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Dr. Jessicca Fielding

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Dr. Jessicca Fielding

Age: 33

When Nova Scotia-born Jessicca Fielding first came to visit Fort McMurray, she intended it to be a short two year stay. Seven years later, Fielding has become a leader in veterinary medicine and animal care.

“I never expected to move here and find so many like-minded and creative people who continuously give their time and energy to the various causes and careers that make up this community,” she said. “It is an honour to say I am from Fort McMurray.”

In just a few years short of a decade, Fielding has been servicing residents by providing care to their furry family members as a veterinarian at Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital and Fort McMurray Animal Hospital. She has also been a regular vet care provider for the Wood Buffalo Humane Society 

In November 2019, she opened her clinic, Northern Veterinary Services, which can provide care to small and large animals alike. Future aspirations are to establish a wildlife rehabilitation base in Fort McMurray.

“I have always been passionate about working with animals, but actually did not want to be a vet until I was in my teens. My original goal was to work with wildlife, either as a biologist or a vet,” she shared. “But, after falling in love with the people and the pets of this community, I can’t picture doing anything else.”

Through volunteering, Fielding has given some of her time and efforts to the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force, and is a board member with the Clearwater Horse Club. Her philanthropy efforts stay close to her field for work.

“I want to continue growth and development in my profession, so I am able to always do my absolute best for my patients and their families, as well as develop a center for the rehabilitation and care of wildlife injured in our region, so that they can be released in their own habitat,” she said.

What’s the best way to spend a day off in the region? “Running around in the woods!”