Our Veterinarians

Dr. Heather Van Esch – Veterinarian/Clinic Owner

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 solo owner of the clinic in 2002.

Heather loves working with the “big four” species: dogs, cats, cattle and horses. More recently, she has also been enthusiastic to learn about and offer veterinary services to backyard/small flock poultry keepers, as well as beekeepers. According to her, the variety of species she deals with is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this type of practice.

Dr. Van Esch currently resides in the Village of Cremona with her daughter, one cat, one dog, and her husband, Casey, who is a journeyman plumber/gasfitter and owner of “Redbeard Plumbing, Ltd” (403-710-1456). The Van Esch family enjoys camping and traveling to sunny destinations whenever they can. Heather also enjoys bicycling, skiiing, hiking, photography, and reading.

Dr. Van Esch is a proud member of the Cremona, Water Valley and District Chamber of Commerce, and donates her time as well as financial support from the vet clinic to many local fundraising efforts such as the Lions Auction, the Cremona Show and Shine, the Water Valley Stud Auction, the Cremona 4H Club, the Dogpound Stampede, and the Water Valley Rodeo Association, the Cremona School Enhancement Society, and the Water Valley Playschool.

Dr. Van Esch holds memberships in a number of different veterinary associations, currently volunteers on the ABVMA Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, and regularly attends continuing education seminars on a wide variety of subjects to ensure she is providing the most up to date medical, dental and surgical services possible to her valued clients and their animals.

Dr. Claudia Koch – Veterinarian

Dr. Claudia Koch (pronounced “coke”) has recently joined our team, and we hope you will join us in welcoming her to this community! She completed three years of a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (majoring in Animal Science) at the University of Alberta before entering the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Claudia graduated in 2018 and is excited to enter the profession. Since arriving here, she has already become a valued addition to our clinic.

Claudia grew up in Calgary, but her heart has always been in this part of the country. As a member of the Springbank Rawhides 4H club she developed a life long love of horses, and all other animals. In her pursuit of veterinary medicine, she received support and encouragement from many local practitioners, which she truly appreciates. Claudia has spent her summer work experience in both equine and mixed practice, and she is looking forward to working with both small and large animal patients. Claudia is excited for the challenge of mixed practice and working in this beautiful corner of the province. She looks forward to giving back to the rural community that has provided her with the foundation and opportunities to do this engaging work.

In her spare time Claudia is an avid skier and mountain biker and plans to get back into the barrel racing game. Dr. Koch looks forward to developing long-term relationships with both clients and patients in the area.

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