Our People

We are looking at the animals and developing treatment plans with the owners.

Dr. Tanya Knittig has been at this practice for over 10 years now.  Her area of interest is primarily small animal with extra training in nutrition, abdominal ultrasound, cruciate surgery, and using the laser.  She lives with her husband and two daughters in Barrhead and due to allergies in her family has no furry critters at home.  So, don't be surprised if she spends a few extra minutes with your pets for that special animal contact she loves! Dr. Chris Bowyer was interested in wildlife and the outdoors from a very early age and graduated from Lethbridge College with a diploma in environmental science, and received his degree in veterinary medicine in 2005 from University of Saskatchewan. On days were he can get away from work, he can usually be found at the airport flying around in a 1947 Stinson or on the back of a horse with his family. He and his wife Cerah, also a Veterinarian at the clinic, have 3 beautiful children.
Dr. Cerah Bowyer graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, her focus is on large animal, in particular equine.  Cerah is a certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and a VSMT (vertebral spinal manipulation therapist).  In her spare time she loves to be out with her 3 children, and enjoys riding horses and walking her dogs. Dr. Derk Pierik graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. He is primarily a large animal veterinarian with a focus on dairy herd health. He has fostered his dairy interest by attending the Cornell Summer Dairy Institute. He moved to Barrhead in the fall of 2011 with his wife and 3 children. He and his family are excited to become part of the great community of Barrhead.
Dr. Jason Schonknecht graduated from the Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Calgary in 2014, he was born and raised at a cattle ranch just outside of Barrhead. After vet school Jason returned to Barrhead with his wife Lisa who also was born and raised in town. His primary interest is in Large Animal Medicine but loves the little critters too and one day hopes to own a chocolate lab. If you can't find him at the clinic you will likely find him on the golf course.    

RVT’s Registered Veterinary Technicians
These ladies are like nurses in the hospital, they do a lot of patient care, monitoring anesthetics, lab work, and routine nail trims.

Wendy Van Gool, RVT
Wendy has been with Barr-North since 1995. She has lived in the Linaria area for most of her life on her family’s farm. She has three grown children and four beautiful grandbabies
Lisa Douglas, RVT/practice manager
Originally from Cochrane, Lisa relocated to Barrhead area in 1996. She has been an RVT for over 20 years. She re-joined the Barr-North team in 2015. When not at work she farms with her husband and three kids, and enjoys spending time with family.

Debbie Kile
Debbie lives on a hobby farm in the Camp Creek area with her husband and 4 kids. This family likes to get outside and do some camping and canoeing. Debbie was previously a Registered Veterinary Assistant, but took time off for her family. She is currently working on getting recertified as an RVT.

Katlyn Dening
Katlyn is working as a tech assistant here at Barr-North, while going to school for a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has 9 siblings and grew up in the middle of 6 boys. She grew up in the Barrhead area on mixed livestock farm. Her favourite animals are cows, horses, and dogs, not so much cats ;) She loves to paint sillohettes,and read!

Kathy Wereszcynski
Kathy was born in St. Catherines Ont, but she grew up in Dawson City, and Watson Lake Yukon.
She graduated from Lakeland College and has been with us ever since! Kathy's favourite part of the job is snuggling all your pets, and you will find her the most happiest in the lab, or back in equine. Kathy loves to travel, and has travelled as far as the British Virgin Islands!


Tech Assistant
Maddie Pierunek
Maddie has been a tech assistant for 5 years. She joined Barr-North in November of 2016. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, trapping and spending time with her three chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

These ladies are responsible for our phones, appointment book, inventory control, and assisting clients up front.

Janet Rattray Veltman
Janet has been with Barr-North since 1983 (minus a five year break). She enjoys farming, showing horses, and going to the mountains with her family. She is also involved with 4-H and the Barrhead Light Horse Club.
Christina Von Rennenkampff
Christina is originally from Germany. She has officially lived in Canada with her husband Carl, for one year. Christina loves to travel, and she has hiked to Mt. Everest base camp! She speaks 3 languages, loves to cook, ski on the Alps, and snowshoe up mountains!

Emily Dallon
Emily has started working with us after taking a break from the working world, and being a stay at home mom for 10 years. She is originally from the Maritimes, and moved to Alberta in 2003. She lives in the Gunn area with her husband and children. Here they take advantage of lake living, by fishing, boating, and watersports.


Bookkeeper   Public Relations  

Leah Holmes
Leah lives on a farm in the Fort Assiniboine area with her husband, she has two boys. As a family they enjoy quadding and fishing and all kinds of outdoorsy activities.

Holly Couiyk
Holly joined Barr-North Veterinary Services as a receptionist and as our Director of Marketing and public relations.  Her happy smile and life is good attitude makes her the perfect person for this job.  Holly lives in Tiger Lily on the farm she grew up on. Her family loves camping, trips to BC, campfires, and  hockey and sledding in the winter.  She has a love of all animals, making it a habit to rescue animals and find them forever homes.  She spends any spare time doting on her own animals which includes 2 large dogs, mini donkey, horses, and multiple feline friends around the farm.  Being busy only makes Holly happier and we are lucky to have her energy on our staff.

Kyle Croft
Kyle was born and raised in Barrhead and has been with Barr-North since 2012. He’s the reason the clinic is always neat and tidy. When not at work, he helps at his family’s farm by Dunstable and likes to hang out with his two cats.

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Barr-North Veterinary Services Ltd
Box 4279, 6302 - 49 St.
Barrhead, Alberta
T7N 1A3 Canada

Phone: 780-674-2100
Fax: 780-674-2157

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday closed
24 hour emergency service - please call 780-674-2100