The team at Meridian Veterinary Clinic prides itself on being compassionate and patient toward our clients, the animals we treat, and each other. We believe in family and strengthening the human animal bond, while treating all our patients with respect, dignity, and compassion. Our focus is team-oriented, ensuring that the environment we work in is supportive and encouraging, allowing us to direct our energy into our clients and patients.
Mike DeVries grew up on his family’s small beef farm in Neerlandia, AB. It was there that he developed a passion for working with animals and became interested in veterinary medicine. He fulfilled his dream of becoming a veterinarian when he graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK in the spring of 2010. He has worked in mixed animal practice since then. Mike has enjoyed the daily challenges faced in mixed practice and has developed a particular fondness for small animal surgery and dentistry, as well as bovine herd health and obstetrics.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with family and friends. He and his wife, Steph, have been married since 2010 and together they enjoy caring for their daughters, Eden and Jocelyn, and the family dog, Abby. Mike also enjoys various sports as well as woodworking, whenever time allows.
With recently moving to Spruce Grove, Mike and his family look forward to becoming a part of the Tri-Municipal community and helping families and their beloved pets.
Rob Kyle grew up a few miles south of Stony Plain and has always considered the Tri-Municipal region his home. After graduating from Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain, Rob was undecided as to what career he wanted to pursue, and spent time working in multiple fields to help guide his decision. It wasn’t until Rob spent time with his Uncle John, retired veterinarian and owner of Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt Veterinary Clinics, that he chose veterinary medicine as his career path. In 2004, he enrolled in the College of Agriculture at the University of Alberta, where that he met his wife Vanessa. In the fall of 2006, Rob was accepted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Upon graduating from vet school Rob began his career in a mixed animal practice just outside of Saskatoon, while Vanessa completed vet school. In 2012, Rob and Vanessa decided that it was time to return home to provide veterinary care to their community. Although starting their own practice has been a lot of hard work, Rob feels truly blessed by the opportunities presented in the Tri-Municipal Area.
Rob became a veterinarian so that he could help not only animals, but families as well. One of the challenging, yet thrilling parts of the job, is that no day is ever the same. Rob believes that being a veterinarian is one of the most interesting careers one could have. There is not a day that goes by that he doesn’t learn something new. Rob’s veterinary interests include small animal surgery, preventative medicine, and large animal herd health. Rob keeps busy in his spare time playing hockey, slow pitch ball, swimming casually, and spending time with his two sons, daughter, and wife. He enjoys heading to the mountains and jumping on the quad for a rip in the country side.
Vanessa Kyle graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, where she had the opportunity to work under several specialists in Saskatoon, Calgary, and Edmonton referral centres. It was here she developed a special interest in small animal internal medicine.
As a child, Vanessa’s dream job was to become a “Safarier” and was fascinated with all things jungle. However, it wasn’t until mid-way through her undergraduate degree when she realized that the Safari life wasn’t quite feasible, and that Veterinary Medicine was a more suitable calling. It was during this time she met Rob, who shared this passion, and the two became married in May 2010.
Vanessa grew up in Edmonton with three sisters and a myriad of pets. She and Rob have three children and one cat named Zoey. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending time outdoors. She loves baking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and trail running.
Becky was born and raised in Leduc, Alberta. Her post-secondary schooling started in Red Deer College where she had the opportunity to play college hockey for 2 years on the female varsity team, Red Deer College Queens. Following her time in Red Deer, she attended the University of Alberta with a major in Animal Health, focusing on Food Animals. In 2012, Becky was accepted into the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, where she pursued an area of emphasis in production animal health, specifically cattle medicine. For the last year, Becky has been working in Rocky Mountain House engaging in a busy mixed animal practice.
Her family consists of her younger brother who lives in Calgary, and father and mother who reside at Pigeon Lake Village. She shares her home with her husband and her fur baby Gus, who has been with her throughout her veterinary studies. Becky’s personal interests include hockey, camping, boating, ice fishing, and quality family time.
Ashleigh grew up on a grain and chicken farm west of Stony Plain and knew that she wanted to pursue veterinary medicine from a young age. This dream was made possible when Ashleigh was accepted into the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2014 and has been working at busy small animal clinics in Edmonton and Spruce Grove.
Ashleigh’s main interests include small animal internal medicine, dermatology, and ophthalmology. The most rewarding part of her job is building trusting relationships with her clients and working together to improve the lives of their pets.
In her spare time Ashleigh enjoys gardening, playing slow pitch, cycling, and skiing. She loves spending time with friends and family, as well as her furry companions. She has an orange tabby cat named Scooter and a black lab named Bug.
Marika Wagner grew up in Calgary and from a very young age she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. On her journey to reach that goal she studied at the University of Alberta in the Animal Sciences program before she was accepted into the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine from which she graduated in 2017. Marika feels that the most valuable and enjoyable part of her education was spending her final year of veterinary school completing her practical requirements at veterinary clinics all over Alberta, and even as far as Tanzania and the Northwest Territories.
Following graduation, she spent a year in beautiful Prince Edward Island completing a small animal rotating internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College and hospital. There she gained valuable exposure to small animal emergency, surgery, internal medicine, and other various specialties. After an enjoyable year on the East Coast, Marika was excited to return to Alberta and become part of the Tri-Municipal community.
Marika enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice that she has encountered so far, but has a particular interest in small animal anesthesia & surgery and large animal herd health & surgery. In her free time Marika enjoys hiking, camping, playing soccer, Highland dancing, and learning to play the guitar.
Jill grew up in Alberta and had an immense love for all animals from a young age. After graduating from the NAIT Animal Health Technology program in 2006, she worked as an AHT in small animal practice in Parkland County while also pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree.
In 2012, Jill started her studies at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Since moving home, she has worked in a busy small animal practice and has further developed special interests in internal medicine, dermatology, animal rescue and welfare, and client communication and education. She is passionate about building positive, trusting relationships with clients and working with them as a team to provide the best care for their treasured animal companions.
Jill has been fortunate to have had many pets to love throughout her life. Most recently, she adopted Stuart, a cat presented to her for veterinary care as a stray. In her spare time, Jill is happiest being around family, enjoying live music and spending time outdoors – especially at the lake, in the mountains or around a campfire.
Amy grew up on a beef farm in Dapp, AB and it was here where she found her love for animals. She graduated from Lakeland College in 2011 and went on to work at the Westlock Veterinary Center for just over 4 years. Wanting to pursue other interests in 2015 Amy got into the real estate world until starting her family 4 years later. Her passion still lies within the veterinary industry and she is excited to be back working as a tech and providing care to animals of all sizes.
Amy resides in Stony Plain with her husband and young son who keeps her busy and running around. During her free time she loves to read, spend time with family and friends or explore the outdoors including hiking, biking and camping.
Baylie has lived in Spruce Grove most of her life. She graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician from Grande Prairie Regional college in 2016 and has worked in the veterinary field since she was 16 years old. Her heart lies in small animal medicine but she does enjoy working with large animals as well. Surgery and internal medicine are Baylie’s main interests.
Her goal is to give every patient the outmost care. She knows how hard it is to trust others with their fur babies. Baylie has two dogs of her own, Toby a golden retriever who is 10 years old and a german shepherd cross named Hayda. She loves taking them on adventures and long walks. Baylie loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking in the mountains as well as swimming in lakes.
Barbara grew up in Saskatchewan, where her love of animals began on the family farm and grew as she volunteered at the local shelter and veterinary clinic. Working with animals at the veterinary clinic, she knew she wanted to pursue this as a career and applied to the AHT program at NAIT, graduating in 1997. After graduating, Barb worked in both private practice and also at a distributor for veterinary and pet supplies. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice but has a special interest in nursing care, behaviour, surgery and client relations.
Barbara currently resides in Edmonton with her beautiful dog, Hank. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, camping, reading, cooking and time spent with her very large family and furbabies.
Brianne was born and raised in Spruce Grove. Since she was young, Brianne has always had a love for animals. She would often go to her grandfather’s cattle farm as a child to help out, further deepening her passion for large animals. Brianne’s love of horse back riding can be attributed to her father, who inspired her to ride and helped her to acquire her first horse at the age of 11.
After completing a Bachelor of Science at Grant MacEwan, Brianne then continued to further her education enroling in the Animal Health Technologist program at NAIT. Now Brianne resides in Stony Plain with her cat Milo. In her downtime, Brianne enjoys sports – especially watching football and cheering for her brother who plays for the Calgary Stampeders! She also enjoys music, the outdoors, and being on or near water in the summertime!
Brooke grew up in Clyde with a big loving family that always had multiple animals in the household. She always knew that she wanted to make a career out of the compassion and interest that she had in animals. After graduating the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 2018, Brooke moved to Hinton to join the team of a small private clinic. She loves all aspects that being a tech has to offer. But has heightened interests in anesthesia, creating a positive experience for each individual patient and of course cuddling all the pets possible!
Brooke has a very sweet tabby cat named Gus who she loves to spend her spare time with. She also likes to keep busy outdoors, travelling and spending quality time with friends and family.
Shayla graduated as a veterinary technician in 2006 in Saskatoon, where she worked in private clinics and at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2009, she moved with her husband, Ben to Grande Prairie where she continued her career in private practice. In May 2011, she welcomed her first child and that October moved to Spruce Grove. In July 2012 she returned to work at a local clinic. She is happy to call Spruce Grove her home and to be raising her family here.
In her spare time, Shayla keeps very active chasing after her three children, Aiden, Caitlin and Kelsey, and her lab cross, Jersey.
Tracy Kuhn grew up on a farm just outside of Barrhead, AB. Growing up, she had quite an assortment of animals which helped her to establish her love for them and the outdoors at a very early age. After graduating from the AHT program in Vermillion in 1997, Tracy has worked in both mixed and companion animal practices. Although she enjoys companion practice, Tracy has a particular fondness for cattle and horses, and in addition to veterinary practice, has spent time in both dairy and hog operations.
Tracy moved to Spruce Grove in 2013 with her four wonderful children Hailey, Tyson, Parker and Zakkary, who without question keep her very busy outside work. They have a wonderful cat Ember, who was rescued as a kitten, a corn snake named Riddick, Spyke the emperor scorpion, and their newest addition Franklin, a 2 year old English Bulldog. Tracy loves music and spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains, and enjoys drawing, painting and reading in her spare time.
Trisha graduated from the Animal Health program in 2002 from Vermilion College and has worked in small animal medicine all of her career. She knew she wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl, and started working in a clinic as kennel staff when she was 17yrs old. Her interests are in nursing care, behaviour, and snuggling as many pets as possible!
She grew up in the Stony Plain area and lives on an acreage outside of Stony Plain with her husband Tyler and her 3 kids Jaxxon, Jordyn & Maddox and her 2 dogs Murphy and Coal. When she is not busy being a hockey and cheer mom she loves to smother her kids with love:), snuggle her dogs and go camping with friends and family, read, sit around bonfires, quadding and going to the movies.
Jessica grew up in the Edson area and started volunteering in veterinary clinics when she was 16 and has wanted to work in the veterinary field for as long as she can remember. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Animal Health at the University of Alberta and was soon accepted into the DVM program at St. George’s University.
St. George’s University is located in Grenada, a small tropical island in the Caribbean. As her education is now online orientated, she is trying to get as much clinical experience and learning opportunities as possible while in Canada. This brought her to the Tri-Municipal and Meridian Veterinary Clinics!
Jessica has two cats and one dog at home with her and her cat, Lemon, travels with her. When she’s not studying on the beach, she enjoys hiking, reading and travelling.
Brittany graduated as an Animal Health Technologist from NAIT in 2010. She grew up in the city of Edmonton, but during the winter of 2011, she moved to be with her husband Travis, on their acreage north of Wabamun Lake. She has worked only in small animal practices in Edmonton, which includes dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals, but looks forward to gaining experience in large animal medicine, which Meridian Veterinary Clinic has to offer. Even though she loves all aspects of her job, her special interests are nutrition, nursing care, anesthesia as well as surgery.
Together Brittany and Travis share their home with their newborn son and many beloved critters – a labrador retrievers, Daisy, their two cats, Grimm and Revi, as well as their Pot Bellied Pig, Yetti. If the acreage is not keeping them busy, Brittany likes to relax outdoors, and spend time with family and friends.
Courtney graduated as an Animal Health Technician in 2011 from Grande Prairie Regional College in Fairview, AB. She worked for 2 years in general practice and then moved onto emergency medicine for the past year. Prior to this, Courtney graduated from the veterinary medical assistant program in 2006 from NAIT. She grew up in Edmonton and then moved to Spruce Grove after she graduated in 2011. Courtney loves to be outdoors, especially going camping and fishing in the summer.
Courtney works at both the Tri-Municipal Veterinary Clinic and Meridian Veterinary Clinic on a casual basis as needed. She recently moved to Redwater, but works part time to continue to serve her patients!
Alexys has had a life-long love for animals. At an early age, Alexys developed a strong passion for horses which lead her to an education at Olds College in Equine Science. From her very first pony, Copper, to now, she has always been heavily involved in the horse world. From riding, to coaching and training, her experiences have provided her with the communication skills and compassion for all animals and clients.
Residing on a grain farm near Onoway, Alexys lives with her boyfriend Peter and their crew of animals. They have 4 cats, Ada, Tommy, Esme, and Polly, a new puppy Annie Oakley, and her horse Ku! When they aren’t busy with the animals or the farm they enjoy camping and visiting Alexys’ family in BC.
Alexys enjoys handling the animals, chatting with clients, and helping make the clinic experience as smooth as possible.
Larissa was born and raised in the community of Spruce Grove but spent her weekends and summers at her aunt and uncle’s llama farm in Genesee, AB. She always knew from a young age she wanted to have a career working with animals. She graduated with honors from the Veterinary Medical Assistant program at NAIT in 2013 and furthered her education by completing the Veterinary Practice Management program through Olds College in 2017.
She comes to Meridian Veterinary Clinic with five years of experience at a small animal referral practice in Edmonton and is very excited to come back and work in the community she grew up in! Larissa is very compassionate and is committed to providing the best possible care to clients and their furry family members.
Larissa and her husband Stephen share their Spruce Grove home with their two very spoiled fur babies, Max and Lacey, who are both Shih Tzu mixes. Max was surrendered to Larissa’s previous clinic as a blind, newly diagnosed diabetic. She brought him home “just for the weekend” one day and never ended up taking him back, much to Stephen’s dismay. They also help care for Larissa’s family dog, Dewy, a geriatric Pomeranian mix. Larissa and Stephen enjoy taking the dogs for long walks in the river valley or on road trips to the mountains to go hiking. In her spare time, Larissa enjoys reading, hot yoga, and spending time with her family (four-legged included!).
Mysha has lived all over Alberta from Lethbridge to Fort McMurray but did most of her growing up in Spruce Grove where she attended WoodHaven Jr. High and Spruce Grove Composite High School. She has always been a lover of animals big and small, and had hopes of working in the animal world one way or another. From being an in house pet sitter to volunteering her time at shelters she was always getting her animal fix somehow without having a dog of her own. She now lives in Spruce Grove with her high school sweet heart James and their two cats, Bobby and Billy.
Mysha takes a special interest in animal behaviour, and is currently working towards a Dog Behavioural Methodology Training certificate. We are very lucky to have her behavioural knowledge at the Meridian Veterinary Clinic!