Dr. Rick Dalrymple
Dr. Rick has been in veterinary practice full time for over 17 years. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2000, at which time he received an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Small Animal Medicine from the College. Even in those early years, Dr. Rick’s gentle demeanor and accomplished bedside manner was noticed by his clinical Professors and Internists. To this day he prides himself, not only on excellence of pet medicine, but he also puts a major emphasis on owner education, about their pet’s overall health and wellness.
He then went on to pursue an Equine Medicine and Surgery Internship, to give him the skills necessary to be competent in his secondary passion, Equine medicine. Today, although dog and cat appointments and surgeries make up the vast majority of Dr. Rick’s days, he still is active in General Equine medicine, especially Equine Dentistry.
Rick grew up on an acreage just Northeast of Calgary. It was during these formative years that Rick knew that above all else, he wanted to pursue Veterinary medicine.
Dr. Rick and his family live in Okotoks, where he purchased Big Rock Animal Clinic in late 2009, and he will certainly be a permanent fixture at this Downtown Okotoks clinic for decades to come.
Dr. Dain Lochridge
Dr. Dain Lochridge has over 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. Dr. Dain graduated with his DVM from Colorado State University in 1986 and then went on to serve in the US Army Veterinary Corps before opening his own practice in 1992. Over the next 18 years, his single-vet endeavour became a busy, well respected hospital with 3 full time veterinarians and 15 support staff.
In November of 2012, Dr. Dain met his lovely wife Lori, a resident of Okotoks, and decided to move to our beautiful little town.
Dr. Dain has 3 grown children. He has a variety of interests including investing, computers, motorcycle touring, sports and dancing.
Dr. Dain works specifically with and enjoys the entire spectrum of small animal medicine and particularly enjoys surgery and challenging internal medical cases.
Dr. Troy Bourque
Troy is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and he graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially surgery.
Troy is very active in the veterinary community. His passions for veterinary medicine and a love of animals has lead him to roles such as past president of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, and current president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Incredible accomplishments.
Dr. Lise Tellier
Dr. Lise Tellier comes to us with years of experience in small animal practice where she has developed a keen interest in internal medicine and dermatology. Her love of animals has been shown time and time again; including the times she had spent with Big Rock Animal Clinic in 2014 as a locum veterinarian.
She was raised near Bonnyville, Alberta, on an acreage surrounded by animals, including, horses, goats, donkeys, alpacas, and of course dogs and cats. Dr. Lise graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (University of Saskatchewan) in 2000, after completing her BSc with honors at McGill University. She has gained over 15 years of experience in veterinary medicine and has worked in a wide variety of places such as Indiana, Whitehorse, and all over Alberta.
Dr.Lise is a proud mom of two young children and looks forward to the day where she has spare time again! Her family enjoys camping, sports, and outdoors time.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Jesica grew up in Victoria, BC where she developed her love for animals and worked in the animal emergency hospital for 5 years. Upon graduation from the AHT program at Olds College in 2011, she moved to Calgary with her husband and fur-baby Karma, the Shepherd cross. She quickly developed a keen interest in dermatology and worked as a dermatology technician for 5 years. During this time, she had her son Jaiden and adopted her second fur-baby named Derp, a French Bulldog. She has a strong passion for singing and recently came in 4th place at Sweet Adeline’s International Competition for Acapella Barbershop. She continues to develop her skills with small animals at Big Rock with a great team.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ryan grew up in Northern Alberta and became interested in Veterinary Medicine in his early 20’s. Ryan graduated from the Fairview College AHT Program in 1999 after completing an exciting practicum in Whitehorse, Yukon. Following college, Ryan continued his studies in Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge. During his time in university, he developed both a strong passion for science and medicine and made life-long friends. To date, Ryan has been practicing as an RVT for the past 15 years. He joined the Big Rock family two years ago, and has not looked back! Ryan spends his time with his two children Morgan and Shawn, and their Schnoodle named Casey. He also plays guitar in his rock band, “The Doghouse”, and gigs regularly around Southern Alberta.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Even though Kari was born and raised in the city of Calgary, her heart has always been in the country. For as long as she can remember she has had a passion for all animals, especially horses. This passion prompted Kari to work towards her AHT diploma. She graduated from Olds College in 2015, completing her practicum at a mixed animal practice and then getting hired at a fast-paced emergency hospital in Calgary. Kari chose to follow her heart and make the change to the wellness side of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Big Rock Animal Clinic in early 2016 and continues to grow and learn in her career. Kari has been privileged to own and ride horses for 15 years. She currently owns a Quarter Horse mare named Willow. Together they dabble in a variety of skills and disciplines but they focus mainly on rodeo events and Working Equitation.
Emily was born and raised in Okotoks. Her love for animals presented itself at a very young age. She found a passion for stray cats, abandoned baby birds and everything furry or feathered. In July 2016, she married her high school sweetheart. They are currently living their happily ever after in Okotoks with their two fur babies; 12-year-old Shih Tzu/Poodle, Obi and their Border Collie puppy, Beatrix. Together they enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and getting out to the beautiful Rocky Mountains as often as possible. Emily joined the team at Big Rock Animal Clinic first as a volunteer, then as a receptionist in the spring of 2015. She enjoys working in such a positive and friendly environment.
April moved from BC to AB in 1999. After working with individuals with special needs for 10 years, she chose a new career path which led her to veterinary medicine. Working for 3 years as a Client Care Coordinator at an Emergency Centre in Calgary, the choice to change from emergency medicine to primary care wasn’t easy as she loved the fast-paced environment. She soon realized it was the same at Big Rock Animal Clinic although with the added rewards of working close to home with such a great team! April has two grown children that are out on their own, well on their way in their chosen career paths. She shares her home with a 5 year old Biewer Terrier and a 2 year old Domestic Short Hair Polydactyl rescue cat. In her spare time, April likes to read, be outdoors and spend time with family and friends.
Kristine grew up on the family farm in the East Kootenay’s of British Columbia. This is where she first knew her love of animals and farm life. Kristine and her horse were inseparable. After graduation she found herself working part time with a horse trainer along with her full time job as a partner in a restaurant. Marrying in 1987, Kristine moved with her husband to an acreage south of Calgary. They spent many years of happiness at the little farm with all the animals and a huge garden to raise their three children. A fun fact, Kristine volunteered to do amphibian monitoring for the Alberta Conservation Association while on the acreage. Since moving to Black Diamond, Kristine is self-employed part time, enjoys photography and is very involved with her family. She was recently part of the pilot project which has now passed to have backyard hens in the town. She continues to work with cattle several times a year and makes the time to volunteer regularly at an elementary school sharing her love of art. It was in 2013 that Kristine started volunteering at Big Rock Animal clinic and recently hired on as a VTA. She would like to continue to learn and develop her skills with her favorite team at Big Rock!
Kristina was born and raised in Southern Ontario and moved to Okotoks in 2008. She has attended a francophone school from kindergarten to grade 12. Kristina has had dogs her entire life and currently has 3 dogs: two Shih Tzu’s, Cleo and Isis, and a Retriever/Pyrenees named Nona. Apart from her love for animals, Kristina enjoys horseback riding in her spare time; she is a 4-time city champion and a 2-time provincial champion in lacrosse. Kristina began her journey at Big Rock Animal Clinic in the fall of 2014 as a volunteer and was hired on as a VTA in the summer of 2015. With the knowledge and experience that she has gained at Big Rock, Kristina developed an interest in Veterinary Medicine and is aspiring to become a RVT.
Lara, along with Dr. Rick, purchased Big Rock Animal Clinic in late 2009.
Over the past several years, Lara has been paramount in helping with the expansion of the clinic and staff, to its current state of double digit team members.
From the beginning, Lara has been working on both the front lines of the practice, as well as behind the scenes. She has been able to do this while juggling extra-curricular activities for her 6 amazing kids.
Lara is a teacher by profession, and the skills she has gained through her Education degree has allowed her to be well-rounded for managing a veterinary facility.
In her spare time, Lara loves to run (being speedy enough to have qualified for having the opportunity to have entered the Boston Marathon a few years ago). Also, just getting outside with the kids on a warm day is enough to keep Lara motivated.
Mr. Meowgi / Maynerd
7 and ½ years ago, Mr. Meowgi was introduced to the world. He instantly developed a STRONG attraction and love for food and sleep. We adopted him from Heaven Can Wait, and since settling in he has become a valuable member of Team Big Rock. His day-to-day activities include visiting with clients and taking long naps in the sun. He plans to continue this lifestyle and aspires to be more like his role model, Garfield. Oh, and p.s., he really is our Social Media Manager.
Zoe was born in 2008 and she quickly came to the realization that she was a black cat, and not a panther. Although this was a devastating discovery, she has been slowly recovering with the help of Team Big Rock. She enjoys free-range and the luxuries of the upper-management/HR seat. Zoe is not afraid to let you know when she has not received enough pets and cuddles. She aspires to continue sleeping all day and only coming downstairs to drink from the tap; one day hoping for a Lazy Boy recliner.