Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Livestock Veterinary Services in Picture Butte, Alberta! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your livestock!

Please call us at 403-732-5322 to speak to one of our staff members!

Dr. Betty-Jo Bradley

Dr. Betty-Jo Bradley graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. She headed west and started her career at LVS in May of the same year, and has been focused on growing and improving Dairy Herd Health services in Southern Alberta since then.

Betty-Jo has a strong focus on consulting on Milk Quality and Udder Health. Recently, she completed the Dairy Health Management Certificate Program in June of 2019 through the University of Guelph.

Betty-Jo is on the advisory committee for the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar and is a director with XL Vets Canada.

In her free time, she and her husband Charl actively compete in the equine sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting and enjoy family time on their Angus Cattle operation alongside their son, Lane.

Dr. Kelli Pinner

Dr. Kelli Pinner graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 and joined Livestock Veterinary Services that same year. She grew up on a beef farm near Thunder Bay, Ontario where her family raised purebred Hereford cattle. She now lives on an acreage in Picture Butte and has a hobby flock of Dorper sheep.

Kelli has a strong interest in both beef and dairy medicine.  On the dairy side, she has an interest in lameness, cow comfort and barn design.  She has recently completed the Dairy Health Management Certificate program through the University of Guelph.  She enjoys reproductive work on both beef and dairy cattle”

In her spare time, Kelli enjoys hiking, skiing, and travelling. In 2018 she has become involved with Veterinarians Without Borders working on a cattle health project in rural Kenya.

Dr. Melissa Wallace

Dr. Melissa Wallace grew up on a dairy farm in southwestern Ontario, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. She started work with Livestock Veterinary Services shortly after graduation as a mixed animal veterinarian. Melissa spends her time split between LVS, and Coaldale Pet Clinic working with cats and dogs.

Despite being small, Melissa is not afraid to dive into working with cattle, and she can often be found preg checking dairy cows on a stool to gain some height. She has a passion for calf health, and in May of 2018 became certified as a consultant in Positive Pressure Tube Ventilation systems for both calf and dairy barns.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys camping, quadding and skiing with her husband Steve.

Dr. Amy Martell

Dr. Amy Martell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 with a focus on dairy, beef and small ruminant medicine. She practiced in eastern South Dakota, providing service to the area’s beef, dairy and small ruminant herds. In 2017 Amy was lured to Alberta by the excellent hiking and strong dairy industry. Since then Amy has enjoyed working with southern Alberta dairy farmers, seeing the occasional beef client, inspecting fats and feeders for export and expanding the clinic’s small ruminant services. She has also discovered some new past times, such as snowshoeing to the neighbors’ and collecting BSE samples in pristine Alberta winter air.

In her free time, Amy can be found hiking in the mountains and coulees with her dog Whiskey or volunteering with Lethbridge and Area Search and Rescue

Dr. Kira Crooks

Dr. Kira Crooks grew up near Swift Current, SK. Following her love of science, animals, and agriculture, she went to Saskatoon, SK for university and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Kira practiced briefly as a mixed animal veterinarian in Manitoba before joining the team at LVS. Having milked part-time through most of vet school and focused much of her studies on cattle, she is excited to be spending a majority of her time in dairy practice. Kira spent the summer of 2021 at Cornell attending the Summer Dairy Institute.  She is also looking forward to sharing her new found knowledge with all of LVS’s dedicated and hard-working clients. In her spare time Kira enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her two extra-large dogs.

Jessica Valdes
Veterinary Technician

Jess graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in 2017. She has had the opportunity to work with many different types of animals from dogs, cats and cows to bears, moose, cheetahs and more! After graduation, she then moved to Picture Butte to work for a feedlot veterinary practice for a year, before finding her true passion in dairy work, both as a veterinary technician and as a part-time milker, before becoming a full-time technician at LVS.

Growing up in Calgary, the move to small-town Picture Butte was an adjustment, but it turns out that you can take the girl out of the city, AND take most of the city out of the girl after all!

Jess got married in June of 2020 and spends most of her time with her new husband and their three cats and two dogs.

Amanda Johnson
Veterinary Technician

Amanda was born and raised on a family-run mixed grain and cattle farm in Southern Alberta. She received her RVT education at Olds College, graduating in June 2018. Amanda continues to live on the family farm with her rescued dog, Ellie and kitten, Tortilla. She continues to help her dad with the cow-calf operation. In her spare time, Amanda and her boyfriend Lane, love to go camping, hiking and travelling. 

Janna Jackson
Practice Manager

Janna grew up in Central Alberta on a mixed grain and beef cattle farm. She
graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in
Agriculture (Honours) and promptly put her degree to good use. Over the
years, Janna has worked as a ruminant nutritionist, feeds consultant,
director of quality control and HACCP and most recently as a Sales
Professional for a major drug company. Her variety of work experiences and
understanding of animal agriculture make her a great fit for our practice.

Janna lives in Lethbridge with her daughter, Charlotte and their 3 dogs. In
her spare time, you will find her hiking in the coulees, attending dogs
shows and hanging out with Charlotte at the playground trying to figure out
if Swings or Slides are the best.

Truus Hulisz

Truus grew up on a dairy farm in the Picture Butte area. She moved to Ontario where she worked various jobs including pharmacy technician and full-time mom, but eventually returned to the cows (and family) in Alberta. She worked with her dad and brother for nearly 2 years on the dairy before starting work at Livestock Veterinary Services.

Truus, and her husband Tom, live in the Picture Butte area and are busy chasing/driving/raising their four daughters.