Our Animal Care Team
Candice Blum, Practice Manager/Animal Nurse (AHT)
Candice is an animal nurse and practice manager. She joined our team in the winter of 2005 after moving to Red Deer from the Edmonton area. She started working in a veterinary clinic as a student in 1997 before graduating from N.A.I.T Animal Health Technology program in 2002. Candice lives with her husband Darcy and two sons Aiden & Austin. They have two dogs Sushee & Daisy, a cat Max and Mr. Cuddles the Guinea pig. Candice enjoys distance and trail running, is a certified YOGA instructor, and about anything that helps her maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Pamela Connelly (Pennington), Community Relations/Animal Nurse (AHT)
Pam is a veterinary nurse and has worked at Dog & Cat Hospital since 2004. Pam is away currently on maternity leave. She has special interests in education and community events. You will often find her representing our hospitals at various events in Red Deer. Pam founded a program in 2010 to educate children about responsible pet ownership. She visits schools in the Red Deer area and provides educational opportunities with clinic tours at Dog & Cat Hospital. Pam lives in Red Deer with her husband Dave, sons Cooper & Parker, and a houseful of pets.
Sarah Gervais, Animal Nurse (AHT)
Sarah is a veterinary nurse and graduated from the Olds program in 2011. She grew up in Chapleau, Ontario and moved to Alberta in 2007. Sarah joined our team in 2011. She enjoys music, swimming, camping and being outdoors. Sarah lives in Blackfalds with her husband Torry, two American Pit Bull Terriers Lexi & Ryder and green cheek Conure Rio. She has special interests in lab sample analysis & anesthesia.
Megan Barrett, Veterinary Technical Assistant (VTA)
Megan was born and raised in British Columbia, and grew up in West Kelowna. She attended Olds College in 2012 for her Veterinary Technical Assistant Diploma which she received with top honors. She has been part of the Dog & Cat Hospital since 2012 and works some Saturdays at our East Hill location. Megan has a keen interest in the Hill’s Veterinary diets, and enjoys learning more about them. She also likes to take the time to help new or current clients select an option that would best suite their pets needs. Megan lives with her husband, and her wonderful dogs. She also has her own sign company Paws Warm Hearts Designs which she dedicates her free time to, with a portion of the proceeds going to the local Humane Society. Megan enjoys coming into the clinic and visiting when she isn’t working. She has a big heart is always full of energy, and a friendly face to see. In her free time she enjoys fishing, camping, movies, being around friends, and her dogs.
Holly Klakowich, Animal Nurse (AHT)
Holly joined the Dog & Cat Hospital team in January 2014 and worked part time while she achieved her AHT diploma which she received in June 2015. Holly lives in Red Deer with her husband Steve, daughter Aria, German Short-haired Pointer Apollo, two cats Shilo and Shade, and bearded dragon Leah. In her free time Holly enjoys running, camping and swimming.
Stephanie Schalm, Client Care Manager/Animal Nurse (AHT)
Stephanie is a veterinary nurse and graduated from Olds College in 2014 from the Animal Health Technology program. She worked at East Hill Dog & Cat Hospital over the summer in 2013 as a student, and returned for her practicum before continuing full time after graduation. She has found a passion within her career in client and patient care. Stephanie was born and raised in Red Deer, and has a feline furball named Mika.