Our Veterinarians

Dr. Kristi Volk, Owner, DVM

Kristi was born and raised in Red Deer. She attended RDC and University of Alberta prior to completing her DVM at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. Kristi lives on an acreage with her husband and Dog & Cat Hospital co-owner, Shea, their two sons, Nixon & Easton, their dogs Polly & Sunday and cat Fuzzy (a.k.a Lion or "da fuzz"). Dentistry and preventative care are her favorite facets of veterinary medicine although each day always brings interesting pets and people and challenging cases. Providing high quality pet health care and ongoing client education with evolving and innovative science and technologies is a fulfilling career. Outside of Dog & Cat Hospital, Kristi enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking hiking & running.

Email: petdr@dogandcathospital.ca

Kristi's Pets

Dr. Abbie Breitkreitz, DVM

Dr. Abbie Breitkreitz, DVM

Abbie grew up on a farm near Fort Assiniboine, Alberta. She attended RDC and the University of Alberta before being accepted to WCVM (U of S). Abbie graduated the veterinary program in 2006 and joined the Dog & Cat Hospital team shortly after. Abbie now lives in Penhold and spends her time with her daughter Kadence, two cats Reebok & Murphy and dog Rusty. Abbie practices at our East Hill location, and loves caring for our four legged family members. She has a special interest in internal medicine, preventative care, and ultrasound imaging.

Email: petdr_abbie@dogandcathospital.ca

Abbie's Pets

Dr. Novaley Straub, DVM

Dr. Novaley Straub, DVM

Novaley was born and raised on a farm outside of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. She attended the University of Alberta before entering the veterinary medicine program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she graduated from in 2008. Novaley currently lives in Sylvan Lake with her husband, Zach, and two daughters, Brianna and Alainna, along with their dog, Jemma, cats Miss Kittie, Oliver and Cooper, and horses, Dusty, Oreo, Bob and Luke. Novaley enjoys many aspects of companion animal veterinary medicine but has a special interest in building valued relationships with her clients and their pets through preventative care. In her spare time, Novaley enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, hiking, baking & scrap-booking.

Email: petdr_novaley@dogandcathospital.ca

Novaley's Pets

Dr. Sarah Fahey, DVM, BSc

Dr. Sarah Fahay, DVM, BSc

Sarah spent most of her life in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she completed her BSc at the University of Saskatchewan followed by her DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Sarah joined Dog & Cat Hospital in 2010. Sarah enjoys the variety of general practice and has interests in pain management and dermatology. Sarah lives in Red Deer with her boyfriend Derek, 2 cats Tinycat and Steve and dogs Kevin & Brittany. In her spare time she enjoys reading, camping, and exploring Alberta.

Email: petdr_sarah@dogandcathospital.ca

Sarah's Pets

Dr. Kimberly Toovey, DVM, BScN, RN

Dr. Kimberly Toovey, DVM, BScN, RN

Kimberly Toovey was raised in southern Saskatchewan. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in nursing in 1993. In 2001, she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She lives in Red Deer with her husband, Blair and their two children, Joshua and Emily. They have two dogs; Tucker and Buddy, and a cat named Crunchie. Kimberly enjoys working closely with clients and their pets. She has special interests in preventative medicine, dentistry, behavior, and therapeutic laser therapy. She also enjoys travelling, hiking, camping, spending time with her family, and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Email: petdr_kimberly@dogandcathospital.ca

Kimberly's Pets

Dr. Kristina Wicks, DVM

Dr. Kristina Wicks, DVM

Kristina was raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  She attended the University of Saskatchewan, where she earned degrees in Biology (2000) and Veterinary Medicine (1993). She practiced small animal medicine & surgery mainly in Saskatoon until making the move to Red Deer in October 2009. She enjoys the challenge and variety of small animal medicine, ultrasonography (ultrasound) and any type of surgery.   Kristina lives with her son, Daniel and their 2 dogs, Polly and Onyx and 2 cats, Walter and Charlie.  Her hobbies include entertaining her 4 legged crew, running, riding her horse, Gabby, cycling, reading and traveling.

Email: petdr_kris@dogandcathospital.ca

Kristina's Pets

Dr. Luis Braz-Ruivo, DVM

Dr. Luis Braz-Ruivo, DVM

Dr. Luis Braz-Ruivo is a board certified veterinary cardiologist. Dr. Braz-Ruivo is a native of Portugal where he obtained his veterinary degree in 1986. In 1990 Dr. Braz-Ruivo moved to Ontario and pursued specialization in veterinary cardiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario. After concluding an internship program in small animal medicine and surgery at OVC he entered the Doctor of Veterinary Science program and successfully completed it in 1999. Dr. Braz-Ruivo achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 1996. In 1998 he moved to the United States and became a staff cardiologist for the Massachusetts SPCA at Rowley Memorial and Angell Memorial Animal Hospitals. Shortly thereafter he moved to Maryland where he established Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & ER; a large multi-specialty practice and 24 emergency center in Maryland. His primary interest include diagnosis and counseling of congenital heart disease and treatment of complicated congestive heart failure. He has co-authored publications in peer reviewed journals and it is an active speaker internationally. He enjoys motorcycling and general fitness. 

Dr. Braz-Ruivo brings to the practice his extensive expertise in the diagnosis and management of heart disease in dogs and cats. We are proud that he has chosen us to enhance the level of care we provide to our patients and clients. With his expertise we are able to provide specialized care to the pets of Red Deer, enhancing the quality of life so you and your pet can enjoy life together. For a consultation, please call to make an appointment.

Dr. Ryan Skinner, DVM

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Dr Skinner was born and raised in Camrose, Alberta. His passion for animals starting when his family moved to a farm and purchased a few horses, chickens, ducks, and ostriches... you know the typical barnyard animals. After graduating in Camrose, he moved to Costa Rica with his family, learned Spanish and earned a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery at Veritas University 2004. He met his wife Ellie there and moved back to Red Deer where he started his family.  He currently has 3 very active boys, Ryan, Sean, and Michael. The 3 family golden retrievers:  Ruby, Summer, and Hunter keep everyone active cleaning up hair daily.lol.

Despite 12 years of active practice, he is still learning and “practicing “. He finds solace in internal medicine and radiology. 

In his spare time, Dr. Skinner is engaged with his family in martial arts training and loves traveling. 

Email: petdr_ryan@dogandcathospital.ca

Ryan's Pets