Joyce Van Donkersgoed
Who’s someone you admire, and why?
My mom – smartest, kindest, most progressive person I knew with the biggest heart.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
Lifeguard, played the organ and flute when younger.
On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
At my dad’s house baking and cooking for him.
What do you want to make sure you do before you die?
Take some time off to travel with friends
What’s your biggest fear?
DVM, MVS – Practice owner/manager and veterinarian
Joyce Van Donkersgoed was raised on a mixed cattle and grain farm east of Coaldale, Alberta.
She graduated from WCVM (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) with a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree in 1985.
After practicing in feedlot and cow/calf practices for 2 years, she returned to WCVM to complete a clinical residency and Masters of Veterinary Science degree in advanced bovine medicine and epidemiology.
Joyce then worked in the Department of Herd Medicine at WCVM as an associate professor and at VIDO (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization) as a beef cattle scientist for 6 years.
She then returned to Alberta and worked as a beef epidemiologist for ADRI (Animal Disease Research Institute) and later as the provincial beef veterinarian for Alberta Agriculture.
Following that Joyce worked for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association on beef quality and food safety, and later for Alberta Cattle Feeders Association (ACFA) as their environmental coordinator.
When BSE hit, she returned to southern Alberta to set up a feedlot consulting veterinary practice in Picture Butte.
Her veterinary practice provides herd health, emergency, regulatory, and research services to large feedlots in the area.
She continues to provide technical consulting services to the NCFA (National Cattle Feeders Association) and ACFA in animal health, welfare, beef quality/safety, beef sustainability, and import/export of fed and feeder cattle.
Joyce is project manager for NCFA’s PAACO certified Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program.
Joyce is past-President of the WCABP (Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners) and recipient of the WCABP Bovine Practitioner of the Year Award.
Recently she received the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) award for bovine welfare.
She has developed a lot of producer good production practice manuals and other training materials for the Canadian beef industry in beef quality, food safety, environmental management, and welfare.
Joyce has over 70 scientific peer reviewed journals as well.
Dr. Sydney Crosby - BSA, DVM, MFAM – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Sydney Crosby grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta in Acworth, Georgia.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia, as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Food Animal Medicine degrees from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her professional interests include population health, data analysis, pathology, reproduction, anesthesia, and surgery.
Dr. Crosby has always had a passion for agriculture and animals, and feels very blessed that she was able enter a profession that encompasses both by pursuing her lifelong dream of practicing as a feed lot veterinarian.
Sydney is in the process of adopting a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, and will be introducing her new canine companion to the ABHS family by late summer 2018.
In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, drinking wine, and international travel.
Destiny St. Amand
CPA – Controller
Destiny was born in Milk River, Alberta but moved to Lethbridge to complete high school and attend the University of Lethbridge where she received her Bachelor of Management degree.
She then went on to work at a public accounting firm in Lethbridge, and a brief stint in Calgary, while she worked through the CPA program.
Shortly after obtaining her designation, Destiny joined the team at ABHS.
Registered Animal Health Technician
Mackenzie joined Alberta Beef Health Solutions in June 2018 after graduating from Lakeland College with a diploma in Animal Health Technology.
She grew up on a dairy farm south of Burdett, but also has experience with cow-calf and feedlot operations that are a part of her family’s farm.
When Mackenzie’s not pestering her four younger siblings, she can often be found cooking, taking cute pictures of calves and her Retriever-Collie mix, Pip, or socializing with friends.
She hopes to one day travel to the southern United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Office and Pharmaceutical Manager
Kristy was born in Brandon, Manitoba.
She moved to Jasper in the spring of 2001 but then moved to Picture Butte in the fall of 2001 after meeting her now husband. Kristy began with ABHS in 2013 and is now the Office Manager.
Registered Animal Health Technician
Jessica was born in Airdrie, Alberta but has bounced between Calgary, Cochrane and Olds Most of her life.
She completed three years of a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Calgary, before she deciding she wanted to be a vet tech as opposed to a vet, she then switched her focus to Olds College where she earned the title of Registered Veterinary Technician.
At ABHS she does office work, dispenses drugs, helps with trials and post mortems amongst other things.
Next to production medicine she have a great interest in Wildlife.
She spent eight years volunteering at the Cochrane Ecological Institute doing wildlife rehabilitation, and in 2013 she traveled to a cheetah and African Wild Dog reserve in South Africa to volunteer.
She loves to travel, though she feels she has not done enough of it and hopes to explore more of the world in the near future.
Juan Diego Marroquin Jurado
Diego began with ABHS in June 2018 as a Research Technologist. He is from Durango, Mexico where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2011 at the Durango State Juarez University.
He also received his Agricultural Technician Certificate in 1999 from the Agricultural Technology Baccalaureate School Center No. 172 in Durango.
Whatever happens, always look forward and when you reach the top, never stop being humble and grateful to God and those who helped you to reach your goals.
My family, of which I am proud and is the engine that drives me to move forward and overcome the obstacles that I face.