Animal health technologists provide primary support to veterinarians by caring for animals, and assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of companion and livestock animal health disorders.

Amanda

Vet Tech Assistant

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Amanda moved to Fernie in 2016 to ski and mountain bike in the mountains. After working as a Registered Nurse in both Ontario and BC for 4 ½ years, she decided to pursue her long-term dream of working in veterinary medicine and started working at Tanglefoot Fernie as a Vet Tech Assistant. In the future Amanda’s goal is to become a veterinarian. When not working, Amanda can usually be found skiing, mountain biking, hiking and camping with her giant Golden Retriever, Cooper.

Holly

Animal Health Technician

Horses, do they help a girl stay out of or get into trouble?  Holly grew up in Victoria BC and after finishing high school she spent a couple years driving the picturesque carriages and wagons around the city.  On a whim, she jumped on the opportunity to drive a team of Percherons on the Island of Hawaii! After a few blissful months and feeling the need to get a career under her belt, she returned to Canada and completed the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2008.  Holly spent 4 years working as a tech in a mixed animal practice in Salmon Arm.  In 2012, she followed her love to Fernie where she served up Margaritas until the opening of Tanglefoot Fernie (she still serves up a mean margarita).  When not working, you can find her chilling with her dog Daisy, teaching herself how to make neat stuff out of leather, developing her ‘cold climate’ green thumb, learning that having backyard chickens is not as easy as Pinterest says, hiking and biking in these spectacular mountains of ours, or (mostly) trying to convince her horse Lincoln to do and be more than just ridiculously good looking.  See you at the clinic!

Erin

Head Registered Veterinary Technologist

Erin moved from Ontario in 2015 to start a new adventure in the mountains. Erin first moved to Pemberton, BC where she worked in a mixed animal practice followed by a year of working at the new Whistler Emergency Clinic (Twin Trees Veterinary Clinic). Erin then moved to Fernie in July 2018 after hearing rumors of the ‘Legendary Fernie Pow’. Growing up skiing and snowboarding on tiny Ontario hills and always dreaming of shredding the BC mountains, she now takes any chance she can to hit the powder and send it! Erin always knew that she was destined to work with animals which she pursued from a young age – 11 years old! Following successful completion of the Advanced Veterinary Technician program at St.Lawrence College (Kingston, Ont); Erin continued her studies and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Over the years Erin has acquired a range of different experience from working with injured wildlife at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Arizona (mountain lions, bobcats, bears and more!) to working with the lab animals at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Erin lives in Fernie with her spouse Jesse, rescue hound dog Zeus and a ‘mini cat’ named Loki. You can sometimes catch Zeus begging for treats in the reception area. Erin is excited to continue to meet all of the adorable critters in and around Fernie!

Kelsey

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Raised in Hudson, Quebec. Kelsey graduated with a Bachelors in Biology from the University in Charlottetown, Prince-Edward-Island, and an Animal Health Technology diploma from Vanier College in Montreal, Quebec. She found a career at an emergency clinic while also practicing shelter medicine in Ottawa, Ontario. Kelsey says the next stop was a no-brainer – “To the BC mountains I go!”

Clearly traveling is one of Kelsey’s many passions, along with snowboarding, golf, camping, and, most of all, caring for animals.

Brianna

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Since she was a kid, Brianna’s always had a genuine love and care for living creatures, particularly animals. While living in Africa with her family, her first dog broke his leg. She helped the vet set the leg and care for him and her interest in veterinary medicine began. In 2014 Brianna moved to Fernie with her family. When Tanglefoot Fernie opened, she was lucky enough to be welcomed as a volunteer and trained into a roll as technician assistant. The team was very gracious in answering all of Brianna’s many questions and feeding her interest in the field. Immediately following high school graduation, Brianna headed to Olds College where she completed the Animal Health Technician program in 2019. After graduating from Olds College, she moved to the Okanagan to work at a big busy Veterinary Hospital Referral Centre. While there, she gained some unique experience through opportunities working with small animals and exotics, and grew her skills as an RVT. Missing the Fernie lifestyle and community, Brianna decided to move back to the area. Outside of work you can find her exploring the outdoors, reading a textbook, snuggling with her cat (Barney) or sewing up some creation. Brianna is happy to be back helping the active furry friends in Fernie.