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The Beginning



Dr. Denice Schlingman BSc. D.V.M.

Denice graduated from Washington State University in 1980. After graduation, she went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, to do a large animal internship. There she met her husband Dr. Robert Jones. They opened Uncas Veterinary Clinic in 1983, as an all species practice. Denice had a special interest in all species. Surgery wise, Dr. Jones handled the fracture repairs, while she did the cruciate repairs and other orthopedic work. Other specialties of Denice's included reproductive work on dogs and alpacas. Her interest in camilids developed in 1980, when she had exposure to the then largest llama ranch in the USA.

Exotics and wildlife were a special love of hers, which led to contract work with the Edmonton Valley Zoo and Elk Island National Park. Denice also started the relationship with Strathcona Raptor Shelter for injured birds of Prey.

Sept 28, 1955 – June 2, 2013

Following a courageous 20 month battle with cancer, Denice passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her husband, Bob, and surrounded by family and friends. She is now resting peacefully in the arms of Jesus.

Denice’s primary passion in life was her family, followed closely by her church family and her God-given role as a talented, compassionate veterinarian. She has tirelessly and faithfully served the residents (and their critters) of Strathcona and surrounding counties for over 30 years, working 24/7 365 days.

In her spare time, Denice raised and showed dogs (Greyhounds and Brittanys), was an accomplished horsewoman, scuba diver, artist, pianist, adventurer, marksman/hunter and missionary. She participated in and led Christian Veterinary Missions to Haiti, South Africa, Mexico and Honduras. For more information regarding these Missions please see the "UVC Missions" page.

Uncas Veterinary Clinic continues to operate today in a way that we hope properly honors the legacy of Dr. Schlingman.