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
Veterinarian

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 in consulting on Milk Quality and Udder Health and has also been actively performing embryo transfer since 2010. Recently, she completed the Dairy Health Management Certificate Program in June of 2019 through the Univeristy 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
Veterinarian

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. She is currently working on the Dairy Health Management Certificate Program through the University of Guelph. On the dairy side she has an interest in lameness, cow comfort, and barn design. She enjoys reproductive work with 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 an cattle health project in rural Kenya.

Dr. Melissa Wallace
Veterinarian

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
Veterinarian

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 snow shoeing to the neighbors’ and collecting BSE samples in pristine Alberta winter air.

In her free time Amy can be found hiking in the mountains with her Maremma cross Moose or taking long walks by the slough with her cats Diabla, Church, and Farley.

Dr. Ian Warrington
Veterinarian

Ian is a 2019 graduate from the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up on a mixed dairy/ beef/ sheep farm near Olds, AB.

Before completing the DVM program, Ian worked in wildlife research, managing projects studying hippos, grizzly bears and apes. After the vet program Ian attended the 2019 Cornell Summer Dairy Institute. He is particularly interested in embryo transfer and genomics of both dairy and beef cattle, and is experienced in small ruminant medicine. In his time off, Ian enjoys backpacking, skiing, and rock climbing. 

Jessica Brown
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 at a local dairy farm.

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!

When she gets the chance, Jess likes to travel. She has been many places, but still has a lot more of the world left to see.

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
Receptionist

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.

Mel Vandendool
Receptionist

Mel grew up on a pig, cow/calf and crop farm in the Picture Butte area.  Before coming to work at Livestock Vet Services, Mel worked for Alberta Health Services in a variety of departments with the most recent being Human Resources.

Mel is married to a local dairy farmer Mike, and together they have 3 children.  During the summer, she likes to mow lawn, camp and spend time out on the jet ski.