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Meet Our Team
Drs. Glen & Christy Griffin
Glen was born and raised on a mixed farm at Rockglen, SK. At the age of 15, he began working for a cow/calf producer and upon graduation from high school, he worked at several ranches and feedlots acquiring the knowledge and skills required to operate his own ranch. It did not appear that his path would provide the means to finance that dream, so after 3 years, he applied to university.
Glen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. That was the same year he and Christy married. Dr Doug Mann hired Glen and Christy that summer and they have been happily employed here ever since. In May of 2013, Dr Sarah Allin, Christy, and Glen purchased the business from Doug.
Glen's passion has always centered on cattle. Feedlot and cow/calf were his main interest (and where his experience was) but since being at the South West Animal Health Centre, he has had considerable exposure to dairy medicine and has grown to enjoy it as well.
His true happiness is at home. Christy and Glen have a young family that keeps them on their toes! Kye, Gib, and Chay constantly keep them guessing to try to stay a step ahead!
Glen looks forward to serving you in the future and getting to know those he has yet to meet.
Dr. Christy is part-owner and at this time she is not practicing veterinary medicine. She is busy working at her other full time job; raising 3 children and running her ranch.
Dr. Sarah Allin
Dr. Sarah Allin is a part-owner of the South West Animal Health Centre and Associate Pet Hospital. She fulfills the role of manager of the Associate Pet Hospital. She works at both the Animal Health Centre and the Associate Pet Hospital as she enjoys working with both large and small animals, with particular interests in ophthalmology of all species and equine reproduction. She was raised on a mixed farm north west of Eatonia, SK. Her interest in becoming a veterinarian began growing up with her family's cow-calf operation, as well as involvement in the 4-H beef project. She joined the team here in May of 2005 after graduating from WCVM. She, her husband Devin, and three sons Austin, Cole and Wade, live on an acreage southwest of Swift Current.
Dr. Doug Mann
Dr. Doug Mann is the past owner of the Animal Health Centre and Associate Pet Hospital. He spends all of his professional time in the Animal Health Centre. His interests are reproduction in cattle, embryo transfer, investigating herd problems, breed improvement, and ranching. He grew up on a farm near Melville, SK. He met his wife Wanda in vet college in Saskatoon and were married the year they graduated in 1984. They have a purebred Hereford and commercial Red Angus operation of around 200 cows north of Swift Current. Since selling the clinic in 2013, he has put more focus towards his cattle.
Dr. Margo Hemmelder
Dr. Margo Hemmelder is a mixed practitioner who works at both the Animal Health Centre and the Associate Pet Hospital. Margo likes all aspects of mixed practice especially equine medicine. She was born and raised in The Netherlands. She graduated in 1998 from the Vet College there and moved to Stoughton, SK, where she worked for 9 years in a 2-vet mixed practice. In December 2007, she moved to Swift Current and started working with our team. She lives on an acreage in Rhineland with her 2 dogs, 6 cats and 2 horses. In her spare time, she likes riding and showing her horses. As of 2017, Margo has scaled back her work at our clinics and has decided to also join the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in our local office.
Dr. Brittany Wiese
Dr. Brittany Wiese was raised on a mixed farm in Bentley AB, where she grew up involved in 4H and Pony Club and helping on the farm. She developed an interest in research and cattle nutrition during her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta. After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, she went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in ruminant nutrition while working for the bovine field service department at the WCVM. Her clinical interests include all aspects of bovine practice, with special interests in herd health, applied research and the relationship between nutrition and animal health.
She joined the SWAHC team in March of 2016, and is very much enjoying getting to meet our great clients and explore southern Saskatchewan with her dogs Hank and Jim!
Patricia Perrin, RVT
Patricia is originally from the Swift Current area and began working with us in the spring of 2002 after she graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at Vermilion Agriculture College. She spends time at both the Associate Pet Hospital and Animal Health Centre but mostly at the Animal Health Centre. Patricia has sat on the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists for multiple years and likes to stay active in the Association. Patricia lives north of Swift Current on her acreage with her husband Trinity, her sons Tristen and Trey, and daughter Paisley. When not working she loves camping, playing sports and anything to do with animals
Angelee Theirmann, RVT
Angelee graduated from Olds College in 1998 as an Animal Health Technologist and joined our team at that time. She has slightly modified her role at the clinic and is now our official book keeper. She spends all of her professional time at the Animal Health Centre. She grew up on a ranch near Swift Current and now resides on an acreage with her husband Shawn and two kids, Clay and Gracie. She keeps herself busy around home and running her kids to different sporting events.
Leanne started work with us in the early spring of 2002 at the Animal Health Centre. She works at the front desk answering the phones, booking appointments, ordering merchandise, and generally keeping things flowing. She has a daughter still living at home and a son who still lives in the area. If you are needing any ordering done, she is the one to talk to.
Sammi-Jo Fuchs, RVT
Listen, I'm a gal who drinks her weight in coffee, bakes like a widow, cooks like an old lady (butter and all folks), love me some bovine and equine pals, as well as old dogs. I've got a sense of humour and a smile for a mile. By day I'm trying to figure out what the vets are thinking, why there are things missing, and who put what where. By night, I'm chasing a toddler at warp speed also trying to figure out the above questions but other conundrums like why is there a shoe where the peanut butter should be? During the spring and fall I'm the lovely voice you talk to on Saturdays when you've forgotten vaccines or some other crucial piece to process your cows that weekend or have an animal just not doing well. I was raised in the Swift Current area, attended Lakeland College and obtained my Animal Health Technology Diploma. I spent 5 years in Alberta working at various practices as well as taking a position at Lakeland College as a Lab tech for the College. I also did a bit of time at Western Feedlot Mossleigh for a fall and spring run. Now I'm back in Saskatchewan with my own small family,my spouse Marvin, our son Jake and our k-9 companion Zeke as well as a small herd of Black Angus cattle. If you can't see me you can most certainly hear me :)
Christine Rosser, BSc
Christine was born and raised on a cow/calf farm south of Ponteix, SK. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Science in 2012 from the University of Saskatchewan. During her undergraduate she was an active member in the U of S Range Management Team, where she got the opportunity to attend the Society for Range Management conference. She then completed a M.Sc. in Animal Science at the U of S in 2014, with a research focus on forage digestibility in cattle, including harvest maturity of greenfeed, and feed allocation for winter feeding. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Animal Science through the University of Alberta out of AAFC-Lethbridge. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with everyone for both winter feeding, and pasture management.