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Calgary Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital is owned by doctors Natasha Mutlow, Mark Norman and Katie Van Sluys and animal health technologist Melanie Robinson. There are numerous team players necessary for our veterinary clinic to operate successfully. At Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital this includes our veterinarians (see bios below), animal health technologists, technician assistants, receptionists and kennel staff. Select a doctor from the list below to learn more about them.

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Dr. Katie Van Sluys (B.Sc, DVM) completed a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Alberta in 1995 and then went on to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she graduated in the class of 1999. During veterinary school Katie met her husband Dr. Jayson Van Sluys (WCVM class 1998), who also works at Fish Creek. Jayson and Katie moved to the United States after graduation where Katie completed a companion animal internship in New Haven, Connecticut. During the internship Katie developed a passion for emergency/critical care medicine and emergency surgery wherein she further developed this interest at a 24 hour referral centre in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Katie and Jayson moved back to Canada in early 2004 and settled in south Calgary. The Van Sluys family consists of two children, a Jack Russell Terrier and some interesting caged pets. Katie currently spends her extra time volunteering with the AbVMA, the local YMCA and in her children’s class rooms. The family loves to camp and travel and when she can, Katie enjoys a good hot yoga class!

Dr. Natasha Mutlow (B.Sc, DVM) received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with Distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Since graduation, Natasha has only practiced in 24 hour veterinary clinics and has a love for emergency medicine, internal medicine and routine and emergency surgery. As a founding partner of the Fish Creek Pet Hospital, Natasha also enjoys the challenge of managing a very busy clinic. Natasha enjoys spending time with her husband, Glen, and little girl, Evelyn, as well as with her fur kids, Boston terrier Ruby, American Eskimo Brutus, tabby cat Rosco and horse, Guinness. She enjoys getting together with family and friends, horseback riding and traveling.

Dr. Mark Norman (B.Sc, B.Ed, DVM) graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and has been practicing in Calgary ever since. He took some varying career paths before settling into veterinary medicine. He acquired his B.Sc. in Marine Biology from UBC where he was also a member of the championship Thunderbirds football team. A move to Alberta brought him to the CFL playing for the Edmonton Eskimos for 5 years which included a Grey Cup win in 1987. He then went on to complete a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta in 1994. Dr. Norman was also a marine mammal trainer which involved work at facilities close to home as well as internationally, including Florida and Australia. Dr. Norman is currently an owner of the Southpointe Pet Hospital and the Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital. He divides his time between these clinics, but admittedly has a passion emergency medicine. Any spare time is spent in Chestermere, on and off the lake, with his girlfriend and their furry family of three Bernese Mountain Dogs and one cat.

Dr. Sheri Clarkson (B.Sc, DVM DACVIM) grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan but has strong family roots in Alberta which is the reason she returned to Alberta after gathering advanced education in the United States. In 1996, Sheri graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After completion of her veterinary degree she went to Tuft University, Foster Hospital for Small Animals, in North Grafton, Mass. to pursue an internship in Emergency Critical Care and Anesthesia. From 1997 through to 2000, Sheri was in Lansing, Michigan at Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital completing a Small Animal Internal Medicine residency. During her residency she also spent time at North Carolina State University Veterinary teaching Hospitals in the Oncology department. Since becoming board certified in Internal medicine, Sheri worked in two large private practice specialty referral hospitals one in North Carolina (2000 – 2003) and one in Calgary (2004-2009). Recently Sheri went out on her own and started Clarkson Veterinary Internal Medicine Services Inc to continue offering her type of specialty practice to the veterinary community of Calgary and surrounding areas.

Sheri's research papers have concentrated around the development of a diagnostic test for diabetes insipidus in the dog and Shetland Sheepdog Leukodystropy (a disorder in the Sheltie's defined by Sheri in her residency). During her residency Sheri developed a strong interest in ultrasound and has integrated imaging into her form of practice. Her interests are diverse but endocrinology, gastroenterology (bowel, liver, pancreas), nephrology/urology (kidney and bladder) and immunology/hematology top the list. Sheri has a husband, two little girls, and a Golden retriever that keeps her busy when not at work.

Internal medicine specialty services include:

  • - Consultation on any defined or currently undefined disease state to develop a diagnostic and then therapeutic plan
  • - Abdominal and thoracic ultrasound
  • - Guided biopsies, bone marrow aspirate, bone marrow core biopsy and placement of feeding tubes
  • - Treatment of oncology patients with chemotherapeutic protocols
  • - Endoscopic procedures to gather biopsies of bowel, bladder, and samples from the airways.

Dr. Mark Fuller (DVM, DACVS) is a fourth generation Albertan and was raised on a cattle farm east of Crossfield. He completed his pre-veterinary requirements at Acadia University in 2001 and obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with Distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. During veterinary school he competed in Bareback Riding and represented Canada at the 2004 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

Following graduation he completed a Large Animal Rotating Internship from the Atlantic Veterinary College, and worked as a mixed animal practitioner north of Calgary for a few years. It was during this time that he fell in love with Small Animal Surgery. He then worked as an emergency clinician at the Calgary Animal Referral Centre before moving to the United States to pursue advanced training in Small Animal Surgery in 2008.

He completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship in 2009 at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group, in Ventura, California. Next he worked as a Research Fellow at the Michigan State University before obtaining a residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of California-Davis.

During his 3-year surgical residency, he worked with world-leaders in cranial cruciate ligament rupture, arthroscopy, fracture repair, joint replacement, laparoscopy, vascular surgery, surgical oncology, wound management and interventional radiology. Upon completion of his residency, he stayed on at the University of California-Davis as a Clinical Instructor. In 2014 he successfully passed his board exams to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal. He is excited to be back home to apply the knowledge he gained abroad.

Dr. Erica Johnson (B.Sc, DVM) received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Calgary in 1994 and then attended Olds College where she obtained a Diploma in Animal Health Technology in 1997. After working for several years in a mixed animal practice outside of Calgary, she got accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated from there in 2006. Starting at Fish Creek Pet Hospital as a relatively new grad she was exposed to many aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and discovered a broad interest in several of these areas. In particular, she enjoys emergency and critical care and soft tissue surgery. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling, to what she considers as her second home, Hood River, Oregon. She currently resides in South Calgary where she lives with her 4 cats, 3 of which she adopted from this clinic.

Dr. Jayson Van Sluys (DVM) graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. He initially pursued an interest in equine medicine at an internship in St. Louis, MO and then general equine practice. Dr. Jayson always had a love of small animals and after years of battling a hay allergy made the switch to companion animal practice in 2006. Joining Dr. Katie at Fish Creek Pet Hospital has allowed the couple to balance work and family life. Jayson’s personal interests include road cycling, hot yoga and outdoor activities.

Dr. Charlotte Whale (B.Sc, BVSc) hails originally from Cranbrook, BC. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2002. Charlotte decided to continue her education at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, where she completed her Veterinary Science degree in 2007.

Charlotte has a strong interest in emergency medicine and surgery. She joined Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital in July of 2010 after completing a small animal rotating internship at the CARE Centre in Calgary.

Since arriving in Calgary, Charlotte has acquired a furry family composed of two dogs (Indy and Noodles) as well as her horse (Cereno). She is an avid horseback rider and also enjoys downhill skiing, hiking and running.

Dr. Laura Major (DVM) attended the University of Guelph for 2 years prior to being accepted into the Ontario veterinary college. She graduated in 2008 with honours and practiced in emergency clinics in Ontario before moving to Calgary in the fall with her 2 cats, "Mirage and Karma". She has a passion for emergency medicine, surgery, and critical care. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, the mountains and traveling to new places.

Dr. Devin Nobert (B.A, DVM) was born in raised in Calgary. He obtained a BA in Psychology and his pre-vet requirements at the University of Calgary. He then moved to Saskatoon for his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree, which was obtained in 2009. He married his high school sweet heart in 2000, and they currently live In Okotoks with 3 beautiful children and a Boston Terrier named Piper. Outside of family and vet med, Devin is an avid golfer and passionate about rock & roll. He attends as many concerts as possible and has a kick-ass album collection.

Dr. Vanessa Carl (B.Sc, DVM) obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honours with distinction from the University of Victoria in 2003. She then went on to achieve her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2007. Dr. Carl has been working as a small animal practitioner ever since and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but especially dentistry, internal medicine and oncology. Dr. Carl has a well-fed bratty cat named Tigger, who tells all her friend’s that his owner doesn’t feed him enough. She also has a Border collie cross named Bernard, who keeps her own her toes with his “Marley and Me” type antics. She spends her time off practicing ashtanga yoga and doing home renovations.

Dr. Monica Kyono (B.VSc, B.Sc, MVS) was born in Indonesia but grew up in New Zealand. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000, a Master of Veterinary Studies in 2002 and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 2007 at Massey University, New Zealand. She moved to Calgary after graduation and has worked in both emergency and primary care. Monica loves the excitement of emergency but also enjoys forming a good client base in the primary care department and found a great clinic in Fish Creek Pet Hospital in 2013 that allows her to have the best of both worlds. A busy household of 3 cats, 1 dog and a active toddler keeps her busy outside of work but she still finds time for yoga, the gym and hiking.

Dr. Chantel Brust (DVM) left her roots at the University of Alberta to trade in her ski jacket for a surfboard, as an adopted Australian studying at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales. Graduating with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada, she developed a special interest in emergency medicine, ophthalmology, neurology and marine mammal medicine. She pursued these interests completing external rotations in neurology at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver, and gained appreciation for all things weird and wonderful at the Edmonton Zoo. Before joining the Fishcreek team, Dr. Brust gained experience in equine sport and reproductive medicine, as well as emergency medicine and critical care in Calgary and Edmonton. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, Chantel is a fitness junkie and outdoor enthusiast. Passionate about traveling, Dr. Brust continues to cover the globe and photograph the beautiful people, places and animals she encounters.

Dr. Troy Bourque (B.Sc, DVM) Troy is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He received this Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, P.E.I.. Dr. Bourque moved to Alberta in 2000 and is practicing in Okotoks. He joined Fish Creek in October 2014.

Troy is has been involved with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) for several years. He has been on numerous committees, council and was president of the ABVMA in 2010. He is also currently the Vice-President of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and represents Alberta Veterinarians at the national level.

Troy enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but as a keen interest in surgery. He is also a very passionate photographer.

Dr. Kate Yates (B.Sc, DVM) joined the Fish Creek team in May of 2014 upon receipt of her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. She was raised in Thornhill, Ontario and completed a Bachelors with honours in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph in 2009. Kate has a keen interest in emergency critical care medicine and had spent several summers while attending veterinary college at Fish Creek Pet Hospital under the mentorship of our great team of veterinarians and support staff. She has also enjoyed volunteering for the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force. In her spare time, she is known to be an avid baker, skier and hockey player.

Dr. Caroline Heffernan (B.Sc, Ag, DVM) is originally from Norwood Ontario. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Science at the University of Guelph. She was a member of the Varsity Gryphons Ice Hockey Team. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992. Caroline and her husband George moved to Alberta in 2002, where they live on a farm raising Red Angus cattle and Quarter horses. One of Caroline’s passions is barrel racing. Caroline and George have two Heelers named Maddie and Diesel, three cats, eight horses and a pet Duck named Ben.

Caroline enjoys medicine and solving mysteries. She enjoys getting to know clients and their pets with a focus on wellness. A horse related accident to Caroline’s right arm prevents her from performing surgery at this time.

Dr. Heffernan worked at Okotoks Animal Clinic for 10 years until it closed and has been a part of the Fishcreek family since July 2013.

Our Team of veterinarians work hand in hand with our animal health technologists and support staff. Our doctors and staff are all dedicated to and take pride in caring for your pet. We aim to care for and support your pet throughout its life and through any emergency or time of illness. At all times we endeavour to practice high quality medicine and surgery, and strive to continually update our knowledge and services.

Fish Creek has a large staff of highly trained Animal Heath Technologists who play a vital role in both emergency and routine veterinary medicine. Our team of AHTs includes: Melanie Robinson, Lisa Beaulieu, Tracy Gray, Alysha Gagnon, Gina Kwok, Carrie McMillan, Casey Bockus, Ellen Kovar, Justine White, Opal-Jane Payne, Tamara Wilson, Shawna Dash, Danielle Harris, Heather Price- Bregliano, Sarah Eisner, Jackie Allen and Alisa McLennan.

Melanie Robinson (AHT) obtained her degree in 1999 at Fairview College in Fairview Alberta. She proudly was born and raised in Nova Scotia where she worked at a zoo for many years. She moved out west for schooling and quickly fell in love with Alberta . She enjoys spending her time with her family and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. She has a golden retriever Gunner who spends his working hours at the hospital greeting all of our great clients. She also has 2 cats Julius and Cheddar. Her professional interests are emergency medicine and dentistry.