Meet Hermitage Veterinary Hospital's Veterinarians
Hermitage Veterinary Hospital's veterinary team is comprised of a dedicated group of professionals including our wonderful veterinarians.
After graduating from high school Kim went to the University of Alberta where she went through
a few majors and a few career choices before finally deciding on Veterinary Medicine.
In 1995, she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she
started at the Hermitage Veterinary Hospital in Edmonton where she is currently a partner and
continues to practice.
Hermitage Veterinary Hospital encourages its staff to be involved in both their community and
profession. As a result she served 10 years on the Practice Inspection Practice Standards
committee and 3 years on the ABVMA Council before becoming President. She also acted as
the Council representative to the Animal Welfare Committee and ABVTA Board of Directors.
Despite the fact she's had the same home base for most of her life, she has a passion for
adventure and travel. Kim routinely signs up for some off beat exercise class or event. Some go
well like paddle boarding, some not so well like circus school.
She also routinely goes to the Dominican where she combines her love for the water and Vet
Med. She spends her mornings at Spay, Neuter and Wellness clinics and her afternoons
attempting to KiteSurf. In addition to her addiction to water she loves crazy races and
completed the Near Death Marathon in 2016. These experiences always provide a source of
fun and laughter that counterbalance the demands of the veterinary profession.
Kim has been actively involved in the veterinary community including having served as President of the ABVMA. She is currently a board member of WDDC, one of Alberta's top veterinary distributors.
Dr. Chow graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in 2011. She is a past board member and president of the Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians.
Dr. Boddington has a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Alberta and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After a few years practicing in Newfoundland, Dr. Boddington moved back to her home province of Alberta. She has a special interest in small animal neurology and Intervertebral Disk Disease. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, reading and having fun with her five crazy Dachshunds.
Kayla graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, and joined the Hermitage team in 2019. She has a particular interest in the areas of behaviour, dermatology, wellness and dentistry. She aims to make all of her patients (and their families) as happy and stress-free as possible, and is commonly seen rolling on the floor with her patients. When not at work, Kayla enjoys using her skill set to give back through with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour, and a variety of other veterinary organizations. She (finally) married her boyfriend of 13 years in 2019, and they live with their only furry child Mackenzie on an acreage outside of Spruce Grove.
Dr. Ward attended the University of Alberta before being accepted to the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2020. She has always loved working with animals of all shapes and sizes and has been involved in 4H, wildlife rehab, and competed in rally obedience. She currently lives with her beagle Joni and aptly named Kitty Cat. Her favourite part of working at Hermitage is taking the time to build relationships with people and their pets, and working together to personalize every pet’s care.
Dr. Howard graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She has been with Hermitage since 2007.
Retired - Hermitage Veterinary Hospital 1982-2020
You can continue to watch Dr. Purcell every Wednesday at 8:45 am on Global News Edmonton with his segment 'Adopt a Pet' done in partnership with the Edmonton Humane Society.
Meet the Registered Veterinary Technologists
Registered Veterinary Technologists have a broad knowledge of animal science, medicine, animal husbandry, and pharmacology. They have the ability to restrain animals, complete clinical laboratory tests, assist with performing anesthesia and surgery, perform dental procedures, as well as many more skills.
Kim graduated from the RVT program at NAIT in 1999. She has been with HVH since 2003. She is a proud owner of a English bulldog named Kia and boxer Goose She also loves spending her extra time with her daughter.
Amy graduated from NAIT's Animal Health Technology in 1994 and joined our team at Hermitage Veterinary Hospital in 2010. You can always find this proud soccer mom at the pitch watching her two teens play competitive soccer or at the local field with her husband and two bulldogs Joop and Lulu.
Tammy graduated from NAIT in 2006 with a diploma in animal health technology. She joined the Hermitage Veterinary Hospital in 2012. Tammy currently has no pets at home, but she loves to pet sit instead.
Nicole graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 2013 and has worked at Hermitage ever since. She has quite a few pets of her own including 2 cats, 3 dogs, and a horse named Navajo. In her spare time she enjoys reading, riding her horse, and doing puzzles.
Jessica first started at our hospital in 2011 as a kennel tech and became an RVT in 2016. She has one dog (Newt) and two cats (Bella and Cleo). In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, playing with her cats, and spending time with her family.
Jessica graduated from the NAIT Animal Health Technology program in 2020 and has been with the wonderful team at HVH since completing her practicum in June. In her extra time, she enjoys reading, snuggling with her rescue cat, Louie, and spending time on her family acreage with her dog, Hodgins, and their barn cats Pounce, Zazzles, Cali and Alyx.
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Meet the Pet Care Specialists & Support Staff
Pet Care Specialists are the customer-relations experts in a veterinary practice. These staff members are responsible for greeting clients, differentiating routine cases from emergency cases, and scheduling appointments. If you have any questions, these ladies can help.
Jennifer POffice Manager
Jennifer has been working at the Hermitage Veterinary Hospital since 2007. She is the proud mom to 4 fur babies as well as her young son who keeps her busy. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her family at her parents campground and reading.
Gina has been working at Hermitage Veterinary Hospital for over 15 years. She has 2 cats at home, “JJ Beans” and “Dusty Tails”, and a teenage son who keeps her busy when she is not at work. She very much enjoys working at HVH due to our terrific team of caring, compassionate and funny people!
Ceri FNutrition Consultant
Ceri has been with Hermitage as a Nutritional Consultant since 2008. Her work days are spent helping owners to achieve and maintain their pet’s healthiest body condition. In her spare time she loves trotting along the Blackfoot trail with her horse, Ramsey. At home she has her husband Ken and her Heinz 57 dog, Chilli Dog to keep her busy.
Kari LPet Care Specialist
Kari originally graduated as a Medical Office Secretary from Grant MacEwan but was lucky enough to start work in a Veterinary Practice. She has been at the Hermitage Veterinary Hospital since November 2000. She is always ready to give the pets a snuggle and a treat; she tries to create a positive and fear-free environment so that the pets are excited to come and visit us. Kari loves her job and hopes that shows in her enthusiasm when dealing with the clients and the pets. She also has a scrub top obsession; we are pretty sure she has one for every day of the year.
Nicole CPet Care Specialist/Support Staff
Nicole graduated from NAIT’s Veterinary Medical Assistant program in 2020. She chose Hermitage as her practicum place in April 2020 and has been part of our family ever since! Nicole currently doesn’t have any pets of her own, but has a fur nephew (Rosco) & a fur niece (Ellie).
Keanna GPet Care Specialist/Support Staff
Keanna graduated with honours from the Veterinary Medical Assistant program at NAIT in 2020 and began working at Hermitage after her practicum. She will be attending the Animal Health Technology program at Lakeland College in September but plans to stay with the Hermitage family for as long as possible! Keanna has 2 rescue pups at home (Karmine and Snuggles) and spends most of her time snuggling them or serenading them.
Natasha LPet Care Specialist/Support Staff
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Shiannah CPet Care Specialist
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