Dr. Mark Zehnder, DVM
Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Mark is a Second Generation Zehnder family member who left his hometown to pursue a dream. From the time he was a wee lad, Mark was interested in all things “animal”. A 1989 graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Mark returned to Invermere in 1993 to become owner of the Invermere Veterinary Clinic. While other faces have changed over the years, he remains as the trusted and steady hand at the helm. His years of practice have developed a well-rounded expertise in domestic, companion and wildlife medicine and surgery. Outside the office, Mark enjoys hiking, growing vegetables, woodworking and hanging out with his family. Invermere Veterinary Hospital has prospered under Mark’s care.
“I love coming to work every day with an amazing group of people that enjoy providing the best possible care to all of our patients and clients as much as I do.”
Dr. Stephanie Cerny, DVM
Originally from Toronto, Stephanie moved to Invermere in 1990 after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. She was drawn to veterinary work in her teens when she was training horses and competing in equestrian events. Stephanie worked for Dr. Michael Peterson for 2 years. When Dr. Peterson moved to Golden in 1992, she founded the Invermere Veterinary Hospital.
Stephanie took some time off to raise her 4 children when Dr. Mark Zehnder moved back to the valley and he was able to take over running the hospital.
As a veterinarian, Stephanie has a special interest in small animal wellness and longevity and prefers to tailor her practice to keeping pets healthy and happy in order to avoid problems in later years. She also loves the challenge of working on complex medical cases and enjoys general surgery.
Stephanie has lived in the valley for 30 years with her husband Mark Moneo, their 4 children and numerous pets- currently 2 dogs, 2 cats and 10 chickens.
Outside of work Stephanie enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and playing bluegrass mandolin.
“My favorite part of working at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital is being able to provide the best care possible to our patients and being able to provide some answers to clients that have challenging ongoing health concerns for their pets. It’s also great getting to come to work every day with such a great group of professionals”
Dr. Kelsie Paris, DVM
Kelsie is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Born and raised in Banff, she is no stranger to the Columbia Valley and is excited to start her veterinary career in Invermere. She has a keen interest in general wellness care, surgery, and dentistry, and looks forward to meeting all the critters of the Columbia Valley! When not at work, Kelsie can likely be found somewhere out in the mountains skiing, hiking, biking, or swimming.
In 2002 Trish and her husband broke ground to build their timber frame home in Invermere and have fallen in love with the natural beauty that surrounds the area. Their dog, Buster, loves the chance to visit with deer and other local creatures even though they do not seem to share his enthusiasm. After many years working in event and business management in Calgary, Trish relies on her dedicated work ethic to meet client expectations and support the staff who work so diligently to take of all the animals in our care.
“I have so much respect for the people who work at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital and Golden Veterinary Services. The compassion they show for all animals is genuine and apparent in everything they do. You cannot help but smile as you walk through the clinic and are greeted by so many cute animal faces and wagging tails, it lifts your spirit every time.”
Angela was born in Fort Worth Texas but considers her real hometown as Windermere, BC. She joined the Invermere Veterinary Hospital team in June of 2002, shortly after graduating from the Olds College Veterinary Technician program. While at the clinic Angela makes it her mission to help our clients find exactly the services and products for which they are looking. She also enjoys some puppy and kitty love from time to time.
In her spare time Angela enjoys hanging out with her husband, 2 teenage boys, her dog “Cappie” and cat “Sicamous”. Running, biking, hiking, knitting, and sewing are a few of her recreational activities. If you look closely enough around the clinic, you might even see some of her sewing creations being put to work.
“My favorite part about coming to work every day is the amazing patients, clients and staff. You never know what animal you are going to see next when you come to work.”
Angela, Inventory Manager/RVT
Originally from Oro-Medonte Ontario, Dana started at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital in March of 2012, after moving to Invermere with her husband Jesse. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2010 and fulfilled all the requirements to register shortly after. Her passion is for all things related to anesthesia and pain management, as well as providing the best care to our geriatric patients. She recently completed her Fear Free Certification, which has given her numerous tools to help make our patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during their hospital visit.
In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with her 13-year-old Elkhound cross “Ella” (who was the first dog that was assigned to her in Tech school), camping anywhere without cell phone service, hiking, photography and hanging out with friends and family.
“The best part of working at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital is loving what I do and having the opportunity every day to work with an amazing group of people. We have so many amazing clients and patients that make every day interesting and enjoyable. There is also not another clinic like ours, where in one day you can go from treating a puppy to a snake and then on to an eagle or a cougar. Everyday keeps you on your toes because you never know what is going to come in next.”
Dana, Lead RVT
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Riley came to the Invermere Veterinary Hospital from Oshawa, Ontario in June of 2019. He graduated from Northern College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2018 and completed their wildlife rehabilitation program in 2019. He registered with the OAVT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians) shortly after graduating and has since registered in B.C. Riley has been able to follow his passions while being at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital by helping all the injured wildlife and exotic animals. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge in all thing anesthesia.
When not working at the hospital, Riley can be found hiking and exploring with his 4 year old lab mix “Lincoln” (who he adopted from Northern College after his final year), running his baking business—THE MAD BATTER, fine tuning his axe throwing skills, or just hanging out with Linc watching Netflix.
“Working at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital has given me a great opportunity to work with and rehabilitate many different types of wildlife and birds of prey. It has been awesome having the chance to work with a great group of people that share the same passions I do”
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Erin has been in the valley for what seems like forever. She joined the Invermere Veterinary Hospital in January of 2017 and has been loving it ever since. Erin was trained on the job by our wonderful Vets and RVTs and has completed the Royal Canin Nutritional Courses. She enjoys coming to work and seeing the wide variety of animals that come through our doors. She relishes the opportunity to learn how to better care for each individual that we treat.
At home Erin has a few pets to keep her busy, including 3 dogs named “Chili”, “Tazmin” and “Tanner”, 2 cats named “Rocky” and “Turtle and 1 Husband named Chris. When not at the clinic Erin enjoys hiking, biking, stand-up paddle boarding (pretty much anything outdoors), travelling and playing hockey.
“Every day is interesting at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital. You never know what to expect when you come to work, and we are always learning something new to help our clients and patients”
Erin, Technician Assistant
Veterinary Assistant and Bear Wrestler
Wendy has been a cornerstone of Golden Veterinary Services since it was relaunched in 2016. An avid wildlife photographer, Wendy brings her passion to the office every day!! Her cheerful countenance, calm presence and animal intuition create a welcoming environment that our clients appreciate as well. When not answering the phone and directing traffic at Golden Veterinary Services, Wendy is caring for her farmyard and responding to the ongoing challenge of human/wildlife interactions in the Columbia Valley. We are delighted to have Wendy on the team.
“The best part of working at the Golden Veterinary Services is working with an amazing team who are passionate about providing the best patient care”
Wendy, Vet Assistant
Alli moved to Invermere from London, Ontario to enjoy all that the activities that the Valley has to offer. She began working for us in June of 2017. She is a super fast learner and has been trained in clinic by our wonderful Vets and RVTs. Alli can often be found in the kennel rooms making all our patients as happy and comfortable as possible.
When we let Alli out of the clinic she enjoys snuggles with her puppy Brie, skiing, hiking, hanging out at the lake and lots of dog walks.
“I love being able to come to work and learn something that I didn’t know before. Everyday is a learning experience in how to better care for our client’s pets”
Alli, Technician Assistant
Client Care Team
Shelley is a B.C Native originally from Castlegar but calling Invermere home for what seems like forever. Invermere Veterinary hospital was fortunate to scoop her up January of 2019 and she has been a staple on our team ever since. Everyday that Shelley comes to work she strives to create a positive experience for both our clients and their pets, working hard to accommodate any requests they may have.
Shelley has 1 dog, Dexter and 2 cats, Diesel and Willie, at home to keep her busy. When Shelley is not at work, she loves spending time with her wonderful family, husband Adrian, sons Conrad and Colton, son and daughter-in-law Jordan and Tayler and grandbaby Nathan. She also enjoys camping, gardening or anything outdoors, acrylic painting and refinishing old furniture.
“The best part about working at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital is loving your job every day. It is a true privilege to be able to greet both the clients and their amazing pets all day long.”
Shelley, Client Care Representative
Self-appointed Clinic Ruler/Clinic Cat
Stuart’s first home was in Radium, B.C., but he has since found his niche in ruling over his servants at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital. He has been training his whole life to fill his very prestigious position by exercising his stink eye daily and honing his disdain for nail trims (A key trait for any good clinic cat). His true passions are being served breakfast in bed, ensuring that he gets at least 20 hours of beauty sleep a day and monitoring his servants to make sure they are providing patient care and service that is up to his standards.
Once his staff leaves for the day, he enjoys wandering his domain and relaxing in the peace and quiet. His favorite part of ruling over the Invermere veterinary hospital is being able to taste all the exotic plastics (yes you read that right) that the veterinary industry has to offer. In some of his weaker moments, he enjoys being brushed and loved—but only on his terms and only if it is up to his standards.