Meet our Veterinarians

Dr. Cathy Wright

Dr. Wright graduated from Western College of Veterinary Medicine 29 years ago. Since graduation, she worked in a mixed practice in Innisfail for 8 years and then started teaching the AHT course in Olds which she thoroughly enjoyed. A few years later, she started a small animal practice in Bowden and continued teaching. In 1992, she opened a second practice in Olds and owned/managed staff for approximately 13 years.

During her practice career, she had the pleasure of looking after the working dogs & breeding program for the RCMP police dog training program. She also has an interest in wildlife and worked with the Medicine River Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Four years ago she took her EMT Training & currently works casual for the Mountainview County ambulance.

Dr. Wright has been married for 25 years and has a son and daughter. They live on an acreage west of Olds and love the small town life. She enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling. They have 2 dogs who love their runs in the nearby fields, and 2 cats who live to torment the dogs and a cockatiel.

Dr. Wright’s special interests in veterinary medicine are emergency medicine, laser surgery, and ultrasound. She has worked at Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital and Deer Park Pet Hospital since 2002 and totally enjoys both the staff and clients.

Dr. Kelly Pasma

Dr. Kelly Pasma is a 2007 Graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario.  After graduation, she worked in a mixed animal practice in Drumheller for 5 years.  In the summer of 2012 she moved to Red Deer to pursue small animal medicine.  She has a special interest in Feline medicine, inspired by her own family of cats: Chopin, Clara, and Lili.  In her spare time Kelly enjoys playing the flute, singing in choirs, and running with her Border Collie Sebastian.  She looks forward to meeting the patients and clients of Deer Park Pet Hospital.


Dr. Pat Higgins

Dr. Higgins graduated from WCVM with distinction in 1978. He moved to the Okotoks area of Alberta and practiced there for 2 years. He decided to take an opportunity to do some development work in East Africa and moved there from 1980 to 1986. In 1986 he moved to Red Deer and became half owner of Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital with Dr. Ken Hubbard.

He has a keen interest in exotics, which began when he worked at the Calgary Zoo between 3rd and 4th year of Veterinary school. He also enjoys all surgery; especially orthopedics and soft tissue.

Outside of work he spends time with his wife, 2 daughters and son and enjoys many hobbies, such as; cycling, triathlons, fly fishing, traveling, church involvement and cooking.

Dr. Carson Grant

Dr. Carson Grant initially studied at the University of Guelph, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree prior to starting vet school at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  During his time with the UCVM he had the chance to explore different avenues in veterinary medicine, spent time working on street dogs in India, Masai cattle in Tanzania, seals and sea lions at the Marine Mammal Centre in California, and emergency medicine at the Tufts University just outside of Boston.  After graduating as a DVM in 2013 Dr. Grant moved to Berlin, Germany for 8 months to study at the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife research.  Upon returning to Canada, eager to begin pursuing his interests in small animal medicine, he joined the team at Deer Park Pet Hospital where he is excited to continue developing his skills in diagnostic imaging and exotic animal medicine.

Dr. Grant lives outside of Rocky Mountain House with his New Zealand Heading dog, Toby, and his cat, Miss Kitten.  He spends his free time traveling, hiking, and spending as much time outside with his dog as possible.  When not away from home, he enjoys playing the piano and learning to play the fiddle.

Dr. Jennifer Dixon (Photo coming soon!)

Dr. Jennifer Dixon graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2012. She practiced as a small animal veterinarian at a 24 hour care facility in Peterborough, Ontario, and then moved to Australia in 2013 where she worked as a locum veterinarian. After moving across Canada she spent 3 years at the Animal Emergency Hospital in Red Deer and started work as a locum veterinarian in Central Alberta. She likes all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in pain management, fear free handling, and critical care. She enjoys working with clients and their pets to make sure they receive optimum care.

When she is not working she teaches the occasional yoga class or you can find her scrambling up a mountain with her husband and dog, Rocky. She also has a passion for volunteering and has spent time at spay-neuter clinics internationally in India, Peru, Nicaragua, and provincially with the Alberta Task Force.