Dr. Lesley Sawa
– from Toronto, ON.
Dr. Lesley Sawa graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992. Her initial career was in mixed animal practice in St. Jacob’s, Ontario. She moved on to 24 hour emergency practice, first in downtown Toronto and then Calgary, Alberta where she also worked as a locum. In 1997, Dr. Sawa settled in Regina, Saskatchewan where she joined the Animal Clinic of Regina as an associate. In 2008, Dr. Sawa became a partner in the practice and subsequently took over as the sole owner of the clinic in 2010.
A general small animal practitioner, Dr. Sawa specializes in scoping and performs many types of scope procedures including laparoscopic surgeries. She has extensive experience in wildlife medicine and rehabilitation. Inspired by an interest in the provision of service to remote northern communities of Saskatchewan, for the past fifteen years Dr. Sawa has led spay/neuter programs in areas where there is no regular access to veterinary care.
Dr. Sawa is an active member of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA), and served as council president in 2017-2018. She has received a Meritorious Service Award and Veterinarian of the Year Award from the SVMA in recognition of her significant contribution to the profession in Saskatchewan. She is well-known to Regina radio and TV audiences for her regular appearances to provide expert opinion and promote public understanding of a variety of veterinary topics.
In addition to mentoring new professionals, Dr. Sawa is active in supporting international veterinarians wishing to practice in Canada. Beyond her professional commitments, Dr. Sawa sits on a variety of boards that promote arts and women’s empowerment.
Dr. Jennifer Jinks
– Indian Head, SK.
Dr. Jinks graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2001. She then set off for adventure shortly after graduation to work in a mixed animal practice in the Yukon, where emergency calls could range anywhere from a horse with colic to a dog hit by a snowmobile. After three years in the land of the midnight sun, Dr. Jinks spent a year working in a small animal practice in New Brunswick. In 2006, she returned to her Saskatchewan roots to join our veterinary team. Since joining the Animal Clinic of Regina, Dr. Jinks has taken additional training in small animal ultrasound. She and her husband live on an acreage near Fort Qu’appelle with their dogs Trevor and Kluane.
Dr. Diana Durling
– Born in Banff, raised in Winnipeg, lives on a farm outside of Regina.
Dr. Durling lets no moss grow under her feet! Aside from working at the Animal Clinic of Regina a couple days a week, she has her own mobile clinic, she and her husband work a farm east of town, and she sells the berries from her orchard at the Regina Farmer’s Market! She loves the diversity of the clientele and cases that come through the door at ACOR. There’s always something to challenge her mind.
Dr. Durling says that the best part of working here is the support she receives from the other vets and the technicians which creates a better and more fun workplace. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her kids and cook with the food she grows on the farm.
Dr. Greg Harasen
– Regina, SK.
Dr. Harasen began his association with the Animal Clinic of Regina as a kennel technician in the spring of 1975. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 and rejoined the practice becoming a partner in 1987. Shortly after the start of his practice career, Dr. Harasen began developing a special interest in orthopedic surgery. He is well known for his expertise, having lectured to veterinarians and veterinary technologists and publishing several articles. Dr. Harasen is a past-President of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association and a recipient of it’s 2006 Meritorious Service Award. He was named the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Small Animal Practitioner of the Year in 2002.
In February 2010 Drs Greg and Karen Harasen retired as owners of the Animal Clinic of Regina. Dr. Greg Harasen returns to do orthopedic consultations and surgery on a part-time basis. During his off hours, Dr. Harasen and his wife, Karen, enjoy time at their cottage on Katepwa Lake. He loves a round of golf, curling, coaching minor football, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders!
Dr. Heather Sparkes
– Arborg, MB.
Dr. Sparkes took 3 years of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba prior to obtaining her Veterinary degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sparkes has an interest in Veterinary Dentistry and enjoys the challenge of internal medicine cases. She hopes to further develop her surgical and ultrasonography skills in the coming years. In her spare time Dr. Sparkes likes heading out for walks with her husband Brennan, daughter Madison and dogs, Aussie and Havana.
Dr. Lorilee Sereda
– Dawson Creek, BC.
Dr. Sereda began her veterinary career six years ago in Moose Jaw before joining us here. She is the other half of our orthopedic team, and has a keen interest in learning all she can from our orthopedic specialist, Dr. Harasen. Her home team of animals includes two munsterlanders, a jack russell terrier, three tarantulas, and a few fish! She bought the tarantulas because she was afraid of spiders and now enjoys them so much she sometimes brings them to work! Dr. Sereda is also an accomplished quilter, and she can often be found showing photos of her creations to anyone who expresses an interest. If she’s not chasing tarantulas or the dogs, she’s spending time with her husband and two kids.
Dr. Shrijana Dhakal
Graduating from Tribhuvan University in Nepal in 2006, Dr. Dhakal and her family came to Canada where she worked for her certification of qualification for veterinary medicine. She appreciates the love each family has for their pet and enjoys seeing the smiles on their faces when the animal’s treatment is finished. She and her husband and their two daughters enjoy camping together when she’s not at work.
Dr. Raghavun Premkumar
– Grew up in Coonoor & Hosur, South India.
Dr. Premkumar began his veterinary career at TANUVAS (Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University) in India. His love of animals, especially the four-legged kind, drew him into veterinary medicine. He started in a mixed-animal practice, then tried out working in a poultry farm before deciding that the small animals were the ones he wanted to care for the most. His favourite part of working at the Animal Clinic of Regina is opportunity he has to learn new things on a daily basis. When he’s not at work, he’s spending time with his wife and two boys.