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.
Keanna graduated from Olds College in 2017 as an Animal Health Technologist. She then went on to obtain a diploma in Animal Science Technology from Lakeland College. A homebody, Keanna worked in Saskatchewan for 3 years before deciding to venture out further than ever before...to Mayerthorpe! She particularly enjoys small animal dentistry, watching cow abscesses being lanced, or anything large animal. In her time away from the clinic she enjoys curling, landscape and portrait photography, and helping on her boyfriend's farm.
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!
After a few years in the Alberta oilfield, Katie came back to her farming roots and left the bright lights of Evansburg to pursue a career at the Mayerthorpe Vet Clinic in 2015. She completed her Veterinary Technician Program through Thompson Rivers University and never looked back. She has a deeply ingrained interest in bovine and equine medicine with a special love for pretty palominos and ranchy speckled parks. Off duty, you will track her down chasing after two wild boys Keith and Eli, barefoot in her greenhouse, or out for a ride on her horse Bear.
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.
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.
Elizabeth is one of our newest staff members and we are so excited to have her on our team. Originally from Edmonton, she moved to Mayerthorpe several years ago and is quickly putting down roots with her fiancé Jordan and son Miles who affectionately calls her MOM, MOM, MOMMMYYY.
Paige is the newest addition to our Saturday staff. Currently a senior 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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