DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINICAddress: 238 116th Ave (Across from the fairgrounds)
Dr. Mike Ross
Owner - Large Animal Veterinarian
Mike was raised on a ranch/ feedlot close to Estevan, Saskatchewan where he was extensively involved with horses and cattle from an early age. He was in beef 4-H for over 10 years, and roped in high school rodeo. He spent 2 years in Casper, Wyoming and a year at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas completing his pre-veterinary university requirements. Here he received scholarships to travel throughout the USA and compete in livestock judging competitions. He then attended the Western Veterinary College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for four years, where he met Zoe Ross, who became his wife and sole partner at the Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic. Mike’s brother, Jeremy, also attended Western College of Veterinary Medicine and along with his wife, Dr. Carol Ross, own and operate Estevan and Weyburn Veterinary Clinics (Prairie Animal Health Center) in Saskatchewan. Mike\'s parents, Brian and Rosalie, and brother and sister-in-law, Chad and Crystal, remain operators of 4 generation Ross L-7 ranch and L-7 feeders in Estevan. Mike also received mentorship from his grandparents, Cyril and Helen Ross of Estevan. His late Grandfather, Cyril, was an accomplished horseman and won a team penning belt buckle competing in Agribition 2008 at 88 years of age!
In the spring of 2000 Mike graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and joined his uncle and mentor, Dr. Barry Ross, at the Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic (DCVC). Dr. Barry has practiced in the Dawson Creek area since 1976 and retired officially in 2004. Mike bought in 50% in 2002. A couple years later in 2004, Mike and Zoe became 100% owners of the DCVC and have enjoyed coaching the wonderful team here at the clinic. Mike loves all animals but is particularly interested in equine and bovine. Mike has taken advanced training courses in equine dentistry and has special interest in this area. Mike has enjoyed working with all the wonderful clients and friends in the Peace River Region and beyond.
In his spare time Mike spends time with his sons, Declan and Dain, and has a love and passion for team roping and good livestock people. He also enjoys all sports, camping, fishing, and puttering around on the farm.
Dr. Zoë Ross
Owner- Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Zoë Ross (formerly Clark) was born in Montreal in 1975 and was raised in the Medicine Lodge Hills west of Bentley, Alberta on the family sheep and horse farm with her younger sister, Janna. By the age of 12 she was sure she wanted to become a veterinarian, specializing in large animals.
She graduated from Bentley High School in 1993 and was class valedictorian and commenced her pre-veterinarian education at Augustana in Camrose the following year. She continued at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, graduating with a degree in agriculture. She was hired by Dr. John Kennelly to assist in the supervision of a research trial at the dairy cow research unit at U of A. She remained there for two years and then in 1999 she was successful in obtaining a place in veterinary science at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and graduated in 2003. Zoë received the large animal student surgery award, the Wyeth general proficiency award and the Janssen animal health award.
Since high school she had volunteered or worked for vet clinics in Sylvan Lake, Crestomere, Leduc, Camrose and Dawson Creek. After graduation she worked full time at the Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic. Zoë married Dr. Mike Ross after graduation and the following year, they purchased the clinic. She and Mike have expanded and developed both the large and small animal practices and now retain four other vets and support staff.
They have two sons, Declan and Dain. They are extremely active in the community and both Zoë and Mike enjoy team roping, cross country sking and various outdoor activities with their family. Zoe also enjoys playing soccer.
Zoë is committed to providing high quality client education as well as excellent surgical and medical care for her patients. She has participated in additional continuing education since graduation in the areas of orthopedic surgery, equine reproduction and rehabilitation (physiotherapy) as well as keeping current in bovine herd health and equine medicine. Zoë is also committed to youth education and the clinic regularly allows student volunteers in to observe how the clinic works. She also attends career fairs at schools in the area.
Dr. Christa Harder
Large Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Christa grew up on a mixed animal farm near Clavet, Saskatchewan where she was actively involved with the local light horse 4-H club and livestock judging. Christa was working on an Animal Science degree through the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan before being accepted into veterinary college at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. During university, Christa’s passion for the outdoors led to her Alberta working as an outdoor guide leading adults and children on trips through the mountains backpacking, mountain biking and river paddling during the summers.
The draw of the mountains led Christa back west following graduation from WCVM in 2009 and this time landed her in Dawson Creek. Christa began her career working on all species but her passion for working with large animals led her to eventually work on primarily horses and cattle. Christa is passionate about veterinary medicine and providing high quality care to her equine and bovine patients as well working in partnership with their owners.
Christa is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and has taken further training in equine dentistry, podiatry (feet), lameness and most recently veterinary spinal manipulative therapy. Christa is member of the College of Animal Chiropractors and very excited to offer this new option to our equine and canine patients.
Christa enjoys living in a rural community and loves working for all the wonderful clients who have quickly become friends! Christa and her partner, Chance, have recently started their own cattle operation on their new ranch west of Dawson Creek. Christa loves living in the country and when time permits enjoys anything outdoors whether riding her horse, hiking, biking, skiing or working with her newly appointed cattle dog, Fly.
Dr. Emily Wilson
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Emily grew up in Quesnel, BC on a commercial cow/calf operation. She spent many hours at the family\'s ranch, west of Quesnel, riding horses, working cattle, trapping and fishing. She was actively involved in the local beef 4H club for ten years and received numerous showmanship awards. Emily was also quite involved in her family\'s veterinary practice from a young age which helped develop her passion for veterinary medicine. This inspired her to follow in her father\'s footsteps and choose a career in veterinary medicine.
Following high school, Emily took a year off to travel Europe and work for a local purebred breeder showing cattle across western Canada. She spent a year at the University of Calgary and two years at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops completing her pre-requisites for veterinary college.
Emily was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She was involved in leading the WCVM Bovine Club and helped coordinate student trips and wet labs. Emily gained invaluable experience in her summer jobs working at Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic in 2012 and Kamploops Large Animal Clinic in 2013. Emily won the Dr. Scott Rairdan Memorial Scholarship Bovine Reproduction award in her third year of vet school for proficiency and interest in bovine reproduction. During her final year in vet school, Emily completed an equine externship at Moore Equine in Calgary and a bovine externship at Greenbelt Veterinary Services in Chilliwack.
Emily graduated from WCVM in the spring of 2014. She had such a wonderful experience working in Dawson Creek as a summer student she jumped at the opportunity to join the Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic veterinary team. Emily has packed her layers and is excited to brave the northern winters. She has a particular interest in bovine medecine but is excited to develop her skills in both large and small animal medicine and surgery. Through growing up in the industry, Emily has learned the importance of working with the client to ensure the best possible outcome. Veterinary medicine is about addressing the client\'s individual needs as well as the animal\'s medical needs. Emily is excited to be a part of the Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic team.
We Are Hiring Vet
Small Animal Veterinarian
Do you want the opportunity to practice high quality medicine in a modern fully equipped facility with an amazing support team but still have lots of time off to enjoy life? We are looking for a small animal veterinarian to join us in Dawson Creek.
Dawson Creek is a beautiful area close to the Peace River Valley with incredible outdoor opportunities as well as a growing community with a strong economy. We are a client focused, community based practice that values quality of life. Our clinic is a modern, progressive mixed animal practice, currently with six veterinarians and a great support team. Our enthusiastic and fun team members are awaiting your arrival. We are offering competitive wages and up to six weeks of holidays a year. We would also consider a part time position or shift work (example 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off). To learn more about our clinic, check out our website at www.dcvet.ca. If you are interested in this position, please contact our Human Resources Manager at email@example.com or fax (250)782-2426.
The Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic has been a great place to start my career. The facility is top notch. The equipment and tools that are available to use enable you to perform complicated work ups, while at the same time, making your life much easier, and efficient. Having the drive through large animal facility is a huge advantage especially in the winter months. The current staff is energetic and very welcoming. There is ample tech/assistant power, which enables the veterinarians to do research on complicated cases, follow up with clients, and get records done. The clients from my experience have been welcoming to new veterinarians, and often take an interest in getting to know you.
Dawson Creek has a welcoming small town feel with many amenities, it is close to Grande Prairie and Fort St John which are both large shopping centers. People that enjoy the outdoors will never run out of activities. Currently the housing market is in the renter/buyers favour, and it is affordable to keep horses in this area. On the large animal side, I primarily do cow/calf and equine work. If you are a bovine enthusiast this would be a very welcoming clinic, as I have enjoyed working with many of the progressive ranchers.
Whatever your interests are, or even if you are still figuring that out, this clinic provides a huge variety of work allowing personal interests to be pursued. As a new grad, working at DCVC will improve your reputation, as it is known for its client service and top notch medicine.
- Emily Wilson
I came here not knowing anything about the city of Dawson Creek (I was quite nervous taking a job so far up north). However, I could not have been more pleased with how welcoming the community has been, how accessible things are, and the outdoor opportunities that this region has to offer. The winters were much milder than I was anticipating. It has been an amazing place to learn and grow as a new graduate, especially because the people I work with are so supportive. We have an incredible staff who greatly care for each other, have an emphasis on team work, and are very passionate about veterinary medicine. Patient care and customer service is of the utmost priority. We see a vast variety of cases, and the practice is also quite busy. It provides ample opportunity to see really neat things, and also see it done with a high quality of work. Having such a large practice also allows for collaboration amongst vets. Since many referral practices are a considerable distance, this also broadens the depth and breadth of the cases seen. I feel that I got an excellent start to my career. I have zero regrets taking this job, and feel incredibly sad to be leaving.
- Tegan Alce
I have been an employee at the Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic for almost two years. I would have enjoyed staying for many many more; however, have decided to relocate due to family reasons. In agreement with the other veterinarian’s statements, the practice employs a high standard of care for patients and clients. There is a wonderful work environment with an excellent team atmosphere. We have a great vet team to accommodate each other’s time off needs and there has been ample encouragement and assistance provided for continuing education. Individual vet desires to pursue particular areas of expertise are always encouraged and welcomed. I have worked both in the large and small animal side of things at the clinic. Along with the small animal clinic being beautifully spacious and brand new, the large animal clinic is also wonderful to work in. The clinic is drive through, with a bovine section separated from an equine section. There is a padded stall for winter (or summer) large animal surgeries and ample room to move many animals around at one time.
The Dawson Creek area itself has lots to offer! There are a large variety of sport teams in the area, a great musical/art community, LOTS of horse people/activities/events/competitions of different types, and pretty much every other kind of outdoor activity. There are airports both right in Dawson as well as in the neighboring towns of Fort Saint John and Grande Prairie for very convenient faraway travelling.
I highly recommend this practice to experienced or new graduates as well as individuals or couple teams.
- Jenny Soucy
I came to Dawson Creek after I graduated in 2009 and have stayed here since. I knew no one and nothing about the area when I came but I can honestly say it far exceeded my expectations! The peace country is beautiful with both prairies, mountains and rivers all close by. The community and clients in this area are wonderful! Over the years many of our clients have become close friends which makes work so much fun!
This clinic allows you to develop in the areas you are passionate in, which for me was large animal work and that is primarily all I do now. The clinic also has recently allowed me to take a veterinary chiropractic course after I expressed interest in that area. Being a 6 doctor practice in a smaller center has huge benefits since call is very manageable and quality of life for all of us veterinarians is a high priority. This clinic has a large group of support staff which means even in large animal I always have a tech with me in the clinic or on the farm. A tech is also on call with you on evenings and weekends. This clinic also has a very progressive practice management model and is a successful business allowing you to also succeed financially.
- Christa Harder
Dr. Mira Kelada
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Mira grew up in Metchosin, a semi-rural seaside community on southern Vancouver Island. She was raised on a mixed farm producing sheep, pigs, meat birds, as well as hay, cereal crops and holly at Christmas time. She was active on the farm from an early age, and especially enjoyed lambing season. She also participated in Horse 4-H and Pony Club and competed throughout BC in three-day eventing on her mare, Mocha, during her high school years.
Following graduation from high school, Mira spent a year with her father’s family in Egypt and studied Arabic. Mira then attended McGill University, graduating with degrees in history and biology. She was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.
While at veterinary school, Mira conducted research in Saskatchewan investigating pain management of calves following castration. She also worked in East Africa—on projects in Kenya with traditional Maasai herdsmen facing disease challenges with cattle, and, as part of a Veterinarians without Borders-Canada program, to improve cow nutrition and welfare.
Mira is proud to be part of the Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic team and looks forward to working with all animals, both large and small. She enjoys living in Dawson Creek and wants to experience everything the region has to offer. Her Northern British Columbia bucket list includes ice fishing, back country cross-country skiing, curling, and herding cows by horseback.
Dr. Katrina Barth
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Katrina is from a smaller city just north of Edmonton, Alberta. Ever since an early age she was surrounded by a menagerie of animals, taking on various opportunities to be around them, including: volunteering with her local SPCA, therapeutic horse riding for kids with disabilities, and working at a selection of veterinary clinics around Edmonton. These experiences solidified her early childhood goal of becoming a veterinarian and propelled her towards a career in animal medicine.
Katrina began her university career by studying a Bachelor’s of Science degree at Grant MacEwan University, majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Sociology, for four years. During this time she was able to take the necessary DVM prerequisite courses and had final acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, (one of 77 other students, with a record number of admission pool of over 500 applicants)!
During veterinary school, Katrina spent her first summer months researching parasites in bovine fecal samples and performed a study, resulting in a publication, on the changing demographics in Western Canadian veterinarians. Interactions with stellar cattle producers during her research gave her a new appreciation for cow/calf operations and fostered her interest in mixed practice. Katrina also fundraised during her second year of schooling, with a student run group 'Global Vets,' and obtained a scholarship to travel to rural India with three other classmates emphasizing One Health. This included a spay/neuter project on stray dogs, controlling the incidence of rabies via vaccination, and educating rural miniature donkey owners on their animal welfare and treatment of disease. She was the president of the WCVM Business Club, a Small Animal Club executive and won the Merck Student Presentation award at the 2017 Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners.
Katrina, a WCVM class of 2017 grad, is excited to join the excellent team at Dawson Creek and looks forward to be able to provide high quality medical/surgical services, to both large and small animal clients. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active and partaking in all things outdoors, with hopes to travel and help advance animal welfare in developing countries!