Registered Veterinary Technicians

Bonnie, BSc, RVT
Head Technologist

Bonnie joined the EWAH team shortly after the clinic opened in 2015 and works as a Registered Veterinary Technician. After pursuing two Bachelor of Science degrees, she decided to enroll in NAIT’s Animal Health Technology program and graduated in 2013. She was born and raised on an acreage west of Edmonton, and still has a love for the outdoors and tranquility of the country. She was adopted by three cats and also has a big, happy-go-lucky mutt named Simon. She can often be found on the city trails, either pounding out miles in training for another marathon or just enjoying a leisurely pace with her 4-legged companion.

 

 

 

 

Molly Sharp, RVT

Molly joined the Edmonton West Animal Hospital Team in May 2019 as a practicum student. After graduating from the AHT program at Olds College Molly began working as a Registered Veterinary Technologist at EWAH. Alongside working at the hospital Molly is currently attending MacEwan University to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree. Molly has two cats at home named Rudy and Aldo. She enjoys an active lifestyle of playing hockey and working out. Molly’s love for animals is demonstrated in her work at the hospital caring for your furry family members!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Priest, RVT

Jacqueline has always had a passion for helping animals and this drove her desire to enter the veterinary healthcare field. She graduated from Oulton College in June of 2018 after completing her AHT program and has been with us since June of 2019. Jacqueline has 2 dogs, a cat, and a rabbit at home and hopes to someday be able to open her door to foster animals in need. She plans to specialize in nutrition and holistic veterinary medicine as an RVT. Always looking for adventure she enjoys hiking, roadtripping, shopping and playing piano in her spare time.

 

 

 

Mandy Lin, BSc, RVT

Mandy discovered her passion for animals at a young age and had always wanted to pursue a career working with animals. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Health at the University of Alberta, and completed the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. Mandy joined the EWAH team in May 2017. When she is not at work she is at the gym training hard, competing with Kaitlan for steps on fitbit, and hanging out with the people she loves the most! Mandy has 3 furry family members, cats named Miki, Blue and Chad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Gour, RVT

Sylvie has always loved being around animals of all kinds. After trying her hand out at human medicine she decided a career in caring for animals is what she really wanted to do. Once she completed her RVT program from Fairview GPRC in 2014 she worked in the shelter environment for a few years. Sylvie has enjoyed helping animals at Edmonton West Animal Hospital since early 2018.

She looks forward to seeing new and familiar faces and helping to provide quality compassionate care for your furry family members.

Katrin Baron, RVT

I grew up on a farm just south of onoway, we raised cattle and I had pet llamas, donkeys, cats and dogs. In 2015 I moved to Fairview for 2 years where I completed the AHT program. Now I live in Edmonton with my boyfriend and our 2 cats Enjoying my job as a RVT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koki Wijethunge, RVT

Koki completed the Animal Health Technology program at Olds college and graduated in April 2019 with awards and has been practicing as RVT since then at Edmonton West Animal Hospital. She graduated in veterinary medicine in 2003 and completed a Masters in Animal Nutrition at the faculty of veterinary medicine University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka 2013. She strives to provide excellent patient care and support at EWAH.

Caresse Brochu, RVT

I have been in the veterinary field since 2005 and I graduated from NAIT Animal Health with honors in 2008 and have been in small animal practice ever since. I live in Edmonton with my husband, 2 young sons, and soon-to-be daughter.

We have 3 cats Ashes, Wellington & Jellybean, and a dog named Azura.

Winter is not my favorite season. I can’t wait for the summer months to roll around as I enjoy spending time outdoors camping with my family and friends, taking walks and going to the movies.

Stephanie Traub, RVT

Stephanie has been practicing as a Registered Veterinary Technologist since she graduated in 2014 from Lakeland College. She was born and raised in Edmonton but has moved around and has worked as a tech on Vancouver Island and Southern Alberta but recently has moved back to Edmonton. She and her son both enjoy taking their dog Lyric, who is a shepherd mix, for walks. She also enjoys snowboarding in her free time off work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda MacDonald, RVT

Miranda first joined the EWAH team in 2017 as an assistant. Afterward, she went to Olds College to complete the animal health technology program and graduated in 2019 and then returned to EWAH to work as a veterinary technologist. Miranda’s favorite part about working with small animals is dental cleanings. On her days off she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and 12-year-old dog Mia. And she also loves going to her friend’s farm to ride their horses.

Animal Care Assistants

Kaitlan, BSc

Kaitlan grew up in a remote Northern Albertan village. She was drawn to the big city in pursuit of a B.Sc. Specialization in Animal Biology, which she obtained in 2014. Kaitlan joined the EWAH team in October 2017, shortly after an internship at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. When she’s not doting over every single animal that comes through the clinic, she enjoys heavy weightlifting sessions at the gym, competing with Mandy for steps on fitbit, reading, watching movies, and listening to music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michaela

Michaela was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC. She moved to Edmonton in 2015 to pursue a BSc in Animal Health at the University of Alberta, and is going into her fourth year of her degree in the fall. Aside from working at Edmonton West, Michaela copes with the long Alberta winters by playing soccer, going to the gym, and painting. She has three furry members in her family, two cats named Lucy and Pumpkin, and her German Shepherd named Stella.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayanna

Kayanna is a 2020 graduate of NAIT’s Veterinary Medical Assistant program and joined our Animal Health Care Team shortly thereafter. Growing up she’s had hamsters, fish, and a cat. However, from the earliest age she has always had a strong adoration for dogs in particular, without the privilege of having a family dog. She was ecstatic when her loving American Staffordshire mix, Tia, and her silly Miniature Australian Shepherd, Brutus, came into her life as a young adult. When she isn’t busy devoting her time to giving the utmost care to pets of Edmonton West Animal Hospital, she can be found paying attention to her fitness, sports, as well as reading a good novel… or even just indulging in shows on Netflix. She aspires to go beyond her present capabilities in helping animals by becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine one day.

Andrew

Andrew’s interest in pursuing a career in the veterinary medicine field truly began when he realized that his very best friend as a child was his dog, Spot. They were inseparable. Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health at the University of Alberta in 2015, and more recently, a Bachelor of Native Studies. Andrew’s ultimate goal is to become a Veterinarian and to be able to provide spay and neuter clinics in Canada’s northern communities. Aside from veterinary medicine, Andrew is an ultra marathon runner and an avid kayaker that enjoys every moment in the outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katelynn

Katelynn was born and raised in Edmonton till 2010. She then moved to a small town called Barrhead. There she graduated and started volunteering at the Vet clinic in town; after a few months they hired her, and she worked with animals from as large as buffalo to as small as a hamster. She worked there for two years then finally came back to Edmonton and was hired by Edmonton West Animal Hospital. Katelynn has always loved animals; she has one of her own, a chocolate seal point Siamese named Coco. Where you find Katelynn, Coco is not far away. When Katelynn isn’t at work or home cuddling her cat, she is out doing auditions; she has a big love for the theatre and arts in general.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bria

Bria is a recent graduate from the U of A, completing her B.Sc in Animal Health, and would eventually like to return to school to become an Animal Health Technologist. Bria is very passionate and looks forward to being able to work with animals in a larger capacity in the future. While at EWAH, she is eager to assist the DVMs and AHTs to provide the best care possible for your pet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandeep

I graduated in 2015 with a veterinary degree in India. I received my post-graduate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2017. After completion of post-graduation in veterinary medicine, I worked as a research fellow in the Department of Veterinary Medicine for 5 months. Later in 2019, I moved to Canada and completed my Masters of Medical Biotechnology at the University of Windsor, Ontario, in April 2020. Currently, I am finishing my licensing in Canada while working as an assistant to veterinarians at Edmonton West Animal Hospital.

My family (back home in Punjab, India) includes my father, mother, brother, and two dogs (Scooby and Staffy).

 

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Janelle

Janelle has been in the vet field for 8 years as a vet receptionist and assistant starting off in a clinic in Newfoundland she grew to love working with both animals and people. She has worked with dogs, cats, bunnies and spent a little time working in a pet store with reptiles. She spent some time in another clinic in Edmonton before finding her home with us. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jhordana

Jhordana started with us in October 2020. Originally from Vancouver, BC, she moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta. Her 3-year-old Border Collie Mix Stella always keeps her on her toes and is a great running partner. Jhordana has a passion for animals, and prior to joining our team, she was working as a dog grooming apprentice. Aside from trying to cuddle all the puppies at the clinic, she grooms dogs privately and is working on her dog accessory business. Her hope for the future is to own her own salon abroad where the winters don’t hit -30 degrees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal

Crystal grew up in Medicine Hat and has always loved animals from a young age. Always bringing them home to take care of them. She has had many animals throughout her life from cats and dogs to snakes, degues, and a bunny named Jack. Every summer as a kid she would help out on her Great Grandma’s chicken farm and loved every minute of it. Crystal comes from a family of animal lovers with almost every member having either a dog or 1, 2, or 3 cats. Crystal moved to Edmonton in 2015 and is working towards becoming an RVT to continue her career helping animals. In her downtime she enjoys snowboarding, lifting weights at the gym, golfing, and biking. Crystal can always be found spending time with her furbaby Capone and taking him out for adventures in his kitty backpack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagan

Sagan grew up in Edmonton taking care of her many pets from dogs to guinea pigs to frogs, fish, and rabbits. She has always loved animals and has taken every opportunity to work with them. Sagan has spent her University degree working at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, interning with WILDNorth as a wildlife rehabilitator, and even traveled internationally to Guatemala to provide medical care to animals in remote locations. After obtaining her degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta, Sagan joined our team here at EWAH as an animal care assistant. Sagan is also a ballet teacher and spends much of her free time outside being active and exploring nature’s wildlife. She has two wire fox terriers that she enjoys training new tricks and creating new enrichments for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Dana grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan. She received a BSc in Biology at U of A’s Augustana Campus in Camrose. She has volunteered/worked at various veterinary clinics in Saskatchewan and Alberta for the past 6 years. She plans to return to school but is choosing between an Animal Health Technologist and a Biology teacher. Dana has always been passionate about animals and loves working with all kinds. She has a Black Lab named Bonnie back home in SK who she visits whenever she has the chance. She currently resides with her roommate’s cats, Tober and Aurora. In her spare time, Dana loves to crochet, sew, read, spend time outdoors, and play sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hayden

Hayden spends most of his time at home with his cat Sophie due to the pandemic. He loves baking and watching movies. Hayden has been working here as a veterinary assistant since
August 2019; he grew up with animals so it has always been a passion of his to learn more about them and work with them. He hopes to one day work at an animal sanctuary or rehabilitation centre with exotic animals.

Receptionists

HR Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel

Rachel has had a love of animals since a young age, always caring for her own pet and bringing in every stray she could. She has many of these pets still with her, one of which is Boris the lovable tuxedo kitty, as well as a playful grey tabby named Leonard, named after “The Big Bang Theory”. Her newest additions are a playful kitten named Hope; she spent weeks bottle feeding and training her, and she has now grown up into a rambunctious survivor of a kitten. In addition she also adopted a Pomsky named Jenny named after the movie “Forest Gump” as well as a domestic long hair cat named Keeta who has turned into an avid hunter. Prior to her work at Edmonton West Animal Hospital she had many good years of equestrian jumping, with horses that had trained on the race track to grand prix show rings. She has finished her diploma in Animal Science and is planning on continuing on to do the Nait Registered Veterinary Technician program in the future.

 

Maddie

I’m an international student at the University of Alberta working towards a Masters degree in animal nutrition. I’m originally from Idaho, in the States, and graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I have a strong animal background. My experience is mostly in livestock, and I raise and show dairy goats, dairy cows, pigs and horses. My family also raises chickens and grows produce for our local stores. I’ve always grown up with dogs and cats in the house, and currently have two playful cats (although one isn’t as friendly as the other one) and a small, fluffy terrier mix back at home. I also live with a large Great Dane/Black Lab cross who loves walks, chasing bunnies, and squeaking toys in your face. In my spare time, I love horseback riding, rock climbing, outdoor activities, reading, drawing, and puzzles.

 

Jenna

Jenna joined the EWAH team June 2020. She grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and currently loves acreage living. Previous to this job she worked at The Dog Ranch taking care of animals. Her passion is animals and she has 3 of her own. Being surrounded by animals is what she loves the most. Jenna has 6+ years of reception experience. She is a people person and looks forward to seeing you at the clinic.

 

Ella

Ella moved to Canada from England with her Beagle Hugo in June 2018 and joined our team in November 2018. Ella started working in the veterinary field in 2012 and has never looked back. Ella enjoys many things in her spare time but mostly enjoys exploring Canada with Hugo.