Meet The Team

We are dedicated to the health, welfare and care of each animal we meet through collaborative relationships with each producer and owner.

Colette Jako

Colette Jako

Clinic Manager

Colette brings her scientific knowledge and extensive business experience in management to Newell Veterinary Services. Her “infectious” laugh & healthy sense of humor combined with her strong leadership skills & dedication to client satisfaction has emblazoned her place amongst our team.
Her diplomatic, genuine nature combined with an eye for detail & time management make Colette an extremely effective, well respected member of our team.

Colette has turned her home into a hobby farm where she lives surrounded by sheep, chickens, dog cats and birds. This allows her to pursue some of her favorite past times: Gardening vegetables & flowers, socializing with friends around the firepit & doing all her own repairs on the farm from fencing to fixing the chicken coop as well as taking her dogs for a run.

Connie McKenzie

Connie McKenzie

Veterinary Medical Receptionist

Connie’s warm smile, compassionate nature, sparkling personality & love for animals combined with her formal education at Olds College, have made her a trusted & accomplished member of our team since 2017. In addition, Connie is also an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional and is certified by the Human Animal Bond research Institute HABRI.

She has an extensive background in agriculture & was active in breeding, raising & showing both commercial and dairy goats as well as poultry & horses. Connie has spent approximately seven years in the retail agricultural sector earning a solid reputation for excellent service and client care. She is also a former 4H Horse Leader & level 3 CHA Coach so it’s safe to say she is keenly aware of the multi-faceted roles animals play in all our lives. In her spare time, Connie loves to Zentangle & enjoys teaching her Chihuahua Zee new tricks. She is also involved in the exciting sport of Cowboy mounted Shooting with her mare Phlye.

Connie believes in a team approach & is dedicated to doing her part to help you and your pet feel like part of our family’s canvas right from the very first hello.

Shirley Gostola

Shirley Gostola

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Shirley graduated with her Animal Health Technologist Diploma from SIAST in Saskatoon in1982. We are very proud to say Shirley won the Alberta Vet Tech of the Year for 2017 & has recently became a Fear Free Certified Professional in 2020. She often spends long hours at the clinic, working tirelessly to ensure our patients are well taken care of. Shirley’s extensive RVT experience has made her a much-loved mentor & valued resource for our team.

Shirley has been working at Newell Veterinary Services Ltd. for 16 years and currently lives with her husband (Dan) and their dog (Charlee) in Duchess. Shirley grew up on a mixed farm close to Balcarres, Sask. with a small herd of purebred Angus cattle, a few dairy cows, pigs, chickens, and horses. She has previously worked at the Vet College in Saskatoon, at a surgery referral animal vet hospital in Vancouver, a small animal practice in Port Coquitlam, then returned to Saskatoon and ran a daycare for 8 years while her 4 children were small.

Shirley enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and swimming and going to visit their grown children or having them visit at home.

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