Meet the Arrowhead Veterinary Centre Team
Meet the veterinarians & the support staff of Arrowhead Veterinary Centre! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Dr. Libby Fulton
I was privileged to grow up in both Calgary and rural Alberta, on a farm just outside of Carstairs. Years of exposure to everything domesticated (some not so much!!!) made Veterinary College an ideal next step. Graduating in 1990 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (with Distinction), the many years since have provided me with the opportunity to practice extensively in both rural and urban settings all over Alberta.
We regularly get out hiking, skiing, camping, and canoeing. I sometimes find time for our garden and women’s soccer.
My husband Glenn, daughter Brie and I are fortunate to be part of this wonderful and dynamic community and to live and work in Cochrane.
Dr. Michaela Bartolini
I’ve been a practicing vet for over 10 years now. After attending school at Ontario Veterinary College, I find myself landing at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre to continue helping my favorite furry companions.
In my practice, I pride myself on providing thorough and efficient service to clients, providing high-end and timely care to patients and clients. I love being in the surgery and dental suite! I also enjoy building long-term trusting relationships with clients and patients.
When I’m not at the practice, I love anything and everything outdoors. I’m very active (skiing, hiking, mountain biking) and spend a lot of time with my young family. I also love traveling (but it was definitely easier before kids!)
Dr. Rod Niwa
I grew up on a family farm in southeastern Alberta with five brothers. I was a typical farm boy who milked the cows and slopped the pigs before catching the school bus each morning. I participated in 4H and was always interested in animals. In Grade One, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said “an Animal Doctor”.
I started my pre-veterinary courses at U of C and then got accepted into WCVM at the University of Saskatchewan. Following graduation, I did an internship and residency at Texas A&M University, where I also completed a Master’s Degree. Following my residency, I spent a year back at WCVM in a teaching position when I was asked to join a mixed animal practice here in Cochrane.
I was quite involved with the Cochrane Pony Club for many years and also acted as a judge for competitive trail riding in Canada and the USA. I moved here in 1982 and have lived in Cochrane every since.
I love living in this area as it is close to the mountains and offers a small town environment. I have worked as a mixed animal veterinarian for various veterinary practices for the last few decades. I started working for Dr. Libby, who was a previous employee of mine for almost 10 years, and now work part time at Arrowhead. I enjoy working at Arrowhead and am happy to continue to provide care and compassion to our owners and their pets.
Dr. Silvia Dimigen
I grew up in Bavaria, Germany. I always wanted to be a veterinarian and graduated from the Veterinary Faculty in Munich in 1993. After 2 years of post-graduate studies, I earned my doctorate in veterinary medicine and started to work in a rural mixed animal practice in Bavaria.
Having fallen in love with Alberta as an undergraduate during an internship at a veterinary clinic in Rocky Mountain House, my husband Jochen, our 2 pet rabbits, and I moved to Cochrane in 2001, where I continued to work in a mixed animal practice. I obtained my Canadian license and, in 2005, made the switch to work in small animal medicine, first in Calgary and now back in Cochrane. I love working with the wonderful staff and clients at Arrowhead!
Over the years, our family has grown, and though we sadly had to say goodbye to our beloved rabbits, we have added two wonderful daughters, Franziska (born 2006) and Nicola (born 2009) – all of us being proudly owned by two cats named Minou and Toulouse.
When I am not busy at work or equally busy at home, I like to make the most of the incredible place we live in and go hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and skiing.
Dr. Tracie Unrau
I graduated from Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK, and have been in the practice for 17 years.
My veterinary interests include internal medicine, wellness care, and improving the quality of life for my geriatric and palliative patients. And, of course, I can’t resist a good puppy or kitten consult! My favorite part of my job is forming cooperative, long-term relationships with clients and their pets. I have been at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre since we opened in 2008, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful team of compassionate staff and dedicated clients.
In my free time, I enjoy yoga, hiking in our beautiful mountains, and reading. In the summer, I love to go camping with my husband, our 3 kids, and 10yr old chocolate lab Brady. We also have a diabetic, allergic rescue cat named Chai who prefers to stay home.
I’ve had the pleasure of working at Arrowhead since the summer of 2020, and since then, I’ve learned so much being a technician’s assistant.
This job has allowed me to explore my passion for animals, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this amazing team. In 2021 I graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Exercise Physiology, and in the future I hope to further my education to include animal rehabilitation as well.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, doing yoga, and spending time in the mountains. I also love spending time with my dog, Axel, who enjoys treats, going for walks, and learning agility.
I was born in the UK then spent my early childhood living in South Africa before moving to Canada. I have always had a love for animals, having many pets throughout my life, from fish to guinea pigs, cats, and dogs.
I currently live with my pack in Cochrane, and when I’m not working at the clinic or spending quality time with my fur family, you can find me out on the trails around Cochrane and Canmore biking, running, or skiing. I also have a love for sports and have represented Canada on the world stage twice, once in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, and in Austria for cross country skiing.
I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with First Class Honours. I’ve been with the clinic since August 2020.
I take pride in making sure animals have as stress-free of an experience as possible. When it comes to taking care of patients, I find joy in helping clients understand why we do what we do.
In my free time, you can find me hiking Alberta’s beautiful mountains, painting in multiple mediums with a focus on animals and landscapes, or honing my skills in wildlife photography.
RVT, Hospital Manager
I graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at Fairview College in 1998 and have been practicing for 24 years now.
I have always loved my connection with the Human-Animal Bond. Over my years of being an RVT, I have worked different aspects of veterinary medicine, including ICU, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Shelter Medicine, Mixed Animal, Canine Blood Donor Programs, and Hospital Management. I have found my true passion is the bond in Small Animal Practice and truly love working with the wonderful team and clients at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre.
In my free time, I love spending time with my husband Shaun and 2 children Konar and Kayleigh. We have 2 cats Tarzan and Figaro, and Guinea Pig Coco. As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, and being in the mountains. I love spending time in the garden.
My family and I emigrated from Yeovil, Somerset, in England, to Cochrane in September 2008. We continue to enjoy the amazing scenery and always have lots of fun exploring different parts of Alberta. I still remember our first trip to the mountains. We were all speechless, they are amazing!
I enjoy going for family picnics, camping, and hiking. I started working at Arrowhead in January 2011 and feel very lucky to be working in such a friendly, caring, and interesting environment. I have learned an enormous amount, it really has been fantastic –no one day is ever the same!
I did leave Alberta briefly to return to England in 2017 until June 2019but was lucky enough to be offered my position back within Arrowhead. I love being back and seeing all the familiar furry faces and meeting lots of new ones! I made a lot of friends during my time here, not just with work colleagues but clients too, and am glad to be back amongst them all.
I have three grown-up children, Bradley, Liam, and Hannah, who I am very proud of, they are pretty amazing kids! Sophie is my dog, she is a Yorkiepoo, almost 13 but acts like a puppy! I love her energy, and she is quite the princess.
The team I work with is all amazing, they definitely are my work family.
I graduated from the New Liskeard College of Agriculture and the University of Waterloo.
I grew up in a rural community on the edge of Algonquin Park. I’ve always had a connection with animals and was the one who brought home all the strays. My first experience with animals was at the age of one when our brand new puppy, Chip, was brought home. Since then, I’ve had too many cats and too many dogs to name. I’ve had 4 horses, one of which I trained with my youngest daughter.
As a mother of 2 and a Granny of 3, I’ve instilled the value of pet ownership. I should say that I enjoy interacting with people as much as with animals. Working at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre allows me the opportunity to enjoy both.
In my free time, my partner, Darrell, and I enjoy hiking, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
I am attending the Animal Health Technician program at Olds College in July 2022 and have been with Arrowhead Veterinary Centre in September 2021.
My goal as a vet tech is to care for and help animals who cannot help themselves and be their advocate.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog Willow, hiking, yoga, and volunteering.
I have lived here in Calgary all my life, and graduated as a tech assistant. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy our rocky mountain backyard and see some pretty amazing sites.
I’ve grown up surrounded by regular foster animals. I’m a passionate person when it comes to animal welfare and care. I have a house full of cats, plus my little dog and some reptiles. One of my favorite hobbies is to camp with my horse and family.
I enjoy being a member of the Arrowhead team, sharing the compassion of everyone there. We are a family that cares about all the lives that come through our doors.
Human Resources Manager
I was raised on a farm north of Cochrane and have lived in the Cochrane area most of my life. My first three jobs were at Veterinary Clinics and Boarding Kennels, and then I moved into the field of Organizational Development and Human Resources in the corporate world. After a brief “retirement”, I was fortunate to join the Arrowhead team and return to a career that blended my love of animals with my Human Resources knowledge.
I live in Cochrane with my husband, Joe, and our dog Molly. She is a Lab/Poodle/Old English Sheepdog and can often be seen running as fast as she can at the dog parks. She also takes Agility, and we both enjoy the challenges of that!
I love the family here at Arrowhead and enjoy being able to contribute to the team and care of all the pets we see.
When I was a child, I grew up and enjoyed playing around my grandparents’ dairy farms in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. I have always loved being surrounded by animals, especially cats.
After graduating high school, I moved to Montreal to study Animal Sciences at McGill University and as a result, obtained my BSc degree and my Professional Agrologist certification. I started my career in a pet food manufacturer’s R&D department and later on, moved to a major agricultural retail group as a nutritional formulator conceiving swine, dairy cattle and poultry feeds. I relocated to Alberta with my husband Stephan in October 2008 for the love of the stunning Rocky Mountains.
I spent my first winter as a snowboard instructor, I practiced for an agricultural crop protection company in Calgary where I learned all about Western Canadian agriculture. After living in Canmore for 5 years, we moved to beautiful Cochrane in 2013.
Missing the close contact with animals, I volunteered at the Cochrane and Area Humane Society and decided to re-orient my career therefore, I went back to school to Olds College and graduated with my Animal Health Technology diploma in hand. Today, I am very fortunate to be part of the Arrowhead Veterinary Centre team as a Registered Veterinary Technologist.
I have gained precious knowledge while working within this remarkable team for over 7 years now. Stephan and I share our home with our adorable dog Prusik, and we enjoy the outdoors doing rock climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, and hiking.
I was born and raised in England, and I moved to Canada in August 2003, originally on a work permit, with my husband Dean and our daughter Alessia. We loved it here so much that we became permanent residents in November 2005. We recently became Canadian Citizens in February 2016 and now can be residents of this beautiful country forever.
I worked at The Cochrane & Area Humane Society for nearly 4 years as a Full-Time Animal Care Specialist. Whilst working there, I received a Certificate of Achievement for successfully completing an 18-month course on Positive Approach Canine Education(PACE) Canine Behaviour, Handling Skills, and Instructor Certificate.
We have one dog of our own, Koby, who is a rescue dog that we adopted from the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. I decided that I would like to further advance my career working with animals and was very lucky to join the wonderful team at Arrowhead as a Receptionist. On my days away from work, I like to try and spend some quality time with my family. I also like to go on hikes with my dog, watch movies, wildlife, and most of all love summer vacations.
I’ve lived in the Cochrane area since 2009 and have been on an acreage just north of the town for the last 8 years. This is where my love of animals evolved with our dogs, cats, and horses, and where I decided I wanted to pursue a career where I could continue to be around what I love.
In my spare time, I love to ride horses, competitively curl, listen to music, crochet, and spend time with my family.
After graduating in 2020, Arrowhead has given me the best opportunity to work as a Technician Assistant and grow my perspectives of the world of veterinary medicine. I am taking some more time to confirm my aspirations for the future, but right now plan to attend Olds College to receive my diploma in Animal Health Technology in years to come. I am beyond happy at AVC and love the compassion for animals of every staff member.
I am a technician assistant at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre. I’ve lived in Cochrane my whole life and have recently moved onto an acreage. Here I live with my parents, twin sisters, along with our four barn cats, the chocolate lab, as well as ducks, and chickens along with others.
When I’m not studying, I love to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, or lying on the lawn. I also love spending time with my animals, horseback riding, and painting. I have always had a passion for the health of our furry family members, as well as Alberta’s wildlife. Our many varying types of pets throughout the years have solidified my love for dogs, cats, reptiles, amphibians, and others.
Working at Arrowhead has allowed me to experience the greatest opportunity to observe behind the scenes of the vet world and has solidified my desire to pursue the path of vet med in the future. I am currently studying at the University of Calgary, working towards a science degree that I will use as a stepping stone to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. I am very grateful to be a part of the Arrowhead family and to be surrounded by so many caring people.
I’ve always had a strong connection with animals, growing up with cats and dogs, enjoying horseback riding with friends, and helping on my parent’s hobby farm. After getting a degree in education and being a stay-at-home mom for our two daughters, our family was offered an opportunity to live in Southern Alberta, and we chose Cochrane. We have lived here for 5 years and love it!
We enjoy spending time in the mountains, hiking, skiing, and lots of camping! We share our home with a 1-year-old Chocolate Lab, an aloof kitty, and a small box turtle! I have been a part of the Arrowhead team for a little over a year, and I can honestly say I love going to work every day! Not only for the animals but also my Arrowhead family is wonderful! My favourite part of my work is earning an animal’s trust and helping them get well and stay healthy. And of course snuggling puppies!!
I am originally from Germany and came to Canada with my partner Mark in 2015. We traveled to many countries beginning in 2012, and with our love for nature, hiking, and the mountains, we quickly decided to settle in Canada.
I have always had a passion for animals of all kinds. I grew up on a little farm with horses, cats, dogs, and bunnies. After I left Germany and my job as a pediatric nurse, I traveled and worked in New Zealand and Australia on big ranches and stables.
When we arrived in Canada, we worked and lived on an amazing acreage, but we moved into town in the summer 2019. We live with our goofy and spoiled rescue cats Pumpkin, Yoda, and Boots, who entertain us, keep us busy, and made our house a home.
I ran a boarding kennel outside of Cochrane, and am lucky to still have strong bonds with many of the wonderful clients. I left to pursue a different direction and began working at the Cochrane & Area Humane Society as an Animal Care Specialist. Missing my medical background more than I thought, I was very excited to start full-time as a Technician Assistant at this wonderful clinic.
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on animals lives and to be a part of this amazing, caring, and supportive team. It never ceases to amaze me that you can learn something new every day.
I finished my Bachelor of Science in Biology (Honours) at the University of Lethbridge in 2019. I have always had a love for animals, and after taking several animal-related classes, I decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.
I graduated from my Animal Health Technology College in 2021 on the Dean’s list. After completing my practicum at a mixed practice in my hometown of Brooks, I was lucky enough to become a member of the amazing Arrowhead team! Since then, my husband and I have bought a house in Cochrane and are loving being so close to the mountains. When we aren’t cuddled up with our two cats, Phoebe and Merlot, we are out hiking, skiing or snowshoeing.
I’m new to the veterinary practice, but excited to be a part of this team!
I pride myself in my compassion and my ability to adapt myself to situations with whatever comes into the clinic. I also pride myself with my love of all animals, and how much I care for them which is why I want to become an RVT: to be able to help all animals that come into the clinic.
I grew up in Grande Prairie, AB and moved to Olds for school and then moved to Calgary and work at Arrowhead Veterinary CentreI. I love spending time with my newly adopted cat, Tiny Tim, and I also love going to the gym as well as hiking, quadding, camping or just getting to soak up the sun whenever I can. I have always been involved with sports so coaching football has always been something I have loved doing. But most of all spending time with my family and friends is my favourite thing to do.
I grew up on a farm near Water Valley, AB, and cared for animals, both large and small. After high school, I moved to Calgary, where I worked in office administration. After a few years of this work, I decided it was time to pursue my passion for working with animals.
I graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in 2012 with honours. I worked for many years in Ophthalmology at the CARE Centre in Calgary and also general practice clinics. I volunteered with the Canadian Animal Task Force for several years as well. My professional interests include animal welfare, spay and neuter initiatives, anesthesia, and Ophthalmology. Geriatric patients also hold a very special place in my heart, and I strive to make their final years as happy and comfortable as possible and make their transition over Rainbow Bridge a peaceful experience.
In my spare time, I enjoy being outside and going on adventures with my partner and two rescue dogs. I love reading, doing yoga, playing violin, and traveling. I recently moved back to Water Valley and am enjoying the quiet and being immersed in nature again.
My name is Yvette, and I am an administrative assistant at Arrowhead Veterinary Centre. I emigrated from the UK to Cochrane in January 2008 with my husband and our 2 dogs, Bruce and Amy. They have now passed over the Rainbow Bridge, and we currently have a black Lab called Glory, who’s a certified Search and Rescue dog, and a Heinz 57 called Jessie, who’s a certified lap dog!
I joined Arrowhead in July 2012, which has fulfilled my dream career of working with animals! I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful, caring, and supportive team, whom I also consider to be family. Working in the office, I’m very fortunate to be able to bring Jessie, with me and she is affectionately known as “Boss Dog” here at the clinic.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking with my husband and our dogs and keeping fit by running. I also love to relax with a good book and am developing green fingers maintaining our greenhouse and vegetable garden.