to work!!
I emigrated from the UK to Cochrane with my husband and our 2 dogs, Bruce a German Shepherd and Amy a Labrador, in January 2008. Bruce has now passed over the Rainbow Bridge but we have a new addition to our family, Axel a German Shepherd, who is training to become a Search and Rescue dog. I worked at the Cochrane and Area Humane Society for 3 years, initially as an Adoption Specialist and then the Intake & Adoption Supervisor. I decided on a career change and spent a year at an optometrist’s office, but found I missed the interaction with animals in my work life so was very fortunate to be offered a position here at Arrowhead. It’s great to be working with animals again and all the staff here are fantastic too so I couldn’t be happier! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time in the beautiful mountains with my husband and dogs and keeping fit by running. I ran my first (and last!) marathon in 2011 to raise money for the Humane Society, which also meant the dogs at the Shelter got lots of exercise during my training for it!
I grew up in Bavaria, Germany. As long as I can remember I always wanted to be a veterinarian and being somewhat stubborn I graduated from the Veterinary Faculty in Munich in 1993. After 2 years of post graduate studies I earned my doctorate in veterinary medicine and started to work in a rural mixed animal practice in Bavaria. Having fallen in love with Alberta as an undergraduate during an internship at a veterinary clinic in Rocky Mountain House my husband Jochen, our 2 pet rabbits and I moved to Cochrane in 2001, where I continued to work in a mixed animal practice - my smallest patient was a gerbil and my largest a Shire horse! I obtained my Canadian licence and in 2005 made the switch to work in small animal medicine, first in Calgary and now finally back in Cochrane. I love being back at work where I live and enjoy working with the wonderful staff and clients at Arrowhead.
I live on a small farm just outside of Cochrane with my dog Lily and my cat Bobbie. Growing up around cattle, horses, cats and dogs helped spark my love of all animals. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Arrowhead team. I have always loved animals so working in the veterinary field feels like the perfect fit for me. I hope to one day continue my education as an AHT! In my spare time i enjoy being outdoors, baking, dirt biking, jewelry making and hanging out with my family.
I began volunteering at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre in high school and it has been an extremely rewarding and inspiring experience. I am now going into my third year of specialization in Animal Biology at the University of Alberta, and am very excited to be working for Arrowhead again this summer. I grew up on an acreage between Cochrane and Calgary and have always been surrounded by animals (both domestic ones and wildlife!). I also love spending time with my 13-year-old Golden Retriever/Rottweiler named Java. My interest and passion for animals and biology may lead me to pursue further studies in veterinary medicine. I am very grateful and honoured to have this opportunity to learn and grow with the Arrowhead team, as they are the most hard-working, pleasant and generous people I know. I admire all of them!
I am currently attending Cochrane high school as a grade 11 student. I love animals and have spent a lot of time around dogs, horses, cats, cattle, sheep, and wildlife. I have two horses named Tex and Peanut and a dog, Bowen, a Blue Heeler/ Jack Russell Terrier cross. Being around animals so much has inspire me to become a veterinarian, so that I may help animals other than my own. Some things that I love to do are riding, hiking, baking, hunting, and spending time with my family. I started volunteering here in October 2012 until July 2013, when I was offered a summer job. I love the opportunities this has given me to learn more about the industry, which has encouraged me even more to become a vet myself. Working at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre has been an awesome experience and not only are the staff great, the clients are wonderful too!
I grew up in Abbotsford, British Columbia spending time on the farms of friends, camping in the mountains, wood working in the garage, and fishing in local lakes. My family and I had many companions of the furry kind throughout the years and I’ve never felt closer to anything than the four legged folks (the two legged, feathered kinds as well). A few years ago after I left home I decided Calgary would be an interesting change, which led to Cochrane, and that led me to volunteering and now working at Arrowhead. My boyfriend, Zac, and I live not too far from the clinic so it’s a relaxing daily walk for me and I’m now keeping an eye out for the right dog to walk beside, hopefully from the Humane Society, within the next year or so. Fingers crossed!