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Meet Our Team
Hermitage Veterinary Hospital's veterinary team is comprised of a dedicated group of professionals consisting of 9 veterinarians and 20 support staff.
Graduate of Ontario Veterinary College in 1982.
Special interest in skin disease, behaviour counselling, dentistry and acupuncture.
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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.
Having a significant other in the military has been a challenge. Currently Kim spends part of her
time in Kingston, where her partner Diego is stationed. Although a challenge it's also been an
opportunity to explore another part of Canada and spent more time with her sister Keri in
Kim is looking forward to her next adventure as President of the ABVMA and invites all its
members to share her passion for the profession.
Dr Madsen graduated from the W.C.V.M in 2005 and has been working in her hometown of Edmonton since then. She shares her home with her two daughters, two dogs Gracie and Cosby and two cats Pumpkin and Delilah. People have teased that she is starting her own ark. Dr Madsen started with HVH in Sepember 2017. In addition to her canine and feline patients Dr Madsen enjoys seeing other varieties of critters including pocket pets and birds. In her spare time Dr Madsen enjoys cooking (and eating), camping and spending as much time as possible outdoors.
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. Howard graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She has been with Hermitage since 2007.
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 four crazy Dachshunds.
BSc - U of S 2007 (Major Biology, Minor Spanish)
DVM - WCVM 2012
Meghan is originally from Saskatoon, SK where she pursued her degree in both Biology and her medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Meghan graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, and has since then has settled into Edmonton. Meghan has worked predominantly in small animal medicine, but has special interest in Emergency Medicine, Pharmacology and Dermatology. Meghan has dabbled in wildlife medicine while doing some volunteer veterinary work in Uganda and an externship at the Calgary Zoo. Meghan’s enjoys travelling in her spare time with her husband and two children, and loves learning languages (she is proficient in French and Spanish, but can also speak some German, Ukrainian and sign language!). In her spare time she loves to play the piano, go to the Zoo, and go on as many adventures as possible!
Dr. Hannah Smith
Dr. Smith grew up in Southern California. She graduated with a BS in Animal Science at the University of California, Davis in 2011 and went on to complete her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2015. From there she completed a year long rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Queensland. She worked as an equine general practitioner for a year before transitioning to small animal practice at Hermitage Vets in October 2017. Dr. Smith is a dedicated cat mom and enjoys playing and snuggling with her fur babies, Mouse and Leo!
DMV, Ontario Veterinary College 1984
BSC, University of Toronto 1980
Board Member of Edmonton SPCA 3 Years
Michelle is a born and bred Calgarian who found her forever home in Edmonton. Her first taste of the veterinary industry was in 2016 when she was hired by Hermitage for a temporary position. Michelle just couldn't stay away! Hermitage welcomed Michelle back as the Hospital Manager in 2018; while she does spend (some) time in her office you can often find her out on the floor helping the technicians, watching the Veterinarians work their magic or up front chatting with clients. Michelle loves spending her spare time with her husband, daughter and three mini schnauzer fur babies; Bailey, Bella and Indy.
Registered Veterinary Technologists have a broad knowledge of animal science, medicine, animal husbandry, and pharmacology. They also have the ability to restrain animals, complete clinical laboratory tests, administer and monitor animals under anesthesia, assist in surgery, and perform dental procedures.
Kim graduated from the RVT program from NAIT in 1999. She has been with HVH since 2003. She is very excited in starting her new position as RVT team leader. She is a proud owner of a English bulldog named Kia, and loves spending her extra time with her daughter Hadley.
Jessica first started at our hospital in 2011 as a kennel tech and has been an animal health technologist since 2016. She has one dog (Maizee) and two cats (Bella and Cleo). In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog and working on a weight loss plan for her kitty.
Amy graduated from Nait 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 competative 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,so she pet sits instead.
Covie graduated from Kelsey in 1993 as an AHT, which has been a very rewarding career choice. When shes not working its balancing home life with kids and travelling to see the world. The country girl in her competes with the love for the beach.
Brie graduated in 2015 with a diploma in Animal Health Technology from NAIT. She is the proud owner of a wild orange tabby, Oliver. His favorite pastimes include eating, napping and eating.
Nadine graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at NAIT in 2013 and has since enjoyed watching the bond between pets and their humans grow. She is the proud human to three geriatric dogs. In her spare time she loves hanging out at the dog park, camping, reading and dancing.
Kacey has been with Hermitage since 2009, and graduated from NAIT's Animal Health Technology program in 2010. In her spare time, she seems to have accidentally developed a habit of adopting animals with limb abnormalities. Please don't bring any more to her. She already has more lovable three-to-four legged creatures than hands to pet them with. It's a problem.
Nicole graduated from NAIT in 2013 and has worked at Hermitage ever since. She has quite a few pets of her own including 4 cats, 2 dogs, and a horse. In her spare time she enjoys reading, riding her horse, and showing in jumping competitions.
Pet Care Specialists (Reception) 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.
I have been working at Hermitage Veterinary Hospital for just over 14 years, the first 8 years I worked as a Client Care Specialist, then in 2012 I transitioned to my current position as bookkeeper. I have 2 cats at home, “JJ Beans” and “Dusty Tails”, I also have a 10 year old son who keeps me busy when I’m not at work!! I very much enjoy working at HVH, we have a terrific team of caring, compassionate and funny people!!
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, as well as being the hospital’s muscle, slinging bags of food around all day. In her spare time she loves trotting along the Blackfoot trail with her horse, Ramsey. At home she has her husband Ken, her munchkin cat and Heinz 57 dog, Chilli Dog to keep her busy.
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. 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 and we are pretty sure she has one for every day of the year.
Jennifer has been working at the Hermitage Veterinary Hospital since 2007 as a client care specialist. She is the proud mom to 4 fur babies as well as her 4 year old son who keeps her busy. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her family at her parents campground and reading.