ABOUT: Meet Our Team: RVT
Deborah Thorne, RVT
Deb was raised on a small mixed farm in the Peace River area. She attended Fairview College as a mature student and graduated in 1992. She worked as a technician in the Edmonton area for 2 years before moving to Vancouver Island. While there, she worked at a busy mixed practice in Mill Bay for 12 years, doing everything from orthopedics to embryo transfer. Deb started at Leduc Veterinary Hospital in November 2007. Her hobbies include gardening and spending time with her grandson.
Marcie Pruden, RVT
Marcie graduated from the RVT program at Olds College in 2010. She did her practicum at a equine emergency and referral clinic in Montana then worked at a small animal practice for the last 2 years. She enjoys snowmobiling, skiing, rodeos, horseback riding and floating down the river on hot days.
Sydney Bowles, RVT
Sydney graduated from Lakeland College in 2014, and joined our team following her practicum. She enjoys the outdoors and everything it has to offer, from mountain biking to snowmobiling. She has 2 energetic dogs that keep her very busy. Sydney’s interests in veterinary medicine are animal behaviour, client education and anesthesia.
Brie Smith, RVT
Brie graduated from Lakeland College from the Registered Animal Health Tech (RAHT) program in 2014. She has also received her Veterinary Medical Receptionist (VMR, 2011) and Veterinary Technical Assistant (VTA, 2012) certificates from Olds College. Brie has been surrounded by various animal her whole life, growing up on a cow/calf and feedlot farm west of Edmonton, 9 years of 4H involvement, and 9 years of owning/operating her own mobile petting zoo from 12 years old. She has 2 Ragdoll rescue cats (Zoey and Lou Lou), 1 Foster Fail Kitten (Mitzii), 1 Catahoula Leopard Rescue dog (Rio), and 4 miniature Donkeys (Crimson, Clover, Dusty, and Gracie). In her spare time you can find Brie working at her feedlot or on the farm, or travelling somewhere around the world.
Kendall Hooge, RVT
Kendall just joined our team after graduating from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT, class of 2017! When she is not working, Kendall enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, family and her two dogs. She likes to go horseback riding, cooking and traveling to different places. Kendall is very excited to start her career as a RVT at The Pet Hospital and The Farm Animal Hospital.
Heather McGrath, RVT
Heather has been working in the veterinary industry for eight years and graduated from the Animal Health Technologist program at NAIT in 2017. When she's not working she is volunteering with different organizations, spending time with family and friends and traveling when she can! She has a senior cat, Bubba, who most definitely has the run of the house (and deserves it!)