Dale Cochrane, DVM


Dr. Dale Cochrane is the previous owner of the Melville Veterinary Clinic and has been a veterinarian in Melville since 1976. Originally from a sheep and cattle ranch near Fort Qu’Appelle, Dr. Cochrane grew up with 2 brothers on the family farm. Realizing he had a desire to work with animals, Dr. Cochrane pursued a career as a veterinarian and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. After graduation Dr. Cochrane worked at a mixed practice in Preeceville, Saskatchewan for one year before moving to Melville to start what was then the beginning of a very successful career. He and his wife Nora, who is an Animal Health Technologist, have treated patients both big and small for 40 years and have been very dedicated to providing their clients with the best possible service. Dale and Nora have been happily married for 40 years and have 3 sons, Kelly, Kevin, and Craig.


Zachary Johnson, DVM


Dr. Zachary Johnson was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and became the owner of the Melville Veterinary Clinic in June of 2016 after purchasing the clinic from Dr. Dale Cochrane. A Western College of Veterinary Medicine graduate of 2016, Dr. Johnson worked for Dr. Cochrane as a 3rd and 4th year student before making the permanent move to Melville, SK in April of 2016. Dr. Johnson continues to treat both large and small animals, just as the Melville Veterinary Clinic has done for many years. When not working with animals, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Kylie Johnson, and their dog, Gunner. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing hockey whenever time allows! (photo courtesy of Melville Advance)


Nora Cochrane, AHT


Nora Cochrane grew up in Port Colborne, Ontario with her brother and parents. She moved out to the prairies in 1973 to take her schooling to be an Animal Health Technologist and in 1975 graduated with a diploma from SIAST in Saskatoon in this field. After graduation Nora worked at a high volume small animal clinic in Calgary, Alberta where she was able to gain invaluable experience working with small animals. In 1976, Nora got married to Dale Cochrane and together they moved to Melville, Saskatchewan to take over the Melville Veterinary Clinic. Nora worked alongside Dale for 40 years as an Animal Health Technologist and is an integral part to the success Nora and Dale have had as owners of the Melville Veterinary Clinic.


Barbara Evans, BSc, DVM


Dr. Barbara Evans was raised in Holland, Manitoba with 3 brothers on a typical mixed family farm that included a variety of livestock and pet animals. Constantly pushing herself and always wanting to learn, Dr. Evans first obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse before going on to obtain her Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and Masters in Adult Education. Most recently Dr. Evans acquired her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in May of 2015. Dr. Evans has worked part time veterinarian at the Melville Veterinary Clinic since 2005 while also working part time as an instructor at the Parkland College in Yorkton where she instructs Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology and Microbiology. The Melville Veterinary Clinic is very fortunate to have Dr. Evans on our team as her vast knowledge and awesome client communication is revered by many clients and most certainly by her fellow staff members!


Brianne Knutson, AHT


Brianne joined our team in October of 2013. Originally from a cattle farm near Wapella, Saskatchewan, Brianne grew up around cattle all her life and understands the hard work maintaining a cattle herd requires. Knowing she wanted to work in the field of veterinary medicine, Brianne obtained her Veterinary Medical Assistant certification in 2011 before going on to acquire her diploma as an Animal Health Technologist from Lakeland College in 2013. Brianne is very detail oriented and is always kind and polite to everyone who walks through our doors. She is a pleasure to work with and we are happy to have her on our team!

Breanna Issel, AHT


Originally from a cattle farm near Dubuc, Saskatchewan, Breanna feels right at home in the field of veterinary medicine. Always helping with daily chores and treatment of her herd, Breanna found a passion working with animals, which ultimately led to her career as an Animal Health Technologist (AHT). Graduating from Lakeland College in 2009 with her AHT certificate, Breanna started working in Langenburg, Saskatchewan under Dr. Tataryn, whom she credits with giving her the ability to gain so much practical experience in a rural clinic setting. She also has worked part time in a feedlot and cow calf operation during her time in Langenburg. Appearing on the Think Ag website for the Government of Saskatchewan in 2014/2015 and holding a featured article in the Sask Ag Relevance Magazine in 2016, Breanna’s strong interest in large animal medicine is recognized by many. She was also awarded the SVMA Veterinary Technologist of the year in 2015. Breanna recently has moved to the Melville area and started at the Melville Veterinary Clinic in September of 2016. She is a hard-working, polite, and knowledgeable staff member that we are pleased to have as part of our team!