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, CCRP and AVCA Certified
Upon graduating from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Bologna, Italy in 1997, Dr. Catherine was offered a position with the prestigious CIRAD, a French veterinary agricultural research centre. However, she declined the position to follow her passion for animal rehabilitation and undertook more education in veterinary physical rehabilitation. 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 a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, an American Certified Animal Chiropractor, and a member of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian 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 20 years of experience in physical rehab with more than 75,000 cases successfully treated, proudly offers to her furry patients all the treatments available in human physiotherapy as well as chiropractic treatments and aqua therapy (underwater treadmill). Dr. Catherine is also honored to be number one fitter practitioner for custom made canine orthotics in Canada.
Dr. Catherine can’t really say that she has much spare time as she is very committed to her furry patients, her own two rescue wolf hybrids (Numa and Akai), three VERY spoiled Guinea Pigs (Guido, Geppetto and Baby G), two cats Rosetta and Viola. Dr. Catherine has also a son who shares as well her passion for animals and has his own cat called Kino. Life is busy at casa Pampiglione!
Leah – Volunteer
Leah has a background in kinesiology and obtained her BSc Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2020. After completing this degree, Leah went abroad to study Nutrition and Dietetics in Australia. Leah has recently returned to Calgary to explore her longstanding passion of caring for animals in a physical rehabilitation setting, integrating her health and fitness background with her love of dogs. Leah is eager to learn as much as she can from the patients at our clinic, and in the future, she plans to pursue further studies in veterinary medicine or physiotherapy, with the ambition of becoming certified in the field of canine rehabilitation.
At home, Leah spends much of her time walking, cuddling, and training her two-year-old papillion, Ace, and her family’s new golden retriever pup, Fina. Having grown up dancing and leading an active lifestyle, Leah also enjoys dance fitness, running and cycling in her spare time!
Kiana – Volunteer
In recent months, Kiana has joined the Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre! She is currently a grade 11 student at Holy Trinity Academy. After graduating, she aspires to complete the training to attain a career in the veterinary field.
Outside of school, Kiana partakes in the art of Wado Kai Karate. In 2019, she was the award winner of the Ryujin Martial Arts karate Grand Championship. Two years later, she was announced certified first dan rank and achieved a black belt diploma. Since living on an acreage she has gained a deep love for animals of all kinds. She has grown up with llamas, donkeys, pigs, goats, turkeys, chickens, cats and dogs. Her passion for animals has inspired her pursuit of a rewarding career in veterinary medicine.
Morgan – Volunteer
Morgan is a grade twelve international baccalaureate student at Bishop O’ Byrne. She is volunteering at Canine Aquafitness & Veterinary Rehab Centre, hoping it will aid her pursuit of a career in medicine.
In her free time, Morgan enjoys playing sports such as underwater hockey and fencing, and writing. She also spends her time working on school-based fundraisers for a variety of charities to help as many people as possible. Her favourite thing to do is spend time with her three pets: her dogs, Nova and Lola, and Mercy, her cat. Growing up with animals has inspired her to work for a veterinary clinic so she can help as many of them as possible.
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 https://canineaquafitness.ca/careers/