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Jay Cleroux, DVM © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Jay Cleroux, DVM

Position: Veterinarian

Education:
B. Sc. Zoology – University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC , 1993
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan, 1997

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 1998

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
He enjoys the diversity and challenges that are a part of his daily work schedule.

Pets:
3 Dogs, 2 Cats, 2 Horses and 1 Mini Donkey.

Hobbies:
Mountain & Road Cycling, Hockey, Hiking, Camping, and Running.

Laverne DeYaegher, DVM

Position: Veterinarian

Education:
B. Sc. – Brandon University, 1988
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan, 1992

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 1999

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
Laverne likes that no two days at work are ever the same. He especially enjoys seeing the exotic pets, such as birds and pocket pets, that come through the clinic.

Pets:
Laverne has 2 corgis, 2 cats, numerous chickens, alpacas, pheasants, pigeons, doves, chinchillas, a rabbit and koi.

Hobbies:
Laverne enjoys art, travel, wine, and gardening. He has completed the Okanagan Master Gardener Course.

Laverne DeYaegher, DVM © Pink Dragonfly Photography
Charissa Ridderbroek, DVM © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Charissa Ridderbroek, DVM

Position: Veterinarian

Education:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, 2006

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2007

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
At Rutland Pet Hospital no day is ever the same, I am always learning something new. I also really enjoy the Abdominal UltraSound technology we have.

Pets:
Zoof, my Nova Scotia Toller Dog, and my cat Zip.

Hobbies:
Travelling,  and outdoor activities such as hiking; camping; snowshoeing; and spending time with friends.

The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff at Rutland Pet Hospital, located in Kelowna BC, provide quality veterinary care for your small animals.

In our fully equipped animal hospital, our team provides wellness care, diagnostics, surgery, and recovery care for your family’s pets including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles and other exotics.

Kay Wasylenko © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Kay Wasylenko

Position: Office Manager

Education:
Business Administration Diploma

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 1998

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
Working with a team that really cares about what they are doing.

Pets:
Kay loves animals and has a number of pets. 2 Dogs (Bella and Toby), 2 Cats (Ariel/Jewel), 3 Horses (Ebony, Jazmine, and Ember), 1 Cockatiel (Romeo).

Hobbies:
Finding a warm place in the sand and the sun.

Karen Dufresne © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Karen Dufresne

Position: Animal Health Technologist

Education:
Science Degree – University of Calgary
Technician Degree – OLDS College

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2000

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
Great team who puts pets 1st, and diverse clientele.

Pets:
Great Dane – Brie, 4 Cats – Persians and Himalayans (Romeo, Denis, Rosie, and Prada)

Hobbies:
Anything outside! Traveling to new countries, motorcycle riding, dance, and adventure.

Sheila Johnson © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Sheila Johnson

Position: Animal Health Technologist

Education:
Animal Health Technology – Thompson Rivers University

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 1990

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
Sharing the bond people have with their pets.

Pets:
3 Tonkinese Cats (Cahlua, Soda and Snowflake) and a Shetland Sheepdog named Kash

Hobbies:
Beading, and Dog Agility with Kash

Lisa Tong © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Lisa Tong

Position: Veterinary Technician Assistant

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2002

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
No two days are ever the same.

Pets:
2 Dogs (Pocket, and Dash), 2 Cats (Mully and Zombie) and Rats.

Hobbies:
Spending time with my two boys and husband. Reading, crafting, watching movies, relaxing (when I can), and the outdoors!

Leanne L’Esperance © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Leanne L’Esperance

Position: Reception

Education
Leanne is a graduate of Trend College’s Vet Assistant Program and has been working at Rutland Pet Hospital since April 2007.

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2007

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
She loves the office environment and the team at the clinic. Takes pride in working with animals.

Pets:
Leanne has a dog named Xander, 2 cats named Gabriel and Lucien, 2 goats named Shelia and Lexa, 2 horses named Tanner and Maggie, one mule named Molly and many chickens and guina fowls.

Hobbies:
My hobbies are working on my hobby farm and gardening.

Tamryn Strauss © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Tamryn Strauss

Position:  Veterinary Technician Assistant & Reception

Education:
Medical Office Assistant – 2010

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2014

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
Learning new things about animals and treatments.

Pets:
2 mini longhair dachshunds, one cat and a variety of birds.

Hobbies:
Travelling, Baking, and Gardening.

Sarah © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Daryl-Lynn Landon

Position: Reception

Education:
Veterinary Hospital Assistant – Center of Arts & Technology

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2016

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
The amazing staff and diversity in pets.

Pets:
A rat named Butters, a pug mix named Gizmo and two cats (Chunk & Meatloaf)

Hobbies:
Gardening, Photography, Travelling, Hanging out with friends and my animals and camping.

Keira © Pink Dragonfly Photography

Keira Nugent

Position: Reception

Education:
Veterinary Office Assistant – Granville Business College – 2007

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2014

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
Interacting with both clients and their pets. I always find joy in greeting the cute four-legged fur babies that enter our clinic.

Hobbies:
Camping. Hiking and Travelling.

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Sarah Henderson

Position: Animal Health Technician

Education:
Animal Health Technology – Thompson Rivers University – 2013

Joined Rutland Pet Hospital – 2016

Favorite Thing About Working at Rutland Hospital:
Helping animals in need and the snack cupboard

Pets:
A cat named Paul

Hobbies:
Camping, smiling, gardening, crosswords, pizza eating.

HOSPITAL CATS

When you visit Rutland Pet Hospital, you will likely see one of our two clinic cats. Here’s some history on how these cats came to call the clinic home.

Cajun

Cajun, an orange tabby, came to the clinic as a stray kitten from the BCSPCA in August, 2010. He was brought in to be examined for a limp on his left hind leg. It was determined by x-rays that he had an old fracture of the femur that had already healed. His leg is a little bit crooked but it was too healed to try and straighten. Thankfully, his left hind leg does not give him any issues now.

Scrat

This young brown tabby also came in as a stray kitten from the BCSPCA in July 2011. Like Cajun, he also had a fractured left hind femur but the fracture was recent and was able to be pinned and repaired at Rutland Pet Hospital. It was decided he would make the perfect playmate for Cajun.

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