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Barley Fields

OUR TEAM

VETERINARIANS

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KELLY LOREE

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.

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LEIGHTON COMA

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.

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TREVOR HOOK

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.

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CATHY NEF

Veterinarian 

Cathy grew up on a cattle and grain farm just north of Ponoka.  She graduated with a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.  Cathy spent 3 years working in a mixed practice in southern Alberta and then worked in small animal practice in Ontario for 4 years. 

 

She lives just outside of town with her husband and two children, as well as a herd of horses, a dog and several cats.  In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and horses as well as work in the garden.

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TREY DRINKARD

Veterinarian 

Trey grew up in middle of Tennessee where he finished his undergraduate studies and moved to St. Kitts in 2010 to study veterinary medicine at Ross University. Afterwards, he moved out to Colorado to work at a large animal practice, primarily specializing in beef cattle work. After 4 years he moved out to Alberta to be closer to his fiancé and now live in Olds with their Old English Bulldog “Mac” and cat “Wally”.

Special interests include bovine reproduction including herd work and calving, Ultrasound diagnostics and examinations, and Dairy production. At home Trey has a fond appreciation of exploring the outdoors with camping and hiking as well as spending time inside with all manner of boardgames and novels.

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Dylan McGarel

Veterinarian 

Bio to come. 

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Brendan Farrelly

Veterinarian 

Born in Ireland, Brendan graduated from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland in 2023.

He graduated with a BSc in Zoology from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2015 and has also completed a Masters in Conservation and Biodiversity Management in Trinity College Dublin.

Central Veterinary Clinic is Brendan's First Practice and he is looking forward to growing and developing as a veterinarian.

 

Special interests include small animal medicine and surgery. Outside of work, Brendan's interests include science, nature and reading a good book.

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Ray Juang

Veterinarian 

Ray was born in Taiwan and completed his DVM degree at National Taiwan University in 2018.  He moved to Canada with his wife in 2019 and has been living in Alberta since then.

Ray has a special interest in small animal surgery, traditional Chinese vet medicine, and rehabilitation.  He is now working on getting his certification of veterinary acupuncturist and looks forward to providing different treatment options for his patients.  

In his free time, Ray enjoys walking his dogs and taking care of the horses.  He also enjoys making meals for his family.  

ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIANS

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MICHELE GERRARD

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Michele started at CVC on October 1st, 2014. She obtained a diploma in Animal Health Technilogy from Lakeland College in 2010 and has been working in the veterinary industry since high school.

 

She really enjoys the variety that rural mixed practice brings. Every day brings something different and working with so many different species, from hedgehogs to alpacas and everything in between.

 

She grew up on a small hobby farm near Elphinstone MB and moved to Ponoka because she was looking for a bust, rural, mixed practice in central Alberta. Here she lives with her husband and son, their 2 golden retrievers, 2 cats, as well as various foster animals.

 

Michele's other hobbies include camping, hiking & other outdoor activities, as well as crafting and plants (indoor & outdoor). She also enjoys volunteering with nearby animal rescues.

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NAVADA MOORE

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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HANNAH JENSEN

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, goats and dogs 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 dog Basil the Bouvier/Border collie cross.

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CLAIRE HOBSON

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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ASHLEY GERHARDT

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Ashley joined CVC in June 2021 and graduated the AHT Program at Olds College in June. She grew up in Saskatoon, and now lives in Blackfalds.

Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is the diversity of animals we see and that there is always something new to learn.

Ashley has her own crew at home with three cats, a boa constrictor, a blue heeler cross Pitbull and a horse. Ashley used to do show jumping but now attempting to turn her thoroughbred into a cow horse to do cattle sorting with.

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DENASIA BROWN

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Denasia joined the CVC team in May 2022 and graduated from Lakeland College in 2022. She completed her 6-week practicum with us and never left! She grew up in the small town of Penhold, Alberta but currently lives in Blackfalds with her husband and 6 pets!

Denasia loves the diversity that a mixed animal clinic brings. She is happy to help wherever she may be needed. She has a peaking interest in learning more about large animal medicine - more specifically equine! She has a passion for Radiology and Emergency Medicine as well.

In her spare time, Denasia enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 6 fur kids - 3 dogs and 3 cats. During the warmer months, she enjoys riding her quad and spending time outside.

Denasia is very excited to start her career as a Registered Veterinary Technologist!

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MONIKA KNULL

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Monika has just recently joined the team at CVC starting May 16, 2022, and received her diploma in Animal Health Technology at Lakeland College June 3, 2022. Monika currently lives on a farm with her family by New Sarepta, AB and has a variety of animals including Maine/Simmental cross cows, horses, chickens, many cats, Greyhound dogs and her 3 bunnies.

 

Monika is excited to get further into the world of veterinary medicine and enjoys learning about all species that mixed practice brings! Her main passion lies in bovine medicine (beef and dairy) and getting to interact with different producers along the way.

 

In her spare time Monika enjoys horseback riding, dirt biking, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family. She also likes helping around the farm and within the Leduc 4-H Beef Club where she was previously a member for 9 years.

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Jana Schroeder

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Jana joined the CVC team May 2023 and graduated from Lakeland College in June 2023. Jana is originally from Germany and moved to Canada with her family in 2009.

Jana has always loved animals growing up, especially dogs and horses, and has a little crew of her own now. She loves Veterinary Medicine overall and interacting various species, but she is very interested in equine medicine and would love to learn more about bovine and the industry.

When she is not at work, you can find her spending time with her friends, family, and her animals. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, anything from hiking, camping or just relaxing.

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Rhys Jones

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Rhys graduated from Lakeland College in September 2023. She was born in Ponoka and has lived here her entire life.

 

She has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember, and has had a variety of animals such as horses, rabbits, lizards, fish, as well as dogs and cats. Her favourite part of veterinary medicine is interacting with a variety of different species along with always seeing something new. She is most interested in equine medicine and rehab therapy.

She currently has two fur babies named George and Ellie, as well as a crested gecko named Daisy.

When Rhys is not working, she is usually reading, playing video games, spending time outside with friends and family, and of course snuggling her kitties. 

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Lacy Sondrol

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Lacy joined CVC in May 2022 while completing the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at Olds College.  She enjoyed working for four months with our team as a receptionist, then returned to Olds College to complete the Animal Health Technology program.  Lacy graduated in October 2023, and rejoined our team as an RVT.  She brings with her a life-long passion for the care and well-being of all animals, and is excited about her career in veterinary medicine!

Lacy lives on an acreage with her fiancé Jason, their 3 dogs, Roxy, Charlie, and Junior, and a cat named Spaz.  She looks forward to meeting you and your beloved animals at the clinic!

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Rachael Furuness

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Rachael joined CVC in December 2023, and graduated the AHT program at Algonquin College in 2015. She grew up across the country but has settled outside of Ponoka.

Her favourite part of veterinary medicine is exotic and zoo animals.  She is the first in line for the "weird and wonderful" that comes through the door!

Rachael currently has her giant German Shepherd "Cash" at home, but dreams of having many critters.  She enjoys travel, running, and searching out delicious new restaurants.  

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Kenzie Kitz

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Kenzie graduated from Old's College in February 2024, and joined the CVC team soon after. 

 

She grew up in a small town in SE Saskatchewan, and has always had a soft spot for animals.  She loves all sorts of animals, but large animals are her favourite.  She has a mutt dog named Chexx, a cat named Toby, and a horse named Zane, who all live outside of Mirror with her.  

Kenzie enjoys rodeoing, hunting, hiking in the mountains, and riding/camping in the mountains - always trying out new spots. 

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT

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KAYLA NAKONESHNY

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 breeds Crested/Gargoyle geckos as well as Dumeril’s Boas and Kenyan Sand Boas as a hobby. She also has 3 dogs: Charlie, Cammie, and Lyra, 3 cats: Suki, Chimichanga, and Frost, a Reeve’s Turtle (Kiwi), and a small flock of Coturnix Quail.

In her spare time she enjoys landscaping her yard, fishing, playing video games, and tending to her mini zoo!

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MADIE ROESLER

Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Madie joined the CVC team in July 2021. She volunteered at the clinic weekly since 2017, after going for a tour of their new building. She loved volunteering with the amazing team and helping with the animals, and when she saw they were hiring she jumped at the opportunity.

Madie lives near Morningside with her family and her Rough Collie Flynn.

Madie’s favorite part of work is when puppies come in! She enjoys the mixed practice at CVC and loves to see all the different species that come to visit!

In her spare time, Madie enjoys being outside and biking, waterskiing, fishing, and of course, petting every dog she can.

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DYLAN KOHLMAN

Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Dylan joined the CVC team in July of 2021. He received his Veterinary Medical Assistant certificate from Lakeland college in Vermillion of that same year.

Dylan was born in Camrose and was raised in Bashaw on a beef farm south of town. This is where his love of animals originated and knew that he wanted to get into veterinary medicine.

The best part about his job is seeing all the animals that come in but mostly the large animals that come in.

In his spare time, you can find him at home outside working with all the his cows, curling, drawing, or hiking in the mountains.

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SHARA MARTENS

Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Shara started with CVC in January of 2022 and has moved around a lot but spent most of her time in Wetaskiwin County. She now resides in Morningside, enjoying the scenery and how peaceful it is.

Her favourite part of veterinary medicine is the learning and the potential for every day to be different. She also enjoys working with animals everyday and will never say no to good challenge!

Shara currently has a Sphynx (Leeloo), Italian Greyhound (Mavis) and several horses and ponies. Mavis is a rescue who was born with no patellas, so she hops when she walks. Leeloo is a sassy, people-loving girl who is always up for a cuddle to keep warm.

 

In Shara’s spare time she enjoys horseback riding and listening to opera and Spanish music. Shara is currently becoming a farrier and would like to focus on corrective trimming/ shoeing.

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SHELBY COTE

Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Shelby joined the CVC team in 2022. With a history in both rescue as well at veterinary medicine, Shelby has a passion for helping all animals big or small. While she may be close to “crazy cat lady” status, she also loves working with dogs, exotics and large animals!

When she’s not at the clinic you can usually find Shelby camping, reading or trick training her animals for sports and fun.

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PAYTEN WEISS

Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Payten recently joined our team in May 2022 she graduated with her Veterinary medical assisting program at Lakeland in 2021!

Payten and her boyfriend recently moved to Blackfalds with their 2 and a half-legged cat named Oli whom they call their child. He has half his ears and tail and a very big personality like his mom.

Her favorite part of vet med would have to be the fact that it's always changing and there is always something to learn in both large and small animal practice.

In her spare time, you will find her having a fire outside, snuggling her cat or visiting with friends.

RECEPTION

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MELISSA BOWES

Receptionist

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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KRISTYN SCHACHER

Receptionist

Kristyn started at CVC in April 2021. Coming from over 12 years experience in customer support. Kristyn is joining our team and is looking forward to meeting and working with each of our clients, while helping arrange their beloved pet’s veterinary care.

She was born and raised in Edmonton but in 2016 her husband’s job had them relocate to Central Alberta. They chose to make Ponoka their new home and share it with a “little” Newfoundlander, Angus. Kristyn has always shared a love for animals no matter their size and cannot wait to start her own hobby farm.

In her spare time, she enjoys curling at the local rink and hitting the slopes on her board in the winter. During the warmer months you’ll find her out on her in-laws’ houseboat, working on her golf swing, or out on the football field.

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CATHY LAMARCHE

Receptionist

Cathy was born and raised in Northern AB. Her first job was at Capilano/Ottwell Animal Clinic, in Edmonton.  She went on to professionally grooming dogs, then assistant manager at PJ’S Pet Store. She has always had a passion for animals, and discovered several other talents in the workforce throughout life!

 

Cathy is happily married with two kids, who have left the nest! Her favorite past times are spending time with family, fly fishing, hunting,  camping, hiking and horseback riding.

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JAMI SMITH

Receptionist

Jami started at CVC in July 2023.  She grew up in New Brunswick, and moved to Alberta with her family in 2002.

Outside of work, she likes spending time with family at the cottage, reading, and cooking.  

She has three pets - a Bernese Colle cross names Bentley, a Saint Bernard named Jersey, and a cat named Jillian.

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MADDYSON FELT

Receptionist

Maddy grew up in Lacombe for most of her life, until her parents moved to an acreage in the Ponoka area a few years ago. She now lives on her own with her pup, and her partner. 

 

She went to college in 2021 for Justice Studies and Animal Control. She has always had a passion for helping people. Being around so many animals growing up, Maddy knew that she wanted to help them as well. 

 

Maddy grew up with her three family dogs Hudson, Paisley and Mochie. She’s been around animals for her whole life. From farm animals to house pets, they have all had a special place in her heart. 

 

She now has her own pup named Ash! She is a Husky cross puppy with lots of energy. Their favourite things include going for walks, visiting family members and their pets, and watching a good Netflix show. 

 

In her spare time, Maddy enjoys playing volleyball, helping her family out with their archery family business, camping, and adventuring with her pup! 

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JENNIFER MEYN

Receptionist

Jennifer joined the CVC team in December of 2023.

She currently has two cats named livE and Stinky, and a German Shepard cross named Aza.

She loves animals, crafting,  hockey, and is a goalie. 

Support Staff

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LAURA DUCKETT

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 and granddaughter.

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AMANDA CARLETON

Inventory Specialist

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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TAYLOR KRAUSE

Administrative Assistant

Taylor started with the CVC team in August 2022. She grew up in the Clive area and has been a life-long lover of all creatures big and small (besides spiders). Taylor and her husband Steve have bounced around Central Alberta a bit but have lived in Ponoka for a few years now with their two children.

In her spare time Taylor enjoys reading, avoiding folding laundry, camping, fishing, motorsports, going to concerts, and dabbling in all things artsy.

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