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. 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
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 little orange kitty happened upon her in 2010, she adopted him immediately.
Melody was working as an Administrative Assistant and realized something was missing from her life. It was then she realized that working with animals was her true calling. Melody received her Veterinary Office Administration Certificate in 2011 and has been working in the veterinary industry since.
Melody has worked in both small private practices as well as with an emergency hospital. She didn’t feel like she was making enough of a difference and decided that working with the Paws To Rest team at Vets To Go would allow her to fully utilize her incredible compassion and kindness for people and animals.
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 cats will tolerate, which is a lot!!
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.
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.