Dr. Klinkosz grew up on a farm in northern British Columbia and worked as a veterinary technician prior to her acceptance into the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Scotland. Since graduating with her veterinary degree in 2015, she worked in a variety of small animal general practices in England, and after arriving here in Alberta over 4 years ago, has worked in both small animal and mixed animal (mainly equine) general practices. Her professional interests include small animal general and internal medicine, general surgery, ultrasonography, radiography, and small animal emergency medicine.
Dr. Klinkosz also really enjoys horses and looks forward to further developing her skills in equine medicine. When not busy with her professional activities, she enjoys horseback riding, camping, and hiking with her dog, Keira. Her other pets include two twin cats, Sophie and Samantha, and multiple horses.
We welcomed Dr. Klinkosz to our team in May of 2021 and feel that she shares our values with respect to getting to know her clientele, having open and clear communication, building trusting relationships, and wanting to serve and be a part of a small rural community such as ours. She brings with her an amazing work ethic, an enthusiastic attitude, and many years of excellent experience.
Dr. Klinkosz looks forward to meeting our existing clientele as well as any new clients that may be looking to establish a long-lasting relationship with a skilled local veterinarian.
Dr. Van Esch grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (majoring in Animal Science) from the University of Alberta (Edmonton) in 1994, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM, Saskatoon) in 1999.
After graduation, she obtained a position here at the Cremona Veterinary Clinic, and she became the sole owner of the clinic in 2002.
After nearly 20 years as a general mixed animal veterinarian, Dr. Van Esch was looking for a new challenge, and in April, 2021 she completed her Master’s degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). She currently works full time at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Airdrie location) as a disease surveillance veterinarian.
Dr. Van Esch, her husband, Casey, who is a journeyman plumber/gasfitter and owner of “Redbeard Plumbing Ltd” (403-710-1456), and their daughter enjoy camping, skiing, and traveling to warm places. Heather is also an avid photographer. They have a cat named Mimi, and now also provide retirement housing for our clinic cat, Douglas, who is thoroughly enjoying having the company of another cat as well as having his own doting young human.