Central Veterinary Clinic

6610 46 Avenue

Tel: 403-783-5200


5113 50th Street

Tel: 780-372-2411


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Leighton graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Leighton received advanced dairy training from Cornell University in 2012 and was awarded the Young Veterinarian of the Year by the ABVMA in 2012.


Leighton comes from a ranch family in Thorhild, AB. His special interests include production medicine and surgery. In his spare time, Leighton spends as much time with his family and volunteering in the community including Boyscouts and his church group.

Veterinarian | Owner



Trevor started at CVC in May 2011. He took his undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and went to Veterinary College at the University of Saskatchewan.


In 2015 Trevor received the ABVMA Young Veterinarian of the Year award.

Trevor was born in Fernie BC and grew up with his 3 brothers in Hinton AB. He was looking for a busy, mixed animal practice in rural Alberta when he moved to Ponoka. Trevor is proud to serve the community of Ponoka and enjoys this great part of the province.


Trevor has lots of favorites in veterinary medicine; equine medicine & lameness, small animal surgery, bovine obstetrics & surgery and livestock & dairy herd management. At home Trevor and his wife Deserae have a daughter named Sydney and a menagerie of pets including his 2 horses (Tater & Troy), mini Australian shepherd (Tux), cat (Pumpkin) and some fish.

Veterinarian | Owner



Kelly has been working at CVC since 2003. He completed his undergrad studies at University of Calgary. He has a double major in Zoology/Cellular Molecular and Microbial Biology. He then obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.


Growing up, Kelly moved around all over Alberta. It was work that brought him to Ponoka.


His favorite parts of veterinary medicine include: bovine reproduction, dairy production, mastitis and small animal surgery. At home Kelly has 1 dog and a variable number of barn cats.

In his spare time he likes to play guitar and spend time with his 2 kids.

Veterinarian | Owner



Sam grew up on a small acreage just outside of Strathmore AB. She graduated from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine in May 2014. After working at a mixed animal practice in Stettler for 2 years, she came to Central Vet in July 2016.


Her professional interests include equine reproduction, acupuncture and other alternative medicines and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, Sam is usually working on her acreage or working with her horses- either starting colts, roping or packing into the mountains.




Carling was raised on a purebred Angus seed stock operation just south of Ponoka. Along with her two siblings, she grew up exhibiting cattle in Canadian Junior livestock shows and in beef 4-H. Carling was a dedicated member of the West Ponoka 4-H Beef Club for 10 years and still enjoys trying to stay involved in 4-H and junior livestock events.

She took her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and then graduated from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine in April 2018. Carling is excited to move back to her hometown and looks forward to everything Central Veterinary Clinic has to offer.

She has a passion for cattle, a soft spot for small animals, and an interest in equine medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine Carling enjoys weight lifting, figure skating, golfing, helping her parents on the farm, socializing with her friends, and teaching her border collie (Bree) to not be afraid of cattle.




Julianne grew up with sled dogs west of Rocky, and spent most of her time working in the out of doors with her family’s adventure company. She obtained a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Law and Society from the University of Calgary, before graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018.

Julianne has strong interests in sports medicine and rehabilitation, small ruminant medicine, and small and large animal surgery. She also enjoys volunteering at spay and neuter clinics, and has spent time travelling through Canada, the US, and Africa – working with different local veterinary communities.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time in the mountains – snowboarding, canoeing, and hiking with her high-energy pup.




Michele started at CVC October 1st 2014. She obtained a diploma in Animal Health Technology from Lakeland College in 2010.

She really enjoys the variety that rural mixed practice brings. Her favorite parts include kittens & semen testing on farm.

She grew up on a small hobby farm near Elphinstone MB and she moved to Ponoka because she was looking for a busy, rural, mixed animal practice in central Alberta. Here she lives with her boyfriend Travis, golden retriever, Buck, as well as various foster cats and kittens.

Michele’s other hobbies include camping, fishing & other outdoor activities, as well as crocheting and growing succulents. She has 1 sister who lives nearby in Leduc. She also enjoys volunteering with nearby animal rescues.

Registered Animal Health Technologist



Navada joined CVC on September 12, 2016. She obtained a diploma in Animal Health Technology from Lakeland College in Vermillion and did her practicum placement here with us. She grew up outside of Donalda Alberta were her family raised sport horses and spent most summers rodeoing. She currently resides in Ponoka.

Navada enjoys working with all species, but has a special interest in performance horses and cattle.

Outside of work, Navada likes to spend time outdoors. hiking, spending time with friends and family, and travelling which leads her often to the States. She has a Mini Australian Shepard named Scout who loves to go hiking in the mountains and spend time playing with his dog friends.

Registered Animal Health Technologist



Tina joined the Central Vet Clinic team in October 2015 after earning her Animal Health Technology diploma from Olds College.

She grew up in rural Alberta on an acreage and is an animal lover at heart.  She enjoys equine medicine and helping any animals in need of medical attention.

Tina lives in Red Deer with her husband and Great Dane mix.  She has two daughters and a grandson.

In her down time, she enjoys camping, reading, and spending time with her family.

Registered Animal Health Technologist



Candace started working at CVC in October 2007, and is recently back from maternity leave. She has a diploma in Animal Health Technology which she received from NAIT in 2004.

She was born in Edmonton but moved around a lot in her life. She moved to Ponoka from Prince Rupert, BC because all her extended family lives around central Alberta.

Candace’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is small animal, although she does like the variety. At home she has 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Some of her other hobbies include card making, scrapbooking and gardening. Candace lives on a small farm outside Ponoka with her husband and 2 kids.

Registered Animal Health Technologist



Kimberley started with CVC in May of 2017 after completing her practicum here. She graduated from GPRC Fairview in the spring of 2017.

She was born and raised in Lacombe where she currently lives. She owns a 14-year-old Border Collie named Bailey who is the love of her life.

Kim loves all animals but has a passion for dogs (especially Border Collies!) She loves to be with dogs and gives them lots of love! Outside of work Kim loves to travel, especially in Europe, and has been to many other countries.

Registered Animal Health Technologist



Ayleen started her more formal education with an Equine Management program from University of Guelph, before moving to Langley BC where she worked at both a Western Reining and Three Day Eventing show barn. Recently Ayleen has added a Veterinary Receptionist program from Olds College to her repertoire.

Ayleen Joined our team in May of 2014. Growing up on a dairy farm just outside Leduc, Ayleen has been very involved with large and small animals her entire life.

When not working at the clinic, Ayleen likes to spend her time hiking trails with her energetic Husky “Jemma”, or riding with the local grand entry drill teams.




Melissa has been with CVC for more than 10 years, starting here in 2005. She took a Food & Nutrition Management course at SAIT prior to working in the vet clinic.

Melissa is from Ponoka so joining us here was a no brainer! Her favorite part of working in a vet clinic is the kittens & puppies.

Melissa and her husband make their home on an acreage east of Ponoka with their 3 great kids; William, Sydney & Hudson. Their four legged crew consists of Gaige and Scarlet, the dogs, Biscuit, Froggy and Midge the cats, as well as Jillian, Malcolm and Jethro the miniature donkeys.




Jacinda joined CVC in July of 2018, after completing her VMR course at Olds College. She completed her 4- week practicum here, as well as volunteered for CVC for 2 years prior.

She was born and raised in the Calgary area and now resides in Ponoka. Having grown up with pets, Jacinda loves working in the vet clinic. Her favorite animals are horses and cows but she loves dogs and cats as well! She has 2 dogs at home, Chiclet and Skittles and a horse named Winnie.

When not at work, Jacinda enjoys camping, fishing, quadding and show jumping.




Laura has been with CVC since 2011, first working at the clinic as a receptionist. After a few years, she took on the role of office manager and has enjoyed the challenges and rewards of her role. She really enjoys organizing and fine tuning things in the office. Her door is alway open to her colleagues as well as clients.

Laura took her post-secondary education at NAIT and spent her childhood and much of her adult years in Lacombe and surrounding area. Laura and her husband moved to the Ponoka area to be closer to her work and enjoy acreage life with their many cats and 2 dogs.

In her spare time Laura enjoys sewing, scrapbooking and spending time with her growing family, which now includes a wonderful grandson.

Office Manager



Shelley started working for CVC many years ago! She has lived in Ponoka all her life.

She has 4 pets at home, 2 dogs, Yoda and Zoey and 2 cats, Charlie and Chaplin. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys camping, fishing and riding her horses. She is married with 2 kids and has twin grand-babies!

Inventory Manager



Becky joined CVC in December 2016. She received her Veterinary Technical Assistant Certificate from Olds College in 2012.

She grew up on a buffalo ranch east of Lacombe where over the years they have had a variety of animals of all shapes and sizes. She currently lives on an acreage near Lacombe with her four legged companions.

In her spare time Becky enjoys going for long trail rides with friends, spending time with her large family and occasionally traveling far and near.

Veterinary Technical Assistant