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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!
Amy Henry, Facilities Manager
I knew from a young age that horses were my passion.
I love that you can learn something new every day when working with horses.
I’ve spent the last ten years in the standardbred racing industry , as a groom, owner, and later on a trainer.
In 2014 I was awarded groom of the year for Alberta in the harness world. In 2017 I was runner – up in all of Canada for caretaker of the year out of 2000 nominated.
I have a 15yo off the track standardbred named Yankee Luke who is my “mane squeeze”. I spend as many hours as I can with him when I’m not working or sleeping ! We enjoy trail riding and just hanging out having “no agenda time”. I also enjoy spending quality time with my family.
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.
Lauryn Hemmerling, Barn/Facilities Staff
Lauryn has been riding horses since she was seven, and working with horses since she was fourteen. She has previously worked in Ontario and Florida for two Olympic equestrians. Currently, Lauryn is working towards her BA at Athabasca University in Women and Gender Studies. She competes in eventing with her two horses, Bingley and Lizzie. In her free time she likes to cuddle with her cat, Stevie.
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!
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