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Angie Purves, RVT
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Ciara Fankhanel, RVT
Ciara grew up on a Charolais/Angus cattle ranch in the New Norway area and went to school in a small town. She grew up working with cattle and horses and found her passion of helping animals on the farm. Ciara attended Lakeland College in Vermillion and graduated with distinction from the Animal Health Technology program in 2018. Her special interests include reproductive medicine, mare and foal care, as well as internal medicine. Ciara LOVES riding her horses, showing cattle, reading a good book, and enjoys playing cards with her family and friends. On the family farm there are 2 dogs, Diesel and Grizzly, a dozen barn cats, 7 horses, and Ciara really enjoys her spare time with them. Ciara really enjoyed taking the AHT program, and is really happy to be a part of a great team at DVS to further her knowledge and education.
Brie Smith, RVT
Brie is a Registered Veterinary Technician at DVS, as well as at a small animal emergency clinic. Brie graduated from Lakeland College Animal Health Technology program in Vermillion (2014), as well as Veterinary Medical Receptionist (2011), and Veterinary Technical Assistant (2012). She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has a strong interest in the mental health of professionals within the Veterinary Industry. Brie grew up west of Edmonton near Wildwood on a commercial Purebred cow/calf and Feedlot operation, attended Beef 4H in Carrot Creek for 9 years, owned and operated my own mobile petting zoo for 10 years, and have been deeply involved in the Veterinary industry since I was 11 years old. Brie has 3 rescue cats: Zoey and Lou Lou that are Ragdolls, as well as Red Foreman, a Sphynx. She has 2 dogs: an Australian Shepherd, Cricket and working Catahoula Leopard: Rio, and to complete her brood: 4 pet mice named Dot, Boo, Moo, Peaches. When she’s not working in Clinic you can find her working on the farm/feedlot, spending time with my family, or travelling abroad.
Maria McDowell, Equine Bodyworker
Maria’s passion for horses began at a very young age and there was no holding her back. She grew up near Leduc, Alberta showing Morgan horses. Maria graduated from the BC College of Equine Therapy in 2000. Shortly after she gained another diploma from the Alberta Institute of Massage Therapy. She went on to numerous courses from the Upledger Institute as well as Equinology. She practices many modalities including massage therapy, acupressure, red light therapy, kinesio taping, and craniosacral therapy. Other techniques she uses are soft tissue mobilization and her personal favorite equine myo-fascial release.
Maria is a board director and member of the IEBWA – International Equine Body Workers Association. This association promotes a high standard of education for equine bodyworkers, requires liability insurance, insures continuing education and acts as an advisory board for its members. Maria views the equine bodyworker as a part of the horse’s wellness team – along with the horse’s owner, veterinarian, farrier, trainer and other equine specialists. She believes the horse receives the most benefit when the team of professionals come together.
When Maria is not working on a horse she can be found sitting on one. She rides and shows her two cutting horses throughout Alberta. Maria resides near Ponoka, Alberta with her husband Darren and son Carter on a third-generation family farm and feedlot.