Our Veterinarians

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. 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!