Angela Chapman, RVT
Angela was born and raised in a small picturesque town on Georgian Bay in Ontario and she recently relocated to Calgary to start the newest adventure in her life – moving all 27 of her houseplants along with her! Angela’s love for dogs started when she was just 7 years old helping out on a hobby farm where she met her first Newfoundland dog. It was love at first sight! She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program in 2015, shortly after that received her credentials to become an RVT.
Angela spends most of her free time with her big Newfoundland dog, participating in his favourite activities that mostly revolve around the couch. The rest of the time she is busy hiking, chasing waterfalls and tending to her wide array of tropical plants. She has a passion for small animal anesthesiology and thoroughly enjoys enhancing the lives of clients by providing a comfortable environment for their fur babies. Angela strives to make clients feel welcome and secure when it comes to surgery and leaves no questions unanswered. She feels very lucky to be part of such a wonderful team that aim to make Veterinary medicine the best it can be! Angela shares her home in Calgary with her boyfriend Nicholas and their big fluffy pup Oskar!
Eilidh grew up in Bragg Creek, Alberta riding horses and training the family dogs with the local 4-H club. Her passion for dog training and behaviour began at age 11 and has carried on through adulthood and led Eilidh to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2017.
In her spare time, Eilidh does pet sitting, spends time in Bragg Creek, and tries to find all the best restaurants in Calgary! Eilidh started working for Vets to Go in Spring 2018. Working in Client Services has been a rewarding way to provide a valuable service to pet owners, especially when she can put her skills to use giving behavioural and training advice. Eilidh currently lives in SE Calgary with a foster cat, and has plans for a new puppy very soon!
Dr. Taylor Smith, DVM
North Edmonton and St Albert/Spruce Grove
Dr. Taylor is from the Edmonton area and has been an animal-lover from as far back as she can remember. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in 2006, specializing in Evolutionary Biology. Over the following years, Dr. Taylor spent time working and volunteering in many different animal-related capacities; in small-animal clinics in the city of Edmonton, at the Valley Zoo, on a wildlife conservancy in South Africa, in a swine barn in Iowa, to name a few.
Dr. Taylor entered the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Calgary as part of its inaugural class of 2012. During the following years, Dr. Taylor developed her love of working with equine patients and completed an equine internship following veterinary school. Her practice has since then been comprised of both equine and small animal patients. Dr. Taylor has always had a passion for mobile veterinary medicine, as it provides veterinary care to the patients that often need it the most.
Receptionist - Calgary Clinic
Allie is a plain and simple animal lover! She is a born and raised Calgarian who grew up loving two dogs, three cats, two hamsters and many different birds. Allie has been volunteering at an animal rescue shelter for 4 years now and some of her duties include walking dogs, medicating, feeding, cleaning, loving and cuddling the animals! Determined to further her skills, Allie started working in doggy daycare practicing behavioural and pack mentality techniques while finalizing her Medical Office Assistant program at Bow Valley College. Shortly after graduation, Allie entered the veterinary field working in a 24-hour Emergency Animal Hospital where she has gained valuable knowledge of medical procedures, patient care and hospital operations.
Allie joined the Vets To Go team in August of 2018, instantly knowing that this was the company for her! Seeing how much love, compassion and respect the staff gives to their clients and patients warms her heart. She believes that the openness, care and overall positive energy that the Vets To Go family provides is truly unique and special and she is honoured to be part of the team.
In Allie’s spare time she enjoys hanging out with her American Pitbull Terrier named Milo and her two Green Spotted Pufferfish named Ooo-Haha and Sprout!
Surgery Tech Assistant & Client Services
Ashley is a born and raised Albertan, who always loved having animals around. Spending time snuggling a dog, cat, little piglet or any other animal was always her favourite activity.
After spending time in a few different careers, Ashley decided to follow her passion and completed the VOA program from Bow Valley College in May 2018 which helped her achieve her dream job – becoming part of the amazing team at Vets To Go! She couldn’t have been more fortunate, finding such an amazing group of people (and animals!) to spend her days with.
In her spare time, you can find Ashley running trails in Kananaskis and West Bragg, puttering around in the shop on countless unfinished woodworking projects and enjoying a glass of wine on the deck or by the bonfire with the animals. Ashley and her husband Chris share their home with 2 dogs (Mr. Bo & Lana), 2 cats (Kato & Doyle) always a few chickens and hopefully one day some goats!
Dr. Laura Fick, DVM
Mobile Veterinarian - South Calgary and Okotoks
Dr. Laura is a born and raised Calgarian who felt a strong kinship with animals from a young age. While her family included cats, she was also the first to rescue a trapped mouse, walk the neighbor’s ferret, run around with her friend’s dogs, sneak into pastures to pet horses, and inspect the salamanders in the creek. At 18 she moved to Toronto where she pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees in health sciences at the University of Toronto. Following the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Laura moved back to her home city and began working in aging and cancer research at the University of Calgary (U of C).
A research collaboration with the U of C’s new Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) allowed her to realize she needed to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. After graduation from UCVM in 2016, Dr. Laura worked in mixed animal practice in both Three Hills and Turner Valley, AB. It was through mixed animal practice that Dr. Laura realized the compassionate and personal nature of mobile in-home veterinary medicine and felt working with Vets To Go would be able to maximize her time with clients and their beloved pets. Dr. Laura is passionate about animal health and welfare and believes the best patient care comes along with devoted and personal client care and communication.
Dr. Laura and her beloved Jason share their home with four incredible rescue animals: two cats, Dixon and Bka, and two dogs, Dora and Lucy. In addition to their furry family members, Dr. Laura also spends a huge amount of time with her three aquariums and 53 fish. Dr. Laura is very excited to meet you and your furry family members.
Dr. Wendy McClelland, DVM
Mobile Vet - Cochrane, Calgary and Area
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. 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, Beaumont and South Edmonton
Back from Maternity Leave in Late 2018!
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, specializing 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 realizing 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 free time 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. Kristi Jacobson, DVM
Mobile Vet - Calgary, Airdrie and Area
As a child, Dr. Kristi loved caring for the various critters that came into her life including guinea pigs, cats, and lizards. That love for animals inspired her to set her sights on veterinary school, and she realized her dream of becoming a vet in 2005 when she graduated from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.
After medical school, she honed her skills in small animal clinics throughout Alberta until joining Vets To Go in 2011 to take on the challenge of mobile medicine. Dr. Kristi has a keen interest in helping senior pets and also small exotics such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Her furry family members include her two cats, Boone and Thunder, and a rescued rabbit named Darth Licorice.
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.
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.
Client Services - Team Lead
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 Pitbull Bossco, and a French Bulldog named Julie, who are the best of friends.
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.
Melody was born and raised in Calgary and has always had a passion for and empathy towards animals. She was unable to have any of her own pets growing up, so when a sweet orange kitty happened upon her in 2010, she adopted him immediately. Then her adorable/naughty little black kitty found her way into her heart a few years ago. Now, Melody and her husband have 4 amazing kitties between them!
Melody was working as an Administrative Assistant and noticed something was missing from her life. It was then she realized that working in the animal industry was her true calling. Melody received her Veterinary Office Administration Certificate in 2011 and has been working in veterinary hospitals ever since.
Outside of work, you will often find her learning new crochet patterns for cat toys, helping her mother with her Ferrier business and getting as many snuggles that her 4 cats will tolerate, which is a lot!!