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Veterinarian:


Dr. Greg Benoit, DVM, Owner

Dr. Greg Benoit graduated as valedictorian of his class, from St. Georges University, Grenada in 2005. He grew up in the Lakeland region and comes from a veterinary and farming background and has a love for animals.  He spent much of his younger years playing hockey and showing jumpers competitively.  

In 2003 Dr. Benoit spent the summer in Wetaskawin, AB., at the Bell Veterinary Services clinic where he developed an interest in equine reproduction and then accepted an externship in 2004 and an internship from July 2005 to June 2006 at Moore & Co. in Calgary where he was responsible for all facets of equine medicine including minor surgeries, lameness exams, reproduction and medical workups.  Following his internship Dr. Benoit worked at the Equine Medical Centre in North Chatham, New York, where he continued specializing in equine medicine and reproduction. 

Greg worked with his father and brother at Cold Lake’s Centre Animal Hospital, where he was responsible for all facets of small animal medicine including minor and major surgeries, medical workups and routine examinations.  Dr. Benoit also worked at the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic in 2007, with Dr. Bill Prybysh, after which, he purchased the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic, in March 2008, and continues to offer small and large animal services to the Bonnyville area.  


In February 2009, Greg married his long-time friend, Allison Reid, who is also a partner in the business.  They have 3 children together, Norah born in February 2010, Owen born in July 2011 and Easton, a Mothers Day gift, born in May 2013.


Dr. Nicolle Davis, DVM, Associate

Dr. Nicolle Davis was born and raised in Middleton, Nova Scotia.  Her love for animals ignited at a young age, as she had many pets, and she knew she wanted a career helping, caring, or working with animals.  As such Nicolle attended Dalhousie University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology with Honors.  For two years Nicolle worked with species at risk, specifically endangered Roseate Terns.  Her research involved living on an isolated island for 3 months, in close proximity to many breeding seabirds and shorebirds. 

As Nicolle wanted to further expand her animal knowledge, she then attended the Atlantic Veterinary College located in beautiful Prince Edward Island.  In May 2017, Dr. Davis graduated from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and is the newest associate veterinarian at Centre Animal Hospital.  Dr. Davis has a special interest in feline medicine, diagnostic imaging, and wildlife.               

After graduation, Nicolle moved to Saskatchewan to be reunited with her fiancé, Morgan, and their dog, Maggie (Great Pyrenees), and two cats, Hope and Reese.  In their spare time, Nicolle and Morgan enjoy activities that involve the outdoors, including camping, fishing, and 4-wheeling.


Dr. Robyn Shipclark, Associate (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Robyn moved to the Cold Lake area when she was 13 years old. She lived at CFB Cold Lake for a year before her family moved to an acreage near Ardmore, and she attended high school in Bonnyville. After high school, she completed a degree in Biology with distinction for the University of Alberta. Before deciding to attend veterinary school, she enjoyed a career in medical research with the CanadaWest Biosciences and the University of Alberta. Next, she took a position as a teaching technician at the University of Calgary's faculty of Veterinary Medicine. From there, she was admitted to the University of Calgary's Veterinary Medicine program. Since graduation in May 2016, she has been working in small animal practice. Her interests include dentistry and pocket pets.

Robyn married her high school sweetheart Conrad and they have 1 child together, Everett, who was born in January 2014. They also have a beautiful orange tabby cat named Bentley, and have recently adopted a new shelter kitten, now named Shelby.  Robyn is currently on maternity leave, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest member of their family.  


Dr. Amanda Scott, DVM, Relief Associate

Dr. Scott has been a long time associate of ours at the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic. With more than 5 years of experience with us focusing on small animal dentistry and equine medicine, Dr. Scott's advice is warmly welcomed as she occasionally cameo's at Centre Animal Hospital. Dr. Scott graduated from the University of Alberta in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture with a major in animal science.  She then completed her veterinary degree in 2011 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK.

Dr. Scott has put down roots in the area, and enjoys spending time outside of work with her husband, her little boy, and their variety of pets. 


Dr. Melanie Koetke, DVM, Relief Associate

Dr. Melanie Koetke grew up on a cattle and grain farm outside Camrose, Alberta. She completed two years at the University of Alberta before attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to complete her Veterinary degree. Dr. Koetke graduated from the WCVM in 2017, and is the newest member of the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic team. 

Growing up on a beef farm, Dr. Koetke developed a strong interest in herd medicine and reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Working at other Veterinary clinics in the past, Dr. Koetke also came to enjoy small animal wellness and behaviour. 

In her spare time, Dr. Koetke enjoys playing sports, reading and helping out on the family farm. ‚Äč


Katryn Fisher, RVT

Katryn joined our team in May 2016, after graduating from the Lakeland College AHT programme.  

Katryn graduated from St. Mary's High School, and grew up in Strathclair, Manitoba before moving to Vegreville, AB, and eventually Cold Lake.  She has three cats; Leo, Buddy & Spook, and a Shihtzu-Yorkie mix named Izzy.  

Katryn's spunky attitude is a welcome addition to our team.


Lauren Rieder, RVT

Lauren joined our team as our newest RVT in May 2017.  

Lauren is a recent graduate from the AHT programme at Lakeland College as well, but isn't a new face in Cold Lake, as she grew up here, and her family still resides in Cold Lake.  

Shortly after joining our team, Lauren fell in love with and rescued a sweet little cat named Jimmy.  Her caring, friendly attitude and beautiful smile makes her a heartwarming addition to the team.


Jenifer Canning, VA

Jen started with us last year at our sister clinic in Bonnyville in October, and then transferred to Centre Animal Hospital in December.  She moved out west from Ontario, and brought 7 years of clinic experience with her.

 Jen has a handsome Shephard/Rotti cross named Flynn and a Siamese mix named Oscar.  Very recently, Jen won the battle with her boyfriend, and they have added sweet little Ellie, a one-floppy-eared lab mix to their family.  Jen has a gift for remembering all of our patients, and you may even hear her on one of our radio ads!


Melissa Murphy, Client Services Specialist

Melissa joined out team in April of 2017, bringing with her more than 6 years of administrative experience.  Her sunny personality makes her the perfect fit up front, welcoming our clients and keeping our day organized.  

Melissa is the first and the last face most people see when they visit our hospital, and she always has a smile and genuine, kind words to share.  Having been in the area for her whole life, Melissa knows many people, and prides herself on remembering clients and patients alike.

 

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