Dr. David Snell
Dr. Snell is a mixed animal veterinarian and practice co-owner with his wife, Dr. Van Deynze. He attended the University of Alberta, in the faculty of Agriculture before attending the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He practiced for several years in Sundre and Olds, Alberta before coming to Central Veterinary Services in March 2012. Dr. Snell enjoys making farm calls, and has special interests in bovine and equine reproduction as well as small animal surgery. In his spare time he likes to spend with family, and has three wonderful kids Samantha, Rachel and Nicolas. Dr. Snell enjoys playing competitive sports such as hockey in the winter and adventure racing in the summer. Pictured here is Monty, their lab mix.
Dr. Stephanie Van Deynze-Snell
Dr. Van Deynze is a mixed animal veterinarian and practice co-owner with her husband Dr. Snell. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2007 with an Honours degree in Biochemistry, and from the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She practiced briefly in Sundre and Olds, Alberta before returning to Central Veterinary Services in March 2012. Dr. Van Deynze greatly enjoys connecting with clients and their animals every day. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, Samantha, Rachel and Nicolas, and in her garden. Dr. Van Deynze grew up near Holland, Manitoba, and after living in Saskatchewan and Alberta, is happy to be back in friendly Manitoba.
Dr. Ken Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a mixed animal veterinarian. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 1978 and has worked as a full time veterinarian in the Winnipeg area ever since. Dr. Johnson and his wife Elaine founded Central Veterinary Services in 1981. In 1999, Dr. Johnson was honored as the recipient of the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. He is past president of the Western Canadian Equine Association, member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (having completed a three year term on the dentistry committee), American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Endurance Riders Conference, and veterinarian for the Morris Stampede. Over the years, he has also found time to take an active role in mentoring hundreds of students in their pursuit of careers in veterinary medicine. When Dr. Johnson is not working, he likes visiting with his friends and family and enjoying time at the lake. Dr. Johnson was born and raised near Domain, Manitoba.
Dr. Jennifer White
Dr. White is a small animal veterinarian. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, and completed a Small Animal Clinical Internship at the Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine in Charlottetown PEI in the following year. She joined Central Veterinary Services in the fall of 2007. Dr. White’s has professional interest in preventative medicine and dermatology and overall, she is happiest tending to the small animals that come through our doors, extending her compassion and caring to every patient she sees. In her time away from work, she enjoys cooking for her baby, going for walks with her german shepherd named Larry, as well as dabbling in photography. Dr. White and her husband Marc recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Natalie. Dr. White was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB.
Dr. Samyra Stuart-Altman
Dr. Stuart-Altman is a mixed animal veterinarian. She pursued her undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Winnipeg until 2008, and then graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She was honoured with the MVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2017. Dr. Stuart-Altman enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice, especially the areas of surgery, clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging. She has extensive experience in the realm of ultrasonography and thoroughly enjoys exercising her skills for both in-house and referral abdominal ultrasound exams. Dr. Stuart-Altman is also a member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA) and has volunteered as a trail veterinarian for many distance races. Her work with sled dogs has taken her as far north as Churchill, Manitoba, as well as into the wilderness of Montana. Dr. Stuart-Altman is also an passionate about animal welfare and the human animal bond. As such, she volunteers for remote spay/neuter clinics regularly with Save A Dog Network and seasonally with Isla Animals. She has participated in multiple feline spay/neuter clinics locally with C.A.R.E, One Health centered clinics with Community Veterinary Outreach, and she is a board member of the Winnipeg Humane Society. Other than veterinary medicine, Dr. Stuart-Altman’s interests include horseback riding, creating custom pet portraits with her modest local business "Ink Naturally", travelling and enjoying live music. She also finds time to spend with her two pets, a trouble-make of a cat named Tucker and her three-legged cat Pearl. Dr. Stuart-Altman was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Mackenzie Marks
Dr. Marks is a mixed animal veterinarian. He attended the University of Manitoba, in the Faculty of Agriculture before attending the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduation he practiced in Arborg and Gimli, Manitoba before coming to Central Veterinary Services in February 2016. Dr. Marks enjoys making farm calls, and has professional interest in small and large animal surgery. When he is not working he enjoys making music, doing leatherwork and spending time outdoors with his wife Sheena (often while on horse back). He also finds time to spend with his two dogs, Remington and Benelli, and feline friend Ella. Dr. Marks grew up in Arnes, Manitoba.
Dr. Kristen Wilson
Dr. Wilson is a mixed animal veterinarian. You may recognize Dr. Wilson, as she previously worked for us as a Registered Veterinary Technologist from 2012 to 2014. After enjoying a few years as a RVT, she decided to continue her undergraduate studies at the University of Winnipeg, and then went on to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Dr. Wilson joined our team again during Spring 2018, and we are happy to have her here with us once again! Dr. Wilson enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice, but has additional training in ultrasonography. She completed her Small Animal Abdominal & Cardiac Ultrasound Certification in 2011, and truly enjoys using her skills for our patients and referrals from other veterinary clinics. Dr. Wilson pursued a career in veterinary medicine because she loves working with a variety of animals, and improving their health/performance. When not working, Dr. Wilson enjoys getting outside to enjoy horseback riding, quadding and water sports! She also finds time to spend with her 3 cats, Sparrow, Wilbur and George, her german shepherd mix Sheriff, and her horses Beau and Dakota. Dr. Wilson was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB.
Dr. Heidi Bjornson
Dr. Bjornson is a mixed animal veterinarian. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Though, her interest in veterinary medicine started long before that. Dr. Bjornson volunteered with us for some time before working her way into a reception/hospital assistant position. This keen experience prepared her for a grueling 4 years at vet school. Dr. Bjornson started as a veterinarian with us in May 2019, and we sure are happy to have her back! Her favourite aspect of being a veterinarian is helping sick or injured animals that walk through our doors. Dr. Bjornson pursued this career to do her best to ensure patients leave the clinic better than when they entered. In her time away from work, she enjoys horseback riding, playing baseball and spending time with her two young nieces. Dr. Bjornson was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB but now resides near Anola, MB.