The Sechelt Animal Hospital Staff have come together to form a dynamic team of sincerely caring individuals. They are dedicated to maintaining and continually upgrading their skills and training in order to restore, improve, and maintain your pet's health.
"Our goal and policy is to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our clients' pets as though they were our own. 
Being of service to our clients and patients, is the definition of our purpose and mission of our practice.We pledge and guarantee that we will always do our very best to serve you and to provide your pet with the care they deserve."

Veterinarians


Dr. Lorne Carroll
BSc, DVM (Veterinarian)

I was born and raised here on the coast with a lifelong goal of becoming a vet. I realized that goal when I graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. It was always my plan to return to the coast and start my own cutting-edge practice. This hospital is part of that dream. When I'm not taking care of animals you can usually find me exploring the Sunshine Coast by scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking or hanging out with my wife and three children.

Dr. Rachael Spence
DVM (Veterinarian)

I am new to the coast but not new to veterinary medicine. I graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and have been working the last 13 years at a busy, small animal practice in Edmonton. I was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and found myself pining for the ocean after spending 25 years on the prairies. I made a decision to move to the coast because I am an outdoor enthusiast and look forward to hiking the many beautiful trails with my dogs. So, when I am not at Sechelt Animal Hospital, you may find me running or hiking my way around the coast. I also have a real love for Africa and I travel to Kenya and Rwanda every year with my sister. I have an agriculture project in Rwanda called “The Udder Project” that helps the local people improve the health of their livestock through education and training in the hopes that they can secure a self-sustaining future. I am excited to join the Sechelt Animal Hospital Team and I look forward to meeting all of you and your fur babies.

Dr. Leah Quanstrom
DVM (Veterinarian)

I am new to the Sunshine Coast but was born and raised in Hope BC.  After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to Edmonton where I worked in a busy small animal practice before completing my Veterinary degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.  I am very excited to be back on the west coast with my husband , 2 cats, and 2 dogs.  

I have always loved the great outdoors, so when I'm not at Sechelt Animal Hospital you may see me out exploring the many hiking trails along the coast! I am very excited to be a part of the Sechelt Animal Hospital team and look forward to getting to know you and your fur-babies!

Dr. Rocky Lis
LOCUM - DVM (Veterinarian)

Rocky along with his wife, little girl, and Himalayan cat, Leo, are based in North Vancouver, but with the in-laws living in Sechelt, they are grateful to call the Sunshine Coast their second home. Rocky grew up in a large family along with an ever-changing pack of animals that included backyard chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, hamsters, and fish. So, it is little surprise that in Veterinary practice Rocky enjoys attending to each and every type of furry, feathered or scaled critter. In his spare time, Rocky loves writing, being in nature and adventuring outdoors. In addition to clinical veterinary practice, Rocky works on ecosystem and wildlife health projects and recently he developed and implemented a wildlife health monitoring program for a First Nations community in BC.

Dr. Samantha Salter
LOCUM - DVM (Veterinarian)

Born and raised in southern Ontario, I grew up in the quaint town of Elora. Having spent a lot of time hiking, canoeing, fishing and backcountry camping in central Ontario, I couldn't resist the call of the mountains out west. So, after completing my undergraduate degree in 2008 and veterinary degree in 2012 at the University of Guelph, I moved to Whitehorse, Yukon to work in a busy mixed-animal practice. In September 2014, I decided to pursue my passion and begin my Master of Public Health at UBC. I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to practice veterinary medicine at Sechelt Animal Hospital, after spending 3 years in Whitehorse, while I finish this degree. I am loving living near the ocean and mountains with my partner and our two "fur babies", Angie the dog and Marty McFly the cat. When I'm not at work or at my desk studying, you'll probably find me on the many fun trails of the Sunshine Coast on my mountain bike!

Animal Health Technologists


Meghan
Head Technician

I graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University (formerly UCC) in June of 2002.  After a short time working in Kamloops I moved to the Sunshine Coast in October of 2002 and I have been working at the Sechelt Animal Hospital ever since. 

I live in Sechelt with my husband, daughter, son, and our menagerie of animals.  I have five cats (Frack, Dylan, Jesse, Sunny, and Bruce), two rabbits (Alice and Casey), and two dogs (Gunner and Winnie). Ever since I was little I wanted to work with animals and I now have a job where I get to realize my dream.  I never thought it was possible to enjoy coming to work everyday! 

Sharon
Animal Health Technologist

I graduated from Central Luzon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. My husband and I co-own a small animal vet practice in the Philippines (United Doctors Animal Clinic - which we visit every year) and moved to Canada in 2003.

I worked as an Animal Health Technologist on Bowen Island for three years before moving to the coast in 2006, and have worked here at the Sechelt Animal Hospital since then. Living in such a close-knit Island community inspired my husband and I to search the coast and find a similar environment; Sechelt is definitely that place!

I spend most of my days off still going over to Bowen Island, spending time with friends, and also for our dog's Joey, Lupe and Max to visit all their friends atThe Missy Manor: "A Doggie's Haven" an Animal Rescue Foundation that I am still very involved with.

 

Jennifer
Animal Health Technologist

I was born and raised in California and began my lengthy career working with animals at a wild animal park called Marine World Africa U.S.A. While there, I was fortunate to work with a variety of land and marine animals and particularly enjoyed working with whales and dolphins. After a year employed as a professional SCUBA diver, I left Marine World and entered the world of veterinary medicine.

I spent four years learning the technical aspects of vet medicine at a very busy emergency clinic. During that time, I earned a college degree in History.

I eventually found my way to the University of California at Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Over the course of six years, I enjoyed orienting students in aspects of small animal anesthesia and small animal surgery. I particularly loved surgery and thrived in that environment.

I moved to the Sunshine Coast of BC in 2009 in hopes of working as a sea kayak guide. I first entered  Sechelt Animal Hospital as a client and was impressed with the clinic and the quality of medicine that was practiced. In the spring of 2011 I was granted a work permit allowing me to join SAH. I feel fortunate to be a part of a dynamic and caring veterinary team.

I have a special interest in feline medicine and behavior. In my spare time I love sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, talking about cats and generally getting dirty outdoors.

Lizzie
Registered Animal Health Technologist

Originally from the UK, Lizzie moved to Vancouver in 2009 where she completed her training as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Lizzie recently relocated with her family to the Sunshine Coast joined our team in August of 2016; she loves her job and has a keen interest in anesthesia and dentistry.

When Lizzie isn't working she's kept busy by her husband, daughter, two cats and two dog! She also volunteers her time with the Canadian Animal Assistance Team, and looks forward to working on future projects both domestically and internationally.

Veterinary Assistants


Keri
Head Veterinary Assistant

I have been with the Sechelt Animal Hospital since October of 2004. I love my job and always ensure there is comfort and happiness with the patients during their stay here. 

I have been working with animals since I was 12 years old, starting at a pet store in Yellowknife NWT (where I grew up), and more recently at Gibson’s Wildlife Rehab Centre.

These experiences have made me especially fond of birds and exotics. At home I have a menagerie of snakes, lizards, rodents, tropical fish, poultry, cats and dogs, and an amazingly tolerant husband! 

Virginia
Veterinary Assistant

I grew up here on the coast spending my summers on the beach with my grandmother enjoying all the beauty the coast has to offer.

I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I first started working here at the Sechelt Animal Hospital from 2003 to 2006 as a receptionist/ward nurse, and then took some time off for myself.  I came back on board in September 2009.

I think that working with animals is both challenging and rewarding. I joined this amazing team because of my love for animals, and to learn more about animal health and become an advocate for better care for all pets.

I live with three Jack Russell Terrorists, and a very tolerant cat.  My hobbies include photography, mixed media arts and mountain biking.

April
Veterinary Assistant

Born and raised in Vancouver, April moved to the Sunshine Coast in December 2016 after returning home from a 2 month trip in SE Asia where she volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park and rescued a little blind kitten named Autumn.

April previously worked as a Veterinary Assistant in Vancouver for 6 years while volunteering abroad at animal shelters in Egypt, Bali, Los Angeles and Thailand.

April shares her home with her amazing tripod dog, Ryuu, whom she adopted while volunteering in Egypt, her new kitten, Autumn and of course all her bunnies! 

Lyndsay
Ward Nurse

I am originally from Edmonton, but recently relocated and made the Sunshine Coast my new home. To say that I'm an animal lover would be an understatement, so the first thing I did after graduating was get a job in a veterinary clinic.

From there I branched out into grooming and have been doing both grooming and working at a veterinary hospital for the last 12 years.

One of my favourite things to do, besides meet all of the dogs on the coast, is trimming nails!  So please feel free to stop in, even just to say hi!!

Kyran
Ward Nurse

I started volunteering at the Sechelt Animal Hospital in 2015 because of my love for animals.

This led to a part time position until I graduated high-school in 2016 and then I joined the team full time.

I have learned so much and it has been amazing working with such a respectful group of people that share my passion for animals.

Sofia
Ward Nurse

I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for my whole life. I am in grade 11 at  Elphinstone Secondary in Gibsons. I am planning to graduate in 2018 and I have high hopes to move on to UBC to study dentistry and become an orthodontist.

I love animals, and have a dog and four cats at home!

In my spare time I play soccer and piano. 

Reception


Corri
Manager

I moved to the Sunshine Coast in August 2008 from Richmond with my daughter, Kayla.  We have a dog named Harley, and a 17 year old cat named Riley.

It was tough to move away from family and friends but it didn't take me long to call this beautiful place, full of great beaches, forest trails, off leash dog areas and happy faces, my new home.  

After working retail for many years, I decided to finally make the change.  I left my job to pursue my dreams of helping animals.  

I started out my adventure as a Vet Assistant and Receptionist at Sechelt Animal Hospital in 2008 after graduating from the Veterinary Assistant Program.  

In September 2014, I accepted the position of Manager and Team Leader of the amazing, hard working staff here at Sechelt Animal Hospital.  

My daily goals at the hospital have always been to help our cute, furry patients (big and small) feel comfortable and loved at each visit, to have our clients always feel welcome and appreciated and to have our amazing staff continue to work as a team and stay positive in our fast paced, emotional work environment.  

I'm so excited to see what the next few years brings for our team and our hospital.  We hope to see you soon!

Christy
Head Receptionist

I was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and I don't have any intentions on ever leaving. My love for animals started at the youngest age that I can remember and to ever pursue a career with animals was only a dream. Now here I am! My partner and I have three children (the fur baby kind) two pitbulls, Abbi and Rocky, and our kitten, Jenny.
Jennifer
Receptionist

I grew up in North Vancouver and have always spent time on the Sunshine Coast visiting family.  I  moved to the Coast in 2010 with my husband, our two children, and our twelve year old cat. After losing our cat to an illness shortly after moving here, it was not long before we adopted a kitten and a young adult cat from the Sunshine Coast SPCA. Steely and Oreo are a perfect match for our family and we are lucky to have found them. After being at home with my kids for a few years and spending time doing volunteer work, I joined the team at Sechelt Animal Hospital as a receptionist. Since starting at Sechelt Animal Hospital, I have adopted two more family members from the SPCA: Hoth (kitten) and Ripley (puppy) I love working with our talented, fun staff and getting to know our furry clients and their people.

Reanne
Receptionist

I joined the Sechelt Animal Hospital in September 2016. I have always had a strong love for animals and now I get to work with them! Being born and raised on the Sunshine Coast I have no plans on leaving. My Fiancé and I have 2 dogs, Charlie and Miller.  We adopted Charlie as a puppy from the Sunshine Coast SPCA in 2013. A year later we decided he needed a friend and added Miller to the family.  On my days off you can usually find me enjoying the outdoors!

Alena
Receptionist

Alena joined the team here at Sechelt Animal Hospital in November of 2016 and moved to the Sunshine Coast at the young age of 4 but considers herself a born and raised coastal girl. After being sick with childhood cancer she became very interested in working in clinical settings and continues her studies in western herbal medicine online. For as long as she can remember, she has always been a lover of all animals, big and small. Alena and her partner Jack have a kitty named Paisley and plan on expanding their fur family in the near future.

Kennel Attendants


Marshall

Marshall joined our team in October 2016.  

He is a friendly hooded rat that was rescued from the duck marsh in Sechelt. 

You can follow his story on facebook "Marshall the Magnificent" or on Instagram.

 

Tank
Director of Feline Affairs

March 9 2016 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that our beloved Tank passed over the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by the people he loved. We are so grateful for the many years we spent with Tank and the happy memories we have of him. ~ We love you Tank ~