Talented. Driven. High achieving. The team at Kennedy Heights believes in treating every pet like their own. Because it takes a special team to care for special pets.
Dr. Linda Schild has owned Kennedy Heights Animal & Bird Hospital since 1992. She takes pride in owning a practice that focuses on high-quality patient care, up-to-date medicine and techniques, and developing bonds with our clients. At the heart of the practice is her belief that pets should be treated as members of the family, with dignity and compassion, through all stages of their lives. Teasingly referred to as the “Energizer Bunny” by her staff for her endless vivacity and enthusiasm, Dr. Schild is a constant source of drive in the practice. She enjoys working in a small animal practice that gives her the opportunity to care for a wide variety of animals, including ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, hedgehogs, rabbits, reptiles, birds, cats and dogs. She embraces all areas of her job, from educating a client with a new puppy to preventive medicine, to diagnostics and treatment. She shares her home with her husband and they have two grown daughters. In her spare time, Dr. Schild enjoys skiing, swimming, cycling, reading, and spending time with her family. The challenge of making her practice all that it can be keeps our energizer bunny going, and her team is always excited to see what she has planned for the practice next!
“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”
- ShaylaOffice Manager, RVT
- AliceRegistered Veterinary Technician
- KailieRegistered Veterinary Technician
- NatalieVeterinary Assistant
- LisaClient Care Coordinator
- JuliaExam Room Assistant
- TylerExam Room Assistant
Shayla joined us at Kennedy Heights in October 2017 as our new practice manager. She graduated from the Fairview Alberta Animal Health Technician Program in 1995 and completed 13 years as a veterinary pharmaceutical sales representative thereafter. As a practice manager with us, Shayla assists with the everyday business of running a veterinary hospital. And because she is also a veterinary technician, she performs tasks similar to that of a nurse in a hospital. Shayla takes pride in her excellent work ethic and her team-oriented attitude. Being a friendly person, she really enjoys the daily interactions she has with our clients and their pets. She also enjoys the business side of her job – including all the work that goes into maintaining our high standard of veterinary care and keeping our practice’s perception of value high. Shayla shares her home with her energetic, kiss-giving Pitbull Frankie and her rescued queen-of-the-house Cane Corso, Fiona. When she is not working, Shayla enjoys baking delicious cakes and cookies as well as spending time with her husband and their two dogs. As our practice manager and part of our team, we truly appreciate the encouragement Shayla gives all of us to bring our best assets and work ethics to the job every day! Meet some of Shayla’s pets at the bottom of the page!
Shayla’s Pets: Frankie and Fiona
Alice joined the team at Kennedy Heights in October 2013 after graduating from Douglas College and becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. As a RVT, Alice is responsible for a variety of vital tasks in the clinic, some of which includes: blood collection, radiographs, surgical prep, assisting in surgical procedures and recovery of surgical patients as well as general patient care. Alice has a real passion for animals and she enjoys being able to work with a variety of creatures. Alice is excited to learn new skills and enjoys educating and teaching other team members and clients. Alice takes pride in ensuring that all animals are comfortable, happy and loved while in the hospital – she is particularly talented at soothing and handling stressed cats. During her spare time Alice enjoys exploring with her motorcycle, snowboarding on different mountains and travelling to various countries. While she currently does not have any fur babies, she will be adopting many when the time is right! Over the past several years, Alice has become a vital part of our team with her dedicated work ethic and high level of care for her patients.
Kailie graduated from the Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Technology Program in June 2019 and she joined our team in July 2019. As a veterinary technician, Kailie is responsible for many vital aspects of our clinic in regards to patient care. Kailie is passionate about working with a variety of animals and she really prides herself in making a difference in the lives of those pets – ensuring her patients are comfortable and helping to improve their quality of life. In the clinic, you will find Kailie with a smile on her face no matter how challenging the day may be; she is friendly and hardworking. Kailie shares her home with her two rescue dogs: a shepherd named Ember and a shepherd cross named Brie. Outside of work, Kailie likes hiking, camping, bringing her dogs to the beach or the park and spending time with family and friends. With Kailie’s enthusiasm about education and animal care, we are excited to have her on our team continuing to offer the best possible care for our patients!
Natalie has been a part of our team as a veterinary assistant since May 2015. She is currently in the middle of her schooling to become a Registered Veterinary Technician with the Thompson Rivers Distance Program – we are all excited for her! Animals have always been a large part of Natalie’s life, she enjoys working at a veterinary hospital and loves that she is able to provide compassionate care to many different animals. Natalie is an awesome team player, always coming up with new ideas and she is always willing to help. A wonderful bonus of working with Natalie is her ability to make her team members smile and laugh – especially with her amazing dance skills. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys camping, off-roading, hiking, riding horses, watching Bob Ross and painting. Natalie is a wonderful, fun member of our team and we all enjoy our days a little more because she is there.
In loving memory, here are photos of her dog Texas; he is missed dearly.
Lisa has been a veterinary assistant in the field since 2013 and she joined our team as a VOA in 2016. Now a Client Care Coordinator, Lisa is truly one of our “jack of all trades” – on any given day you will find her answering phones/booking appointments, assisting our doctors with appointments, ordering supplies for the clinic, assisting with dentistry, coordinating specialist visits for our patients, cleaning up at the end of the day and taking care of everything in between. Lisa has a very strong work ethic – her coworkers often find themselves asking “how did she get all that finished so quickly?” Lisa is also a natural with our clients and their pets. She is particularly skilled with fearful and/or aggressive dogs because she takes the extra time to earn their trust and help ensure their visits are as stress-free as possible. Like many of our long time team members, she also really enjoys seeing our patients grow and thrive from puppyhood to adulthood. Lisa shares her home with her super sweet Pitbull Layla and her cat Miss B. When Lisa isn’t working, she enjoys going to the gym, car shows, racing, boxing and going for trail walks with her dog. With her positive attitude, natural people/animal skills and admirable work ethic, we are lucky to have Lisa as part of our team! Meet some of Lisa’s pets at the bottom of the page!
Meet Lisa’s Pets
Julia joined the practice in June 2005 after graduating from Stenberg College’s Veterinary Assistant program. Since joining Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital she has developed and refined the position of Exam Room Assistant and she is a vital asset in our daily appointments. She greets clients and their pets, gains some patient history and other details, and then joins the doctor during the physical exam and consultation. She then continues to work with the patient and client after the doctor has left. Julia enjoys working closely with the veterinarian during the day and getting to interact with both the clients and their pets. She continues to be an indispensable part of our team with her hard work and pleasant attitude. In her spare time, Julia likes spending time outside walking or playing in the park with her family and she also enjoys reading. She shares her home with her husband and their two children, her dogs Henry and H. Wilson Jr, her cat Darla, her guinea pigs Phyllis, Martha and Rhonda, her ball python Elliott, her hermit crabs Doug and Jamie, her leopard gecko Cassiopeia, her rose hair tarantula Akasha and a fresh water as well as a salt water fish tank.
Meet Julia’s Pets!
Tyler joined us at Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital in June 2018, shortly after graduating from Granville College’s Veterinary Technician Assistant course. As an exam room assistant, Tyler’s primary role is to assist our Doctors with their appointments – this includes relaying patient history, helping with patient restraint and going over educational information with clients at the end of the visit. Tyler particularly enjoys working with the wide variety of patients that come into our clinic – from dogs to cats to birds and reptiles and everything in between. She shares her home with her cat Teagan, her leopard gecko Nova and her bearded dragons Henry and Avery. When Tyler isn’t working, she enjoys nature walks, spending time with her own animals and reading. With her friendly, outgoing personality, Tyler has been great with building positive relations with our clients and their pets!