Our Professional Team of Veterinarians

Dr. Hans Reimert

Full-Time Veterinarian and Co-owner
Hans Reimert was born and raised on a dairy farm west of Bowden. His interest in the dairy industry led him to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After graduation he returned to the central Alberta region to provide veterinary care to both large and small animals with a strong interest in Dairy herd health and other bovine work. Along with bovine work, business ownership remained a strong interest for Hans which led to the recent co-ownership of Pioneer Veterinary Services and associated clinics operating within the Sundre and Olds region. Although he currently spends the majority of his time on the road with his herd health work, Hans looks forward to meeting more of the community in the years to come.

 

Outside of work, Hans enjoys helping on the family farm and a variety of outdoor activities with Haley and their dog Winnie.  

Dr. Haley Safnuk 

Full-Time Veterinarian and Co-owner

Haley was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where she was an active member of a local Light Horse 4-H club for over 10 years. Her interest in horses led her to pursue a degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Following graduation, she elected to further her education by completing an Equine Internship in Arizona, focused on sport horse and race track medicine. Since completion she has joined Hans to practice in Central Alberta. Haley is a Co-Owner, along with Hans Reimert, of Pioneer Veterinary Services and associated clinics. She enjoys both small animal and equine work and is a certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist. She enjoys providing compassionate veterinary care with an emphasis on communication and client education. Haley is looking forward to meeting more members of the community. 

Between reading business management books, Haley enjoys backpacking and outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing with Hans and Winnie. She also hopes to find time to get back on a horse one day soon. 

Dr. Michael Wilson

Full-Time Veterinarian

Hailing from South Africa, Michael obtained his degree of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pretoria in 1981 and later became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. With his vast array of experience, there is quite literally no creature that Michael is unable to treat. However, his primary interest is equine medicine and surgery as well as small ruminants. He spends the majority of his work day in the Sundre and Caroline area, but is always willing to travel far and wide for his clients. 

Outside of work Michael enjoys spending time with his wife outside playing golf or tennis. They also enjoy travelling, spending time on the West Coast and in South Africa. 

Dr. Paul Owen 

Full-Time Veterinarian

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Paul has been practicing mixed animal medicine in central Alberta since his graduation from WCVM in 1985. Paul is known for his attention to detail, meticulous nature, and compassion. His primary interests include small animal medicine and surgery. Continued education is a priority for Dr. Owen, who frequently attends specialized lectures and labs to continue to provide up to date, high quality veterinary care out of our Olds location (Olds Veterinary Centre).

When not working, Paul enjoys spending quality time with his three grown sons Joel, Luke and Liam. He is also an avid hiker, golfer and tennis player and looks forward to challenging Dr. Wilson on the courts when he can. 

Dr. Louisa Henry

Full-Time Veterinarian

Louisa was born and raised on a mixed cow-calf and grain operation in Vulcan County. Her interest in the beef industry led her to the University of Alberta to study Agriculture. Following a 6-month exchange program to Australia, Louisa opted to pursue Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney. Living in Australia for 5 years permitted Louisa to explore her passion for livestock medicine and the Australian cattle industry. It also allowed her to study medicine in a range of species from cattle and sheep to reptiles and native marsupials. Following graduation in December 2018, Louisa returned to Alberta to pursue her interests in livestock and small animal medicine. She is very excited to meet community members and their companions. Outside of work Louisa enjoys helping on the family farm and is an avid sports enthusiast. She also enjoys long hikes with her Australian imports: rescue dogs Ava and Dexter and fiancé Nick.

Dr. Fiona Hooch-Antink

Full-Time Veterinarian

Fiona was born in Rossland, BC on a dairy farm. At the age of 9, they moved to Sundre, AB where Fiona was a member of the Bergen 4-H club for 6 years where she had many beef projects and also had canine projects for 2 years with her Red Heeler, Lucy. Her family also ran a Katahdin sheep farm. Her love for all shapes and sizes of animals began at a very early age and led her to begin education at Mount Royal University, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology, with her end goal always being Vet Med. After three years at MRU, she was accepted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2015, graduating in 2019. Following graduation, Fiona returned to her home town of Sundre to begin pursuing her career at Pioneer Veterinary Services! Fiona’s passions include cats, cows, and small ruminants – but all animals have a special place in her heart. Outside of work, Fiona enjoys playing golf, horseback riding, reading books, and spending time with family and friends

Meet Our Amazing Support Staff 

Velma

Practice Manager MBA CPA
Thanks for taking the time to read about our fantastic staff. Not only do I have the pleasure of working alongside these great people, I get to do what I love: business administration. This means, I back the operations with, financial interpretation and analysis, human resources support, property and equipment management, supplier correspondence, legislative reporting, marketing, communications and public relations. On that note, I want to hear from you, if you have concerns about our clinics at admin@pioneervet.ca. Of course, we appreciate your accolades as well, to understand what we are getting right but also to celebrate our supporters. Thank you for entrusting your livestock and companion animals, into our care.

Photo credit: Erica Vincent

KayCee Johnson

Receptionist

Raised on a farm on the outskirts of Sundre, KayCee always knew a career in animal health was where her life was headed. She has always had a passion for all creatures big and small, but more specifically those with fur and four legs after spending a large portion of her teens heavily involved in the Bergen 4H Multi-Club’s equine, canine, and reindeer divisions. After graduating from Olds College Veterinary Medical Receptionist program in May of 2019, the decision to come home was an easy one. In her free time she can be found playing with her goats, riding her horses, in the mountains, or camping. KayCee is so grateful to be chasing her dreams as a team member at Pioneer Vet and is very excited to see where her future here leads.

Nicole Hughes

Receptionist

Born and raised on a farm in the Cremona AB area, Nicole joined the Olds Vet Centre in March 2018. In 2011, she graduated from the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at the Olds College. Nicole’s farming background is evident with her strong work ethic, attention to detail and wealth of large animal knowledge. Nicole loves seeing new and old clients along with their animals. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys farming, riding her horses and working with her Polled Hereford and Black Angus cattle. 

Elana Evans

Receptionist

Elana began her time with Pioneer Vet in Caroline in 2007. She has a diploma as a Veterinary Assistant and is currently working towards her Veterinary Technician diploma online. She grew up on a mixed farm near Rocky Mountain House and currently still actively farms with horses and cats being her favorite animals. Outside of work, Elana enjoys reading, horseback riding, fishing and camping.

Alyssa Muters

Receptionist/Tech Assistant

Born and raised in Sundre, Alyssa joined our team in July of 2018.  Growing up around horses and cows and being involved in the Bergen 4-H multi club, Sundre and District Light Horse Association, and the Sundre Pro Rodeo is what encouraged Alyssa to pursue her education in the wonderful world of veterinary medicine. She is currently enrolled in school to join our team of registered veterinary technicians. When not studying or working Alyssa is surrounded by anything equine, if there is a horse involved, you can bet she will be there. Alongside her husband Matthew they can be found camping, quadding, and helping at her grandparent’s ranch in Bergen. Alyssa is happy to call Sundre her home and can’t wait to see where Pioneer Vet will take her in her future career.

Jessie Kennedy

Tech Assistant

Jessie grew up on a farm near Cremona and has always been surrounded by many pets. From cats and dogs to horses and cows, she has loved several different animals in her lifetime. After completing a degree in English at Mount Royal University in 2018, Jessie decided to turn her passion for animals into a career and will be starting the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in March 2020 after spending a few months with us in Sundre. Jessie’s favorite part about working in the clinic is that every day is a new adventure with new things to see and learn. She hopes to one day have the opportunity to indulge in both her love for animals and her love for writing, with a variety of pets by her side. When not at work, Jessie enjoys spending time with her furry friends and her family as well as hunting, fishing, drawing, and reading.

Lauren Beninger

Veterinary Technical Assistant

Lauren was born and raised in Blackfalds, AB. After completing the Veterinary Technical Assistant program in 2015 at Olds college she moved to Edmonton. While in Edmonton she worked in a small animals and exotic animal clinic, as well as emergency medicine. She also volunteered her spare time and was the small animal coordinator for an animal rescue. Lauren decided the city was no longer for her and moved back in 2017. Lauren now lives in Olds, AB with her significant other, their 3 cats Kevin, Elliot and Parmesan, 5 quails and their dog Brandi. During their spare time they are in the outdoors camping, kayaking/canoeing, fly fishing, and hunting!

Nici Klotz
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Nici is a country girl originally from Drayton Valley. She started out in the BSc program at the U of A then found her passion through the AHT program at NAIT. After graduating in 2017, she joined the practice shortly after graduating. Her main passions in and out of the workplace are equine and exotics. She has a horse, two dogs and two cats at home. Outside of work, Nici enjoys trail riding, reading, drawing and camping. In the future, she hopes to specialize in equine medicine and become certified in equine massage and joint manipulation.

Marian Johnson

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Originally from the Sundre area, Marian is a 1987 graduate of the Olds College Animal Health Technology program. Joining Pioneer Vet in spring of 2018, Marian has used her invaluable experience to take on a mentor-ship role within the clinic. As a long time resident of the Sundre area, Marian may be a familiar face to you. Along with her husband Bryan, Marian enjoys spending time with her four daughters and grandkids on their farm in Bergen. She loves all her animals, which include cows, horses, cats and their dog Sam. Her favorite pastime is riding in the mountains, hiking and quading with her husband.

Lakyn Montgomery

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Lakyn was born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, AB. From a young age, she's had a passion for horses and spends most of her spare time at the barn, either doing chores or riding her gelding, Tempo. Another way she spends her free time is quadding and fishing at the cabin in Nordegg. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in October 2019 and joined our practice in November 2019. She looks forward to spending time in surgery but also getting her large animal fix. Lakyn can't wait to see how the clinic helps her grow as a new tech.

Hayley Warren

Animal Health Technologist

Hayley is a small town girl from Vulcan, Alberta. She initially started school at the University of Lethbridge and decided to move to Olds for their AHT program, graduated in February 2020 and is currently waiting to write her VTNE examination to become a fully registered Veterinary Technician. She has always had a passion for animals and the medical field. Hayley has 2 cats at the moment and is hoping to get a puppy very soon! Along with rugby, and spending time with family she also enjoys most outdoor recreational activities such as hiking and kayaking. She looks forward to working with as many cows as possible with Pioneer Vet!

3 Locations To Serve You

Sundre PVS

Olds PVS

Caroline PVS

Call (403) 722-3003