Dr. Wendy McClelland, DVM
Chief Medical Director
As the founder of Vets To Go, Dr. Wendy McClelland is passionate about treating pets like members of the family. From her earliest memory, Wendy’s family always had pets that were loved as members of the family. She was so concerned about her pets’ well being that she decided to become a vet when she was just 8 years old.
Her dream came true when she received her certification as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatoon in 2002. At first she practiced in a mixed-animal clinic in the small town of Pincher Creek, Alberta. Then in 2006 she moved to Airdrie, Alberta.
Wendy was frustrated by the time constraints in the clinical setting. Treating a pet in the 15 minutes allowed for a procedure was too often at odds with her desire to make pets and their owners comfortable.
Dr. Wendy founded Vets To Go so that she can provide the kind of care you want for your pet. When she visits your home, she can get to know you and your pet, make you both comfortable and take the time to make recommendations, explain your options and answer your questions.
Dr. Wendy has been featured in a number of publications and media outlets, including the Calgary Herald, CMT Television, Corus Radio Network and was the featured veterinarian in the national television show, Pet Heroes.
Today, Dr. Wendy still has pets as members of her growing family: two cats named Sonny and Baddic. You can trust Wendy and the entire Vets To Go team to treat your pet as compassionately as she treats her own.
Dr. Kristi Jacobson, DVM
Mobile Veterinarian, Calgary and Airdrie
From the time Dr. Kristi was little, she was always taking care of animals in her home and helping out on her grandparents’ farm. This passion for animals is what made her decide to become a veterinarian early in life. Once in vet school in Saskatoon, she volunteered helping rehabilitate injured wild birds and became interested in learning about exotic and wild animal care also.
Upon graduation in 2005 she settled in Lethbridge and practiced in a small animal clinic where in addition to dogs and cats, she was also able to treat exotic pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and amphibians. In 2008 she moved to Airdrie where she met Dr. Wendy and joined Vets to Go in 2011.
Currently she lives in Airdrie with her two young boys and husband. She has an 11yr old diabetic cat “Cookie” that she has cared for since a kitten and recently rescued two kittens “Boone and Thunder”. Her interests today still are in exotic medicine but also in palliative care and keeping aging pets happy and comfortable in their senior years.
Dr. Gillian Mackie, DVM
Mobile Veterinarian, Edmonton and Sherwood Park
Dr. Gillian Mackie grew up on a farm in East Central Alberta and loved animals from a young age. She has fond memories of checking cows with her dad and spending hours in the yard playing with kittens and the family dogs over the years.
After high school she attended the University of Alberta for 3 years and then was accepted into the WCVM in Saskatoon in 1998. In 2002, she graduated with a DVM and after an unforgettable 6 week trip backpacking around Europe, she started her first job at a small animal clinic in Sherwood Park, Alberta. In 2008 she met her husband and they moved to Austin, Texas, where she worked in a small animal practice.
In 2010, Dr. Gillian and her husband returned to Sherwood Park where she lives today. Dr. Gillian currently has a dog named Tempo and 2 cats, Ally and Barley. She is passionate about practicing high quality medicine and getting to know you and your pets.
Dr. Destinee Dummer, DVM
Mobile Veterinarian, Calgary and Area
For as long as she can remember, animals have always been an important part of Dr. Destinee’s family. As a child, she had a natural ability to care for a variety of pets from dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, to the less common chameleons, geckos, newts and tadpoles. It was not uncommon for her to bring home a stray kitten and she had a knack for encouraging other family members to adopt these stray pets. Although everyone who met her assumed she would grow up to be a veterinarian, Dr. Destinee didn’t arrive at this conclusion until after completing her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Calgary.
From there, she was able to combine her love of travel with obtaining her veterinary education. Dr. Destinee graduated the veterinary program at St. Georges University in the Caribbean and spent her clinical year at Murdoch University in Perth Australia. This international education allowed her to appreciate all kinds of human-pet bonds and levels of medical care.
Even though Dr. Destinee loves the Caribbean sun, home is home, and she returned to Canada to work and raise her family. She spent a short time practicing in Ontario at a small animal hospital, and more recently pursued her love of felines and spent two years working at a feline only hospital. It was at that clinic that Dr. Destinee felt the needs of her patients and clients might be better delivered in the home setting, because of the many benefits and rewarding experiences that in-home vet practice provides. Dr. Destinee is excited to be a part of the Vets To Go team as one of our Calgary area in-home veterinarians.
Dr. Charlene Laprise, DVM
Mobile Veterinarian, Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert & Area
Dr. Charlene grew up in Edmonton and loved animals from a young age. She remembers hanging out with all sorts of neighbourhood animals, from roaming cats to her neighbour’s dog, which she would sit and pet for hours. As she grew up, this love for animals grew into a passion for veterinary medicine. She attended the University of Alberta and worked on a Bachelor’s of Science, specialising in Zoology.
Dr. Charlene moved to Saskatoon with her husband in 2007 in order to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She worked at doggie daycare, where she would manage a group of up to 20 dogs. She learned a lot about dog behaviour, how to read body language and dog training while she was there. Dr. Charlene worked at the daycare for a year before realising her dream and being admitted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from the WCVM in May 2012, she practiced at a Vet Clinic for a year and a half in Lethbridge, AB where she set up a behaviour consultation arm of the practice. In 2014, she moved back closer to home and settled in Beaumont, AB.
In 2016, she was excited to join the Vets to Go team. She loves mobile vet practice because it is such a different experience for the animals to be seen at their own home. Dr. Charlene has an interest in animal behaviour modification and lower stress handling techniques. In her freetime she enjoys gardening, yoga and spending time with her husband David, her daughter Violet and their 3 rescue dogs; Addy (a Malamute cross), Karma (a Kelpie cross) and Ember (an American Bulldog X Pitbull).
Dr. Nikki Smith, DVM
Mobile Veterinarian, South Calgary & Area
Dr. Nikki’s love for furry creatures began when she was growing up in Port Moody, BC. Her family had always owned pets and she always had a soft spot for animals. Her keen interest in sciences took her to Simon Fraser University, where she studied Biological Sciences and earned her degree in 1999. Nikki had always seen herself pursuing a career in research but as she neared the end of her degree, she found herself questioning whether that was really what she wanted to do. It wasn’t until a close friend suggested veterinary medicine as a career that she realized that was exactly what she was meant to do! Shortly after, she was accepted into the DVM program at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. After graduating with distinction in 2003, she moved to Calgary and after a brief time as a locum, she settled in at the Calgary Cat Clinic.
Always up for an adventure, in 2005 she and her husband moved to London, UK where she practiced with a large group of veterinary clinics and took the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. After another adventure brought their growing family to Bogota, Colombia, her family has now permanently resettled in Calgary.
In addition to two small children, Dr. Nikki has two world-travelling pets – a Boston Terrier named Winston and a senior cat named Chloe. She loves to travel (if you couldn’t tell!), enjoys the great outdoors, and spending time reconnecting with family and friends.
Dr. Nikki is very excited to do something new and different in the veterinary profession and feels that Vets to Go is the perfect fit to maximize the comfort of her patients and their owners!
Dr. Reza Hassanzad, DVM
As a young boy Dr. Reza wanted to be a pilot…that is until his last year of high school when he was visiting a friend on a dairy farm and happened upon a veterinarian saving a calf’s life. After witnessing that life-changing event he knew his calling was to become a vet and help animals!
He graduated with his DVM in 2002 and shortly after finishing vet school he opened his own veterinary practice. In 2013 Dr. Reza and his family decided to move to Canada where he could continue his career as a vet. Shortly after arriving in Calgary, he began working as a volunteer with Cambrian Animal Hospital, until moving to Guelph to complete the Canadian National Veterinary Board Exams.
He completed his Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP) at the University of Guelph in 2014 and shortly after, Dr. Reza and his family came back to Calgary where he started practicing at a small animal clinic.
Dr. Reza’s furry family includes a 6-year-old Mastiff named Georgie and a not-so-furry goldfish named Rodeen. When he’s not helping animals, Dr. Reza loves swimming and fitness, reading, and spending time with his family.
Jenna Hall, RVT
Jenna’s love of animals developed while growing up on a hobby farm where she raised and cared for a variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, lizards and alpacas. It was inevitable from an early age that she would pursue a career helping animals.
She graduated with Distinction from the Animal Health Technology Distance Program at Thompson Rivers University in 2010 where she gained a wealth of knowledge in animal health and welfare. In the years that followed, she became aware of a growing problem: many pets don’t enjoy coming to, or being at the clinic. So she dedicated her spare time to educating herself on techniques and protocols to reduce stress and anxiety on pets in the clinic. She became certified in Low Stress Handling and started the long journey to achieving the Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behaviour in January 2014 with hopes of being the first in Canada.
Jenna has volunteered at many rescue organizations including Tails of Help, Heaven can Wait, Pawsitive Match, the Happy Cat Sanctuary, the Meow Foundation, and one in Mexico.
Always maintaining an energetic lifestyle, Jenna started Halliday Pet Care and Training, her own Pet Sitting and Training Business in 2008. She also enjoys competing in many sports including horse jumping, soccer, badminton and volleyball. She currently shares her home with her two dogs; Zak, a 7 year old border collie cross and Ely, an 11 month old Rottweiler as well as her horse, Ritchie, family cats and a herd of alpacas which she shears each Spring. She also feels that her beta fish, Mr. Burns and Mr. Smithers deserve a special mention.
Clinic Service Coordinator
The key to Caitlin’s happiness is simple: the compassion she feels for animals, the joy she gets from cooking for friends and family, and her love of great music.
After working as a chef for 10 years, Caitlin decided she needed to shake things up and decided to head back to school. She jokes that she only pursued her lifelong dream of working with animals after finally accepting that her chances of becoming the next Janis Joplin were non-existent. Caitlin graduated with distinction from the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at Olds College and continued her education there in the Animal Health Technology program the following year.
During her time at Olds College, Caitlin discovered she had a passion for communication. She loves talking to clients and learning about their special four legged family members. As a pet parent herself, Caitlin understands the unconditional love we receive from our pets and knows how important it is to advocate for their happiness and well being. She has volunteered with the Calgary Humane Society, the MEOW Foundation, and the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society and is looking forward to helping out the Alberta Spay and Neuter Task force as well.
Outside of work, Caitlin involves herself in a number of hobbies including, baking, gardening, hiking, travelling, and most recently has started soap making. Caitlin has 3 loveable cats at home, a senior male, Quijibo, and two young firecrackers, Chicken and Waffles.
Paws To Rest Coordinator
Ashley was taught to love and care for animals at a young age. Growing up in a home with five cats, two turtles and two rats in Nova Scotia, there was always an animal looking for attention or care.
Ashley first started working with animals professionally in retail, as a Fish and Reptile Manager of two Petland locations. She gained a variety of experience with Cats, Dogs, Small animals and Birds too. From there she worked in the ICU of the CARE Centre Animal hospital as a Vet/Tech Assistant, assisting in a variety of cases and working with wildlife.
Ashley believes that pets play a key role in our day to day lives and as one of the Vets to Go Paws to Rest Coordinators, she understands that we need to be there for our pets, especially when its time to say goodbye.
When Ashley isn’t working, she spends time with her husband exploring Canada. She loves to hike, be outdoors and spend time with her family. Since moving to Calgary, Ashley has gained two furry companions: a rescued Domestic Short-Hair named George and Maine Coon mix named Dali.
From a very young age, Alysia always loved animals and knew that she wanted to work with them. She first starting working closely with dogs at a local daycare centre, and instantly felt at home, which sparked her interest in dog behaviour and training. Over the years she has taken many dog seminars, classes and online courses, including level 1 and 2 Canine massage therapy along with being certified in Canine Swim Therapy. She’s worked in a number of different pet businesses, volunteered for a range of animal rescue organizations, and is thrilled to be continuing her love of animals and helping pet owners with her position at Vets To Go.
Growing up her family dogs were Rottweilers, and she now shares her home with her 4-year-old Pitbull Bossco, and a French Bulldog named Julie, who are the best of friends.
Cecilia has had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. Growing up there was always a pet in the house; most memorably Cecilia’s first dog and best friend a Cocker Spaniel named Ginger.
During her schooling as a Medical Office Assistant, her love for animals led her to begin her practicum at a very busy emergency veterinary hospital. After graduating, she continued to work there for another four years gaining valuable experience not only learning about what goes on behind the scenes of veterinary care but also the impact that pets have on the lives of their owners. She is happy to now be a part of the Vets To Go team where her love of people and animals can come together in such an exciting an innovative way.
When Cecilia is not working she spends her time with her family, which includes her 6-year-old Golden Retriever Marley and two rescue cats Lotus and Minx.
Trina grew up in a home where they always had pets, from Kadie the Cocker Spaniel to Gin and Tonic, the family’s two Dobermans.
Trina has been working as a veterinary receptionist since 2006. Starting in Thunder Bay, Ontario at an emergency hospital, she quickly realized how much she enjoyed working with people and their pets. She considers herself lucky to have started in a practice that allowed her to not only work with the clients but also assist in other aspects of the hospital. From working in the pharmacy to working with the pets on a daily basis she was given the opportunity to learn and experience many different and interesting cases.
In 2011, Trina moved to Airdrie, Alberta to be closer to her siblings and nephews and gained further experience working in a small practice until joining the Vets to Go Team in 2013.
Growing up in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, Jessica always had a fondness for animals. As a child she often took care of stray cats in the neighbourhood, even though allergies prevented her from having pets of her own. In 2006, she added Max, a rescued flat-coated retriever to her family, who is best described a “giant suck” by everyone he meets!
Throughout her career, Jessica has always been involved in some form of marketing or advertising, and she is particularly passionate about social media. You’ll often find her geeking out to web analytics or running the Vets To Go booth at festivals and events, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Vets To Go marketing team.
Jessica, always a “Canadaphile” at heart, immigrated to Canada in 2011 with her husband and two young children (and of course Max!) and loves living in Calgary.
President and Managing Partner
As the President and Managing Partner of Vets To Go, Greg Habstritt has been a lifelong animal lover. The beloved family bassett hound Cleo was his first pet, amongst many others including Delta the dalmation.
Throughout his business career, Greg has founded, built and sold more than 20 companies and received number of citations and awards for his entrepreneurial spirit and success, including Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Canada in 2000.
In addition, he has been featured in several media including Inc. Magazine and the National Post. He was recently nominated to Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40 List”, and is the best selling author of Canada’s top selling book on the subject of RRSPs.
His ventures have raised more than $1 million dollars for a variety of philanthropic and charitable organizations, and for the past several years, he’s focused his energy on supporting animal-related causes, including animal rescue organizations both locally and internationally.
Today, Greg is thrilled to contribute to elevating the quality of life for animals through his work with Vets To Go. He lives in Calgary with his wife Raylene, son Cooper, and their 2 rescue hounds from the Dominican Republic, Bear Bear and Macho.