Mothers have a profound influence on all of us and our communities. The maternal bond comes in many forms. This year, we’re spotlighting mother-daughter duos in our network. Learn about their inspiring journeys in the clinic and beyond. Meet Dr. Lisa Lomsnes and Kaitlyn Lomsnes. See how the mother-daughter duo bond over their shared purpose.

Kaitlyn Lomsnes just finished her second year as a student at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She is following in the footsteps of her mother, Dr. Lisa Lomsnes, founder of Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital in Red Deer.

“To my mom, I want to say thank you for going to work for me and being such an inspiration. You are the reason why I went into veterinary medicine,” she said. “There is nothing else I would rather do. I know this is my purpose.”

Like everyone in the veterinary world, Kaitlyn has a natural love for animals. What made her join the industry goes beyond that; it was the desire to make a difference in the lives of not only the patients, but also the clients and the greater community.

“I saw the impact my mom had on her clients and the relationships she formed with them. It changed their lives and helped them through difficult times,” Kaitlyn said. “She helped in the region wherever she could. That part stood out to me. She is a business owner, but more importantly, she is key a member of the community.”

Dr. Lomsnes’ advice for upcoming veterinarians

For Dr. Lomsnes, passing down that love for medicine and dedication to community are the best foundations to a rewarding career.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of Kaitlyn pursuing something she is passionate about. Every child, every daughter, should choose a career they love,” Dr. Lomsnes explained. “Strive for something that you really want. When you have a strong passion, you’ll be happy and fulfilled your whole life.”

According to Dr. Lomsnes, it’s also crucial to pace yourself to have longevity in the field. Be flexible with what you can handle and what to prioritize. A perfect balance is often not possible, and that’s all right.

“Sometimes my focus was primarily veterinary medicine. Emergencies and things like that took priority. Then the next time it was my family life that took over,” she said. “It is never straightforward; it is never even. Just make sure to always stay healthy. It’s important to have a family and a life outside the clinic.”

Kaitlyn’s pointers for fellow students

With her mother guiding her, Kaitlyn feels solid in navigating the early days of her career. She appreciates sharing lessons with her mom, asking for help on certain topics, and listening to her mom’s insight on how classes can be applied in the real world. Veterinary school is extremely demanding, but as long as you love what you are learning, it will never feel like a chore.

“Don’t give up. If it’s something you’re passionate about it will only get better,” Kaitlyn said. “Try everything and do not be too set on one aspect of medicine. Don’t limit yourself because there are so many specialties you can explore – avian, equine, exotic, etc. You never know what you will fall in love with.”

After veterinary school, Kaitlyn plans to work at large referral practice, and then become board certified in internal medicine.

“I’m excited to see what she may be able to do in her lifetime,” her mom said.

Beyond the veterinary world, Kaitlyn and Dr. Lomsnes enjoy many interests together such as horseback riding, attending animal shows/seminars, and hiking at Banff National Park.

Click here to read about our other mother-daughter duo, Dr. Lise Morel and Alex Murray, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner.

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