Practice Manager and Registered Veterinary Technologist
Kayla grew up with a Sheltie named Sunny, and it was the countless hours playing with and caring for him that first inspired her to help pets. She has always felt a natural inclination to fix things that were broken, and as she got older, her interests in anatomy and physiology started to blossom. For Kayla, caring for pets professionally in the veterinary field was simply the only choice that made sense!
Kayla is originally from the Transcona area of Winnipeg and spent many hours during her teenage years volunteering with her family’s veterinarian, learning the ins and outs of the veterinary profession hands-on. She graduated from Red River College’s Animal Health Technology program in 2010, then transferred here to Sage Creek Animal Hospital from a “sister” clinic to serve as Head Technician upon the clinic’s grand opening in April of 2013. Now, Kayla serves as the hospital’s Practice Manager! She’s especially interested in neonatal care—Kayla even volunteers with rescue groups to care for orphaned puppies and kittens—and is also fond of pet nutrition and likes helping pet owners choose the right diets for their animal companions.
When she isn’t helping to ensure things run smoothly here at the hospital, Kayla enjoys horseback riding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding—she even spent two years on the Waterski Wakeboard Manitoba Board of Directors!—and spending time with her family and pets at home.
Kayla lives on a 10-acre hobby farm east of Winnipeg with her husband, Jack, and their daughters, Rose and Evelyn. Kayla and her husband share their farm with a multitude of animal companions: a pair of Quarter horses named Storm and Neptune; an Australian Shepherd, Max, who Kayla adopted during her second year of Veterinary Technician schooling; a loving Shepherd/Malamute mix who goes by Moose; four cats named Saturn, Pluto, Styx and Rupert; and occasionally a host of pigs and chickens.
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Melissa grew up on a honey farm three hours southwest of Winnipeg, where she and her family kept everything from pigs, chickens, cats, and dogs, to hamsters, a guinea pig, and fish. She attended Red River College in Winnipeg to study in their Animal Health Technology course, even serving as Class President and graduating with honors. Shortly after her time in school, Melissa joined the Sage Creek Animal Hospital family—she’s been here ever since.
Medically, Melissa enjoys the challenges of placing IV lines and completing dental cleaning procedures. She never tires of hearing before-and-after stories of pets who have been revitalized after a thorough tooth cleaning! Melissa also likes discussing animal care techniques with pet owners.
In her time away from work, Melissa can be found crocheting, camping, baking and going for walks with her husband and son. She also enjoys spending time with her cats, Maple and Stella.