Contributing Veterinarians

Leonie McKinlay, DVM

Contributing Vet Dr. Leonie McKinlay

Dr. Leonie McKinlay has always had a special fondness for animals and knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian.

She worked diligently to make her dream a reality, obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Calgary and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.

After four cold winters on the prairies, she decided to retire her snow shovel and relocate to beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada. Since graduation, Dr. McKinlay has been working at the same small animal practice, caring for dogs and cats. Dr. McKinlay took over ownership of the practice in 2014.

One of Dr. McKinlay’s favorite aspects of her job is translating complicated medical knowledge into engaging and easily understood information for clients.

This passion for client communication inspired her to branch further into veterinary and medical writing and editing. She has completed a medical writing course through Stanford University and is currently enrolled in the UCSD-Extension Certificate in Medical Writing program.

In her spare time, Dr. McKinlay loves to read, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband and two daughters. She also shares her home with an English cocker spaniel named Archie and two cats named Abby and Mr. Meow.

Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM

Contributing Vet Sara Redding Ochoa

Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM, was raised in north Louisiana, where she had many different types of animals ranging from dogs and cats to chickens and turkeys. Since she was a little girl, she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian.

In 2011, Dr. Ochoa graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in animal science, and in 2015 she graduated from St. George’s University in Grenada with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

She spent time in Grenada helping with sea turtle conservation and even learned to scuba dive. She also volunteered her time helping at spay and neuter clinics as well as working at a local veterinary clinic.

After graduating, she has been working at a small animal and exotic veterinary clinic in east Texas, where she has experience treating all species that walk in the hospital.

Dr. Ochoa’s professional interests include surgery and exotic animal medicine. She really enjoys spending time with clients teaching them about the proper care for their animals.

When Dr. Ochoa is not at the clinic treating animals, she likes to spend her free time with her husband Greg and her 4-legged fur kids, a dog Ruby, a cat Oliver James “OJ”, and a tortoise Monkey-Man.

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Edele Grey, DVM

Contributing Vet Edele Grey

Born and raised on a farm in Ireland, Edele grew up with a menagerie of pets and rescues ranging from hedgehogs to horses. From the age of 4, she declared she would be a veterinarian when she grew up.

Edele graduated with honors from University College Dublin, Ireland, with a Bachelor's degree in Science in 2008 and obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine there in 2013.

Since graduation, Edele has continued her education with post-graduate certification in Equine Sports Medicine and recently completed the modules for a Certificate of Advanced Practitioner Status with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Edele has worked with companion, production animal, and exotic species during her career to date with a particular interest in surgery and pain management.

Passionate about all her patients, Edele enjoys helping clients learn about the best way to care for their animals so they can live long and happy lives together.

Rarely seen without her canine side-kick, Edele spends her free time outdoors with her horses, hiking, and traveling home to Ireland to spend time with family.

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Ivana Crnec, DVM

Contributing Vet Ivana Crnec

Ivana was born in 1992, in Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. After finishing high school, she graduated from the University Sv. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bitola.

During the faculty years, she participated in several international Zoo and Wildlife preservation projects and wrote researches published in international journals.

She spent the faculty summer breaks volunteering in two private veterinary practices - Fiziovet and Kreszinger in Zagreb, Croatia.

In 2015 Ivana finished a course and achieved an internationally approved certificate for HAACP system implementation. In 2016 she got certified as a canine nutritionist.

Currently, she is on postgraduate specialty studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. The area of specialization is Pathology of Domestic Carnivores.

She regularly attends international veterinary seminars, conferences, and exhibitions. Her research has been published in international journals.

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