Dr. Mitch Oviatt, DVM BSc. Ag
Dr. Mitch Oviatt graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He worked in Lethbridge for a year followed by two years in Spokane, WA at McKinlay & Peters Equine before returning to Lethbridge and eventually starting up Ranch Docs along with Dr. Ryan Mohr in 2010. Dr. Oviatt especially enjoys equine medicine, surgery, lameness and dentistry, but is also happy to work on cattle and small animals. When not chasing his five children around, Dr. Oviatt enjoys hunting upland birds behind his two Brittanys, fly fishing, and trail riding in the mountains.
Dr. Ryan Mohr, DVM
Dr. Mohr graduated from the western college of veterinary medicine in 2008. Since finishing his veterinary degree Ryan has worked with both small and large animals, but has primarily focused on horses and cattle. Dr. Mohr has a particular interest in working on performance horses. In pursuing this interest he has taken multiple courses involving diagnosis and treatment of lameness. Recently Dr. Mohr became a certified Veterinary chiropractor. This training has worked well to complement treatment of equine athletes, pleasure horses as well as dogs and cats. Other areas of interest include equine reproduction and cow calf herd management.
Dr. Charlotte Hemstock, DVM
Dr. Charlotte Hemstock grew up on a small acreage west of Calgary, Alberta. She developed a passion for horses from a young age and spent many years riding and competing on the hunter and show jumping circuits. She was fortunate enough to grow up next door to a local equine veterinary clinic which played a major role in her decision to pursue a career as an equine veterinarian. She was working towards a biology degree at Acadia University in Nova Scotia when she was accepted into the DVM program at the University of Calgary. She received her DVM degree from the University of Calgary in June of 2017. She then completed a one-year internship specializing in horses at McKinlay and Peters Equine Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Hemstock is excited to join the Ranch Docs team. Her areas of interest include equine lameness, internal medicine and small animal preventative medicine. In her free time she enjoys riding, water sports, downhill skiing, yoga, and spending time with friends and family at their cabin in Montana.
Dr. Robyn Kennedy, DVM
Growing up on a farm/ranch near Water Valley, AB, Dr Robyn Kennedy's dreams of becoming a veterinarian started at a very young age and came to realization upon graduation from the University of Calgary's DVM program in 2019. Having completed her undergrad degree in biology here at the University of Lethbridge prior to vet school, Dr. Kennedy is looking forward to being back in southern Alberta as part of the Ranch Docs team. With a strong interest in all aspects of mixed practice, she can't wait to get started working on all your critters from bulls to bunnies and everything in between!
Dr. Ian Gibson, DVM
Dr. Ian Gibson is the newest veterinarian to join our team, starting mid November 2019. Dr. Gibson was born in South Africa and lived there most of his life. He graduated in 2015 and worked in a mixed animal practice in rural South Africa for a year. Dr. Gibson then moved to Australia where he worked for 3 years, mainly in a small animal practice. He grew up with a love for animals and spent much of his spare time in the outdoors. Dr. Gibson enjoys fishing and hiking, and is excited to explore Alberta and get involved in all of the outdoor activities! He is eager to join the Ranch Docs team, and has a keen interest in small animal surgery.
Registered Veterinary Technologists
Robin Saar, RVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Robin joined the Ranch Docs team in 2014. She graduated in 1996 from the Animal Health Technology program at the now Thompson Rivers University. Robin has a true passion for animals and is always advancing her education in all aspects. Her passions are behaviour, nutrition, alternative therapies and kinesiology.
Nicole Koenig, RVT, BSc. Biology
Nicole has always had an interest in animal care, spending many summers volunteering and working at different wildlife rehabilitation centers like the Alberta Birds of Prey, and Critter Care Wildlife Society. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. This sparked her interest in the medical side of animal care which led her to continue her schooling, and get her diploma as a RVT.
Nicole started at Ranch Docs in the Summer of 2016 as a practicum AHT student from Olds College. She officially joined the team following her practicum and has loved working in a mixed animal practice. She lives in Lethbridge with her husband, two cats, Blaze and Evy, and dog, Zora.
Steph Johnson, RVT
Stephanie started working at Ranch Docs in December 2017. She graduated from Olds College with an Animal Health Technology Diploma in April 2017. Stephanie enjoys being able to work with both large and small animals in a mixed animal practice . She was born and raised in Fernie, BC spending many hours in the outdoors doing things such as hiking, mountain biking, camping and skiing.
Spencer McCoy-Whittaker, RVT
Spencer started working at ranch docs in May 2018. She graduated from Lakeland College in 2018 as an Animal Health Technician. She grew up in both Drumheller and Strathmore.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 pets- her cats Ellie and Barb, and her dogs Tatum and Beans.
Kendra Wilson, RVT
Kendra moved to Lethbridge from Dawson Creek BC and joined the growing team at ranch docs in November 2018. She attended Grande Prairie regional college (Fairview campus) graduating in 2016 with her animal health diploma. Kendra grew up on a farm in Lymburn, Alberta with cattle and horses where her love for animals started. She is excited to be working here with all the staff and especially all of your pets and livestock.
Shelby Waugh, RVT
Shelby graduated from Lakeland College in June of 2012. She began her career in mixed animal in Saskatchewan where she developed a passion for cattle and the cattle industry.
She has spent the last 5 years working in Small animal on Vancouver island, with a focus in alternative medicine and anesthesia. She is happy to be joining the Ranch Docs team, and following her passion for large animal health . She enjoys spending her down time hiking with her dog or out with her horse.
Shanae Thompson, RVT
Shanae started at Ranch Docs in spring 2020 as a practicum AHT student, and then joined the team right after. She graduated from Olds College with an Animal Health Technology Diploma in June 2020. Shanae enjoys being able to work with all sorts of animals from dogs to cattle.
She grew up in Cranbrook BC where she loves to be outside as much as possible going skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping. Her dog Ryley is her pride and joy. If she had a dollar for every time he made her smile she would be a millionaire.
Toby Kleinsasser, AHT Student
Toby joined the Ranch Docs team in September of 2018. Previously working mostly with dairy cows and mixed grain farming, he enjoys the mixed animal experience working at Ranch Docs offers.
Currently enrolled in the AHT program, his plans are to eventually obtain his Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree.
Client Care Specialists / Support Staff
Jenny Waugh, Office Manager
Jenny comes to us with over 10 years experience in the veterinary industry. She has two labs
and enjoys riding and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter. Jenny grew up in
Cochrane, AB and has always had an interest in agriculture. Previously, she worked for a large
scale feedlot around the Picture Butte area where she learned all the ins and outs of the feedlot
world and developed skills in ultra sounding and low stress cattle handling. Secretly she would
rather be out chasing cows but our clients would miss her too much!
Raquel Ash, Client Care Specialist
Raquel joined the Ranch Docs team as a receptionist in the spring of 2017. She previously worked in the human medicine field as a receptionist, but has loved the change to animal medicine. She was raised here in Lethbridge, where she met and married her sweetheart.
Raquel enjoys road trips, and finding new ice cream stores. She loves spending time with her family, and going to amusement parks with them. She likes to play sports, specifically basketball and rugby. She grew up with two dogs; Duke who is a pitbull cross, and Jasper, a jack russell terrier. She also grew up with two cats, a grey tabby named Ginger, and black and white one named Trouble.
Kela Quinton, Large Animal Client Care Specialist
Mikela started in April 2018. She graduated from the Lethbridge College in agricultural sciences specializing in animal science. She grew up in Cardston, Alberta on a purebred Charolais operation where she enjoys spending her free time working with cattle.
Jasmine Dahl, Client Care Specialist
Jasmine was born and raised in Carmangay, Alberta. She was an active member of the Stavely Stampeders Equine 4-H program for 7 years. In 2015 and 2016 Jasmine was proud to ride with the Calgary Stampede Showriders, representing not only the Calgary Stampede but also the province of Alberta and Canada as they traveled to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jasmine graduated from High School, and then went on to complete the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at Olds College. During this time she competed for the Miss Rodeo Sundre title and was named Miss Congeniality. Jasmine currently resides in Lethbridge and joined the Ranch Docs team in May of 2019.
Brenna Malchow, Client Care Specialist
Brenna grew up riding horses and has competed with her Canadian Warmblood mare at various show jumping barns in the Edmonton and Calgary areas, including Spruce Meadows. Her passion for animals then led her to graduate from the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at Olds College in 2014. Brenna is excited to be a part of the Ranch Docs team and when she is not at the clinic she enjoys spending time with her Pomeranian, Penny.
Kaylie Wilson, Client Care Specialist
Kaylie is a 2013 graduate of the Office Administration Diploma program at our very own Lethbridge College! While she only recently joined us at Ranch Docs, she has 5 years of experience in the veterinary reception field. Growing up, Kaylie spent a lot of time with her Grandmother, who raised Springer Spaniels, and grew to love all animals from there. Although she's an avid dog person, who has a passion for dog behaviour, she also enjoys the crazy cat antics of her rescue O'malley. When she is not manning the phones, Kaylie can usually be found out enjoying the great outdoors with her fiance Kyle and their dogs, Tessa and Balto, or at home relaxing with a good Disney movie!
Sue Lafournie, Book Keeper
Hi, I’m Sue. I love numbers so I became a bookkeeper. I have been contracting to Ranch Docs for the last 6 years. I love being outdoors with my pups.