Dr. Beth Barrett
Owner, Veterinarian

Education: University of Saskatchewan

Hometown: Dalemead, AB

Pets: Sprint, Muddy & Snap the Golden Retrievers, Midnight & Quazi the cats and Buffalo & Seven the horses.

Dr. Beth Barrett graduated in 1988 from the veterinary program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Over the next 15 years she practiced on the racetrack in Winnipeg, owned a mixed practice in Claresholm, went back to teach at the vet school in Saskatoon, and worked doing locums in various clinics in Calgary. She developed a special interest in reproductive work and worked extensively for several years doing laparoscopic surgery on sheep, goats and deer in China, Mexico, Tobago and and the Bahamas.

For the past 10 years she has focused on Barrett Veterinary Practice, a (mostly) small animal and equine practice in Dalemead.

She has two sons, Jeffrey and Mark, who keep her busy running to and from basketball practice and games. When she is not busy with work or her boys, Dr Barrett loves to train dogs, and has competed in Obedience, Hunt tests, Agility and Scent Hurdling with her critters. She bred, owned and trained “Brio”, the first Golden Retriever in Canadian history to earn the Master Versatility Certificate (still one of only two dogs to achieve this title).

Dr. Mikaela Hannam
Veterinarian

For as long as she can remember, Dr. Hannam has loved all creatures big and small. The interest was nurtured when her grandfather gifted her with her first James Herriot book when she was just six years old. The stories and anecdotes of the famous Scottish Veterinarian piqued her interests even further, and she would read and reread these tales many times growing up.

Dr. Hannam was born and raised in Calgary but studied at the University of British Columbia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition. Throughout her four years at UBC, she competed on the University’s Varsity cross country running and track team and made lifelong friends. Despite her passion for sustainable food production, she continued to have an unceasing dream to apply to vet school abroad, hoping to fulfill her love of travelling and explore the world at the same time. She was thrilled to be accepted at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, which is also where James Herriot graduated from!

In her final year of vet school, she was fortunate enough to volunteer in Morocco with a working equine charity group and a local Glasgow charity that provides veterinary care for underprivileged families. She has a strong interest in vet related charity work and plans to continue to do more in the future.

Dr. Hannam is thrilled to be back home in Alberta, and when she is not working, she can be found trail running with her two Standard Poodles, Stanley and Livingstone, or enjoying the snow on the ski slopes! She is very excited to be working at Barrett Veterinary Practice and looks forward to being involved in the community and getting to know all of you and your pets!

Jennifer Council
Hospital Manager

Jenn grew up on the other side of the pond as well as all over the country. The scenery was always changing but the animal attraction did not. Jennifer worked as a dog trainer for many years. This included pet dog training, quarrying for the West Vancouver Police, trialing and training dogs in agility, tracking, sledding, lure coursing and showing dogs in conformation. For a change of pace Jenn also worked with Orcas, Beluga Whales and Sea Lions in her younger years. Since moving to Alberta in 2004 Jennifer has continued working with animals volunteering for the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, teaching a few dog training classes and raising & showing her CKC Registered Whippets. Jennifer is also a registered Primary Care Paramedic – licensed with the Alberta College of Paramedics. Working at Barrett Veterinary Practice has given her a chance to combine her love of animals and medicine and keeps her closer to home. Jenn currently lives in the country south of Calgary with her small herd of horses, whippets, cats, chicken “nugget”, 1 calf and her man.

Roxane Wenstrom
Animal Health Technician

Education: Tompson Rivers University

Hometown: Calgary

Pets: Phoenix, Risk, Spike, Oak, Churro and Reckless

 

Roxane graduated from the Animal Health Technician program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC in 1995. Since then she has worked in both small and large animal clinics around Alberta. She has been at Barrett Vet Practice since 2010. 

In her free time, Roxane spends a lot of time with her kids, Justin and Rachel. She is also very involved with the Alberta Pinto Horse Association, and she enjoys trail riding and camping with her kids, dogs and horses.