Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Kristen Gibson
    (Owner) DVM

    Dr. Kristen Gibson grew up in Saskatoon where she knew from an early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Kristen received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from the WCVM, she moved to Lethbridge and joined the Highlands Pet Hospital team in 2012. In July 2019, she purchased Highlands Pet Hospital and is excited to serve the Lethbridge community as practice owner and veterinarian.  Kristen enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and loves working closely with cat and dog owners to ensure that their furry family members are receiving the best care possible. Dr. Gibson lives in Lethbridge with her husband Kyle,  children Emily and Zachary, their lovable Basset Hound cross Dexter and their two mischievous cats, Gus and Mojo. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, running and playing soccer.

  • Dr.
    Harry Cozens
    MA (Cantab) VetMB MRCVS DVM

    Having completed his studies at the University of Cambridge, Dr Cozens decided to settle in Lethbridge. What started as an adventure has now become home, and he has had the pleasure of practicing veterinary medicine here for the past three years. Dr Cozens has special interest in small animal medicine, is dedicated in offering high standards of care for his patients and their owners, and practices the highest standard of surgical care. In his spare time he can most frequently be found snowboarding, snowshoeing or hiking in the mountains. In early 2019, he and his wife welcomed their first child, a daughter, to the world, and enjoying are all that parenthood has to offer.

  • Dr.
    Rod McFarlane
    BScS MSc DVM (Retired)

    Dr. Rod McFarlane arrived in Lethbridge in 1995 and began his veterinary career at a mixed animal practice where he conducted surgery and medicine on everything from race horses to dairy cattle, goats and of course dogs and cats. After several years of this Rod realized his true passion was working with companion animals and subsequently opened Highlands Pet Hospital in 1999 on the West side of Lethbridge, Alberta. Over the years Rod has developed a keen interest in many forms of surgery including soft tissue surgery and orthopedics.

    Dr. McFarlane is married with two children and spends the majority of his free time with his family on the ski hill or camping. Rod has one rescue pet at home - Franklin the cat that arrived at Highlands Pet Hospital with two broken legs and required extensive surgery and convalescence that the owners could not supply. This furry member of the family joins in for all  the family camping excursions which makes for a very full trailer!

    Dr. McFarlane retired from Highlands Pet Hospital in July 2019 but will likely be found joining us for some orthopedic surgeries or exotic appointments. 

  • Michelle Cook
    Office Manager

    Michelle has been a member here at Highlands since late 2007, and it is her shining face that may greet you as you walk through the clinic doors. We love her calm demeanor and quiet steadying influence. Michelle and her husband Shaun enjoy very busy days running after their 3 incredibly active boys, Seth, Eli and Cohen. They share their boisterous home with Daphne, the Old English Sheepdog. Daphne is a picture-perfect playmate for her young companions, fetching for hours on end, or doubling as a fluffy footstool and pillow. Recently, Michelle added a rescue kitty named Holly to her family. She was found in a barn with a very injured leg and was surrendered to the clinic for care. Michelle took her home as Christmas surprise for the boys, thus the name Holly!  In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, running with Daphne, cooking, and doing all things sports related with her boys.

  • Kathy Boyle
    Registered AHT

    Kathy is one of our very capable Animal Health Technologists. She graduated from Olds College in 2004, and has been in small animal practice ever since. She loves nutrition and has helped many animals take steps to reach their  weight loss goals. We welcomed her in the spring of 2013 after the birth of her first daughter. She, her husband and two children, Julia and Blake, live in the country and board horses. Deke and Willow call Kathy’s acreage home and earn their keep as hunting dogs in the fall. Deke and Willow are both Brittany Spaniels who love their job so much! The weekends in the summer will find their family camping, golfing, or enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Leanne M
    Registered AHT

    Leanne joined the Highlands team in November of 2014.  She graduated from the Animal Health Technician program at Olds College in 2011.  One of the favourite parts of her job is dentistry; she likes the satisfaction of seeing the before and after transformation!  In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her husband Cody, and their two energetic Golden Retrievers, Charlie and Milo.  Leanne likes to go to the gym to keep active and travel all over the world every chance she gets! She is currently on maternity leave as she and Cody welcomed their first baby, a little girl, to their family in October!

  • Amanda Johnson
    Registered AHT

    Amanda began working at Highlands Pet Hospital in December 2018. She grew up on a farm in Southern Alberta. She graduated from the Olds College Animal Health Technology program in 2018. In her spare time she loves to go camping and hiking. She also enjoys helping her dad on the farm with there cattle and watching the baby calves play in the spring time. She adopted her dog Ellie when she was going to school in Olds and Amanda and her boyfriend Lane love taking her to the river to go for a quick swim! Amanda recently rescued a little kitten named Tortilla that was brought into the clinic in critical condition but is now a healthy and rambunctious member of their family! 

  • Brittany Sewers
    Administrative Assistant

    Brittany started at Highlands Pet Hospital during the summer of 2014 as part of our receptionist team.  She had been working in the veterinary industry for the previous three years and loves the the daily interaction between clients and their pets! Brittany takes pride in working as part of the Highlands team by creating a welcoming and helpful atmosphere for all that walk through the front doors of our hospital. Brittany shares her house with Jesse and their three energetic kitty cats: Little Tea who was adopted as a stray when she was six months old, Mr Fox, a feisty rescue cat and their newest long haired black beauty named Bash!  In her spare time Brittany can be found enjoying one of her many pastimes including: running, reading, cooking, and sewing. During the summer months she spends as much time as possible at her family's cabin in British Columbia.

  • Kevin (Bacon)
    Clinic Mascot

    Kevin became part of our Highlands family in March of 2017. He was surrendered to us as 'Abby', because of reoccurring health concerns that his elderly owner could no longer manage. Initially we had planned to get Kevin's health issues under control and then find a new family for him. It wasn't long though, before Kevin worked his way into the hearts of all staff members and parting with him was no longer an option. 

    Kevin once was a bit of an introvert and preferred to spend his days sleeping in the back, usually in random boxes (his favorite), and giving staff members alternating Jekyll/Hyde spells of love and attitude. He has since become much more personable and now loves to sleep in his cat tree up front in reception and waits patiently for clients to come over to brush and love on him! 

  • Arianna
    Clinic Angel (1999-2017)

    This beautiful girl came to us from the Lethbridge and District Humane Society shortly after Highlands Pet Hospital opened in 1999. Sadly, Arianna passed away during the summer of 2017, but we know her sweet spirit will be a part of Highlands Pet Hospital forever. 


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "When we first rescued our border collie, we selected Highlands Pet Hospital because of their reputation and we have not been disappointed! Rod and his excellent staff have gone so far to caution us about exercises and games which can lead to health issues. The staff are superb and always keen to spend time with the Jyp when we come to visit. This level of personal care and attention is what I appreciate most from Highland’s Pet Hospital."
    Steven F. and Leslie M. - Lethbridge, Alberta