Ever since she was a young child Dr. Amanda Maclean wanted to be a veterinarian. She grew up with, and cared for, many pets on a small hobby farm in Southern Alberta learning about animal behaviour, and the importance of patience and empathy.
Riding and showing horses started out as a passion at the age of 8 years old, and turned into a summer job during high school and through her undergraduate years at the University of Lethbridge. The sport changed from western pleasure and trail riding, to starting colts, to jumping and eventing; but throughout the long hours of training and hard work involved in horsemanship, a human-animal bond and partnership was the common thread.
She completed a biochemistry Bachelor’s degree at the University of Lethbridge, then trained at the University of Saskatchewan and completed her DVM in 2007.
For the first year after graduating she worked at Lethbridge Animal Clinic in mostly feedlot medicine, but also expanding the small animal and equine portions of the practice.
Due to the limitations of rural practice and medicine, she moved on to an exclusively small-animal practice to further develop skills in surgery and more advanced medicine techniques at Highlands Pet Hospital. Small animal practice allowed her to appreciate the love and devotion clients had for their furry and four-legged family members. Upon moving to Calgary, she worked as an emergency veterinarian at the CARE Centre. She had an opportunity to learn from the best veterinary specialists and work with state of the art equipment, facility and staff. The work environment was intense, and helped her develop the ability to communicate with staff and clients in sometimes very difficult situations.