Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic in Bonnyville! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 780-826-2188 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

DR. GREG BENOIT, DVM
Owner

Dr. Benoit graduated as valedictorian of his class, from St. Georges University, Grenada, in 2005. He grew up in the Lakeland region and comes from a veterinary and farming background complete with a love for animals. Greg spent significant time in his younger years playing hockey and showing jumpers competitively.

In 2003, Dr. Benoit spent the summer in Wetaskawin, AB at the Bell Veterinary Services clinic where he developed an interest in equine reproduction and then accepted an externship in 2004 and an internship from July 2005 – June 2006 at Moore & Co. in Calgary where he was responsible for all facets of equine medicine including minor surgeries, lameness exams, reproduction and medical workups. Following his internship Dr. Benoit worked at the Equine Medical Centre in North Chatham, New York, where he continued specializing in equine medicine and reproduction.

Greg also worked with his father and brother at Centre Animal Hospital, in Cold Lake, where he was responsible for all facets of small animal medicine including minor and major surgeries, medical workups and routine examinations; and he worked with Dr. Bill Prybysh at the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic in 2007. In March of 2008 Dr. Benoit purchased the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic where he continues to offer small and large animal services to the Bonnyville area.

In February 2009, Greg married his long-time friend, Allison Reid, who is also a partner in the business. They have 3 children together, Norah born in February 2010, Owen born in July 2011 and Easton, a Mother’s Day gift, born in May 2013.

Dr. Tammy Anderson, DVM,
Associate

Dr. Tammy Anderson was born in St. Paul, AB., in 1981 and spent the first 5 years of her life on her parent’s farm. At the young age of 3, Tammy told her father that she was going to be a “horsie doctor”, and she spent a great deal of her childhood helping him take care of the animals on the family farm. Her arrow was pointed, and it’s never wavered from that direction. At the age of 5 she moved to PEI and spent the next 22 years there.

Although she loved PEI, Tammy always felt that Alberta was her home. During her University years she tried to spend every summer in Alberta and one fateful summer (2006), Tammy met Jordan, whom she would marry in 2010.

Tammy graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2008, and quickly moved back to Alberta. She accepted a veterinary position at the Edmonton Veterinarian’s Emergency Clinic and during her 3 1/2 years working there she cared for many cats and dogs. After working the stressful hours of emergency, Tammy decided that she wanted to work in a clinic where she could provide high-quality preventative medicine to pets and their families. She soon became a welcome addition to the BVC team.

Tammy and Jordan decided to settle in Lottie Lake where they currently live with their two adorable children, Madalyne & Maddox.

Dr. Melanie Koetke, DVM,
Associate

Dr. Melanie Koetke grew up on a cattle and grain farm outside Camrose, Alberta. She completed two years at the University of Alberta before attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to complete her Veterinary degree. Dr. Koetke graduated from the WCVM in 2017, and joined the Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic team shortly after graduation.

Growing up on a beef farm, Dr. Koetke developed a strong interest in herd medicine and reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Working at other Veterinary clinics in the past, Dr. Koetke also came to enjoy small animal wellness and behaviour.  Dr. Koetke is our main bovine doctor, and ALL of our farm clients know her well; but she also cameos at our sister clinic, Centre Animal Hospital, and keeps her small animal medicine very up to date.

Dr. Koetke is well known amongst the staff for her extensive lexicon; her quirky sense of humour, and her love of life.  She is very knowledgeable and patient, and loves to teach others.  In her spare time, Dr. Koetke enjoys playing sports, reading and helping out on the family farm. ​

Dr. Sarah Hanson, DVM,
Associate

Dr. Sarah Hanson has officially come “home” again to join our Team as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Hanson is a local girl who first appeared at Bonnyville Veterinary Clinic as a volunteer when Dr. Bill Prybysh owned the clinic back in 2006.  Since then, Sarah has earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, graduating in 2013.

After graduation, life – (her husband Dean) – took Dr. Sarah Hanson to the cities where she practiced small animal veterinary medicine at the Leduc and Beaumont Veterinary clinics.  She then practiced as an Emergency Veterinarian at Guardian Emergency Centre as well as at Edmonton Veterinary Emergency Clinic downtown. Before coming home to Bonnyville she also was in Red Deer for two years practicing small animal medicine again.

Dr. Hanson now has a young daughter, Lily, and she and her husband, Dr. Dean Hanson are setting up roots in our community. Dr. Sarah Hanson looks forward to getting back into large animal medicine and continuing her special interests in small animal medicine and surgery.

Tracy Coonce,
Practice Manager

After 15 years of working in Admin & HR for the Department of National Defense, Tracy changed directions and joined Animal Health Providers in February of 2016.  

Tracy can often be heard saying that she takes care of the people in the company, and leaves the animal work to the trained professionals.  Tracy splits her time between the two clinics; Bonnyville Vet Clinic and Centre Animal Hospital in Cold Lake; and while she is mostly behind the scenes, you may occasionally run into her helping out or coaching when you are in either of the clinics.  

Tracy moved to Cold Lake in 1997, married her husband Chris in 2006, and has two wonderful boys, Conner and Devin.  Tracy and her family own an acreage just outside of Cold Lake, with plenty of room for their 4-legged counterparts:  Copper, their gentle golden retriever; and 4 cats: Chloe, Bauer, Sugar & Carlos.  Outside of work, Tracy’s interests include travelling, music, and spending time with her family and friends (aka chosen family).  As a hockey mom and manager, she can often be found at or near a rink for a good 8 months of the year.  In the spring and summer, she tries to spend as much time on her deck in the sun as possible.

Tracy is known for her friendly attitude; her positivity, and her empathetic, caring nature.  If you do run into her in the clinic, undoubtedly you will receive a smile and a warm welcome.

Avery Woods,
VA/Reception

Avery started working with our team in 2017.   She is only part time with us now, as she is taking the Primary Care Paramedic program through Portage College.  You will still sometimes see her smiling face in our reception area when you come in, though!

Avery came to us with previous experience in a doggy day care, so if you come in with a puppy (or a dog of any size, really…), prepare to have him or her loved to pieces!

Avery has two dogs of her own, Rex and Murphy, who are her pride and joy. In her spare time, she loves to take her boys for walks through some of the Lakeland area’s most beautiful trails, as well as spending time camping, quadding, and enjoying life outside!

Avery’s carefree and fun attitude has been a welcome addition to our team!

Tammy Kovacic,
Reception

Tammy joined our team in May of 2018, coming to us with years of administration experience, including an Office Administration diploma, earned from NAIT in 2000.  Tammy’s love for cats, dogs and our clients is what brings her to work as a Veterinary Medical Receptionist every day.  

Tammy married her husband Vladimir in 2017, after being together since 1993; and their son, Stephan, is graduating high school this year (2019).  They also have a sweet little Jack Russell Terrier names Rogue rounding out their family.  Rogue is spoiled rotten, and loves a good cuddle with Stephan.  She is also known for sleeping in the oddest of positions. 

Tammy loves meeting all the wonderful fur babies that visit the clinic, and learning new things every day.  

Chelsea Livingstone,
Reception

Chelsea is the newest face greeting you as you enter the clinic; starting with us in February of 2019.  Chelsea was born and raised in the Lakeland Region.  After graduation, Chelsea ventured to Ontario for a year and then moved back to the Bonnyville area.  Chelsea & her boyfriend Byron live on an acreage just outside of town with their 4 dogs:  Koda, a Catahoula mix; sisters Emma & Maggie, King Charles Spaniels; and Mash, a Bichon Frise.

As a child, Chelsea had wanted to be a vet.  As she grew up, she decided that she needed to work with animals.  She saw our ad for a position in reception and immediately applied; and the rest is history!  Chelsea’s gentle smile and soft-spoken mannerisms make her a favourite with our clients.

Danica King,
RVT

Danica joined our team in 2010 after moving to the area with her then fiancé, Greg. Since that time, they have married and welcomed two beautiful children into the world, a sweet little girl, Natalie, in October 2013, and an adorable little boy, Isaac, in February 2016.

Danica graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT, in Edmonton in 2007, and worked in the Edmonton area prior to moving to Bonnyville.

Danica loves everything about surgery, has a special interest in anaesthesia and dentistry, and has a huge soft spot for cats. She is generally our Primary Treatment Person, and spends much of the day running the treatment area and pharmacy – she’s a busy girl! 

Outside of work she loves reading, doing crafts and spending time with her family and friends.

Danica & Greg currently have a cat, Gwen, and a gecko named Mary Jane making up the pet portion of their family.

Lisa Tymofichuk,
RVT

Lisa grew up on a ranch in the Stoney Lake, Alberta area. She spent lots of time helping with the cattle and training performance horses with her dad. Barrel racing is her main hobby and Lisa’s boyfriend Lance introduced her to sledding in the mountains, which she discovered that she also loves!

Lisa graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Lakeland College in May 2013. She moved to Bonnyville, AB shortly after and joined our team.

Lisa enjoys working with both large and small animals, especially the bison! You will most often see her in the “cow palace”, out on farm calls, or running back and forth between the barn and the main clinic.  Although she does spend some time in small animal, she is our number one girl in the bovine side of or practice; and most of our farmers will be very familiar with her. 

In 2014, Lisa adopted a 3 legged dog from our local SPCA, naming him Tanner. In 2016, she also rescued a Pitbull and named her Quinn; and since then, she’s welcomed a sweet little black and white cat named Roo into the family.  The couch space is becoming a hot commodity when Lisa & Lance are home with all of the animals; but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Rose Coutu,
RVT

Rose knew she wanted to be hands-on with animals from a young age, originally wanting to be a Veterinarian; however when that wasn’t in the cards, she opted to become an RVT.  Rose graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at College Boreal in Alfred, Ontario, in December 2016, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in August 2017 when she passed her VTNE.  She recently underwent a significant testing program here as well, becoming fully registered in Alberta.  

Rose worked at the Beechwood Animal Hospital in Ontario from February 2017 until November 2018, when she and her boyfriend Kristopher moved to Alberta, making Cold Lake their home in December of 2018.  Rose started with us shortly after the big move, and we have been delighted to have her as a part of our team since!  

Rose and Kris have two dogs rounding out their home; a Shepherd cross named Nova, and a Yorkie cross named Brandy.  In her spare time, Rose enjoys spending time with her family, and taking those sweet dogs for some outdoor walks in the beautiful Lakeland Region. 

Menette Sulz,
VA

Menette was born and raised on the family dairy farm in Fort Kent, AB. Leaving the Bonnyville area when she was 16, her family moved to Wainwright and then she continued on to Edmonton before making her way back to Bonnyville in 2006.

Menette started working at the clinic with the previous owner Dr. Prybysh in 2006 and continued on with the clinic when Dr. Benoit bought the practice in 2008. She is the most well-known face in the clinic!

In the summer of 2015 Menette purchased her first house/acreage with her boyfriend Mike, and in August of 2016 they got married. Menette is currently on maternity leave, as in August of 2018, Mike & Menette welcomed their twin daughters, Peyton and Naomi into their world.  The Sulz family resides on their acreage with their two cats, Mona & Mali, and their two horses, Rusty & Angelina.

Faith Janz,
VA

Faith graduated in May 2018 from the Veterinary Medical Assistant program at NAIT, and she did her final practicum with us just prior to graduation.  In July of 2018, she joined our team full-time.  Faith spends quite a bit of her time in the bovine barn with Lisa, as well as out on farm calls; so many of our farm clients are well-acquainted with her face (even though she’s pretty darned quiet, so she may not have said too much!)

Faith always had animals growing up, and she knew she wanted to work with them; when she was a little girl, she wanted to be a vet.   Faith grew up in Glendon, and now lives with her boyfriend Matthew – with their 4 cats: Lucky, Luna, Medusa & Evee, their boxer-mix Delilah, a hamster named Dash and a Beta fish named Blue.  

Although quiet, Faith is always smiling, and is super fun to work with.  She’s a refreshing addition to our team.

Mackenzie Dallaire,
VA

Mackenzie snuck her way into our clinic…she started with us as a Work Experience student prior to graduating from Ecoles Beaux-Lacs in June of 2018.  From there, we hired her as a part-time kennel hand.  She was such an incredible worker, that we had no hesitation in offering her a position shared between the treatment area and reception when it became available; and now she is a full-time employee, working as a Veterinary Assistant.  

Mackenzie was born and raised in the Bonnyville area; has lived on a farm her whole life, and fully intends to have a farm of her own one day.  She has a cat, Mits, who LOVES to ride horses.  Speaking of horses, Mackenzie also has a Tennessee Walker named Sam; as well, she has a Husky cross named Koona.  Huskies have always been Mackenzie’s favourite breed of dog, so when she received Koona from her family as a present, it was the best day of her life.  

Mackenzie has been accepted to Lakeland College in September into the AHT program, where we know she will excel!  We hope that you will still see her smiling face on occasion while she is away at school; we are sure going to miss her!