Dr. Natasha P. Russell (DVM)
Dr. Natasha Russell enjoys working with ECVC’s highly proficient team, not only because of their big hearts and gold standards of quality veterinary care, but also because of their One Health initiative Partnerships.
Dr. Russell graduated from the University of Chile’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She also has an undergraduate Honours Degree in Biochemistry. Prior to the design of ECVC, she worked in relief and aid work, emergency medicine and primary care.
Dr. Russell is contented working with her clients as much as she does their pets! She understands the challenges owners struggle with when a pet is sick. Her contribution is not only to effectively diagnose and treat her patients but to also minimize stress and frustration on her clients by empowering them with the information they need to make educated decisions for their pets to prevent illness, disease and accidents in the future.
As a kid, she was always busy “saving” abandoned dogs, cats, mice and even insects. She was captivated by the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the movie Lady and the Tramp, and she always stayed up past her bedtime to watch Saturday Night Live. She supports Pluto as a planet, pizza as a food group, and Clifford the Big Red Dog as educational television. Natasha’s current passions include: ideas for sustainable economies, balanced development focused on preservation and conservation of ecosystems, thought leadership, helping people and their animal families, volunteering in the community and tango dancing. When not buried under journal article readings, she also enjoys fulfilling her inner-foodie.
In May 2019, Natasha became President of the Edmonton’s Association of Small Animal Veterinarians (EASAV). You can also catch her “Ask a Vet” column in the Country Asides newspaper, live on-air on 630 CHED’s radio show PET TALK, speaking at major pet events, or volunteering with various animal charities.
Tonjra Sutherland, Practice Manager (PM)
After graduating and receiving her medical office administration certificate in 2016, Tonjra fulfilled her dream and started to work in the veterinary industry. Tonjra “officially” joined the ECVC family in June 2019, but before that she was already on board helping ECVC grow as a volunteer. Tonjra is also quite the artist, her crochet creations are incredible and she’s taken up painting in her spare time. On her days off you can catch her either hiking with her two dogs, Koda and Mya, fishing with her partner or going on adventurous car rides. To see her crochet creations please check out: https://linktr.ee/Arcticferns
Becca Trudel, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Becca worked as an Emergency Medical Responder before moving to Mexico to volunteer with animal rescue organizations. She then began working in the veterinary industry while completing her NAIT Animal Health Technology Diploma, graduating in 2017. Recently Becca has founded ToeBean Media – a social media management & marketing company that she runs when not working with her furry patients. If you are interested in services, you can visit toebeanmedia.com. Becca has a special interest in pet’s dental health and allergy conditions. At home she has three cats named Bruce, Tony and Goldie. Her “office manager” is Shaggy, a rescue chihuahua from Mexico.
Chantelle Neufeld, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Chantelle completed her diploma in Animal Health Technology at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. in 2013. Afterwards, she returned to her home town of Chilliwack, B.C. where she worked in clinic for nearly three years with a focus on client education. She made the decision to move to Edmonton in 2015, where she gained experience in Emergency and Specialty Care for a few years prior to joining the ECVC team in 2019.
Her favourite part of being an RVT, is advocating for her patients and providing clients with the knowledge to better care for their pets. She spends her free time reading, crocheting, playing games with friends and volunteering with the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force . Her family includes her husband, dog Finn and two kitties named Rigby & Pixel.
Erica Posteraro, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Erica graduated from the RVT program at NAIT in 2018, and prior to that a BSc. degree from the University of Alberta with a major in large animals. She primarily works in emergency medicine and has previous experience in equine practice and research. Erica loves volunteering and has done so with the Edmonton Humane Society and abroad. As a young girl, she always knew she wanted to work in the veterinary industry. Today, she enjoys the balance of a fast paced and challenging ER work environment, contrasted with being able to provide excellent preventative care for fur babies at ECVC.
In her spare time, Erica teaches yoga and has quite the travel bug; she’s been lucky enough to visit 17 countries! This continues to fuel her passion for global animal health and her desire to work with animals in developing countries and the international organizations that help them. Her babies include 3 cats named Dorothy, Felix and Lily and a horse named Red.
John Doyle, Animal Care Attendant (ACA)
After more than 20 years in the accounting field, John recently decided to retire and start a new career in companion animal health. Currently taking pre-requisite classes, he is looking to enter the Animal Health Technology Program at NAIT. A lifelong pet owner, John and his wife spend much of their time with their dog Georgie and their two cats Bekkett!!! and Mel. Bringing together his two passions of animals and photography, John can often be found behind the camera-photographing animals in need of adoption for our local Animal Rescues and Welfare Organizations. John also helps with fundraising for Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) and surgical monitoring and general operations with Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force. ECVC is lucky to have John on their Team because he truly brings meaning to “helping people help animals.”
Stephanie Ferreira, Social Media
Legal Assistant by day, social media uploader by night (or earlyyyyy am). Stephanie has been surrounded by all types of animals all her life… Countless rabbits, chickens, parrots, dogs and cats. Her love of animals, combined with an outlet for creativity, is what got her teamed up with Dr. Natasha Russell and the ECVC family. Stephanie has been bringing her unique style to ECVC’s Instagram since February 2019. On her days off, you can catch her taking her dog Frankie and dragging her husband to Home Sense to shop for new designs!