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 lives with his much better half and his 2 kids. He has 3 dogs and 5 cats. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar and work on his acreage.


Veterinarian | Owner

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 graduated with honours  in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan. Trevor received the ABVMA Young Veterinarian of the Year award in 2015 and selected for the CVMA Emerging Leaders Program in 2018.

Trevor has special interest in equine performance horse medicine, orthopedic surgery and dairy herd management. Trevor is proud to serve the community of Ponoka and has served in the past on the Ponoka Fire Department and Ponoka Ag Society. At home Trevor and his wife Deserae have a 3 children and a number of pets including 2 horses (Tater & Troy), a mini Australian shepherd (Tux), a cat (Pumpkin) and some fish. In his spare time enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, adventure racing, and really playing any sport, especially hockey.



Lane joined the CVC team in May of 2019 and grew up on a ranch near Ponoka. He went to both Augustana University and the U of A, in Edmonton, to acquire a bachelors degree in Sustainable Agriculture. After completing his degree, he proceeded on into vet school at the UCVM, in Calgary.


After graduating, the appeal of rural practice and rural life led him home to Ponoka. Lane enjoys working with large animals and has a special interest in equine medicine/lameness and all things beef related, however, he is happy to see patients of all types!


In his time away from work Lane enjoys working on the ranch, outdoor activities, and sports. He also was recently married to Lacey who is definitely his better half.



Claire joined the CVC team in July of 2019. She grew up on Vancouver Island and spent several years studying biology at the University of Victoria before completing her veterinary degree at WCVM in Saskatoon. While she has a special place in her heart for the ocean (and green winters), she has come to love the open skies and people in the prairies. 

She has always wanted to join a rural mixed animal clinic and loves the diverse caseload that comes with it. Days on the road doing horse and cattle work are among the best, but she also enjoys working with the team to see small animal patients in clinic. She is passionate about wildlife and looks forward to incorporating it into her career in future years. 

She has a rabbit (with a very big attitude), and looks forward to bringing a pup home when the right one comes along. Claire grew up horseback riding and loves any outdoor sport or activity. She cannot wait to spend a summer so close to the mountains and is excited to hike, camp, and explore! 



Katarina joined the CVC team in September of 2019. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science from the U of A and then went on to graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.


Kat enjoys working in a mixed animal practice and loves the small-town atmosphere that Ponoka brings. She also enjoys volunteering with veterinarians abroad which has led her to travel to different countries.


When Kat is not at the clinic, you can find her fox hunting, show jumping and doing some low level eventing with her horse Eclipse. Along with Eclipse, Kat has 3 rescue cats Trick, Alpine and Princess Bubblegum. 


Kat has known from a young age that veterinary medicine was the career for her. Her upbringing with animals and being in a medical family steered her towards the veterinary field of work.



Dr. Jesse joined the CVC team in May 2020. He grew up in Red Deer and split his undergraduate education between Red Deer College and the University of Alberta to acquire his degree in Molecular Genetics. After completing his degree, he moved to Calgary and obtained his veterinary degree at UCVM in April 2020. 


Jesse enjoys the challenge of the diverse caseload that comes with rural mixed practice. In the clinic, he enjoys small animal internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Out on the road, he enjoys visiting dairies and working with small ruminants. 


Jesse is happy to be back in Central Alberta with his wife Alyssa and their adventurous pup Maddie. Together, the Pawlak family is excited to put down roots in Ponoka and become part of the community. When he is not at the clinic, Jesse enjoys spending time in the mountains, hiking, fishing or camping.



Morgan joined the CVC team in June of 2020. She grew up on a hobby farm just west of Ponoka and is very excited to be back in central Alberta. She studied physiology and pharmacology at the University of Saskatchewan, before continuing onto vet school at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.


Even before vet school, Morgan knew she wanted to live in a small town and practice rural mixed medicine. She is grateful to get to be a part of the clinic that took such great care of her own horses, dogs and cats growing up. While cats and horses are her favourite animals, she does love her canine, bovine and other species of patients as well. Her favourite professional past times include doing equine dental floats, preg checking in the fall, and doing spays and neuters in South America with World Vets. She looks forward to the variety that mixed practice has to offer, and developing special interest areas.


Morgan lives in Ponoka with her better half, Keegan, and their very sassy cat Stella. She also has 2 dogs, 3 cats and 4 horses that have yet to move out of her parents house. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding and skiing in the mountains as well as spending time with family and friends.


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Registered Animal Health Technologist

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

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.

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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.

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Registered Animal Health Technologist

EJ joined CVC in February 2019. He obtained a diploma in Animal Health Technology from Olds College and completed his practicum placement here at CVC. He grew up in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2008. He has since settled in Lacombe because it is close to Ponoka and all his friends and family.


He enjoys small animal surgery above all, and he very much enjoys hearing stories from clients about their pets. He has a Shih Tzu named Gellie and a Betta fish Freddie.


Outside of work, EJ likes to spend time fishing in the summer, working on his photography, going on nature walks and watching movies with his fiancée Emma.


Registered Animal Health Technologist

Hannah started with the CVC team in July of 2019 after completing her RVT diploma at Olds College in 2018. Hannah grew up in a large family in the Blackfalds area but also spent some time in Texas and Malaysia during her childhood.

Some of Hannah’s favorite species to work with are horses and puppies of course but loves all aspects of a mixed practice. 


In Hannah’s spare time, she enjoys competing in 3-day eventing, reading, camping, hiking and spending time with her newest addition Basil the Bouvier/Border collie x as well as her German Shepherd Maggie.

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Registered Animal Health Technologist

Miranda started with the CVC team in January of 2020. She graduated from the AHT program at Olds College in 2017. Miranda's hometown is Clive and grew up on a farm with dogs, cats, chickens and horses. She now lives in Ponoka with her fiance, Sadie the rescue dog, Nugget, Kindle and Nebula that are rescue cats as well. 


Miranda's favorite part of veterinary medicine is small animal dentals and small animal nutrition but she is excited for the new opportunities our clinic brings  of working with large animals.

When Miranda is not in the clinic she enjoys camping, going to the dog park and spending time with family and friends.

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Registered Animal Health Technologist

Heather joined CVC in July 2020 after graduating from the AHT program at Olds College in 2019. Heather grew up on a grain and commercial Limousin farm east of Bowden.


She currently lives outside of Ponoka and loves the small town feeling and hospitality but also being so close to other cities and towns. Her favorite Veterinary work includes internal medicine and ambulatory large animal work.

At home Heather has a cat, a dog and 4 horses. She spends most of her time training coaching and riding for her sport Equestrian Vaulting. She started Equestrian Vaulting at the age of 6 and it kick started her love for horses. Heather now owns her own vaulting club Chinook Vaulters which has taken multiple athletes to Nationals.



Registered Animal Health Technologist

Claire joined CVC in March of 2021. She obtained her diploma in Animal Health Technology at Lakeland College in 2014. Claire grew up in Hinton AB and is currently living in Lacombe.

Claire loves the variety she gets working in a mixed animal practice. She enjoys most working with small animal rehabilitation and exotics.

When Claire is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Luke, her dog Jive and many of her other animals. She also enjoys dancing and is qualified to teach multiple styles of adult partner dances.

Claire is excited for all the opportunities that working at CVC will provide.


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Ayleen has been a part of our central vet team since May 2014. She started her more formal education with an Equine Management program from University of Guelph, and then complete the Veterinary Reception program from Olds collage before starting at the clinic.

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 her horse.

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Melissa has been with CVC for more than 15 years, starting here in 2005. She completed a Food & Nutrition Management Diploma at SAIT prior to starting at the clinic in 2005.

Melissa is originally from the Ponoka area. She enjoys the variety of calls coming into CVC and seeing all the familiar faces from the community.

She and her husband make their home on an acreage east of Ponoka with their 3 great kids; William, Sydney & Hudson. They also have 2 hound dogs, 4 cats, and the newest addition is a trio of pygmy goats.

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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 as the small town lifestyle suites her much more than the city lifestyle. Having grown up with animals, Jacinda loves working with all animals that come through the clinic doors.   She has one rescue dog Hemi that runs the house and a horse named Winnie.

When not at work, Jacinda enjoys camping, hiking, down hill and cross country skiing and riding her horse.

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Amanda joined the CVC team in December 2019. She was born and raised on the east coast where she completed her post-secondary education at Memorial University and Academy Canada in St. John’s, NL.


After graduation she moved out west with little more then a suitcase and a dream of living near the mountains. Even though Ponoka is no where near the mountains Amanda, her husband and their kids have called it home since 2006 and feel a deep connection to the community.


In 2010 she adopted her sweet dog, Chloe from Old McDonald’s Kennel and even though she was meant to be the family’s dog Chloe is most definitely Amanda’s. When Amanda isn’t chauffeuring her kids around, she spends her free time perfecting yeast dough recipes and reading dystopic fiction.

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Tyla started at CVC in August 2020. She went to the University of Alberta for the Bachelor of Science in Large Animal Health and graduated in the Spring of 2019. Her hometown is Castor, Alberta and she grew up on a hobby farm with horses and cattle.


Tyla was an avid member of 4-H and still has a love of cattle and pigs today. She now lives on a grain and market produce farm near Innisfail, and its an easy drive to Ponoka.

Tyla’s favorite part of working in a vet clinic is seeing how excited the pets are to see their owners after being cared for.  At home she has a Shih Tzu mix named Roxy and a cat named Opal, and recently rescued two kittens named Pumpkin and Patch.

In her spare time, she loves woodworking, reading, and working with animals but most of all she loves agriculture.

Support Staff

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Hospital Manager

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.

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Inventory 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 Zoe and a cat, Chaplin.


In her spare time, Shelley enjoys camping, fishing and riding her horses. She is married with 2 kids and has twin grand-babies!

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Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Kayla joined the CVC team in May 2019. She received her Veterinary Technical Assistant Certificate from Olds College in 2016.

She was born in Whitecourt and has since moved all over Alberta. She has now settled in Ponoka where she has lived for the last dozen years.

Kayla enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but especially enjoys exotics. Reptiles are her favorite! She has 30 (and counting) of her own crested geckos that she raises, as well as 2 snakes, 2 dogs (Charlie and Cammie), 2 cats (Suki and Chimichanga), a rabbit (Bella), 3 bearded dragons, and a pair of degus.

In her spare time, Kayla is playing video games with her boyfriend or spending time outdoors fishing, gardening or going for walks and tending to her mini zoo.

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Kennel Assistant

Jagvir joined the team in December of 2019 as a Kennel Assistant. Jag attended Red Deer College prior where she became a legal assistant but has always dreamt of working in a vet clinic!  She enjoys having the ability to help care for all types of animals while still getting the occasional puppy snuggle.


Jag was raised in Calgary but has been a resident of Ponoka most of her life.  She loves the quiet small town feel that Ponoka brings.


When not at the clinic, Jag enjoys working out, boxing, reading, camping and occasionally dog sitting. Jag has 5 animals of her own ; Ryder who is described as the real life Garfield,  Molly who is a collie cross that was adopted from Old Macdonald Kennels, and 3 African Dwarf frogs (Jim, Dwight, and Andy).