Dr. Gillian Dobson founded Elm Creek Equine in 2016. Dr. Dobson is an equine veterinarian with special interest in lameness, reproduction and dentistry. She has furthered her veterinary training with an additional two years of study in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, receiving the prestigious Vandi Award for Excellence in Equine Care in 2013. She is a licensed veterinary acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society as well as a licensed veterinary chiropractor through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association
As a veterinary student, she was actively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of elite athletes, from initial diagnosis to following through surgery and into their rehabilitation care at a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center. During her final year of studies in veterinary medicine, she spent the winter in Florida and Texas, gaining more knowledge of the racing, hunter/jumper, reining, cutting and AQHA disciplines.
Besides her commitment to equine veterinary care, Dr. Dobson is a horse owner and rider. She has trained and competed in a variety of events including team penning, ranch roping, exercising Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racehorses, and hunter/jumper disciplines. She is currently an active competitor in the Manitoba Hunter Jumper Association shows with her young Thoroughbred mare, Exquisite. When she isn’t showing, she enjoys vetting the Great Western Harness Racing meets, Willville 3 Day Event as well as a variety of horse shows and rodeos.
Dr. Kirstie Oswald joined Elm Creek Equine in 2019. She is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is interested in the areas of podiatry, sports medicine and reproduction. As a veterinary student, Dr. Oswald was awarded the AAEP Winner’s Circle Award as well as the Rose Voytilla Equine Award. She acted as the president of the college’s Student Chapter the American Association of Equine Practitioners, through which she was able to work on specialized podiatry and lameness cases from across Saskatchewan. She recently took a course focused on equine dentistry, and spent several weeks working with board-certified equine surgeons across Canada. Dr. Oswald’s future goals include furthering her education in lameness diagnostic and treatment techniques, such as joint and pelvic ultrasound examination, as well as regenerative medicine therapies like IRAP. Dr. Oswald was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up riding and competing in the area, primarily in western reining, and was actively involved in the CCRHA. In the years since, she has branched out into barrel racing, hunter/jumper, and dressage. Now, her focus lies on the care of our equine athletes, trying to ensure they are happy and healthy enough to join us in our competitive pursuits.