Victor Kernaleguen, DVM
Dr. Kernaleguen's Bio
Favourite Animal: Cattle
If I could possess any super power it would be: The ability to read all these women’s minds that I work with. It would make my life a lot easier.
I grew up on a mixed farm, grain, beef and dairy near St. Brieux. Throughout school, I spent my summers working at my Aunt’s mixed animal practice in Stoughton, SK. This is when I found my love for veterinary medicine.
After high school, I entered Agriculture and was accepted into Vet Med at the WCVM. When I completed my DVM, I went to work at my Aunt’s practice for 2 years before I opened my own practice here. The time I spent there at her practice has been foundational for the type of veterinary medicine I look to provide and gave me the mentoring and confidence to go out and do what I do. She taught me that veterinary medicine is ever evolving, and you must evolve with it too to constantly provide quality care to your clients.
Around July 2011, I started working with a well-known and accomplished equine therapist and chiropractor from the local area. I was very interested in her work and what she could do to improve the animals’ comfort and ability. We worked with her for about a year before we got the OK to work on our own. We have treated everything from rabbits to bucking bulls. We continually work with her when she needs our vet assistance. It’s been a great partnership and is something that we’ve found to be a huge asset to our medical repertoire.
Lacey Walker, DVM
Dr. Walker's Bio
Favourite Animal: Dog
If I could possess any super power, it would be: To slow down time.
I began my university career in Saskatoon in the College of Agriculture, Animal Science. After three years I was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). My husband and I, and our two boys live on a grain farm northeast of Melfort. We have a Great Pyrenees named Shay, a couple horses, and too many barn cats to count!
My interests are music, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and being at the lake.
Janine Kernaleguen, RVT
Veterinary Practice Manager | Registered Veterinary Technician
Favourite Animal: As a little girl it was cats, then it became cows when I started 4-H, there was a period of horses around high school, then it became dogs when I got my Bronson … Let’s just say they all hold a special place in my heart!!
Pet Peeve: Things that cause my OCD to flare…
If I could possess any super power, it would be: Action – the ability to accomplish everything I start and need to have done, finished long before it needs to be completed, and still have time to spare for me!
I grew up near Melfort on a mixed farm and have been very active in 4-H clubs and continue to love to give my knowledge back through the SK 4-H beef programs. After going to school at SIAST Kelsey Campus to become a Registered Vet Tech, I worked at two different mixed animal practices and at the WCVM teaching vet students their practical lab skills. In 2015 I was able to complete my Veterinary Practice Management Certificate.
Morgan Ashdown, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Fav animal: Pandas and Horses
Pet Peeve: When people don’t follow through on tasks
If I could possess any super power, it would be?: Teleportation – I spend a lot of time driving to see people. With family all around Saskatchewan and western Canada, I could visit everyone whenever I had time if I could just teleport to them!
I grew up in and around Regina, Saskatchewan with a heavy interest in animal health and welfare. I first told my mom that I wanted to work in a vet clinic when I was four years old! Growing up in Pilot Butte, I practically lived at the stable. I graduated from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2020 after completing practicums at a mixed animal practice and an equine specialty. I accepted a position at the mixed animal practice in Saskatchewan where I worked for just over a year before moving to Gateway. I love to learn new things to grow my knowledge and help others to do the same! Melfort seemed like the perfect fit to stay close to family and I am very excited to be here with my cat, Shiba Inu, and two-quarter horses that I train and show in my spare time.
Jenna Bernauer, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Favourite animal: Horses first, followed closely by dogs and cats
Pet Peeve: Being late
If I could possess any super power, it would be?: Flying, I love to travel and that would be an easy way to do it!
I was raised on a grain farm with horses, dogs, and cats so naturally I love animals. I chose to pursue becoming an RVT at Lakeland College and found that I love it! My long term goal is to complete a specialty, although I’m not sure which one yet. I heard many great things about Gateway and decided to try for a position here and managed to be offered one. I’m very excited to be part of the team and start building my career!
Ashley Thevenot, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Favourite Animal: If I had to pick just one, I would say my favourite animal is the horse but dogs and cats hold a special place in my heart as well!
Pet Peeve: Negativity with no effort to see the bright side of things.
If I could possess any superpower, it would be?: I think the best superpower would be the ability to read animals’ minds! This would
make our job a million times easier, and obviously, it would be very interesting to communicate with them through language, especially for our rescued critters!
I grew up on a grain farm about an hour southeast of Melfort and was surrounded by horses, dogs, and many barn cats so naturally I pursued the veterinary medical field immediately out of high school. I also grew up loving sport and curled competitively all throughout high school and post-secondary. I attended the University of Saskatchewan to achieve my BSc. in Animal Bioscience, and afterward applied for both the DVM and RVT programs in Saskatoon – the latter of which I was accepted into. I graduated at the top of my class in 2022, and am excited to start working in this profession! In the future, I plan to work toward a specialty and further my education, as well as continue curling at a competitive level. Melfort is the perfect balance between working in my dream profession and being close to home for me, so Gateway Veterinary Services was the obvious choice and I am excited to see where it leads me!
Inventory Manager & Client Services Rep
Favourite Animal: Horse or Cat
Pet Peeve: When someone asks for advice, but doesn’t listen to/consider it.
If I could possess any super power, it would be?: Speed, That way I could clean my house in half the time and spend more time at the lake and with family! Getting to sunny destinations really fast would definitely be an added bonus!
I love being around people and animals! Nothing is more important than family and
who you surround yourself with, and that includes our fuzzy, fluffy, feathered and scaly companions!
Client Services Representative
Pet Peeve: People not saying please and thank you
Favorite Animal: Horses, dogs – favorite being Golden Retrievers and Yorkies
Super Power if you could have one and why: My Super power would be that people would try to look on the bright side of every situation.
My husband and I moved from Moose Jaw to this wonderful land of the north. I was raised on a mixed farm at Briercrest, Sask. As a kid growing up I would often be found out helping my Dad with the horses, cows and of course petting the barn cats, or helping him in the shop. I enjoyed countless hours of riding a Shetland pony and then a quarter horse, either chasing cows or pleasure riding. I enjoy working with the animals and their owners.
Tami Cooper, VOA
Client Services Representative
Favourite Animal: Horses
Pet Peeve: Slow drivers.
If I could possess any super power, it would be?: The ability’ to fly, because I could get places a lot faster.
I have always had a passion for animals and caring for their needs. I grew up in town and with that, we never had animals around. I learned all I could about animals at an early age and knew I wanted a career working with them.
Brittany Grona, VT
Client Communications Coordinator
Favourite animal: COWS
Pet Peeve: When people do a job and don’t finish or clean up after themselves
If I could possess any super power, it would be?: To fly whenever and wherever I want!
I graduated from high school in 2013 I went to Sask Polytech right after high school and started to work at Gateway in the summer of 2016. I currently live in Mel fort but am originally from Rose Valley where I used to live on a farm. I love farm life and all animals especially cows! In April of 2017, I got an Australian Shepard puppy named Kora. She keeps me busy with her spunky attitude and energy!
I have always had a passion for animals since I was young and new that I wanted to be in a field with animals and that is where it lead me to become a Vet Tech. I have always been a homebody so moving to Melfort was right for me as I am not too far from my family farm!
One of my goals as a tech is to help as many animals as possible! My favourite part of my job is meeting new people, and I look forward to meeting you!
Pet Peeve: Slow walkers
Fav Animal: Horses
Super Power if you could have one and why: To read an animals mind. It would make caring for an animal much easier.
I grew up on a farm just outside of Yellow Creek. During school I worked in the thoroughbred world with my father and his team. I also took part in the 4-H light horse club for 4 years. Having been in those places I developed a love for not just horses but for all kinds of animals too.
After high school I decided to take a year off to explore my options in the animal industry and I thought working in a vet clinic would give me that great opportunity to do so. I plan on getting as much knowledge as I can about the animal world before I go on to post secondary education.
Favourite Animal: Horses
Pet Peeve: Liars!
If I could possess any superpower, it would be?: If I had a superpower it would be the ability to see the future!
I am an animal lover! I have wanted to work with animals since I was a little kid and
am planning on following my dream of being a veterinarian.
Head of PR & Marketing
Orchid, otherwise known as Momma, came to us in the summer of 2012 as a stray that was found in a campground. She was pregnant at the time of her arrival, so we decided to keep her and because of her amazing personality and looks – she grew on all of us right away. We were in search of the perfect clinic cat, and she was it!
Orchid had five beautiful little fuzzy babies born Aug 20 that year. The little hellions terrorized the clinic for a whole eight weeks until they were old enough to move out to their new homes, but the nickname Momma Cat stuck with Orchid ever since.
She instantly became a star of our practice, always with a boss mentality of running the show and being in charge. She couldn’t care less about dogs in her space, but she gets her nose out of joint when there’s a pretty young female kitty that sticks around longer than a day, thinking they’re trying to take her place. She’s got the perfect mix of easy-going tabby with just enough Siamese and Tortoiseshell to give her some classy sass. She tends to be an avid shopper so we have to keep close tabs on her when she’s out and about. She’s been known to climb to the top of pegboard retail displays to get the first pick of the newest and best catnip toys. She’s also amazing at
In the last two years, Orchid has taken on the role of PR in the clinic voicing all of our radio ads and doing a great job of it! She’s on the local Melfort (105 and 750)and Prince Albert stations (99 and 900), and soon to be heard in Humboldt (102). She’s got all the info for you on seasonal
She’s been a great asset to the clinic since her arrival!
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