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VETERINARIANS

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Dr. Jeff Bowra

Veterinarian / Practice Owner

Practicing Since: 1994

Education: Ontario Veterinary College

Dr. Erica Ayers

Practicing Since: 2015

Education: Western College of

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarian

Dr. Jeff Bowra took over Westview Veterinary Services in October 2016. His philosophy is to provide the best possible care to his patients and exceptional service to his clients: treating both like family. 

This is not the first opportunity that Jeff has had to work at Westview. He was offered his first job at Westview in the Spring of 1994 when he was graduating from vet school. Being that he was a new graduate and starting a family he decided to settle on the East side of the Port Mann.

Dr. Jeff has owned Aldergrove Animal Hospital since 1997; and in 2017 he became business partners Dr Erica Ayers.  He and the Teams at both Hospitals are working towards Fear Free Practice Certification.

Jeff graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1994.  He enjoys surgery & dentistry and has special interest in canine sports and rehabilitation medicine with a focus on racing sight hounds and agility dogs.

 

He has taken Advanced Training in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee and the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida and is proud to have the first veterinary hospital in Canada to have an underwater treadmill and therapy pool.  

​He is married to Toni, has 3 daughters Chloe, Riley & Olivia and one son Brody. They share their home with Bunny the pug, Mouse & Moonlight the cats.

 

Outside of work and family Dr. Jeff still enjoys playing hockey and following the Vancouver Canucks. He also loves to escape to the family cabin on the Sunshine Coast as much as possible to go boating and does a fair bit of fishing (but not a lot of catching).

​Dr Jeff now spends most of his time at Westview and over the next couple of years will be transitioning out of Aldergrove. Dr. Jeff and Toni are looking forward to their imminent move to the North Shore.

Erica graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  Originally from the lower mainland, some of you may remember meeting Erica here as a student. She is thrilled to be back as a full-time veterinarian, and looking forward to reconnecting with our clients and the pets she met before, and meeting the rest of you!  Erica will be married this September – her husband-to-be and family are from Aldergrove. 

 

Erica is proud to have volunteered for both 2 and 4-legged charities, Christmas Morning Outreach and Critter Care Wildlife Society.  When away from providing compassionate veterinary care to our clients and patients, Erica enjoys her canine best friend Kosh, her horse Page, and hiking, reading, spending time at her family cabin, and travelling.  Erica will be working closely with Dr. Jeff Bowra and the rest of our team to provide the wonderful patient care and exceptional service we strive for at Aldergrove Animal Hospital! 

Dr. Tanya Neville

Veterinarian 

Practicing Since: 2011

Education: Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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Dr. Lauren Marin

Veterinarian 

 

Education: Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

Dr Tanya Neville was thrilled to join the Aldergrove Animal Hospital team in February of 2017. After graduating from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, she gained excellent experience at a practice in Cranbrook, BC.

 

Tanya enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine from educating pet owners and helping them choose appropriate preventive health care for their pets to treating complex medical cases and performing dental surgery.

 

Tanya's 2 legged family includes her husband Jason and her son Logan. Their fur family includes dogs Abby, Ginger, and Noki, cats Stewie and Eddie and a rabbit named Corkscrew, When not at the clinic you can find Tanya camping and hiking with her family, riding her dirt bike or reading a book. She also enjoys skiing or snowshoeing during the winter. 

Dr. Lauren Martin graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Dr. Lauren also has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Cell Biology.   

 

She is a Vancouver native and moved home after graduation to practice small animal medicine in the Lower Mainland. 

 

In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, riding horses, and spending time with her fiance, her family, and her two geriatric dogs - Finn and Nicky. 

REFERRAL VETERINARY SPECIALISTS

 

Dr. Tatjana Mirkovic

BSc, DVM, DACVIM

Practicing Since: 2000

Education:

• Western College of Veterinary Medicine

• Atlantic Veterinary College

• University of Tennesse

Dr. Mark Smith

BSc ,DVM, MVSc

Practicing Since: 1992

Education:

• University of Guelph

• Ontario Veterinary College

Dr. Mirkovic hails from Manitoba. She received her DVM in 2000 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She then completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of PEI in 2001, followed by a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Mirkovic became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004.

Since returning home to Canada in 2004 she worked as a specialist in small animal internal medicine in private practice for seven years at a large referral only specialty hospital in Vancouver. Currently she has her own mobile consulting business where she travels to general veterinary practices to consult on complicated internal medicine cases, and perform a variety of special internal medicine procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, bone marrow and joint tap procedures which all are part of the specialty of internal medicine. Her practice is limited to internal medicine problems of dogs and cats. She works closely with your own family veterinarian to help treat complicated medical problems.

Dr. Mirkovic lives in Port Moody, BC. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the great BC outdoors, cycling, travelling and spending time with her two best friends; her husband and her Black Labrador Edward. 

Dr. Marnie Ford

Ophthalmologists

Practicing Since: 2004

Dr Smith completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph.  He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1992 and spent 6 years in small animal general practice.  He completed a one year small animal medicine & surgery internship at OVC and one year surgery internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orlando, Florida.   He then completed a 3 year small animal surgery residency and master's of Veterinary Science at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.  Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons was attained after a rigorous examination process.

 

He has provided a mobile surgery service in the lower mainland since 2003.  Special Interests include orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery, soft tissue reconstructive techniques.  He has enjoyed working with Dr Bowra and his successful rehabilitation therapy team since 2003.

Dr. Marnie Ford is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist who has been practicing in the lower mainland, including the Okanagan, and Vancouver Island, since 2004.  

 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Ford completed her B.Sc. at UBC and Ph.D. in Australia before pursuing her veterinary and ophthalmology studies in Ontario, Minnesota, and Missouri. 

 

Research and professional interests include ophthalmic neurology, corneal disease, and physiology and toxicology of the retina.

 

Dr. Ford currently provides mobile service around the lower mainland to small animal and equine patients.   

 

VETERINARY TECHNICIANS

Kazuko Kobayashi

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Practicing Since: 2005

Education: Thompson Rivers University

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Kyla Whiting

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Practicing Since: 2017

Education: Douglas College

Kazuko is our lead technologist who started at Aldergrove Animal hospital in 2005 right after graduating from Thompson Rivers University.  Kazuko enjoys all aspects of being a technologist, and she especially loves to develop strong bonds with her patients and their parents. As the resident "Oldie", Kazuko helps to ensure Aldergrove Animal Hospital runs smoothly.

 

Over the years, Kazuko has lived with numerous dogs and cats.  She currently shares her home with her husband and son along with their senior cat, Sophie.  Sophie is enjoying her retirement years by lounging on her favourite bed and eating Royal Canin Renal Support food to help manage her kidney disease.  When not at work, you can find Kazuko enjoying the outdoors with her family and taking nature photography which her husband proudly hangs on their home walls.

Kyla joined our team in June 2017 after graduating the 2 year Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops BC. She enjoys many aspects of being a registered veterinary technician, but has a special interest in nutrition, dentistry and animal behaviour.  

 

Kyla has lived with and loved animals from a very young age - her first word as a child was Duke, the name of the neighbors dog!

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fluffy and lovable Australian Shepherd/poodle mix George.He's an adorable ball of energy, always keeping Kyla on her toes, and if you meet him at the dog park he will be the one tirelessly playing with your dog and trying to follow you home!

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Christa Charbonneau

Practicing Since: 2014

Education: Thompson Rivers University

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Christa joined our team in July 2014 after completing her practicum here and graduating from Thompson Rivers University.  At school she was awarded the Anesthesia and Critical Care award for showing the most technical competence and confidence in the field.  With additional schooling in business administration, she is a well-rounded technician and a great addition to our team.

In her future Christa would like to become a big part of our hospitals client education and health promotions.  She loves working in the back with patients but you'll often see her up front interacting with their loving owners!

At home Christa has 3 dogs: Shotsy, Karma and Peanut.  In her free time she enjoys going for walks with her gang of pooches and cooking delicious meals!

 

VETERINARY ASSISTANTS

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Kim Napier

Veterinary Assistant

Practicing Since: 1991

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Cassidy

Anderson

Veterinary Assistant

Practicing Since: 2015

Education: University of the

Fraser Valley

Kim joined the team here in July of 2017 with an extensive history in the Veterinary industry.  She has been working as a Veterinary Assistant for a total of 25 years, starting her career back in 1991 in her home town of Montreal and has loved the profession ever since. 

 

Caring for all kinds of animals and furthering her skills and knowledge in animal care has always been Kim's passion. She loves being able to educate clients about the many aspects of their pets care from raising young puppies and kittens to giving great how to advice on how to medicate the trickiest of pets. 

 

In the clinic Kim is known as our cat whisperer and kitty hair stylist. She has a way with calming our feline friends who are nervous in clinic ensuring that their visit is as comfortable for them as possible. She handles all of our cat grooming appointments which consist of small comb out jobs all the way to the full body lion shave.

 

At home Kim is a pet parent to 4 beautiful cats, Cara Mia, Jake, Lillie and Sully. She loves spending her down time with her husband Mike going on day trips, hiking, bike riding, reading and listening to music. 

Cassidy joined our team in April 2015 after completing her practicum and graduating from the University of the Fraser Valley with her Veterinary Administrative Assistant Certificate.  Cassidy loves all animals and is excited to continue expanding her knowledge of them while working in the veterinary field.  

 

At home most of her attention goes to her cat Max and in her free time she loves being outdoors.

 

CLIENT CARE

Tammy Timperley

Office Manager

Practicing Since: 2002

Education: Stenberg College

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Cathy Dukes-Mooney

Client Care

Practicing Since: 2016

Education: Fraser Valley Continuing Education

Tammy joined our team here in January of 2016. She started out working with us as a Veterinary Assistant in 2002 and is now our Office Manager, splitting her time between Aldergrove and Dr. Jeff's clinic on the North Shore. She has collected many pets along the way and her diverse animal family has given her real life pet ownership experiences that allow her to relate to the concerned and caring pet parents at Aldergrove Animal Hospital. 

 

Tammy enjoys talking with our clients, hearing stories about their furry friends and helping them choose appropriate services and products for their pets.   She is currently known at our clinic as the proud mother of Paddy (Shih-Tzu), Bradley Montgomery (handsome black domestic shorthair), Motley (classic tabby domestic shorthair), Shelby (three legged Staffordshire Terrier), and Ryah (Alaskan Malamute.)   In her time off from work she enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, baking, listening to music and travelling with her family.

Cathy joined Aldergrove Animal Hospital in January 2016 as part of the customer care  team.

After a long career in the financial services industry, Cathy decided to change careers and fulfill her dream of working with animals. Cathy has a passion for all animals, and has been a volunteer with Critter Care Wildlife Society since 2005.

Cathy loves to welcome all the four legged friends and clients into the hospital and is continuing to gain more knowledge and enjoys learning on the job. She has completed the veterinary reception and assisting course.  Cathy enjoys the outdoors and spending time at their cabin in the interior with her husband Clay and dogs Molly & Charlie.

Heather Rice

Client Care

Practicing Since: 2017

Education: 

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Heather joined our team here in Aldergrove in December of 2017 after completing her Veterinary Assistant program.  Having always loved animals she felt the was the perfect career for her to switch in to. Heather loves being a part of the Aldergrove crew and takes every opportunity to learn something new to add to her ever growing skill set

 

Heather works in all areas of the clinic, splitting her time between the front desk and assisting the technicians and doctors in the back.  She loves getting to know both clients and their pets as she helps them get ready for their appointment in the exam room. 

 

She's a strong believer in dietary education and is always eager to learn more about what's new to the nutrition world so that she can help our clients choose the best diet for their pets. 

At home Heather is the proud owner of 2 adorable Shih Tzus Sara and Chloe and a gorgeous long haired cat named Lily. She enjoys time at home with her family, gardening, watching movies and going to the beach.