Dr. Jennifer Dodd
Like many veterinarians, Jennifer fell in love with animals at a young age, often befriending neighborhood animals and working with/training horses. After finishing a Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the University of Calgary, she moved to Saskatoon to take up her studies at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2005. During her veterinary studies, Jennifer was able to spend a month in Uganda as part of her final year studies. In Uganda, Jennifer helped with various research projects involving local cattle herds, Hyena, small rodents and Ugandan Kob (a deer-like species). She also helped treat an injured male lion; an unforgettable experience. Community outreach and learning about social issues was another part of the trip and allowed her to gain insights, perspective and gratitude for the opportunities she has been afforded being a Canadian.
Jennifer spent the first two years of her veterinary career in the Edmonton area in mixed practice. While she enjoyed working with a variety of species in a primary care and emergency setting, in 2007 she returned to the WCVM to take a position as a Clinical Associate in Anesthesia. During her 6 years there Jennifer worked on a variety of pets, livestock and wildlife (including beaver, lynx, falcons, pelicans) and had the privilege of working with final year veterinary and technology students. Jennifer has always had a passion for teaching and mentoring students and enjoyed seeing students grow in skill and confidence as they learned a difficult subject. She also enjoyed the case variety and emergency component of anesthesia and working with ICU patients to keep them stable and pain-free.
After leaving the WCVM, Jennifer returned to primary care and emergency practices in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. During this time, she pursued an interest in alternative medicine modalities and is now certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Tui-Na (medical massage). She would like to continue her studies in herbal and food therapy to round out her certification in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and also has plans to study rehabilitation in the near future.
While Jennifer practices in St. Albert, she maintains a home in Saskatoon with her military husband. Together, they share 3 cats (Carl, Emmet and Twitch) and enjoy various nerdy activities (like online gaming), outdoor activities (fishing, camping, travelling) and visiting friends and family. Being apart from each other frequently and away from her cats has allowed Jennifer to gain a deeper understanding of the human-animal bond and being grateful every day for the love her pets and her husband give her.
Jennifer looks forward to bringing her alternative medicine training to the St. Albert Community and joining the amazing staff at Erin Ridge Veterinary Centre.