Dr. Jen Sletmoen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and joined our team in 2014. She became our practice owner in July 2018. She has a special interest in preventive medicine and chronic disease management, with focus on quality of life for pets and their families. She is always learning new treatments and techniques to provide current recommendations and effective care for her patients. She lives on an acreage with her husband, Michael, and their furry family consisting of Henry the border collie, Cirrus the blue-eyed cat and their horses named Freda and Gale. Dr. Sletmoen enjoys spending time with family and friends; exploring new places and visiting her hometown of Fort Frances, Ontario; going to plays, concerts and sporting events; biking and yoga; reading and trying new recipes.
Dr. Fred Lindenschmidt opened our doors in 1980. He is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 40 years. Besides dedicating countless hours to the practice, he has many interests that keep him busy. He is an avid fish breeder and collector and has many freshwater tanks as well as a saltwater tank. He enjoys his outdoor ponds and has a green thumb for growing many species of water lilies. He also is a volunteer for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank. He likes wilderness camping, canoeing, travelling and spending time with his Border Collie 'Kit' and 2 Fox Terriers 'Poppy' and 'Ruby'.
Cindy Shymko has been with our team since we opened our doors. She is currently our hospital administrator and has been an Animal Health Technologist for over 30 years. She has a special interest in laboratory analysis. She lives on 5 acres with her husband Curtis and they have two sons Kyle and Devon. She is the recipient of the 2010 Manitoba Animal Health Technologist of the year award. In her free time she enjoys travelling, sports, snowmobiling and spending time at their cottage.
Jen Hunnie joined our team in 2003. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Red River College in 2003. She has a special interest in client education, diabetes and dentistry. She lives in the country with her husband Dave, daughter McKenna, son Joel, bunny Bandit and their dog Casey. Most of her free time is spent with her family doing various outdoor activities. She enjoys camping, travelling and scrapbooking.
Kristin Leach joined our team in 2006. She graduated the Animal Health Technology program at Red River College in 2007. She lives in Selkirk, has a daughter named Ellie, a cat named O'Malley and a Golden Retriever named Max. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, camping, quadding and playing baseball.
Caitlin Halek joined our team in October of 2014 as an Animal Health Technologist. She graduated from Red River College in the spring of 2014. She has a Boston Terrier named Turbo and a cat named Scarlett. She lives in the country with her fiance Brennan. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, baking, and spending time with her pets.
Melanie Kwiatkowski joined our team in 2001. She graduated from the Receptionist/Office clerk course at Red River College in 2001. Melanie lives in St. Andrews with her husband Tyler, their daughter Alexis, and son Logan. She enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and camping. She has a senior dog named Lady and a kitten named Ginny.
Courtney Vernaus started in the fall 2011 as our kennel attendant and is now one of our receptionists. She spends her free time in Lee River, kayaking, rollerblading and boating. She has a German shepherd named Bellamy who is a blood donor for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank. Courtney has a special interest in pet nutrition.
Savannah Jolicoeur joined our team in 2018 as our Kennel Attendant. She is currently in the French Immersion program at Miles MacDonell Collegiate. She lives in Narol with her family and has 2 cats named ‘Tango’ and ‘Midnyte’. In her free time she enjoys photography, being outdoors and playing with her cats.
Milo joined our team in March 2019. We were planning to find Milo a new home. However, we quickly fell deeply in love with him and realized that his forever home was here. Milo loves stealing toys, hiding in cupboards and being sneaky by going into areas that he knows he’s not allowed. He is very sweet, loving and cuddly. He loves his new life as a clinic cat. His calm and laid back personality is a perfect fit. He enjoys watching us take care of our patients. He does like to sample from pet food bags so he is strictly behind the scenes, which is why you may not see his cute face.