Dr. Claire Ainsworth grew up in Lamont, Alberta, a small town not unlike Mayerthorpe. Following in her dad’s footsteps…Claire always knew she would grow up to be a Veterinarian, and that mixed animal practice would be her focus. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and came to practice in Mayerthorpe that year. It was here that Claire met her now husband Grant, with whom she has two boys, Carson and Jace. In 2011 she, along with Janelle became owners of the practice. Since then she has strived to bring more advanced veterinary care to our rural community such as TPLO’s and fracture repair.
Dr. Janelle Gauthier, a Saskatchewan native from Birch Hills, graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2006. She moved to Mayerthorpe shortly after and in 2011 became a practice owner along with Claire. She takes great pride in providing exemplary veterinary care to our rural community, whether it be personalized herd level care to our livestock producers, performing advanced orthopedic procedures on dogs and cats, and even integrating new therapies such as acupuncture. If she's not in the clinic, Janelle's probably out gardening or attempting to break the giant pumpkin record with her husband Cory, and two boys, Jack and Charlie.
Dr. Sarah Wahlert graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 at which time she moved to Canada to join our practice. Born and raised in Idaho and Montana, Sarah feels right at home in a small community like Mayerthorpe. Her areas of special interest are soft tissue surgery, equine and small animal dentistry, small ruminant herd health, camelid medicine, and even the occasional reptile or pet bird. To recharge, Sarah enjoys camping, paddle boarding, and travelling to new places with her dog, Tucker.
Dr. Avril Sinclair, a 2019 graduate of Western College of Veterinary Medicine, comes to us from Manitoba where she worked as an associate veterinarian at a rural mixed animal clinic. She appreciates the diversity that comes along with being a general practitioner in a small town clinic. Dr. Avril particularly enjoys surgery on both small and large animals, working with small ruminants, and anything 'gross'! She and her husband Wes love fishing, hunting, hiking, and spending time with their dogs Maggie and Thor, and their cats Oliver and Jack. Avril's other hobby is drinking coffee as much as possible which could explain her energetic personality!
Chantel Lloyd is our senior RVT, having graduated from NAIT in 2006. Born and raised in the Mayerthorpe area, she stayed true to her roots and is now raising commercial cattle just south of town along with her husband Jeff, and two kids, Taylor and Tristan. She’s a genuine “mom” in every sense of the word, and that caretaker nature definitely extends to our four-legged patients. In her spare time, Chantel could be a writer for “Better Homes and Gardens” with her enviable gardening and crafting skills!
Makayla Morgan graduated as an RVT from Lakeland College in 2019 and quickly became a member of our clinic family. She grew up in the Mayerthorpe area raising commercial cattle with her family. Her “get ‘er done” attitude and exemplary patient care goes above and beyond every day. In her free time, you’ll find her satisfying her competitive nature and need for speed barrel racing on her horses Smoothie and Renegade.
Cassandra Kuhn joined our team as an RVT after graduating from Grande Prairie Regional College in 2020. She was raised near Lake Romeo and continues to help on the family farm raising commercial cattle. She brings exuberance and new knowledge to our clinic, always eager to jump in wherever she’s needed. When not at work in the clinic, on the farm, or milking cows, Cassandra somehow still finds the time to be a beef and sheep 4H leader in the Barrhead District.
Andrea Donahue has been with our clinic since 2001 and we’d be so lost without her! She was born and raised in Blue Ridge on a commercial cattle farm. She took an interlude from farming to attend Old’s College where she obtained a business diploma with a major in finance. Family is very important to Andrea, so it’s no surprise she came back to the area. Andrea currently resides and raises cattle in Cherhill with her fiancé David, and their two children Sophia and Colton.
Ashlene Wilson graduated as a Veterinary Medical Assistant from Lakeland College in 2013. She spent her formative years in Evansburg before moving with her family to Hines Creek. Having been raised around cattle, sheep, and horses, and a long-term participant in 4H, Ashlene is no stranger to the rural lifestyle. She joined our clinic in 2017 after moving to Wildwood to be closer to her fiancé Josh and stepson Ryker. When not working or spending time with family, Ashlene enjoys crafting, gardening, and reading Sci-Fi books.
Bailey Weselak started working for us in 2018 after graduating from NAIT as a Veterinary Medical Assistant. With boundless positivity and energy, she is currently working toward becoming a Registered Veterinary Technologist through Thompson Rivers University. Bailey calls Evansburg home along with her boyfriend Payton, dog Dexter, and one-eyed cat Hook. When she’s not working or studying, Bailey can be found outside gardening or curled up by the wood stove reading her favourite book.
Paige is the newest addition to our Saturday staff. Currently a 10th grader at Grand Trunk High School in Evansburg, Paige has aspirations (we hope) to become a veterinarian. When not at school, Paige works hard on the family farm helping care for their cattle, elk, bison, pigs, horses, hunting dogs; not to mention the cats, rabbits, and chickens. Needless to say, Paige has endless experience with animals!
Tria is our resident clinic cat. As a young cat living on the streets, she was hit by a car on the highway and brought in by a good samaritan. She nearly died of injuries to her lungs and later underwent an operation to remove her damaged front leg. Throughout all of this we fell in love with her and she quickly became family. Tria can be a bit elusive when it's busy, but she never fails to provide comfort to those in need.
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