At Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre, our “pack” is dedicated to supporting the rehabilitative needs of your pet so you can enjoy a happy and healthy life together. We’re all passionate about our furry friends and invite you to learn a little more about us!
Dr. Catherine Pampiglione, DVM
Upon graduating from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Bologna, Italy in 1998, Dr. Catherine was offered a position with the prestigious CIRAD, a French veterinary agricultural research centre. She declined to follow her passion for animal rehabilitation and undertook more education in veterinary physical therapy. After spending several months in Germany at Vierbeiner Reha-Zentrum, an outstanding veterinary teaching hospital for physical rehabilitation, she went to the University of Tennessee where she completed the canine rehabilitation program.
Dr. Catherine is an American Certified Animal Chiropractor, and a member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy.
After traveling all over the world, she found her home in the beautiful town of Okotoks where she opened Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre in 2013. Her clinic offers a unique, caring atmosphere where pets and clients are treated like family. Dr. Catherine, who has more than 15 years of experience in physical rehab, proudly offers her furry patients all the treatments available in human physiotherapy as well as chiropractic treatments and aqua therapy (underwater treadmill).
Dr. Catherine can’t really say that she has much spare time as she is very committed to her furry patients, her own two dogs, several fish and her teenaged son! Life is busy at Pampiglione casa!
Megan Burke, RVT
Megan joined Canine Aquafitness in November 2017 and has always had a special interest in rehabilitation therapies. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in 2015. Before this, Megan completed the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at Olds College in 2013. During the summer of 2017 she also completed level one Reiki course and attended classes for canine massage in California through Ojai School of Canine Massage. In her spare time Megan enjoys doing yoga and taking her Yorkie, Mya, for hikes in the mountains.
Deborah Spence – Office Manager
Deborah joined Canine Aquafitness in September 2016 after more than 30 years working in the news media and public relations. An ardent animal lover, she is excited to work in an environment dedicated to improving the quality of pets’ lives. Deborah first experienced what Canine Aquafitness has to offer as a client whose beloved senior greyhound Lucky was treated by Dr. Catherine. Laser treatments greatly improved Lucky’s mobility and comfort until his passing in July 2016. Deborah and her husband love greyhounds and welcomed retired racing greyhound Deuce to his forever home in October 2016. Earlier this year they also adopted Sully, a Spanish Water Dog who needed a new home. At the clinic, Deborah’s responsibilities include reception, welcoming clients and patients, booking appointments, and other administrative activities to help keep the clinic running smoothly. In her spare time, she loves taking long walks with her dogs and reading.
Micheal – Office Assistant
Micheal has grown up having a variety of pets. This has encouraged him to want to work with animals. He started volunteering at Canine Aquafitness in 2013 and is now part of the team. He has two amazing dogs, Sacus and Numa. Sacus is a handsome, mellow senior who has had an adventorous life! Numa is a beautiful wolf dog who is still growing and learning. She is quite mischevious which makes her the perfect fit for his family.
At Canine Aquafitness, we believe it’s important to help foster the skills of people interested in careers in the veterinary field.
Currently, we are pleased to welcome Markie Morris to our team as she completes the Veterinary Office Assistant Program at Robertson College in Calgary. She will be with us through to January 2017 while she fulfills the program’s practicum requirements.
Volunteers are an important part of our team. If you are aspiring to a career in the veterinary field or simply have a passion for working with animals, we would love to hear from you! You can connect with us by completing our Volunteer Form.
Currently volunteering with us Julie, who wants to become a veterinarian. She is presently completing her Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience degree at the University of Lethbridge. She volunteers with us whenever she is back home in Calgary.
Austin recently started volunteering with us after job shadowing for a couple of days. She is currently taking the Vet Office Assistant program at Robertson College and has decided to do her practicum at our clinic in the spring.
Both ladies are valued members of our clinic team!