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. 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.
Dr. Kirsten Aarbo
Kirsten was born and raised in rural Alberta and is greatly enjoying practicing in the area that she grew up! After graduating high school in Black Diamond, she obtained a BSc in molecular and microbiology at the University of Calgary. She then completed her DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, graduating with distinction and receiving the AAHA Senior Student Award for outstanding achievement in small animal medicine and surgery. Kirsten then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State Veterinary College in Pullman, Washington, and moved to Massachusetts to study emergency medicine for a year. She then practiced in general practice in Vermont for several years before returning to Alberta to settle down. She practiced full time in Calgary for 7 years before starting her family, and has been working part time the past few years. She is excited to be working a more regular schedule now that her children are at school age!
Kirsten enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, but her favorite areas are surgery, dentistry, immunology, and palliative care. When she is not working she enjoys running, triathlons, reading, and hanging out with her husband and three active boys. She is currently a Member of Council for the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and serves on several committees.
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 18 years. She currently owns a Quarter Horse mare named Willow and together they have excelled in the barrel racing world in/around the Okotoks area.
Jessica was born and raised in southern Alberta. She has loved animals since she was a small child, especially horses. She grew up having dogs and cats her whole life, and has been horseback riding since she was eight years old. In 2012 she graduated from Olds College with a diploma in Equine Science. Upon graduation she began working as a veterinary receptionist at a small and large animal clinic in Okotoks. She took a break from the veterinary industry when she moved to Rocky Mountain House with her husband Sean. After spending a few years in Rocky, they decided to sell their acreage and move back home to the foothills. They plan to settle down in the rural DeWinton area with their husky Tikka, and three horses, Scooter, Louie and Corb. Jessica joined the team at Big Rock Animal Clinic December 1st of 2017, where she plans to continue learning and growing in the industry she loves.
Julie grew up in Richmond, BC but has chosen to make the Foothills area her home. In 2012, after taking an Equine Emergency First Aid course, she decided to make a career change and develop her passion in animal medicine. Julie graduated from Robertson College in 2012 with a diploma in the Veterinary Office Assistant program. She comes to us from a clinic in Calgary, with several years’ experience as a technician assistant/receptionist in small animal medicine. You may see Julie out in the Foothills community, as she volunteers with Foothills Search and Rescue. In her spare time, Julie enjoys hiking, horseback riding and singing with the Foothills Philharmonic Chorus and Jazz choirs. In the future, she would like to train a dog to be certified with the Canadian Search Dog Association and used for tracking in Search and Rescue.
Morgan has lived in Calgary her whole life surrounded by a variety of animals including cats, dogs, and many small pets. After graduating High School she spent a Gap year working before her love of animals lead her to attend and graduate from Olds College in the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program in April of 2018. She joined the team at Big Rock Animal Clinic in August of last year where she is excited to learn and grow her knowledge in the Animal Care field. When not at work Morgan enjoys going for hikes in the mountains, baking, sketching and creative writing. Morgan is currently looking forward to finding a place of her own with her six-year-old bossy guinea pig Nutmeg.
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!
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.