Registered Veterinary Technologists
Rebekah graduated as a Veterinary Technologist from St. Clair College in 2001. Following two years of practice in her native Ontario, Rebekah made the move out West in order to join the team at Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic in 2003 and she has dedicated her career to exotic pet practice ever since! Rebekah's experience and interest in teaching benefits both veterinary and technical students during their rotations through the clinic. Away from work, Rebekah is an avid geocacher and neither rain nor sleet nor snow can keep her from finding a cache a day!
Caitlyn, a 2005 graduate of the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College, fulfilled a life long dream of working exclusively with birds and exotic pets when she joined our team full-time in 2006. A local Calgarian, Caitlyn initially started working at the clinic as a technician assistant when she was 16 and has been an integral part of our team ever since. In 2017, Caitlyn and her partner Brendan welcomed their son, Ryker, to their family nest which they busily share with several budgies, Jake the cockatiel, Petrie the Red-bellied Parrot, Kato the African Grey Parrot, a Leopard tortoise named Wilson, and their dog, Tallis.
Courtney comes to us from Medicine Hat. A 2014 Animal Health Technologist graduate from Olds College, Courtney did her six-week practicum with us and never left! She is a perfect fit at the clinic and has a natural ability with all animals exotic. If a hamster needs a home, you can bet it is going to leave with Courtney! A professed cat lover, Courtney shares her home with Muggins and Daya, but her lovebird, Jazz, her budgie, Flint and Steve the hamster round out her family. Courtney is a dedicated volunteer at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation and despite her aversion to feeling cold, Courtney spends her off time figure skating.
Client Care Professionals
Nikki, our head receptionist, received her Animal Sciences Diploma from Montreal's International Correspondence School in 1995 and she has been an integral part of the Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic team since 2001. At home, her pet family includes 'the girls', three Rhodesian Ridgebacks named Tai, Nova and Juno, Zeke the budgie, and Storm, the African Grey Parrot. Away from the clinic, Nikki and her husband Dylan revel in 'horse snuggles' with their 'boys', horses Hunter and Titan.
Marissa joined our clinic in September 2017 as the newest addition to our client care team. She completed the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at Olds College in 2011 and her up-tone and caring personality make her a perfect fit for our team. So far, her animal family includes a cat named Karma, her hamsters Barry ( a teddy bear) and Jack (a Chinese dwarf) and her little Beta fish, Smee, but stay tuned! Marissa has love in her eyes every time she looks at a Blue and Gold Macaw!
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Kyla joined our clinic in 2018 and has proven to be a valuable team member. Throughout her career, Kyla has been involved in many aspects of the animal care field including working at veterinary clinics, coordinating animal assisted therapy, and as a member of the staff at the Calgary Zoo. We are very lucky to now call her one of our own! When she is not working at the clinic, Kyla can often be found having adventures in the mountains with her malamute cross dog, Georgia (a.k.a., Adventure Dog).