Holly joined the AIWC team in June 2014 after previously managing a wildlife rehabilitation centre and then going on to work as an Oiled Wildlife Specialist for Focus Wildlife.
Originally from England, Holly has spent the past 11 years working with domestic, exotic, and native North American wildlife. Her experience with animals ranges from American robins to Amur tigers.
Holly has extensive project management experience, she loves to learn and enhance her skills and enjoys attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association conference annually, where she has presented for the past five years. She is proud to be a wildlife rehabilitator, giving wildlife the second chance they so richly deserve.
Katrina runs the Education and Volunteer programs at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation. She has received a BSc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta, along with a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Toronto. Katrina has been involved with conservation in a wide variety of ways over the past 9 years, including working as an environmental educator and as an endangered species biologist. At AIWC, Katrina focuses on increasing public knowledge and interest in a wide variety of Alberta wildlife, including bats, owls, and her personal favourite, skunks! She hopes that better understanding of these and other animals will lead people to better protect their local wildlife species.
Robyn is a relatively new addition to our close-knit team, but that has not stopped her from becoming a familiar part of the wildlife rescue family here at AIWC. Robyn’s desire to continue to develop upon her varied education has brought her here, with the hopes that she might continue to learn about the rewarding profession of Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Robyn’s atypical background resides in the area of Physical Anthropology and Bio-Archaeology. Specializing in areas such as Anthro-zoology and Zoo-archaeology. Having first completed her undergrad at the University of Victoria, she then went on to undertake prominent positions in archaeological excavations across the world. In addition to pursuing a secondary degree in Forensic Science.
Robyn jumped at the chance to accept a position at AIWC in order to expand her knowledge of wildlife conservation, donor management and fundraising. She is delighted to be involved in such an influential, and valuable institution.
Nicole was born and raised in Montréal. She always had an interest in wildlife and conservation and spent many years volunteering at the local wildlife park the Ecomuseum. After completing a degree in Applied Zoology at McGill University she moved to Calgary to work in wildlife research. Her experiences lead her to be part of the first class in veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary. After completing her veterinary degree, she went on to complete an internship in wildlife medicine at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. She then went on to complete a small animal internship and work in small animal practice for a couple of years before returning back to her true passion wildlife medicine.
Julie is a native of New England, and knew she would be a veterinarian since the age of three. She completed a BA in biology at Rhode Island College, an MS in animal nutrition at North Carolina State University, and a DVM at St. George’s University, including clinical rotations at the Minnesota Raptor Center. She then completed internships in small animal medicine and surgery as well as avian and exotic animal medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners dual residency program in avian medicine and exotic companion mammal medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island.
Dr. DeCubellis served as a clinical instructor in zoological companion animal medicine at Tufts University for several years before relocating to Alberta with her family. She is a clinical faculty (distributed veterinary learning) at the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine and has published numerous research articles and textbook chapters. When not busy working with animals, she enjoys spending time with her family and numerous companion animals, as well as enjoying the spectacular outdoors and magnificent wildlife of her newly adopted home.
Melanie joins us as the Rehabilitation Manager with a diverse career that includes wildlife research, rehabilitation and zoo keeping that spans over 20 years. Originally from Ontario, Melanie has worked doing wildlife field research for several Universities in Ontario and for both the Ontario and Newfoundland provincial government. In addition to being involved with Rabies and Chronic Wasting Disease research for the Ontario government, she has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative where she contributed to co-ordinating a province-wide white-nose syndrome surveillance program. Melanie has worked with a variety of species from bats to musk ox. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog and wildlife photography.
Erin joined AIWC in the spring of 2016 as an intern. Following the completion of her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Victoria, she was thrilled to return to the AIWC team to begin a career dedicated to the health of Canada’s wildlife.
An Alberta native, Erin’s previous work includes ecosystem health and wildlife population monitoring, small animal veterinary assistance, and working with other animal welfare organizations. She is passionate about helping all creatures, both domestic and wild, and is delighted to be of service to both through a combination of her full time and volunteer work.
Erin is pursuing her dream of being accepted into veterinary school to specialize in ecosystem and public health, while continuing to learn, refine her skills, and help wildlife in need as a Wildlife Rehabilitator at AIWC.
Jenna is new to the field of wildlife rehabilitation; joining AIWC in the spring of 2018 as a Wildlife Rehabilitator after completing her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wildlife was spurred on at a young age and she is excited to continue her career caring for Alberta’s wildlife and being an advocate for wildlife conservation.
Jenna is expanding her skill sets and knowledge through her various volunteer efforts and the invaluable experience she is gaining as a member of AIWC’s rehabilitation team.