Crystalyn Legg-St.Pierre

Dr Legg
Dr Legg

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Dr. Crystalyn Legg-St. Pierre was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She obtained her veterinary degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, where she graduated with Distinction in 2017. Following graduation, Dr. Legg-St. Pierre moved to Calgary and completed a rotating small animal internship at the VCA Canada Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency Centre in 2018. Dr. Legg-St. Pierre then returned to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine where she completed a residency in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia, and earned her Master of Science degree in 2021. Dr. Legg-St. Pierre successfully achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2022.

Dr. Crystalyn Legg-St. Pierre enjoys working with a variety of species and managing critical and complex anesthetic cases. She is passionate about providing safe anesthesia and optimal pain management for her patients in hospital.
Clinical Veterinary Advisor: 4th Edition, edited by Etienne Cote (2018)

Authored Chapters: -Aural Hematomas -Peritonitis (general)

Authored: Lindsey Kurach

Published: 2018
The Effect of Low Level Laser Therapy on the Healing of Open Wounds in Dogs

Objective: To evaluate the effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on acute, full-thickness wound healing in dogs.

Authored: Lindsey Kurach, Bryden J. Stanley, Krista Gazzola, Michele Fritz, Barbara Steficik, Joe Hauptman, Kristen Seymour

Published: Veterinary Surgery 2015: 44 (8) 988-996
Acute hind limb paralysis secondary to an extradural spinal cord Cryptococcus gattii lesion in a dog

Objective Abstract: A 2-year-old, spayed female, German short-haired pointer was presented with a 1-day history of non-ambulatory paraplegia with absent deep pain perception. A computed tomography scan revealed an irregular eighth thoracic vertebral body and an extradural compressive lesion. Decompression was performed and abnormal tissues were submitted for analysis. Findings were consistent with a Cryptococcus gattii infection.

Authored: Lindsey Kurach, Chris Wojnarowicz, Tom Wilkinson, Colin Sereda

Published: Canadian Veterinary Journal 2013: 54 (5) 463 - 466
Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer of the Trapezius Flap in 20 Dogs and a Wallaby

Objective: To determine the feasibility, complications, and clinical outcome of consecutive free trapezius flap transfers in 20 dogs and a wallaby.

Authored: Lindsey Kurach, Mark Smith, J. Dave Fowler

Published: Vet Surg 2013: 42 (2) 170-175.
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VCA Canada Guardian offers a variety of animal anesthesia services for your pet. The term 'anesthesia' indicates the use of medications to block sensation, typically resulting in unconsciousness. Veterinary anesthesia is used for procedures that require an unconscious animal; such as surgery, certain imaging studies (x-rays, MRI, CT scans) or medical procedures.

Anesthesia is induced using a variety of injectable and inhaled medications. Pets undergoing anesthesia are typically pre-medicated with an injectable drug. This pre-medication helps the pet relax so that full anesthesia can be induced more smoothly and safely. Next, the pet receives intravenous medication to cause loss of consciousness. A tube is then placed into the pet's upper airway, and gas anesthesia keeps the pet comfortably anesthetized during the course of the procedure.

All pets undergoing anesthesia are carefully monitored before, during and after a procedure by our veterinarians and technicians to ensure the best outcome.
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