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Shannon Matthews, Practice Manager
Shannon joined DVS in July 2018 as Practice Manager and grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta. She has a Bachelors of Commerce and looks after many aspects of the clinic, from Payroll to Human Resources and daily happenings at the practice. Shannon has had a passion for show jumping (both Hunters and Jumpers) since she was 7 years old and intends to not slow down! She has 2 horses: Antares, a retired Grand Prix horse and Oban, a 4 year old prospect, as well as Addy, a 3 year old French Bulldog that keeps her entertained!
Leah Dyck, Reproduction Manager
Leah Dyck brings a passion for equine reproduction in addition to wellness for both human and equine. She is co-owner of Stone Clad Farms, a Master level Reiki practitioner, a Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator and is very excited to be joining the DVS team! A lifetime horse person, from a horse family, Leah participated in the jumper arena with hopes to re-enter in the future. Leah has an extra interest in holistic horse care with an integrated veterinary approach and managed a successful warmblood breeding farm from 1996-2009 which produced horses to the Grand Prix level. Since then she has taken some time at home to raise her two daughters and manage her own farm and business with her husband providing a variety of equine facilitated programs and services. She passionately coordinated her own Holsteiner jumper breeding program with a focus on the importance of the motherline and ensuring the inclusion of exceptional mares. Leah and her family currently provide homes to five horses, two dogs, and three cats.Leah’s primary goal is to give back. Customer service, client satisfaction, and providing exceptional patient care are of utmost importance. Horses have enhanced her life in a profound way, positive interactions are good for horse and human alike. They create a ripple effect that flows out into the world in a beneficial way.
Brittaney Frank, Client Care Specialist
Brittaney grew up in Red Deer, Alberta in a blended family with 5 siblings. loved spending summers on the Shuswaps and there were always at least 4 pets in the house. Brittaney completed Pre-Veterinary Medicine in 2011-2013, a Bachelor of Science in 2015 and has worked at Taylor Veterinary Clinic in Red Deer, as well as volunteered at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. Brittaney has a special interest in surgery and reproduction/development in veterinary medicine. IN her spare time Brittaney enjoys playing board games, watching movies, playing piano, singing karaoke, ice hockey, pool and exploring marine biology (studying at Bamfield Marine Science Center on the west coast of Vancouver in 2017 was truly an experience!) At home Brittaney has 1 dog, Mia, a Heinz 57 puppy – a German Sheppard cross.
Sam Thorlakson, Facilities Staff
Sam Thorlakson has worked with horses most of her life, and also has a passion for dairy cows and chickens. She is currently completing a BSc in Food Animal Health at the University of Alberta. She hopes to continue her education either by entering a master’s degree in animal nutrition or attending Veterinary school. In her free time, Sam enjoys painting, hiking, and riding her 17-year-old Quarter Horse, Cash.
Taylor Yaworski, Facilities Staff
Taylor grew up in Sherwood Park and had a passion for animals, particularly horses, form a young age. Currently she is completing her prerequisite classes for veterinary school at Grant MacEwan and hope to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. When she is not attending school or working at the clinic Taylor enjoys riding horses and spending time with her dog Bentley.
Theresa Delaney, Care-Giver and Inventory
Theresa plays two vital roles at Delaney Veterinary Services. She is in control of our inventory as well as the lead individual in the management of Delaney Veterinary Services youngest team member Ashlyn. In Theresa’s spare time (which is sparse considering the demanding nature of child management), she enjoys baking, gardening, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Lynsay Atchison, Public Relations
Lynsay is the behind the scenes person for DVS. She works mainly off site on social media, the website, and assists in planning events when she is not teaching elementary full-time. Lynsay and her husband Mark have two daughters: Madison, and newborn Kennedy. They also enjoy their paint horses, making their own hay, and one day hope to have an arena to ride all year round!