Leduc Animal Clinic 2019

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ABOUT

Our Staff

Dr. Ken Smith, DVM, BSc

Growing up in the rural east central Alberta community of Castor, Dr. Ken Smith has always had animals in his life.  The farm dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys and honeybees he cared for instilled a love and appreciation of all living things at a very early age.  In 1989 he completed his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, then graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1993.  He then joined the mixed animal practices in Langenburg, Saskatchewan and Russell, Manitoba where he enjoyed working on many species before moving to Leduc in 1996 where he has been practicing at the Leduc and Beaumont Animal Clinics ever since.  Dr. Smith believes the most rewarding part of his work is the many wonderful people he has come to know through caring for their furry family members, and feels very fortunate to be serving people in this capacity.  Away from the office, he enjoys camping and hiking with his family, gardening, music and badminton.

Dr. Tanya Groundwater, DVM

Dr. Groundwater was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC.  She lived on an acreage and actively participated in 4-H with beef projects, as well as various executive positions within the 4-H club.  She went to school at the University College of the Cariboo (now called Thompson Rivers University) for her pre-veterinary medicine courses.  She was accepted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and graduated in 2006.  From 2006-2007 she worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Moosomin, Saskatchewan and then ventured west and worked in High Prairie, Alberta as a mixed animal practitioner from 2007-2012.  In June 2012 she moved to Millet and started working with the Leduc Animal Clinic. 

Dr. Groundwater is married, and has two very active children who keep her entertained.  She also owns two cats and three dogs which adds to the very busy household.  She enjoys living in Millet as she can now spend more time with her family.  She also enjoys scrap booking, card making, sewing, gardening and camping. 

Dr. Devan Boss, DVM, MSc

Dr Devan Boss completed a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Oncology at the University of Guelph.  She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2015 and moved to Alberta to pursue an internship and worked in a mixed animal practice.   She joined the team at the Leduc Animal Clinic in 2019.

Outside of work Devan enjoys spending time with her husband, her young son, their two dogs and their cat.    Together they enjoy travelling the world, hiking and camping.

Dr. Megan Forgan, DVM

Dr. Megan Forgan grew up in Edmonton prior to moving to Saskatoon to complete her veterinary degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Additionally, she completed a small animal internship at the Ontario Veterinary College. She joined the team at Leduc Animal Clinic in 2019. She takes an interest in internal medicine and neurology. Dr. Forgan loves caring for the animals that enrich our lives. Solving the 'puzzle' that is medicine, and treating complex cases is something she finds rewarding, as difficult as it can be at times. Outside of work, Dr. Forgan enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her friends, cats, and dog. 

Dr. Francine Chabot, DVM

Dr. Chabot grew up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan, where she spent many hours trying to tame the wild barn kittens.  Dr. Chabot spent two and a half years working as an Animal Health Technologist before deciding to become a vet.  She graduated from Ross University in 2011 and has been part of the Leduc Animal Clinic team since 2012.  She has two house cats, Lola and Moe, and has a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Jenny. She enjoys gardening, reading, needlepointing, hiking and continues to try to tame the barn cats.

Dr. Zuzana Smith, DVM (Practice Manager)

Dr. Zuzana Smith grew up with several generations of German Shepherds and learned early on the value of animal companionship.  She set her sights on a career in veterinary medicine and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.  Dr. Smith started out in a mixed animal practice straddling the Saskatchewan and Manitoba border, but moved closer to home when the first of her three children was on the way.  During the early years of motherhood, Dr. Smith worked part time for the CFIA and did some locum work for various small animal practices in the Edmonton area.  Dr. Smith has now stepped back from clinical practice to work as the practice manager of the Leduc and Beamont Animal Clinics.  In her spare time, Dr. Smith likes to spend time with family, to knit or read with a cat or two on her lap, to bake and to tend her flower garden.

 
 
 
 
 
Veterinarians
 
Kristin Johnson, RVT

Kristin graduated from the NAIT Animal Health Technology program and has been an AHT for 11 years.  Kristin has 2 birds, 2 cats and a big St. Bernard.  She enjoys gardening and sewing and spending time with her rambunctious son. 

Robyn Makarowski, RVT

Robyn graduated from NAIT's Animal Health Technology program in 2000.  She has two energetic Golden Retrievers, Clifford and Rupert.  She has two little girls who keep her busy outside of work.  

Ronda Ohlmann, RVT

Ronda graduated from Lakeland College and has enjoyed being a registered Animal Health Technologist for the past 16 years.  She lives on a farm east of Leduc and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends.  Ronda also enjoys cooking and baking.

Corrie Opsahl, RVT

Corrie grew up in a small town in Northern Alberta and moved to the Leduc area in 2012.  She graduated from GPRC - Fairview Campus in 2011.  Corrie loves working with animals!  In her spare time she also likes reading, quilting and spending time with her fiance, two children, two cats and one dog.

Kayla Julien, RVT

Kayla graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 2013.  Growing up in a small town in central Alberta and working with several different types of animals is what got her interested in becoming an AHT.  She recently got married and now lives in Edmonton with two fur babies:  "Buddy", a white domestic short-haired cat, and "Sable", a crazy and lovable boxer/border collie mix who is always up for a good run.  In her spare time, Kayla enjoys horseback riding, crocheting and camping.  If you see her at the clinic, don't forget to say hello!

Annamaria Gal, RVT

Anna graduted from the Lakeland College Animal Health Technology program in 2015. Since then she has worked in the small animal veterinary world in Edmonton with a brief foray into the 24hr emergency vet field in her hometown of Calgary, before reclaiming her nights and deciding the fun and variety of small animal practice suited her best. Shortly after leaving tech school and deciding it would be best to wait a year or so before getting any personal pets, 2 stray kittens found by her niece under a car in the pouring rain adopted her. They are now named River Song (calico) and Boe (smoke tabby) and take up most of her free time along with reading and enjoying live music, comedy and generally all British culture and entertainment.

Taylor Leaney, RVT

Taylor was born in Calgary and fell in love with her family's hobby farm  at a young age after moving to an acreage just west of Ponoka. She discovered her passion was to nurture animals, which lead her to become a RVT. She graduated at Lakeland college in 2019 and is excited to have joined the Leduc Animal Clinic. She has a Shetland Sheepdog named Piper and a Himalayan cat named Molly who loves being shaved like a lion. In her spare time Taylor likes to go on adventures with Piper and do DIY projects at home.

Madison Adams, RVT

My background before school was mostly large animal, gaining my love of veterinary medicine on my family beef farm. I graduated from Olds college in 2015, working in wildlife rehabilitation between years of school. Looking to gain experience, I moved to Calgary after college. After completing my practicum at Calgary Humane Society, I took a job as an ER/Exotics technologist at Calgary North Animal Hospital. Recently I moved back home to help on my family farm. We have many pets including 5 cats, 2 dogs, 20 chickens, 5 horses and a herd of both commercial and purebred cattle (Polled Herefords and Texas Longhorns). In my free time I enjoy spending time with my younger sister, reading, watching movies, sewing, and crocheting. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Registered Veterinary Technologists
 
 
 
 
Receptionists
Leanne Borgstrom, Reception

Leanne has been working in the veterinary receptionist field for over 20 years and with the Leduc office since 1997.  Leanne is the proud caregiver to her cat named Hefty. She is an avid reader and enjoys travelling to Ontario to visit her family or going on cruises with her husband.

Jackie Sehlin, Reception

Jackie graduated from Nait's Veterinary Administrative Assistant program in May 2008 and has worked at the Leduc Animal Clinic ever since.  She has a special place in her heart for Jack Russel Terriers- Kahlua is 6 years old and is currently her only doggy child. She also has an orange tabby, Buddy, that likes to help Kahlua control the mouse population.  When she's not enjoying the commute from Drayton Valley, she's hiking in the river valley with Kahlua or travelling with her boyfriend.

Jody deWaal, Reception

I have grown up in Leduc and my husband and I continue to live here and raise our three daughters. I have always had animals growing up so it is of no surprise to people that know me that I now have two crazy Havanese pups, Charlie and Sadie, fish ,snails and whatever else I find interesting. I love reading and gardening and being a big part of my daughters lives. You can find me outside in the warm sun with a book and a pup on my lap enjoying my flowers.

Tristan Davis, Reception

Tristan has 2 dogs at home - Trooper and Loki, as well as a hamster named Sprinkles. Tristan grew up in Edmonton, and animals have always been a major part of her life, with the veterinary field being one of particular interest and fascination. She enjoys learning about the different facets within the field, with ultrasounds being of particular interest. Outside of work and when her busy life permits, Tristan loves to spend time with her daughter, partner, and dogs. They love to camp and spend time outdoors, but can also find enjoyment sitting back to relax at home with the dogs and soak up the sun.