Meet the Staff

At Harvest Pointe Animal Hospital, we love what we do and couldn’t imagine a world without our animal companions! Meet our compassionate Veterinary Professionals, who will treat your traditional or exotic pet with the care they would give their own.

Meet the Staff

At Harvest Pointe Animal Hospital, we love what we do and couldn’t imagine a world without our animal companions! Meet our compassionate Veterinary Professionals, who will treat your traditional or exotic pet with the care they would give their own.

Veterinarians

DR. DAREN MANDRUSIAK, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Daren was born and raised in Northeastern Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta, where he met his wife. The University of Alberta is also where he met, his future vet school classmate Dr. Hauer! They all later completed veterinary school together at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since high school, Dr. Daren has wanted to be a veterinarian after finding such passion in spending time with his family dogs.

Dr. Daren’s case load is now limited to exotic animals and wildlife. He will see birds, reptiles, amphibians, exotic companion mammals, fish and invertebrates. His professional interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, exotic animal dentistry and endoscopic diagnostics.  He is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians.  He is a former president of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Daren often describes himself as a ‘bird nerd’ and is always happiest when examining or treating a feathered patient. He is particularly interested in implementing Fear Free avian techniques to decrease the stress of providing medical care to these unique patients. If you stop by the clinic on a Friday, you will likely find him wearing one of his flashy trademark “bird shirts.”

Dr. Daren’s interest in exotic pets began while working at the Edmonton Valley Zoo prior to veterinary school, this is also where he became friends with his friend and colleague Dr. Ogle! Later during his time at the veterinary teaching hospital at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine he was employed in the Zoo, exotic animal and wildlife department.

These experiences evolved into a passion for providing high-quality treatment to pets that are sometimes considered strange or challenging, such as birds, pocket pets, amphibians and reptiles.  Dr. Daren believes that standards of care should be equally high for exotic animals as they are for other pets. If we can do it for a person, a dog, or a cat, we should try to do it for a budgie, a gecko or a rabbit, as they deserve the same care and attention.

Today, Dr. Daren also works with WILDNorth – Northern Alberta’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization as a staff veterinarian.

Dr. Daren and his wife and son enjoy the outdoors in their free time – hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and skiing! They share their home with their dogs, Breeze and Barrel, and a gorgeous red-tailed boa constrictor named Kaa. Of course there is also a revolving door of different foster pets representing all manner of species.

DR. SUSANNA OGLE, DVM

Veterinarian

Fellow Edmontonian Dr. Susanna’s career path has been an adventurous one, from her experience as a young zookeeper to her university education and fulfilling calling in veterinary medicine. She also has a special interest in exotics and dermatology.

Dr. Ogle has always been an Edmontonian!  She left briefly for her undergraduate studies at Red Deer College, where she played volleyball for her college team (Go, Queens!).   After returning to Edmonton to finish her Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta, Dr. Ogle went on to complete veterinary school at the University of Calgary.  She has been practicing veterinary medicine in Edmonton ever since.

Growing up, Dr. Ogle owned a corn snake and a bearded dragon, which kick-started her interest in exotic pet care.  Before veterinary school, she worked as a zookeeper at the Edmonton Valley Zoo (where she and Dr. Daren became friends) and further spurred her interest in exotic animal medicine. Dr. Ogle loves working with exotic pets because every day is different, and she enjoys the challenge of providing excellent care to every species that visits her.  Her goal is to improve all her patients’ lives, whether they be a dog, cat, rabbit, ferret, hamster, parrot, lizard, snake, or any other creature!

Dr. Ogle is, of course, also passionate about caring for her feline and canine patients. She is especially interested in dermatology (skin disease) and has a special place in her heart for bully breed dogs (who are unfortunately often affected by skin disease).  She finds skin diseases rewarding to treat, making significant improvements in her patient’s quality of lives, in a short time.

Cats often only show us subtle signs of disease, and Dr. Ogle enjoys solving these unique feline mysteries.  Her cat, Cora, has required plenty of special medical attention, so she can empathize with how stressful an ill cat can be for a pet parent.

When she’s not working, you’ll almost always find Dr. Ogle on the volleyball court!  She also enjoys travelling, scuba diving, and enjoying the company of her cat, Cora, two dogs, Kilo and Kölsch, and a leopard gecko, Poncho.

DR. AMANDA HAUER, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Hauer grew up with both parents as veterinarians – so she has been surrounded by sick animals and veterinary care her entire life. She did her undergrad at the University of Alberta in animal science, and then graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatoon in 2017 (in the same class as Dr. Daren, where they became colleagues and friends).

After graduation she moved out west to Victoria, BC for some adventures, and worked at a dog and cat clinic in those years. There, she also volunteered with “Vets for Pets” – providing free veterinary care for those who could not afford it. After meeting her husband, they both decided to move back to Edmonton and brave the cold again to be close to family and friends.

Her passion is for dog and cat medicine. Specifically she is interested in dentistry, wellness and preventative care, and arthritis and mobility care. She is also always interested in learning the newest cutting edge medicine and techniques!

When she is not working, she likes to play volleyball, bike, travel, and bake. She also enjoys spending time with her toothless cat, Naula.

DR. TERESA BOUSQUET, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Bousquet grew up taking horseback riding lessons and owning a myriad of pets (a cat, fish, gerbils, anoles, degus, and even a llama!) When she was in high school, she adopted her beloved Mini Rex Rabbit, Hazel (named after the main character of “Watership Down”). It was Hazel that made her decide that what she really wanted to be was an Exotic Animal Veterinarian.

Dr. Bousquet attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan. While she was there, she did everything “exotic” that she could – being a member of the Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS), taking multiple rotations with the Zoo/Exotics/Wildlife Service, an externship at the Calgary Avian and Exotic Pet Clinic, as well as rotations in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Game Ranching. After graduating in 2007, she moved to Edmonton to pursue her career in small and exotic animal medicine.

Dr. Bousquet has served a number of years on the Board of Directors of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), as a Member at Large, and Chair of a number of committees. It was her honor to serve as President of AEMV in 2020-2021. She is also a member of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV), and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). In addition to her deep passion for exotic animal medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Bousquet enjoys traveling, scuba diving, birding, gardening, quilting, puzzles, escape rooms and reading. She absolutely loves all things Harry Potter, and is a proud Hufflepuff! Dr. Bousquet lives with her husband, Peter, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Myshka, her cat, Katniss, and her guinea pig, Tonks.

DR. KATE MCEWEN, DVM

Veterinarian

As a new veterinarian, Kate is thrilled to be joining such a wonderful, compassionate team of mentors and colleagues. Born and raised in Edmonton (go Oilers!), she has always had a deep love and appreciation for animals. As a child, she adored her pets of all kinds, including mice, hamsters, gerbils, tree frogs, dogs, and a sweet little conure. Kate’s passion for the care of all creatures great and small was sparked during her time working at WildNorth, where she treated everything from baby mice to moose!

Kate complete a Bachelors of Science at the University of Alberta, then headed Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian. While there, she continued my work with wildlife through her involvement in the Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) club. While at school, she was also involved in the WCVM DIVERSE club, WCVM Pride club, and student government.

Kate has a passion for the health and wellbeing of all pets, people, and the environment. She believes in taking a holistic approach to animal healthcare, where the physical, mental, and emotional needs of our furry friends are all tended to. She is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care for all of our beloved pets.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, kayaking, and spending time at the lake. She shares her home with her boyfriend Connor and her adorable feline friend, Kipper.

Management Team

ANDREA EDWARDS, RVT

Hospital Manager

Andrea has enjoyed a diverse career as a Registered Veterinary Technologist, she has a passion for business and HR, so fitting that she has taken on the role of hospital manager at Harvest Pointe.

Born in Alberta, she was raised on an equine farm where she raised and showed black Arabians. After graduating from the NAIT Animal Health Program, she worked as an RVT in mixed animal practice for 5 years.

After having her 3 children, she went into small animal practice and found she liked leadership and numbers and took on the role of Hospital Manager.

Andrea has been on the board of both Alberta Veterinary Associations (ABVMA and ABVTA) and is now on the Alberta SPCA Board to help make a difference in animal welfare.

In her downtime she enjoys spending time at the lake with family, dogs Remy and Wee Willy and can’t leave out her cat Stella!

MEG NILES

Registered Veterinary Technologist Team Lead

Megan’s early interest in nature evolved into a career working with and helping a menagerie of creatures. Today, she focuses her time and energy building her exotic animal medicine skills.

Born in Fredericton and raised in Edmonton, Megan Niles is a Registered Veterinary Technologist. Megan was interested in all organisms from an early age, and that fascination followed her throughout her school years. Her family had a bit of a pet menagerie, including two dogs, a cat, ferret, hamster, salamander, fish and some budgies. In her teenage years, Megan also began working with horses. And if all the animals in the house were not enough, she took her interests outside in nature, finding and studying any animals that she could get her hands on! After high school, Megan knew that a career working with and helping all creatures was imperative. She began working at pet stores, then graduating in 2015 from the Registered Veterinary Technologist Program at N.A.I.T., where she also developed a passion for the medical field. Hungry for more knowledge about lesser-known pets, Megan began focusing her time and energy on building her exotic animal medicine skills.

Megan is the happy owner of two dogs: Porkchop and Rackham, a leopard gecko named Polo and an array of isopod varieties. She enjoys travelling, hiking, reading, making terrariums, and volunteering for spay and neuter programs abroad in her downtime. Usually, though, she can be found at her family’s farm with the dogs, training and jumping her horses.

Team Members

RENNAY HALBERT

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Vet Tech Rennay is always looking to raise the bar, striving to reach the very highest standard of care we can offer our pet friends. She highlights her focus on exotic animal medicine with a particular passion for scaley patients!

Growing up in Edmonton, Rennay was always surrounded by animals, including her family’s two cats and a dog. She has always had a passion for horses, prompted at a young age by some family friends who showed her the joy of horseback riding. Rennay fell in love with exotic animals when, at age seven, she received her first pet snake. It didn’t take long to expand her family, with two pet salamanders, “Sali” and “Mander.” Rennay’s love of animals led her to discover the Animal Health Technologist profession, and it wasn’t long before she was enrolled to study. Rennay graduated from the NAIT program in 2017. She has been working in veterinary clinics since 2015.

Rennay was first introduced to exotic animal medicine when she began clinical practice, and it quickly became her focus. She loves a vast array of exotic birds, reptiles, and mammals, which gives her unlimited growth and learning potential. She has a particular passion for her scaley patients! Exotic pets are a rapidly changing field, and there is always room to improve and provide patients with a higher standard of care.

Rennay loves being active and outdoors in her spare time, enjoying Alberta’s unlimited opportunities to explore and go on a good adventure. She is also very involved in recreational soccer and has not missed a season since she was ten years old! Currently, Rennay shares her life with a corn snake named Eve and two dogs named Iggy and Peanut.

JAMI HUDSON

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Jamie loves the variety of medical issues and the multitude of species she encounters at our hospital. She enjoys working in small animal medicine, collaborating with the veterinary team and pet owners to increase pets’ health and happiness.

Jami was raised in the (once) small town of Beaumont, Alberta. She grew up with her best friend, a bichon shih tzu named Caleb. Over the years her family had many lovely hamsters, some of whom unfortunately developed health problems. Concerned for them and for other animals who would face illness, Jami decided early on to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Since graduating from NAIT she has used her training to help Caleb enjoy a healthy life, and has worked in small animal and emergency medicine. She loves the variety of medical cases and species she encounters, which is why she has a hard time picking out a favourite part of her career! Jami believes that when pet parents and veterinary teams collaborate in unity, together we can increase the health and happiness of our pets. She also has an interest in wildlife medicine and assisting foster/rescue animals.

When she’s not working, Jami enjoys spending time with her Guinea pigs Star and Meatball, who both enjoy helping her to eat her vegetables. She also loves to exercise, spend time in nature, and expand her musical skills.

SAMANTHA SHEPPARD

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Born and raised in Edmonton Samantha knew she was going to be an RVT her entire life. She grew up watching animal and veterinary shows and that’s where her love for animals begun.

Samantha graduated from NAIT as a Veterinary Medical Assistant in 2019 to help better her education/knowledge/training for upcoming Tech School. She has worked in the veterinary community for about 5 years, with experience with equine, small animal, and exotics. Samantha got into tech school shortly after VMA and graduated in 2021. She has always had an interest in exotic medicine and joined the Harvest Pointe Team in March of 2022 to further my skills with avian and reptile medicine. 

She has an orange tabby named Steve French, in her spare time you can find her in the gym, gaming, loves the outdoors, and snowboarding. 

MARLEY CASTOR

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Marley has always had a fiery passion for caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. Starting her journey in the veterinary medicine field as a volunteer, she has come a long way through training and education. She graduated from NAIT’s VMA program in 2014 and then the AHT program in 2021. Her working experience has included shelter medicine and private practice, working with a large variety of different species. Additionally, she has special interests in surgery and exotic animal medicine.

On her off time, Marley loves to spend quality time with her friends and family. Some of her favourite activities include seeing live bands, watching horror movies and frequenting themed cafes . She’s well known for her high energy, fun-loving attitude, as well as her casual obsession with BTS.

SARA MOSSELMAN

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Sara’s career in animal health began after graduating from NAIT in 2017. Her life-long love for nature lead her to complete a summer internship in 2017 at WILDNorth Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue in Edmonton.

Her goal is to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible with wildlife and exotic medicine to further her career as a Wildlife Technician. She continues to dedicate her weekends assisting our wild neighbours, and has a special interest in animal behaviour and personal development.

BECKY KING

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Vet tech Becky has a love of everything with a heartbeat. From a young age her parents knew she was born to work in vet med and as soon as she learned about Vet Techs, she started working towards that career. In 2010 she graduated from NAIT and moved to Edmonton where she dived headfirst into everything exotic medicine she could get her hands on. She fell in love with the creative aspect to medicine needed when your patients are way smaller, and more flexible than the standard dog or cat.

In Becky’s career she has had the privilege of working with amazing creatures from the Edmonton Valley Zoo and West Edmonton Mall and feels she has finally found her forever hospital helping the wide array of amazing creatures seen at Harvest Pointe. She has a special interest in emergency medicine and a soft spot for the wildlife that occasionally come through the hospital. When not at the clinic you can find Becky spending time with her favorite creatures: Husband Tyler, energetic 4 year old Emmett, one-eyed rescue cat Tatters and 2 Maine Coon kittens Stephen and Nessie.

MOLLY NELSON

Customer Service

Molly is a born and raised Edmontonian, who grew up in the heart of the river valley with her large family. Molly’s love of small animals started at a young age. Unable to have cats or dogs as pets growing up, she found companionship with hamsters, some praying mantises, and made friends with her neighbor’s tarantula and hermit crabs. Later in life she adopted a bird named Confetti, and her current pet, Titan the leopard gecko.

Molly decided to pursue a career in animal health after watching a presentation put on by NAIT’s Animal Health program, and she graduated in 2014 as a Veterinary Medical Assistant. Molly has been working full time in small Animal practices since then. She loves that working at Harvest Pointe gives her hands on experience with the exotic pets she has grown to love, while still allowing her to build lasting relationships with each owner that comes through the door.

SAPPHIRE FISHER-CHESSELL

Customer Service

Sapphire has always had a passion for living things, but it wasn’t until her university zoology classes she realized animals were her favourite. Sapphire has worked in the vet industry since 2020 and has fostered different animals for multiple rescues. She is really excited to work with the variety of species that are seen at Harvest Pointe and in the future Sapphire plans to go back to school to become an RVT.

In her spare time, Sapphire is a Girl Guide leader, enjoys brunch, likes farmers markets, and has completed her beekeeping course. At home Sapphire has a 15 year old polydactyl cat named Lily, a 10 year old sheltie named Ceilidh, a 9 year old corn snake named Taffy and many plants who she cares for.

SHANNON GRAHAM

Customer Service

Shannon Graham is one of the newest members of the Harvest Pointe Animal Hospital team. She started her career in an exotics clinic in 1999 as a receptionist and worked her way into management. She graduated with honours from University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus as a Veterinary Medical Office Administrator.

Shannon is extremely proud to say that she has been in this profession for over 20 years and still loves going to work every day. She relocated from Ontario a few years ago and thinks she is blessed to have found her forever place here in Alberta. She currently only has a one eyed cat named Willie, but she is patiently waiting for her new fur, scaled or feathered members to be added to her family!

SAMARA HUGHES

Customer Service

Samara lives in Calmar with her partner, 5 kids, and two dogs: Lily and Diesel. Cat: Milo and 2 leopard geckos: Mike and Jill. She has previous hands on experience working in a vet clinic and working with rescues which increased her love of pets and people drew her in.

She is a very busy woman, working full time here at the clinic when she’s not running two home businesses: Luxe Bath and Beauty and Butterfly Nails. When she isn’t working, she’s spending time with her family and animals in the mountains quadding and camping.

SHELDON BAKER

Tech Assistant

Sheldon may have begun his career path as a machinist in the oil field, but animal care has always been his true calling. As a child, there were always furry, feathered, and scaled creatures in the house to keep him entertained. Young Sheldon fell especially in love with reptiles, starting with bearded dragons and then even bringing home a 5.5-foot green iguana named Iggy!

Over time he owned many beloved animals, from dogs to birds, even as he got his certification as a machinist. But after years of working in the trades, Sheldon knew it was time to follow his passion. He applied for Ashworth College’s Veterinary Assistant program and started working at a pet store to get any and all exposure he could. He quickly rose to the position of Fish & Reptile Manager as a result of his constant drive for knowledge. It wasn’t long before he became a veritable encyclopedia of exotic animal facts and husbandry insight.

When the opportunity to work in a veterinary clinic turned up, Sheldon jumped at the chance without hesitation. As a Tech Assistant at Harvest Pointe, he gets to challenge himself and learn new things every single day. There’s nothing more thrilling to him than working with animals alongside Harvest Pointe’s compassionate team of coworkers and mentors.

Sheldon is the proud father of two boys who he hopes to instill the same love and respect for exotics and wildlife as he experiences. Aside from children of the human variety, Sheldon houses a plethora of unique animals. These include his dogs Opie and Merlin, mountain horned dragon Yoshi, and hedgehog Chai (short for Tchaikovsky). On his off days, Sheldon is happiest simply chilling with his Argentine tegu, adding more live plants to his freshwater tank, or hitting up hiking trails with the family.