Dr Maryanne Spady
Maryanne was raised on her family's Angus cattle ranch outside of Alliance in the Battle River Valley. The combination of farm-ranch life and living surrounded by untouched nature (and reading James Herriot stories of course!) played a large role in her developing a love for and deep interest in all creatures, great and small. Maryanne pursued these interests at the University of Alberta where she received an Honours Animal Biology degree, with animal behaviour and ecology being of particular interest to her. Maryanne was thereafter accepted into the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine to start her veterinary medicine training. Wildlife medicine
and animal behaviour were still of particular interest to her, and she traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Uganda as part of her veterinary medicine student experience. Her time in Uganda in particular made an indelible impression upon her heart as she experienced just how intertwined humanity, nature, and veterinary medicine are.
Her connection to her rural roots won out in the end as she felt the draw of home, country life, and mixed animal practice. Upon graduation from the WCVM, Maryanne moved back to Flagstaff county and worked locally as a mixed animal practitioner for a number of years before taking time off to be a Mom. Being a Mom is Maryanne's number one love but veterinary medicine was still calling to her and she returned to general practice in 2014 when she joined the team at the Iron Creek Vet Hospital.
Maryanne enjoys the variety that mixed practice offers (including the occasional pocket pet or wild animal that comes through the door!) and loves the deep-rooted connections to community that are inherent in this work. Maryanne and her son now live in Sedgewick with many a trip to the Spady farm so her son can experience the same joys and life lessons that farm life and nature have to offer. Maryanne loves to be 'home' and feels blessed to be working in and around the communities in which she was raised.