Our Team

Who We Are

Our mission is to provide personalized, friendly and compassionate care to our patients to ensure they stay healthy and happy.  We place great emphasis on preventive medicine, client communication and client education. We strive to answer all your questions about your pets healthcare needs. We understand and appreciate that your pet is a member of the family and deserves highly skilled, yet gentle, care of the same standard as human medicine.

 

All of our staff have special training and education to help provide the best care possible for your pets. We’ve dedicated ourselves to provide an clinic environment that leaves you and your pet feeling cared for and supported.

Our Team

Dr. Tejinder Khaira, DVM
Veterinarian

DVM (Clinic Owner) Dr. Khaira has been practicing veterinary medicine in Alberta for over 15 years. Throughout his career, he has continuously taken courses to improve his skills and to familiarize himself with the latest surgical developments, especially in the area of orthopedics.

Dr. Khaira has been performing Luxating Patellas and routine Cruciate Ligament Repair for quite some time now. Recently he has gotten Certified in Advanced Orthopedics for TPLO and TTA (advanced Cruciate Ligament Repairs) as well as fracture repairs.

When not at the clinic, Dr. Khaira can be found spending time with his family and exploring spirituality.

Dr. Nathaniel Asemadahun, DVM
Veterinarian

Born and raised in Nigeria, Dr. Nathaniel spent his years working towards his education. He finished his Veterinary education in 2008. He made the trip to Canada with his family in 2013 to continue pursuing his passion for animals. With a special interest in dentistry, he focuses his continuing education on the subject and has worked with board-certified veterinary dentists over the years to grow his knowledge and skills.

Nathaniel joined the clinic in 2016 and has made it his priority to provide our clients and their pets with compassionate, professional care. When Nathaniel isn’t at the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, playing soccer, reading and watching movies. In the future, Nathaniel hopes to add a german shepherd to his family.

Tamra Rout RVT
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Hospital Manager

Born in Calgary, Tamra has always had a love for animals. As a child she would bring home half dead wildlife to nurse back to health and has been contributing to her passion ever since.

Working in the veterinary industry since 2005, she graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in 2011. Tamra began managing Barlow Trail Animal Hospital in early 2019. With a special passion for dentistry and anesthesia, she focuses the majority of her continuing education on these topics to help provide the best care for your pets.

When Tamra isn’t at the clinic you can usually find her at the gym, in the garden or spending some quality time with her husband and two daughters. At home Tamra has a french bulldog (Sir Spudwick VonHammer aka. “Spud”), 3 cats (Layla, Haru and Chili), a chinchilla (Yori) a ball python (Loki) as well as a number of fish and aquatic snails. All of which keep her VERY busy.

Jill Downton
Receptionist

Jill has worked as a Veterinary Office Assistant since she graduated from ABES College with a VOA (Veterinary Office Assistant) Certificate in 2006.

She has a great love for both animals and humans. Starting her career as a Labour and Delivery Nurse, she then had a children’s day home for 23 years. She has raised children, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, birds and even a pot belly pig called Winston.

When not at work she enjoys spending her free time with family and doing her many hobbies including quilting, sewing, mosaics and playing the ukulele. Jill has plans to start a cattery and cat boarding facility in the future.

Paige Engleman
Tech Assistant
(not really cheese)

Paige was both born and raised in Calgary. She completed the VTOA (Veterinary Technologist Office Assistant) program at Robertson College in 2014 and promptly found herself working in the pet care industry. Before joining Barlow Trail Animal Hospital in spring 2019, Paige was caring for the dogs boarding at Chasin’ Tails.

At home Paige has two cats (Xena and Loki) as well as a beagle named Marley. Paige likes to spend her days off watching TV and spending time with her fiance, Jesse. She also enjoys travelling to BC and hosting game nights. Paige also has a distaste for cheese. In the future, Paige hopes to go back to school to become a tech.

Brittney Columbus
Tech Assistant

From a very young age Brittney has always had a love for animals (besides spiders). She graduated from Robertson College from the VTOA (Veterinary Technologist Office Assistant) program in 2019. Launching herself into the veterinary industry she promptly joined Barlow Trail Animal Hospital that spring.

When Brittney is not working at the clinic she enjoys the outdoors, watching hockey and learning about new things. She currently has three family cats at home (Cosmo, Patches and Oreo), but hopes to adopt more of her own dogs and critters in the future.