Dr.Rod McFarlaneBScS MSc DVM
Dr. Rod McFarlane arrived in Lethbridge in 1995 and began his veterinary career at a mixed animal practice where he conducted surgery and medicine on everything from race horses to dairy cattle, goats and of course dogs and cats. After several years of this Rod realized his true passion was working with companion animals and subsequently opened Highlands Pet Hospital in 1999 on the West side of Lethbridge, Alberta. Over the years Rod has developed a keen interest in many forms of surgery including soft tissue surgery and orthopedics.
Dr. McFarlane is married with two children and spends the majority of his free time with his family on the ski hill or camping. Rod has one rescue pet at home - Franklin the cat that arrived at Highlands Pet Hospital with two broken legs and required extensive surgery and convalescence that the owners could not supply. This furry member of the family joins in for all the family camping excursions which makes for a very full trailer!
Dr. Kristen Gibson grew up in Saskatoon where she knew from an early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Kristen received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Shortly after graduating from the WCVM, she moved to Lethbridge and joined the Highlands Pet Hospital team. Kristen enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and loves working closely with cat and dog owners to ensure that their furry family members are receiving the best care possible. Dr. Gibson lives in Lethbridge with her husband Kyle, children Emily and Zachary, their lovable Basset Hound cross Dexter and their two mischievous cats, Gus and Mojo. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, running and playing soccer.
Michelle CookOffice Manager
Michelle has been a member here at Highlands since 2008, and it is her shining face that may greet you as you walk through the clinic doors. We love her calm demeanor and quiet steadying influence. Michelle enjoys very hectic days running after her 3 incredibly active young boys. She shares their boisterous home with Daphne, the Old English Sheepdog. Daphne is a picture-perfect playmate for her young companions, fetching for hours on end, or doubling as a fluffy footstool and pillow. Recently, Michelle added a bunny to her family, named Stark, who likes to play with her boys in their backyard! In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, running with Daphne, cooking, and doing all things sports related with her boys.
Kathy BoyleRegistered AHT
Kathy is one of our very capable Animal Health Technologists. She graduated from Olds College in 2004, and has been in small animal practice ever since. She loves nutrition and has helped many animals take steps to reach their weight loss goals. We welcomed her in the spring of 2013 after the birth of her first daughter. She, her husband and two children, Julia and Blake, live in the country and board horses. Deke and Willow call Kathy’s acreage home and earns their keep as hunting dogs in the fall. Deke and Willow are both Brittany Spaniels who love their job so much! The weekends in the summer will find their family camping, golfing, or enjoying the great outdoors.
Leanne RoseRegistered AHT
Leanne joined the Highlands team in November of 2014. She graduated from the Animal Health Technician program at Olds College in 2011. One of her favourite parts of her job is dentistry; she likes the satisfaction of seeing the before and after transformation! In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her husband Cody, and their two energetic Golden Retrievers, Charlie and Milo. Leanne likes to go to the gym to keep active and travel all over the world every chance she gets! One of the most recent places she's travelled to was Istanbul, Turkey!
Brittany SewersAdministrative Assistant
Brittany started at Highlands Pet Hospital during the summer of 2014 as part of our receptionist team. She had been working in the veterinary industry for the previous three years and loves the the daily interaction between clients and their pets! Brittany takes pride in working as part of the Highlands team by creating a welcoming and helpful atmosphere for all that walk through the front doors of our hospital. Brittany shares her house with two energetic kitty cats: Little Tea who was adopted as a stray when she was six months old, and Mr Fox, a feisty rescue cat. In her spare time Brittany can be found enjoying one of her many pastimes including: running, reading, cooking, and sewing. During the summer months she spends as much time as possible at her family's cabin in British Columbia.
Kevin (Bacon)Clinic Mascot
Kevin became part of our Highlands family in March of 2017. He was surrendered to us as 'Abby', because of reoccurring health concerns that his elderly owner could no longer manage. Initially we had planned to get Kevin's health issues under control and then find a new family for him. It wasn't long though, before Kevin worked his way into the hearts of all staff members and parting with him was no longer an option.
Kevin is a bit of an introvert and prefers to spend his days sleeping in the back, usually in random boxes (his favourite), and giving staff members alternating Jekyll/Hyde spells of love and attitude. If you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of his stubby tail and entertaining personality and possibly be rewarded with a hello or quick cuddle.
AriannaClinic Angel (1999-2017)
This beautiful girl came to us from the Lethbridge and District Humane Society shortly after Highlands Pet Hospital opened in 1999. Sadly, Arianna passed away during the summer of 2017, but we know her sweet spirit will be a part of Highlands Pet Hospital forever.