Dr. Tim Ritson-Bennett


Tim Ritson-Bennett was born and raised in Innisfail, Alberta by his loving parents Greg and Virginia and his siblings Noel, Becky, and Andrew. His upbringing imparted the importance of family, community, hard work, and respect for all things living.  After his formative years that where full of family, friends, extracurricular activities, and of course homework, Tim left Innisfail to pursue his post secondary education and his new found love of travelling.

Half way through a degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Alberta, Tim met his later to be wife Emily.   Over the next eight years Emily and Tim managed a mix of travel and school that saw them visit a variety of cities and countries.   Many textbooks, backpacks, and worn out pairs of boots later, Tim, with the steadfast love and support of his wife Emily, graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

              Tim began his career in Sundre, Alberta as a mixed animal practitioner where he worked for four years.  The location of Sundre dictated a ‘whatever walks through the door’ policy meaning that on any given day one could expect the normal mix of cats, dogs, horses, and cattle with the odd beaver, lama, or eagle showing up.  The variety of patients and thus working conditions is to this day one the most exciting aspects of his job.  With the range of animals in the Elk Valley it is likely to continue to be so.

Beyond work, Tim and Emily stay busy with a variety of outdoor pursuits and of course the trials and tribulations of raising a family.  In his second year of practice, Tim and Emily were blessed with the arrival of their daughter Maisie, followed shortly after by their youngest daughter Lyza.  With a new family and menagerie of four legged critters in tow, Tim and Emily decided to move to the dream location that would afford their family an abundance of opportunities and a   lifestyle of their choosing.  Enter Fernie and the good people of Tanglefoot Veterinary Services.

              In the short time that Tim has been exposed to the working environment of Tanglefoot Veterinary Services Cranbrook, he has been enamored with the level of professionalism, compassion, and care for their patients that the management and staff embodies.  It is Tim’s hope to seamlessly transition the existing cliental to the new clinic in Fernie and to welcome any new clients and patients.   As he puts it, “I look forward to developing new working relationships with the people and animals of Fernie, and am really excited for both my family and myself to have the opportunity to be a part of this community.”

Dr. Carrie Fischer


Dr. Carrie Fischer (BSc, PhD, DVM) grew up in rural Nova Scotia, then moved out West to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry at the University of Victoria. With a special interest in veterinary research, Carrie landed in cattle country to complete a PhD on antibiotics and bovine respiratory disease at the University of Calgary.

During this time, Carrie traveled the world, attending conferences that brought together researchers and veterinarians. Carrie’s love of animals then motivated her to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at University of Calgary. As a veterinary student, Carrie studied horse reproduction at Cornell University, trained piglets how to jump over hurdles, and vaccinated flamingos at the Calgary Zoo.

It was in her final year that Carrie gained a passion for small animal medicine, with keen interests in emergency and internal medicine. Since graduating, Carrie has worked at Fish Creek Pet Hospital and Calgary North Animal Hospital, and is now excited to join the Tanglefoot Fernie Veterinary Services team. Outside of the clinic, Carrie can be found on a running trail, at the local Crossfit gym, in the mountains, or at the lake with her husband, Neil, and their fur-baby, Finn.