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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.
Angie Purves, RVT
Angie graduated from NAITs Animal Health Technician program in 2017. She has a love for love for Anesthesia/surgery, ambulatory, pretty much all equine medicine! Angie has 4 children, twin boys: Ethan & Braedan, and two girls: Alexandra, and Elizabeth. Angie is involved in 4H with her daughters, enjoys horse shows and gymkhanas, and loves working cattle! Angie has 2 horses: Stormy and Cider, as well as a blue heeler/border collie cross named Kiya. Angie grew up on a ranch in southern Alberta by Waterton National Park and has worked on many ranches and feedlots in the area. Angie also enjoys equine massage and photography when she has down time.
Penny Radostits, EEBW, RVT, CCRP
Penny grew up in rural Alberta, where she discovered her love of animals. There was always a dog in the house, and, at age thirteen, she fell in love with her first horse, a young Anglo-Arab weanling named Ari. She went on to work at a busy hunter/jumper barn, learned to ride on a seasoned OTTB, and showed successfully in the hunter ring. Fast forward 30 plus years, and she now has a loving relationship with a 13 year old PRE, (Pura Raza Espanola) mare named Florencia, affectionately know as “Flo”. Flo has been Penny’s partner in the dressage arena, sorting pen, on the trail, and most recently in Working Equitation.
In 2002, Penny found a way to turn her passion for horses into a career and completed a number of courses in equine therapy and body work, earning her the designation of EEBW, Equinology Equine Body Worker.
Penny’s thirst for knowledge prompted her to pursue further education in general animal health. She completed the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT, where she graduated with honours in 2007.
While her goal was to work in an equine practice, Penny discovered that she enjoyed companion animal medicine and quickly found her niche in Animal Rehabilitation. In 2011, she completed the Canine Rehabilitation program through the University of Tennessee and obtained the designation of CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner). As one of only a handful of RVT’s working in this field, Penny developed a thriving animal rehab practice in Edmonton, Alberta.
Penny is a strong advocate for the quality of life of her patients and finds that animal rehabilitation has contributed to extending the lives of many. She has studied various manual therapy techniques and modalities over the past 18 years and has a special interest in using photobiomodulation (low level laser therapy) to assist with pain management, promote healing, and accelerate return to function. She has worked with many top level canine and equine athletes over the years and loves to help bring out the best in each of them.
Penny is excited to join the DVS team and is working closely with Dr. Jodie Santarossa and the other talented individuals that make up the DVS equine rehab team.
Penny lives in Edmonton with her husband Paul, and their two furry children, Noah, an English Springer Spaniel, and Zoei, a Golden Retriever.
Our Vet Assistants
Terri - Lynn Rose, Vet Assistant
Terri-Lynn grew up in the Beaumont area and is currently in her last year of her Equine Sports Therapist Diploma program at the BC College of Equine Therapy. Her special interests are in equine nutrition, sports therapy and rehabilitation. In her spare time Terri-Lynn enjoys barrel racing, ringette, and riding colts. Terri-Lynn has three Quarter Horses: Snicks, an 8 year old gelding, Nova, a 4 year old mare, and a 2 year old gelding named Charger. Her and her fiance Tyson also have 2 dogs: Tia, a German Shepard and Molson a Great Pyrenees cross, and one cat named Turbo. Terri-Lynn hopes to continue her Equine Therapy education and add Osteopathy and other certifications.
Rachel Madsen, Vet Assistant
Rachel is a local cowgirl with lots of horse experience. She has been riding since she was 5 and grew up on a farm in Ardrossan bailing hay, driving tractor, taking care of many farm animals and exercising horses. With travelling all over Alberta she was part of the high school rodeo team and partook in pole bending, barrel racing and goat tying. Rachel made it to provincials 4 years in a row. She got second overall in 2011 and won provincials in 2012 which qualified her for Nationals in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She has been doing jackpots over the years and she is currently on the road to training her three year old on the barrel pattern and hopes to be competitive again.
Our Reproduction Assistants
Kyla Yacey, Reproduction Assistant
Kyla started with DVS in 2014 and has been working with reproduction for the past two seasons. Her interests include Equine Behavior Management as well as Reproductive Medicine with a special interest in mare and foal care. Kyla Lives east of Sherwood Park with her husband and many fur babies. Together they have 3 dogs (2 Blue Heelers, Kora and Sansa, and a Kelpie, Ace), 6 horses and 2 cats. She also raises Nigerian Dwarf goats for milk, show and pet. In her spare time, although not much with all the fur babies, she enjoys riding and hiking with her dogs.