Dr. Barb Munholland WCVM 1996
As a 10 year old girl Barb's parents picked up her family and moved to a mixed farm northeast of Saskatoon. She absolutely loved it! Who wants to live in the city anyway? Barb went to U of S in Saskatoon and received a B.Sc. in Geology and worked in gold and uranium exploration. After a few years working in the field and with a poor job market she went back to school. Barb graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1996. She joined SVC in July and the rest is history. Barb has a wonderful husband and two lovely daughters. When she is not at the clinic she spends time with family and running the girls around to Junior Forest Wardens, Big Valley Beef 4H, music lessons of all sorts, fastball and school activities. They enjoy camping and fishing when they are able to find time. Barb did not want to raise her children in the city and Stettler has become a wonderful home. You can contact Barb at
Dr. Jackie Dobinson WCVM 2007
Jackie grew up on a purebred horned Hereford farm near Haynes, AB. Drs. Duggan, Franks & Mailer all attended the farm from time to time and Jackie would all but skip school to learn about what was happening. Her kindergarten yearbook listed "vet" as her career choice and not a lot has changed. Jackie spent many volunteer hours at both the Lacombe and Stettler Vet Clinics and claims to maintain all the bad habits passed on from her mentors - especially Dr. Mailer. Jackie graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 following a Bachelors degree in molecular biology with concentations in chemistry and music prior to that. Vet school finished on a Friday and life at the Stettler Vet Clinic started the following Monday. An associate for 8 months, Jackie was very happy to partner into the practice with Drs. Mailer and Munholland. Her favourite going out outfit is still a pair of rubber boots and coveralls, accesorized by her trusty vet truck! Jackie married her lifetime sweetheart and moved a whopping 5 miles down the road. Together with their two young children they keep busy with their cattle and grain operation - Jackie still has the last of her family's purebred Herefords! Whether home or in Stettler, community is important to Jackie and it echoes in her committment to the clinic. Outside of farming and practice life you can find her out hiking, in the garden or tickling the ivories. Her all time favourite though is adventures around the farm with her four little farmhands Jake, Gracie, Dane and Frankie. You can contact Jackie at
Dr. Cheryl Malin WCVM 2013
Cheryl grew up in an RCMP family, moving around Saskatchewan most of her childhood life. Her family finally settled in Regina, where Cheryl went to school. Having grown up in town, Cheryl's parents always joked that farming was genetic - she was horse crazy from a young age. She began to ride at the age of 2 and has continued to this day. Though Cheryl had always been drawn to animals, she had not chosen to make veterinary medicine her career until after she started at Brandon University. While in Brandon she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007. During school in Brandon, Cheryl met her husband-to-be, and once she had graduated she moved to his family's homestead, just south of Fertile, SK, which had been in the family since 1905. There they owned and operated a small breeding and training facility. Cheryl also showed their horses. Cheryl began veterinary school at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and graduated in 2013. During her degree in Saskatoon Cheryl travelled to some of the top equine hospitals in the US for work experience. After vet school Cheryl interned at the vet college in Saskatoon in large animal internal medicine. This allowed her to work with mostly horses and cattle, but also with sheep, goats, camelids and exotic species. Cheryl's experience and interests in veterinary medicine, especially horses, include neonatal medicine, reproduction, genetics and complimentary therapies. Cheryl has just finished her TCVM acupuncture course and is excited to start using this method on her patients. Outside of work she enjoys photography and travel, but most of all she enjoy riding and showing her horse, Lily. Cheryl lives on an acerage with her husband Colin. Their furry family includes 2 dogs, Watson and Tater, 2 cats, Salsa and Taco, and 3 horses, Kokanee, Roo and Lily. You can contact Cheryl at email@example.com.
Dr. Mirjam Stigter WCVM 2019
Mirjam was born in the Netherlands and when she was six years old, she moved with her family to Lacombe, Alberta. Growing up, she enjoyed working on the family’s dairy farm, developing a love for animals and agriculture. She had many farm animals and pets growing up and currently still has her favourite 12-year-old cow, a dog named Kasper, and a few llamas at her parents’ farm. She received her diploma in Animal Health Technology but decided to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian and got her B. Sc. in Agricultural Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Mirjam graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2019. While in vet school, she gained valuable skills through many different experiences, including having a summer job working on sheep parasite research, working in large and mixed practices, and volunteering at spay/neuter and wellness clinics in northern Saskatchewan. In clinic, Mirjam enjoys preventative medicine in all species. Mirjam lives with her husband, Arjen, in Stettler and currently they don’t have any animals but that is bound to change. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, biking, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Dr. Tara Snow WCVM 2019
Tara grew up in Calgary, AB and spent most of her time riding and showing in the jumper ring. She branched out since then to do a some gymkhana and barrel racing. She’s also tried her hand at a little team penning and roping. Tara spent two years at the University of Lethbridge studying biological sciences. During that time, she worked on a dairy farm, as well as on a research project assessing how carbon and nitrogen emissions at a local feedlot were affected by feeding protocols. Tara was then accepted into Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, where she graduated in 2019. During vet school she spent as much time as possible working and doing rotations in equine practice. Tara volunteered on the Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge reservations in South Dakota castrating colts and floating horse teeth in under-served First Nations communities. She also did some volunteer work in Nicaragua doing low-cost spays and neuters on small animals and has continued to help reduce stray populations here at home on high volume low cost spay-neuter initiatives at local reservations. Tara is still an avid rider, as well as a runner. She has run plenty of road and trail races and was a member of the U of L Pronghorns track team, where she ran the 800m and 1500m races. Now she is working on getting her half marathon time down. Tara is passionate about animals of all shapes and sizes, but she especially loves horses and cats. She has two cats of her own, Gracie and Raven. You can contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Alicia Laniak Edinburgh 2018
Alicia was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Knowing she wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age, she attended the University of Alberta for Animal Science after graduating high school. In 2013, Alicia was accepted to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study veterinary medicine; graduating from the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery program with Honours in June 2018. As part of her Final Year, Alicia did extra rotations in small animal general practice, farm animal practice, and first opinion equine practice. Though her parents wanted her to work in the city, Alicia grew up listening to stories of their lives spent on the farm, which was far more appealing! Eager to begin working as a mixed practice veterinarian, Alicia returned home to Alberta. Alicia spent a year working in Sedgewick, Alberta before moving to Stettler, where she feels very blessed to be living and working in the community. Though she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, Alicia especially enjoys equine, bovine, and small ruminant medicine. Alicia was recently engaged in June 2019, and together with her fiance (along with their working dog, three ranch horses, and some cows) they hope to settle down on a farm in the area. When she isn’t busy being a veterinarian, Alicia enjoys spending time with loved ones, camping, horseback riding, and trying out new baking recipes. You can contact Alicia at