Dr. Ken Wright, DVM, Owner
Dr. Ken Wright was born and raised in Southern Alberta. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Work Co-op from the University of Lethbridge in 2001. His Co-op involved antimicrobial resistance in beef cattle at the Research Station in Lethbridge. He then obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Upon graduation in 2005, he and his wife Natalie moved to Claresholm where they fell in love with the small community and all that it entails. All of his free time is consumed by his four sons and their activities. His main area of interest is Beef Cattle production but loves the variety of Mixed Practice and the challenges it brings.
Dr. Connie Fancy, DVM
Dr. Connie Fancy was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada when she was 6 years old. Her family moved around B.C. and Alberta several times, finally settling on a farm near Darwell, Alberta. Her love for animals started at a young age caring for many caged pets, cats, dogs, and horses over the years, but she knew by age 6 she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Fancy took two years of Pre-Vet at the University of Alberta and then was accepted into the DVM program at the WCVM in Saskatoon. She received her DVM degree with great distinction in 1995. Since then she has worked at Claresholm Veterinary Services, first as an associate and then from 2000-2010 as an owner. Dr. Fancy loves rural mixed animal practice for its variety – every day is different. She has a special interest in equine reproduction and cattle semen testing but enjoys working with all species. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her 3 boys, training horses, trail riding and camping, downhill skiing and tropical vacations where there is no wind or snow.
Dr. Kelsey Brandon, DVM
Dr. Kelsey Vandervalk (Brandon) grew up in Carbon, AB where she spent the majority of her time on her grandparents’ purebred Charolais cattle operation. From a very young age Kelsey had a strong passion for cattle and was involved with many junior livestock organizations including 4-H, Charolais youth associations, and the cattlemen’s young leaders program. Kelsey graduated from Carbon High School in 2006 and did her pre-veterinary courses at Red Deer College prior to being accepted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2008. She graduated from vet school in 2012 and moved to Claresholm to work at Claresholm Vet Services as a mixed animal vet. Her main interests are in small animal surgery, small animal emergency medicine, equine dentistry, and anything bovine!! Since moving to Claresholm Kelsey has met her husband Darren Vandervalk and together they have started their own cow herd of 60 cow calf pairs. Kelsey has a huge passion for her cows and spends the majority of her spare time on the farm. Kelsey and Darren are very excited to be expecting their first baby in November 2015. Kelsey is sad to miss this years preg checking and calving seasons but will be back very soon!!
Dr. Kaitlyn Matters, DVM
Dr. Kaitlyn Matters grew up on a small farm in Vermilion, Alberta. Her passion for animals and medicine started young and she recalls telling her dad at age 5 she was going to be a veterinarian. Kaitlyn attended the University of Alberta for 2 years to complete her pre-veterinarian courses prior to being accepted into the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with distinction from UCVM in 2015. The summers between vet school you could find her working at mixed animal clinics, riding horses, and helping her parents out on the farm. Her interests in practice include large animal medicine, particularly beef cow-calf production and equine lameness, and small animal surgery. She really enjoys the variety that being in a mixed animal practice provides and the people that she meets everyday along the way. Outside of the clinic Kaitlyn enjoys riding her horse, running, watching sports, cooking, and traveling home on weekends to help with her cows.
Terryl Way, RVT
Terryl Way was born and raised in Sparwood, B.C. and has been working at Claresholm Veterinary Services as an Animal Health Technologist since 2001. She has recently taken on the role of Office Manager. She completed her AHT course in Fairview, AB in 2000. She has a special interest and training in small animal dentistry but enjoys working with all species that a mixed animal practice has to offer. She and her husband live on an acreage east of Stavely with their horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats. In her spare time she enjoys woodworking, gardening, reading, photography and spending time with family.
Bridgit Ouellette, RVT
Bridgit was born in High River and raised in Wetaskawin. Bridgit graduated from the animal health technology course at NAIT in 2014. She has grown up with animals and currently has two dogs, a snake, a gecko, a horse and a husband! She has worked at Claresholm Veterinary Services since July 2015. Outside of work she enjoys horseback riding, reading and watching movies. She is excited to be working in Claresholm and getting to know the community.
Darcy has worked at Claresholm Veterinary Services since 2011. She enjoys her job and the fun working environment that comes with it. She has learned a lot during her time with us and enjoys working with the animals as well as our clients. Outside of work she coaches junior curling and is a 4-H leader. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, curling and spending time with her husband and 2 children on their funny farm (thanks to her daughter who likes to collect animals!)
Kateri has worked at Claresholm Veterinary Services since 2013 as a Kennel Assistant. She enjoys working at the clinic and learning new things in the animal industry. She has been involved in the Claresholm 4-H Beef Club for the past 7 years and loves curling. She lives on a “funny” farm outside Claresholm where she enjoys her many animals. She has cows, horses, dogs, cats, goats, chickens and a donkey!