Dr. Kathryn Kewish – DVM, MVSc, Dip ACVP (Clinical Pathology)
Dr. Kewish graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995 and practiced as a small animal clinician for 6 years in Ontario and Oklahoma. She then pursued graduate studies in clinical pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2005. She worked as a diagnostic clinical pathologist for 3 years at a private laboratory in Edmonton. However, realizing that she missed the furry faces and wagging tails, she returned to private practice. Her training in clinical pathology and passion for diagnostic medicine allows for rapid and accurate diagnostic assessment, resulting in timely implementation of therapeutic options.
Dr. Kewish strongly believes in educating animal owners regarding veterinary care for their animals. Since 2007 she has been a regular host of Pet Talk, a phone-in radio show heard on 630 CHED at 0700 every Sunday morning. The goal of this show is to offer expert advice and information to pet owners regarding problems with their pets.
Dr. Kewish considers self-regulation to be an important privilege of the veterinary profession. In 2009 she became a member of the Practice Inspection and Practice Standards committee. This is a legislated standing committee of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. The mandate of this committee is to ensure that veterinary practices in Alberta meet the minimal practice standards for the practice of veterinary medicine.
Pathology is the study of disease processes. Clinical pathology is a branch of veterinary pathology which deals with assessment of blood, tissue, and fluid samples to aid diagnosis. Blood assessment includes evaluation of cell numbers and appearance, which can help to diagnose infection, anemia, leukemia, and blood parasitism, for example. Assessment of the liquid portion of blood (called plasma or serum) includes quantification of enzyme activity and the concentration of proteins, electrolytes, and other molecules. This evaluation helps to diagnose metabolic problems, such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney failure etc. Tissue analysis usually reflects needle aspiration of a lump or mass; fluid can be obtained from inside the abdomen, chest, urinary bladder, or other fluid-filled structures. Tissue or fluid assessment involves microscopic analysis to discriminate between inflammation and neoplasia (literally “new growth” and includes growths and cancer) and further diagnose the disease process. Thus, inflammation or infection can be treated and cancerous growths can be detected early, allowing for determination of a clinical course. Clinical pathology is a tool used for diagnosis with relatively little invasiveness and discomfort to the patient.
Dr. Alisha Janzen – DVM, MVSc, Dip ACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine)
Dr Janzen grew up in southern Ontario, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. She moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to complete 4 years of specialized training in Large Animal Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine while also completing her Master of Veterinary Science degree. In 2008 she started working in a private practice south of Saskatoon with cats, dogs, horses and cows for the next 4 years.
Moving to Alberta with her husband, young son, and little Beagle “Star”, Dr Janzen is excited to join Ellerslie Pet Hospital and focus on companion animals.
Dr. Josephine Wong – DVM
Dr. Josephine Wong (Dr. Jo) was born and raised in Edmonton and graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor of Biological Science degree with specialization in Animal Biology. During her undergrad, Jo participated in a study abroad program where she grew to know and love the ‘land-down-under.’ In 2015 Dr. Wong completed her DVM at the University of Melbourne in Australia. After graduating, she volunteered abroad in Indonesia at a dog and cat shelter and completed a short stint at the L.A. Zoo. Working in Australia allowed Dr. Wong to work with their amazing wildlife such as birds, reptiles and marsupials, which was an opportunity of a lifetime. After this, she looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the area of exotics and pocket pets. Her other areas of veterinary interests include wildlife conservation, behavior medicine, and surgery.
Josephine loves to work with animals great and small, including livestock, and critters with scales and feathers. Jo is also hired by a mobile livestock medicine practice which allows her to enjoy the best of both worlds in large and small animal medicine. She is delighted that her profession is one of passion and involves continual learning and skill development. Interacting and working together with clients to solve pet health issues is something she appreciates. In her spare time Dr. Wong loves being outdoors, climbing, horse riding, running, hiking, and just generally being active. Jo is excited to meet you and your pet!