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Kirsten graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Animal Health Technology Program in 2013. She has been a part of our team since 2011, drawn to equine specialty practice. She works with Dr. Shoemaker and spends much of her time in the surgery suite performing anesthesia. Kirsten lives north of the city with her husband Tyler and in her spare time she enjoys riding her horse Howard.
Christina joined the DVS team after graduating from NAIT's Animal Health technology program in 2016. With a background in animal biology and behaviour, she has worked with a variety of animals from sea lions and penguins to small companion animals to exotics of all types. But it was her love of horses that drew her to equine speciality practice after graduation. With three very needy fur children at home, Christina spends the little spare time she has on photography.
Brittney was born in Nova Scotia and moved to Alberta in 2009 and decided to stay due to her love for the strong equine industry that Alberta has to offer. She graduated from NAIT as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2013 and started her adventure working in mixed practice in rural Alberta.
She has a strong interest in reining horses and her competitive edge has led her to the Reining Alberta show ring with her appaloosas. Her love of horses and her involvement with the local industry, combined with her education makes her a great asset to Delaney Vet Services.
Maria McDowell, Equine Bodyworker
Maria’s passion for horses began at a very young age and there was no holding her back. She grew up near Leduc, Alberta showing Morgan horses. Maria graduated from the BC College of Equine Therapy in 2000. Shortly after she gained another diploma from the Alberta Institute of Massage Therapy. She went on to numerous courses from the Upledger Institute as well as Equinology. She practices many modalities including massage therapy, acupressure, red light therapy, kinesio taping, and craniosacral therapy. Other techniques she uses are soft tissue mobilization and her personal favorite equine myo-fascial release.
Maria is a board director and member of the IEBWA – International Equine Body Workers Association. This association promotes a high standard of education for equine bodyworkers, requires liability insurance, insures continuing education and acts as an advisory board for its members.
Maria views the equine bodyworker as a part of the horse’s wellness team – along with the horse’s owner, veterinarian, farrier, trainer and other equine specialists. She believes the horse receives the most benefit when the team of professionals come together.
When Maria is not working on a horse she can be found sitting on one. She rides and shows her two cutting horses throughout Alberta.
Maria resides near Ponoka, Alberta with her husband Darren and son Carter on a third-generation family farm and feedlot.