RVT and Chief of Veterinary Operations
Kristin wanted to be a Veterinary Technologist since Grade 9 so that is exactly what she set out to do. Growing up in Regina and spending many childhood summers on her uncle’s farm in Montmartre, SK, she still felt that she needed more cattle experience before attending school. So after high school graduation, Kristin went to work at Heartland Livestock in Regina, SK, and became the second female sorter in their 76 year history. In 2001, Kristin began the Animal Health Technology course at Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB. After graduation, she worked as an RVT at Victoria Veterinary Clinic in Regina, SK. In January 2004, Kristin began work at Ross Veterinary Services in Estevan, SK, as an RVT. She became a co-manager in 2007 and as the company grew so did her role. Kristin became the Chief of Veterinary Operations (Hospital Administrator) in 2012. Kristin and her husband of 10 years Dustin have a farm west of Weyburn in the R.M. of Brokenshell, SK. They have three daughters Payton, Hannah and Hailey and their sone Lance. Adding to their busy family is a border collie Jess, a bloodhound Jed, house cats George. They raise a herd of 85 commercial cattle aside from working full time. Kristin enjoys volunteering for her community and has been President of the R.M. Centennial Committee and the Brokenshell Parks and Recreation group. She led the rejuvenation project of the Trossachs Community Hall in 2012/2013. Kristin celebrated 10 years of working for Prairie Animal Health Centre in 2014 and looks forward to many more years at PAHC.
Registered Veterinary Technologist + Practice Manager
Lisa was born in Winnipeg, MB but lived all her life in Saskatchewan. Lisa attended SIAST Kelsey Campus and upon graduation in 1993 Lisa started working at Prairie Animal Health Centre. In 2006, Lisa became co-manager for PAHC’s Weyburn and Estevan clinics. In 2012 her position changed to manager of the Weyburn clinic. Outside of work, Lisa has been involved with The Weyburn Humane Society, The Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists, and The Saskatchewan Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Currently Lisa volunteers at her church; teaching Sunday School & member of board subcommittee, Haig School SCC member, coaches son’s soccer team and manages son’s hockey team. Lisa received the 2004 Award of Merit from the Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists. What brings Lisa the most joy is her family! Her husband Gerry, their son Samuel and stepsons Dylon and Gaege, as well two Jack Russell Terriers, Skip and Pickles and her cat Baby who all complete their family.
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Karla was born and raised in Prince Albert, Sk. She grew up in the city, but ever since she can remember, she has always had pets in her life; these include a rabbit, dogs, fish, hamster and birds. Karla’s grandparents got an acreage when she was 10 years old and this is where she got some of her experience with sheep, chicken, geese and rabbits. Ever since Karla was in Kindergarten, she knew that a career with animals was her calling, although she had a strong interest in welding and electrical as well as conservation. Karla went to SIAST in Saskatoon, SK, for the Veterinary Technician course in 2002, and graduated in 2004. While going to school she developed a strong interest with working with wildlife. Shortly after graduating Karla came to Weyburn and started working as a Vet Tech for Prairie Animal Health Centre. Karla currently is living in Weyburn with her pet family of 5 cats, Diego, Athena, Spike, Freckles and Tarzan and 3 dogs, Angel, Macy and Rocky
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Julie enjoyed every minute of growing up on a dairy farm, although picking eggs and butchering chickens gave her a phobia of them. Her family always had collie dogs and one in particular made her love the breed; her name of course was Lassie. As Julie and her family milked cows, their cats would sit on their shoulders. Julie’s dad would not let her have a horse but that didn’t stop Julie from having a strong passion for them, she actually thinks it made her love and appreciate them that much more. She got her first horse when she was in tech school. Julie has acquired many other horses since. She even has some miniature horses and a donkey named George. She currently lives on a farm with her husband and two little boys Wyatt and Kale. Before they got married they literally made a list of what kind and how many animals they would have, so it wouldn’t get out of hand. She worked in a small/exotic animal clinic in Saskatoon, SK, and then a mixed practise in Regina, Sk. Julie started working as a Vet Technologist at Prairie Animal Health Centre in January 2008. She is very happy to be able to continue her education and has acquired her Equine Massage Certificate! She has attended many dog training seminars, including a few clicker expos. She currently teaches dog obedience/clicker training classes and is trying some agility classes too! Julie loves riding horses whether it’s reining, barrels, or just chasing cows. She also enjoys spending time with her family camping.
Registered Veterinarian Technician
Janelle was born and raised in the Weyburn area. She moved to Olds, AB in 2006 where she attended Olds College. She received a Diploma in Equine Production and Breeding in 2008 and continued on with her education in 2011 as an Animal Health Technician. Janelle has been a RVT at Prairie Animal Health Centre since she graduated in 2011. She currently lives on a cattle farm with her husband, Ken Evans and step-son Liam, and soon expecting a new addition to their family. They raise Limousin cattle and have a small herd of show steer cattle. Janelle has added four horses and a miniature donkey to the farm as well. Of course, dogs and cats have always been a big part of Janelle’s life. She currently has 5 cats, a grey hound cross, and 4 border collies. Janelle’s future goal is to start competing in stock dog trials.
Crystal Ruckaber was raised on a farm south west of a small community called Parkberg (Home of Gainer the Gopher). Crystal attended school in Mortlach, Sk, from Kindergarten until she graduated in 1997. Crystal’s family raised commercial cattle and ran a small grain operation. Crystal was involved in 4-H for 16 years. At the age of 21, she was no longer able to be a member of a 4-H program so she became a Leader. In 1998, she bought her first Black Angus Heifer and was able to continue showing. In 2004, Crystal’s family sold the cattle and family farm due to family health problems. Before Crystal moved to Weyburn, she worked for a Small Animal Clinic in Moose jaw for 8 years as a Vet Assistant/Office Manager. Also, in that time, Crystal worked for Superior Meats, a meat processing plant out of Swift Current. Her position there was Manager in the Moose Jaw store for two years. In January of 2009, Crystal met her future husband in Weyburn, named Lyle Ruckaber. In November of 2009, Crystal made the move to Weyburn to be with Lyle. Shortly after moving to Weyburn, Crystal became a Veterinary Assistant of PAHC. On Aug 21st, 2010 Crystal and Lyle were married in Weyburn Sk. They are currently living in Weyburn with their pet family of their cat, Lucifer, and their American Bulldog, Petey.