Dr. Carlyle Mcdougall

Founder of Virden Animal Hospital (Retired)

Dr Carlyle Mcdougall was raised on a cattle and grain farm. He graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 1965. He started practicing in Elkhorn for a year. Then he switched to Virden and practiced mixed animal medicine out of an office downtown in 1966. Carlyle was on call everyday. He was very busy, especially during calving season, but he still made time for small animal surgeries on Saturdays. ‘The Veterinary Clinic,’ now known as Virden Animal Hospital, was Built in 1974. His clinic grew quickly which allowed him to hire another veterinarian, Dr. Everett More. Carlyle still works at Virden Animal Hospital, doing some office work for the clinic.

Carlyle lives on a farm close to the clinic with his wife, Irma. They have a daughter, Cathy, and two sons, Robbie and David. Robbie is a partner Virden Animal Hospital. Carlyle loves to spend his free time gardening.

Dr. Everett More

Founder of Virden Animal Hospital (Retired December 2020)

Dr. Everett More was raised on a family farm at Dand, 60 miles south east of Virden. He was a 10 year 4H beef club member and enjoyed showing both cattle and light and heavy horses at local fairs. After high school, he attended the University of Manitoba in the Agriculture Degree Program and the summer before entering Veterinary College worked in Virden as an assistant Ag Rep. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1972and joined Dr Carlyle McDougall in practice in Virden.

Everett was a partner in Virden Animal Hospital for some 35 years but as of June 1, 2016, he semi-retired and on December 31, 2020 he fully retired.

Everett has a son, Darren, and daughter, Aleaha, who both attended colleges in Alberta and have eventually settled back in Virden. Darren and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Connor and Emily, making Everett a grandpa. Everett and Irene Vanin have a small farm with a herd of registered Simmental Cattle and a half dozen registered Quarter Horses. They enjoy showing cattle at local summer fairs as well as raising bulls and bred heifers for sale. Everett has been involved with the Virden Indoor Rodeo and Wild West Daze since its inception.

Dr. Robbie Mcdougall

Veterinarian

Dr. Robbie Mcdougall is a partner of Virden Animal Hospital. He began working at the Virden Animal Hospital at a young age alongside his father, Dr. Carlyle McDougall. He graduated from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1989. He has enjoyed working with many different species of animals throughout his career and now currently focuses on bovine medicine and surgery.

Robbie lives east of Virden with his wife, Adriana. Robbie is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many great clients over the years.

Dr. Roger Richard

Veterinarian

Dr. Roger Richard was raised in a military family stationed throughout western Canada. His father retired after 25 years of service in 1974 to a mixed farm, in Crawford Park area, south of Riding Mountain National Park. Roger graduated from WCVM in 1989. He worked in Pilot Mound after college before coming to the Virden Animal Hospital in 1991.

Roger married Carla Jasper in 1994 and lives west of Virden with their 3 daughters; Adrienne, Leah and Avery. Much of their free time revolves around their daughter’s sporting events including volleyball, basketball, fastball and hockey. Together they run a 90 head commercial cow-calf herd. They enjoy working their herd on horseback. Roger has been in all facets of mixed animal practice over the years including food animal, equine and companion animal. With the addition of the current staff of veterinarians, Roger has been able to focus on his main interest, beef production.

Dr. Carla Loewen

Veterinarian

Dr Carla Loewen is a partner of Virden Animal Hospital. She grew up on a dairy farm in southeastern Manitoba which instilled the love and care of animals at a very young age. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan – Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and began her career in Virden and has been there ever since. Initially she worked as a mixed animal veterinarian but soon started to spend more time working and growing the companion animal side of the practice. You can still find her doing emergency large animal calls during the nights but her primary focus is working on the companion animal side of the practice in medicine and surgery.

Carla lives with her husband Dean Brooker on an acreage in the Virden area with their two dogs and three cats. She (they) also enjoy fostering rescue animals and often have one or two hanging out on the acreage waiting to find their forever homes. When not working on animals she can most often be found in the kitchen baking or outside working on the acreage.

Dr. Nadine Wohlgemuth

Veterinarian

Dr. Nadine Wohlgemuth is a partner of the Virden Animal Hospital. She grew up on a 175 head cow/calf farm south of Oak Lake, MB. She began helping her parents with all aspects of the beef farm at a very young age, learning many important skills that are put to use daily in her veterinary career.

She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She started her veterinary career in Arborg, MB. In 2002, she moved back to her home town of Oak Lake to farm with her parents and practiced in Melita, MB. In the fall of 2005, she joined the Virden Animal Hospital team. For several years she was a mixed animal veterinarian, providing food animal and companion animal services. However, with the addition of more veterinarians to the Virden staff, her primary focus is now Food animal medicine and surgery.

Nadine lives with her husband, Keith, and their two young children, Noah and Ella, on their farm north of Oak Lake. They own a 200 head cow/calf operation and a custom silage business as well, so life is never dull!! Their family also consists of four rescue dogs: Elmo, Bob, Diesel and Dozer and six rescue cats: Gidget, Harry, Luey, Hue, Louise and Jack.

Dr. Joe King

Veterinarian

Dr. Joe King is a partner of Virden Animal Hospital. He was raised on an equine ranch near Lenore, MB with his two brothers, Scott and Charlie King. Joe’s parents, Doug and Deb King, taught their sons horsemanship and the value of hard work. After high school and two years of working/travelling, Joe studied pre-veterinary science at the University of Manitoba.

Joe graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 before practicing in an equine internship in Weatherford, TX and then starting practice at the Virden Animal Hospital. Dr. King offers advanced lameness and sports medicine for equine athletes, along with performance dentistry procedures, surgery, preventative medicine and reproduction services.

Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Gita, their son Rally, and daughter Summer. He also enjoys travelling to rodeos with his family each summer and fall, where he competes in steer wrestling.

Dr Gita Gunson-King

Veterinarian

Dr. Gita Gunson is a partner of Virden Animal Hospital. Gita grew up near Stony Plain, AB and developed a passion for animals alongside her father who was a wildlife biologist. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and started practicing small animal medicine in Saskatchewan before her move to Virden in 2012. Her primary focus is on companion animal medicine and surgery but she has a special interest in small animal ultrasound.

Gita lives with her husband, Joe King, their sons, Rally and Cash, and daughter Summer, on a farm just outside of Virden where they have a public riding arena and board horses (Kings Crossing). Their family also consists of a three legged dog, farm kitties and chickens.

Dr. Hayley Schuddemat

Veterinarian

Dr. Hayley Schuddemat is an associate veterinarian at the Virden Animal Hospital. She grew up on a cow/calf farm near Melita, Manitoba where she developed her love for animals. She was a long-standing beef and equine 4H member throughout her school years. Hayley spent two years studying agriculture at the University of Manitoba before starting her studies at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Hayley graduated with her veterinary degree in 2020 and has been a part of the VAH team ever since. You can find her practicing in all areas of the clinic! Hayley now lives with her fiancé, Lucas Oliver, on a farm south of Melita. They are part of a family farm with a grain operation and a 500 head cow/calf herd including a small purebred simmental herd. In her spare time Hayley enjoys riding horses and spending time with her cats, Amy and Melvin and her dogs, Millie and Boog.

Dr. Marianne Sytnyk

Veterinarian

Dr. Marianne Sytnyk grew up near Oakburn, MB on her family’s cow/calf and grain farm and has always been very involved in the operation since a very young age. Marianne grew her love for all animals through her work on the family farm. She studied agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan for 3 years, with 6-months of her studies being in Sweden where she studied animal welfare and behavior before being accepted into veterinary school.

Marianne graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022 and has chosen to begin her veterinary career working at the Virden Animal Hospital.

Marianne enjoys working with all species of critters. In her spare time Marianne can be found working with her small herd of beef cattle, kayaking, or spending time with her cat, Pam, and her pup, June.

Sherry Wilson

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Sherry graduated from Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon in 1982. She started her vet tech career in Hamiota before coming to Virden on September 22, 1987. She lives on a farm, in Lenore, with husband, Jim and son, Wyatt. They run a small cow-calf operation and also have a herd of farm cats. Sherry has a great sense of humour and we are thankful that she has been a dedicated RAHT at Virden for about 30 years!

Hilary Griffith

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Hilary started working at VAH as an animal health technologist after her graduation from NAIT in Edmonton in 2007. She currently resides in Oak Lake with her husband, Kevin and son, Blake where they cattle and grain farm with Kevin’s parents. They have a herd of furry kids including 6 cats, a dog, and her horse. Whether she’s working on a small critter or a large animal, Hilary has great knowledge and experience in all areas of the practice.

Cathy Rouse

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Cathy graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at Lakeland College in 2009. She worked as an RAHT in Saskatoon and Martensville prior to starting at Virden Animal Hospital in 2012.

Cathy lives in Moosomin with her boyfriend Troy, daughter Hudson, and their cat Poe.

Her interests are baking, cake decorating, and gardening.

Brandi Matheson

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Brandi has been at VAH since May 2012. She graduated from Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta in 2012. Brandi lives on a farm outside of Brandon with a variety of animals, including 4 horses, 3 cats and 2 dogs. Brandi has a special interest in equine health and small animal surgery. She is a skilled technician and a very friendly individual and has been a great addition to the Virden Animal Hospital team.

Taylor Funk

Registered Veterinary Technologist

” In Maryfield Saskatchewan not born but raised, volunteering for my community is where I spend most of my days. ”

Taylor joined us at VAH in August, 2020. She graduated from Lakeland College in June of 2019, gaining her RVT status in August of 2019. Taylor is newly married to Dillon, her long time love of 8 years. They live near Maryfield, Saskatchewan with their pets Luna, Java, Kiara, Monster and Mew. Her passion for animals started when she was young and has yet to cease.

Her favorite quote by John Bunyan is a motto she lives by. “You haven’t lived today until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.” She’s grateful for the opportunities she’s been given and hopeful to gain the knowledge and skills like many others who speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Teyana Dyck

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Teyana graduated from Veterinary Technician school in 2019 from Oulton college in Moncton NB. She started her RVT career in Dryden Ontario, then Brandon Manitoba, and joined Virden Animal Hospital in November of 2021.

Teyana grew up on a small hobby farm in Ontario with various animals (cows, horses, goats, etc.) In her downtime, she enjoys hiking with her dog as well as baking/cooking. She lives in Elkhorn, Manitoba with her dog (Lennon), cat (Marvin), and her rabbit (Kaleasea).

Sherry Gurr

Client Care Coordinator

Sherry joined our VAH team in August 2005 as one of our friendly, knowledgeable receptionists. In addition to being in reception, Sherry looks after our inventory and monthly billing. She grew up on a mixed farm near Cromer and is well known for her friendly nature and will always greet you with a smile.

Nicole Carruthers

Receptionist

Nicole joined VAH as one of our outgoing, helpful receptionists. Nicole
shares her home in Virden with her significant other Jamine, and their adorable rescue animals; zero (the munchkin kitty), and Dizzy Daisy (the
amazing agility hound). Nicole loves taking pictures of her pets, baking (cookies are her favourite) and reading.

Nicole always takes an interest in your animals and is quick to give helpful advice!

Jessie Sykes

Receptionist

Jessie joined VAH team in January, 2021 and is another one of our friendly, helpful receptionists. She grew up on a mixed farming operation with cattle and horses between Brandon and Rivers. She had a plethora of animals growing up including goats, llamas, miniature horses, chickens, cats, and of course dogs. Cows are her favorite animal with dogs coming in second place. She now lives on an acreage in Oak Lake with Malcolm, their pup Hela, sister cats Storm and Sunny, as well as a handful of cows.

Jessie is enjoying the change of pace from Brandon to the small town environment of Virden!

Sandy Wallace

Office Manager

Sandy joined us April 1st as our Office Manager. She brings many years of Human Resources experience from a varied career in Brandon. Sandy lives in Oak Lake with husband Dale, son Derek, and their dog Tucker.

“The Virden Animal Hospital has taken such good care of our pets for many years. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with the team here.”

Erin Peters

Vet Tech Assistant

Erin joined VAH in February 2022. She graduated from Robertson College in October 2020 with a diploma for Veterinary Assistant.

Erin grew up on a small acreage southeast of Winnipeg. She has always had a love for animals, and this kept her asking her parents for more pets.

She now lives in Elkhorn with her boyfriend Austin and their dog Diesel.

When not working she will most likely have a book in hand or be helping her boyfriend remodel their house.

Summer Perrin

Kennel Assistant

Growing up only 10 minutes from VAH, Summer has made quite a few trips here with all kinds of animals: cows, horses, dogs, cats, sheep…she has had a love of animals for as long as she can remember and considers herself an animal advocate and part-time kitten tamer. Summer has been at VAH full-time for two summers, part-time after school in between, and is now a full-time Kennel Assistant.