Dr. Wanda Vockeroth
DVM. Conventional and Complimentary MedicineGrowing up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan, our family had dogs, cats, chickens, cattle and horses, and I loved all of them. I would help with any of the animal-related activities on the farm. At 8 years of age, I started assisting our cats in giving birth, and decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian.
I attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and received my veterinary degree in 1982. After graduation, I worked in veterinary clinics in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Grande Prairie, Alberta, and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba before moving to Calgary in 1991.
I became interested in holistic veterinary medicine, and became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 1990 and in veterinary homeopathy in 1995. Since then, I have been using these modalities, and learning and working with these and several other therapies, including Chinese and western herbs, nutrition, laser and ozone therapy. I look forward to continuing to offer a full range of conventional and alternative therapies, including nutritional counseling to my patients.
Dr. Tony Gerrow
B.Sc., DVM.Dr. Tony Gerrow was born and raised on a dairy farm, always wanting the mountains of Alberta in his backyard. A graduate of the University of Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary College, Tony has lived in Alberta since his graduation, starting practice in an advanced equine and companion animal hospital in Edmonton. Tony then went on to partnership in two companion animal hospitals in Edmonton, where he also became the veterinarian for the West Edmonton mall. Moving to Calgary in 1995, he built Shawnessy Pet Hospital, south Calgary's first 24/7 AAHA certified companion animal practice, and Southtrail Pet Hospital. Tony's medical interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, wildlife medicine, and veterinary team management.
Outside of the hospitals, Tony's time is spent in the mountains, on the rivers with his fly rod, backpacking, and painting. Tony has a special love of travel, and will climb more mountains in Ireland, Scotland, and Spain, and revisit Africa and Cuba with his Partner, Kristin, and the twins, Briggs and Suzanne.
Dr. Emilia BalcDr. Emilia Balc became a licensed veterinarian first in Romania, in 1997. There she was a partner of a veterinary clinic until 2006, when she immigrated to Canada with her family. Her love for animals began early in life, always being surrounded by animals. Her observation for different stages of the animals’ growth, their behavior and their interaction among each other and with people were the seeds of her passion that later fueled her education and career. She worked at various levels in veterinary clinics and emergency hospitals. Her life and career path reflect her personal resilience and strength. Her commitment to serve the animals manifests in her desire to expend her knowledge towards acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy and herbology for a more holistic approach. Currently she has two pets of her own - a pomchi and a cat.
PTA, CCRA, CMFTBJ started her journey into veterinary clinics in Thunder Bay Ontario. She worked with a veterinarian that started to show her some rehab techniques. BJ moved to Calgary in 2002 and was employed at the Elbow Valley Pet Hospital (Marda Loop Vet Centre) owned by Dr Wanda Vockeroth. In BJ’s 10 year at the clinic, she was able to acquire her PTA then in 1 year complete her CCRA (Certified Canine Rehab Assistant) course.
During her time at Marda Loop she was able to have so much experience with many different cases that involved canine rehab. Some cases included conditioning dogs for competitive sports, ACL and TPLO post op surgical dogs.
She was able to give owners the support of a home program and worked with them with the modalities the clinic had such as the water treadmill. Over her 10 years at the clinic, she has become very knowledgeable with techniques in therapeutic exercises to make a home program work for owners. Over the past years BJ has continued her CE and worked on keeping her skills up. She recently has become certified in Canine Myo -manipulative Functional Therapy.
In her free time, BJ enjoys running, hiking and riding her horse. She is the mommy to her black lab called Sally. BJ has also is a equestrian trainer with her level 2 coaching certification.
Animal Health TechnicianLJ has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She moved to Alberta 14 years ago with her daughter. She attended Thomson Rivers University to become licensed to work in this province . She grew up with horses and has a deep passion for animals. She has a strong interest in Small Animal Dentistry and Rehabilitation Therapy. When not working, she spends her time with her husband Paul, her daughter Delaney, her stepson Caleb, her new son Lachlan and their 3 dogs and a cat. She also loves to be outside with her horse or hiking with the family. She has been a Scout leader for 9 years and enjoys camping with the youth and traveling overseas to Jamborees.
AssistantAlison sought out alternative therapies in 2003 when her pup developed digestive issues and did not respond to conventional treatments. Dr. Wanda Vockeroth put the young German Shepherd on a non-processed diet and her symptoms cleared almost overnight. Alison’s other dogs and cats also became patients and all of them have benefited from a healthy, non-processed diet; homeopathic remedies and Chinese herbs, osteopathy, acupuncture and laser treatments.
When an opportunity to work as Dr. Wanda’s assistant became available in 2012, it was a “no-brainer”. When Alison moved to Vancouver Island, modern technology allows her to continue working remotely for Dr. Wanda.
Alison is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Alison embraces force-free, science-based training methods with an emphasis on developing and nurturing your relationship with your dog.
Alison is thrilled to call Victoria home now and shares it with her rescued collie mix Jonah and cats, Martin and Rocco. Her 35 year old retired quarter horse, Doc sadly had to stay behind, but has acreage owner Ron and 12 year old Katie spoiling him rotten.
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As a child, Courtney grew up on a hobby farm in Ontario. Everyday she would wake up and help her mom with the daily tasks: collecting eggs, feeding the pigs or even bottle feeding the calves. From a young age Courtney knew that she would always be surrounded by animals and that she was destined to find a career caring for them.
When Courtney’s family decided to sell their family farm, it propelled her to make a change and move to Calgary where she explored a variety of career choices but ultimately set her eyes on working in the Veterinary industry. Soon after completing the Veterinary Technical Assistant program at Old’s College in 2015, she began her career working in an Emergency and Referral hospital. For the last 2 years she gained further veterinary experience working at a general practice on the north end of the city.
When not working Courtney spends her free time with her partner Thomas, her young son Grayson their two dogs and her cats. She enjoys reading comic books, watching sappy love movies and making people laugh.
Courtney is so excited for her new chapter of life working with her team at HTHVC and learning all there is a know about Holistic care for our pets.