Castlegar Veterinary Hospital

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“We treat every client as though they were family and every pet as if they were our own.” 

Castlegar Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Castlegar, BC. The professional and courteous staff at Castlegar Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Castlegar Veterinary Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Castlegar and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Castlegar Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

  • Regular Hospital Hours
  • Mon/Wed/Fri: 8am - 5pm
  • Tues/Thurs: 8am - 6pm
  • Sat/Sun/STAT's: CLOSED
  • Mon July 25th: CLOSED
  • Mon Aug 1st:CLOSED
  • Tues Aug 2nd: CLOSED
  • Dr. Kristy Dennison

    Veterinarian / Medical Director

    Dr. Dennison grew up in Hope, British Columbia. As a child, she had compassion for all kinds of animals and aspired to become a veterinarian.  She attended pre-veterinary courses at the University of Victoria  before being accepted for the four year DVM program at Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).  She graduated with distinction in 1997. From there, she practiced in Calgary at a multi-doctor practice,and then became a locum ("traveling") veterinarian in British Columbia and Alberta.  In 2000, she made the decision to purchase Castlegar Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Williams.

    Dr. Dennison finds all aspects of veterinary medicine to be rewarding, but especially enjoys helping owners understand how to best care for their furry, feathered or scaled companions.  Dr. Dennison's love of animals has brought care and compassion to all her patients, clients and staff members and it shows.  She has a special interest in dentistry and geriatric medicine.

    Castlegar Veterinary Hospital has been providing veterinary services to Castlegar residents for over 30 years.
    Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatoon Class of 1997
    In her spare time, Dr. Dennison enjoys needlework, beading, baking, hiking, kayaking and skiing. She and her husband Albert are happy pet parents to a crazy cat named Rookie and a very lovable dog Yodee.
  • Dr. Amy Ayers


    Dr. Ayers was born in Pemberton, but has since moved all over BC including Lillooet, Powell River Williams Lake, and Prince George.  She loves the Kootenays because it reminds her of Pemberton with the mountains, lakes and snowy winters…. without all the traffic!

    She received her BSc in Chemistry from UNBC in Prince George in 2008, DVM from the WCVM in Saskatoon in 2014. Graduated with the Vandi Award for Excellence in Equine Care and Patient Advocacy (the latter being something that she is pretty passionate about). She has been practicing veterinary medicine for 8 years now, 1 year in Cranbrook, then 4 years in Nelson and now currently here with us!  Dr. Ayers is excited to continue providing a high standard of medicine and surgery.

    She currently lives with her Husky mix "Noah",a sweet, fast growing, Bernese Mountain mix "Atlas" and 4 cats; brothers “Link” and “Zedd”, “Sailor”, and a Mexican street cat “Pinto” that she rescued on her last vacation there; she also has "Summer" an QH mare.

    Dr. Ayers is currently on Maternity leave as she welcomed her new beautiful baby in December.

    Dr. Ayers enjoys all aspects of practicing veterinary medicine but what she really loves is surgery! “A chance to cut is a chance to cure!”  She is always looking to refine and expand her surgical skills whether it is a routine ovariohysterectomy, an emergency foreign body enterotomy, or a diagnostic skin mass removal. 
    Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatoon Class of 2014
    When she’s not at work she enjoys riding her horse, hiking and camping. When she’s at home, she loves to read with a cat (or two… or four) in her lap.
  • Rachel Shkuratoff

    Practice Manager

    Rachel started working here as a receptionist in 2005. She has since become Practice Manager and can be found helping in all areas of the hospital.  Rachel was born and raised in the area, and after graduating high school, she spent some time as a nanny in England. Shortly after returning home, she saw the opportunity to work in a field she loves and hasn't turned back. Rachel and her husband Chad have 2 very energetic and extremely entertaining daughters, Alexa and Liviana.  They have recently added "Oscar" to their family, a spunky French Bulldog.

    "Every day is a learning and rewarding experience, there is nothing better than knowing what you do helps our patients live a more comfortable, longer, healthy life!"

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Selkirk College, Business Management Program
    When she's not working, she enjoys family time and watching her girls participate in their extra curricular activities
  • Ashlyn Fergie

    Registered Veterinary Technician - Team Lead

    Ashlyn started working here in high school in our student kennel assistant position.  She always had an interest in working with animals and has never been able to imagine doing anything else.  She applied to us through a work experience class and fell in love with the job.  After graduating from Stanley Humphries in 2010, she attended the Thompson Rivers University Veterinary Technology Program.  She continued to work here for summers and has returned to us as a full fledged veterinary technician. 

    Her job involves patient handling, laboratory work, radiology, surgical assisting, client communication and computer work.  She is seen often helping in the exam rooms, but spends  much of her time behind the scenes caring for your furry and four legged companions.

    Ashlyn has grown up in Castlegar and currently lives with her crazy cats "Chip" and "Tilly". 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Veterinary Technology Program, Thompson Rivers University Class of 2012
    Enjoys spending time with friends at the lake or beach, watching movies, and travelling
  • Brenda Fergie

    Veterinary Receptionist - Team Lead

    Brenda has been a receptionist here since 2010, but she can be found helping around in all areas of the hospital. She has grown up in Castlegar and graduated from Stanley Humphries Secondary School. After working for 25 years at the same job she was looking for a change, her daughter Ashlyn was working as a Kennel assistant with us and suggested she apply for our receptionist position! Brenda has been married to her husband Len for 28 years; they have 2 daughters, Kailee, and Ashlyn.

    "I enjoy working with the animals and our friendly clients!"

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    In her down time, Brenda enjoys scrapbooking, reading and traveling.
  • Deanne Mailhiot

    Veterinary Receptionist

    Deanne has been a part of our team since 2011, and you can always count on her smiling face at our reception desk, or on the other side of your phone call. Deanne believed this would be an interesting job and became intrigued to apply as she was in the middle of moving to Trail from Salmon Arm. She has been married to her husband for 27 years and they have 2 children. Due to a busy schedule with her boys, they have no pets at the current time but can foresee some furry loved ones in the future.

    "I can honestly say working here, there is never a dull moment!"

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
    University of Calgary
    Deanne likes to garden and scrapbook in her very small amount of spare time as well as doing Embroidery Digitizing. She is also a "Mom Taxi" to every event her children are involved in, being hockey and racing all over North America!!
  • Natasha Aelicks

    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Natasha could be found in several areas around the hospital!  Most often you will see her assisting the doctor in prepping patients for and monitoring surgeries,  helping with medical treatments and diagnostics, consulting with clients in regards with patient care and so much more.

    Natasha has been at the hospital since Aug 2015 and has a love of all animals.  She has been enjoying working here and learning about animal health, medicines and treatments.  On her time off, Natasha likes to hike, ride her ATV , Fish, Roller Derby or just be out on the water.  She moved here from North Vancouver BC so some of her travels have been getting to know the area.  Her dog ‘Tucker’ (photo) and her cat ‘Pekoe’ both live in Vancouver currently and she hopes someday can come here to live.  But for now Natasha has 4 year old "Talulah" who is a great joy and filling her days! 

    Natasha came to us with previous experience working as a Veterinary Assistant along with her Veterinary Office Assistant Diploma from Grandville College and her Business Certificate from Capilano University.  Since joining our team, Natasha has finished the Animal Health Technology Program via Distance Ed. at TRU and has just successfully become an official Registered Animal Health Technologist. Congrats Natasha!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Thomson Rivers University, Grandville College and Capilano University
    Hiking, ATVs, Water Sports and Roller Derby
  • Carrie McGrogan

    Veterinary Assistant

    Carrie can be found in all areas of the hospital, from feeding, walking, caring for boarding/hospitalized patients, to assisting with monitoring surgeries, helping to maintain equipment and so much more!

    She worked at the Trail BCSPCA for 4 ½ years and decided that she loved working with animals and wanted to further her knowledge on how to keep them healthy and help them when they are not.  Carrie grew up in Edmonton and Calgary, AB. Her and her husband Ken have been together for over 20 years and married for over 10. They share their home with their recently adopted 10 year old cat "Monster".

    “I love that I see and learn something new every day.  Meeting such a large variety of pets and their owners.  There is always a new challenge to meet and the rewards are endless. “

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    University of Calgary
    Reading, Hiking, Camping
  • Beth Redwood

    Exam Room Assistant

    I started in August of 2016 and can be found mostly in the exam rooms assisting the doctor with her patients, and all over the hospital cleaning and giving all the animals TLC !

    I grew up and Graduated from High School in Salmon Arm BC and then travelled through Southeast Asia and Australia.  I plan  to further my education , possibly as a Veterinary technician in the near future as I have found this to be my dream job to work in a vet hospital.

    My boyfriend Cody and I live in Robson with the love of our lives Jack !  He is a 7 year old Rottie full of so much energy and love.  We travel in the off time home to visit family and friends or stay here and fix up the house, work on projects or read.

    "I just find everything that goes on here at the vet hospital fascinating.  Everyone is so amazing at teaching and explaining how everything works.  I enjoy being part of the team !"

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 07, 2016
    High School Graduate
  • Therese Jamieson-Harvey

    Reception/Hospital & Patient Care Assistant

    Therese moved from England to Canada in 2004. Her and her family have spent time in Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan before settling in Castlegar in 2018. She is married to her husband Darren of 22 years, and has a daughter Xsara and son Anakin.

    She has always had a love of animals and would rescue all the cats if she could . Her family currently has 2 dogs, Poppy and Benson; 5 cats and 3 ferrets. 
    Therese loves spending time at home in her 'cabin in the woods', fixing it up and enjoying the garden as well as camping, fishing, and quadding. 
    Even though she has no previous Veterinary Hospital work experience, she is enjoying learning about all the areas of the practice.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 29, 2019
    Camping, Fishing, Quadding
  • Taylor Stoushnow

    Hospital & Patient Care Assistant/Exam Room Assistant

    Taylor joined our team in December of 2019 as a Hospital & Patient Care assistant. With her passion for the veterinary field, and desire to keep learning, she is now trained as an  Exam Room assistant and is working on gaining the experience to finish her studies in become a Veterinary Technician.

    She knew in high school that animals and science was where she was headed. During her studies, with a concentration in marine biology at Camosun College in in Victoria BC,  she would constantly look up Veterinary schools and options that surrounded veterinary medicine. She eventually decided to take a leap of faith and make her switch. In pursuing her goal of becoming a veterinary technician, she is currently enrolled in the TRU OL Veterinary Technology Program !! Go Taylor!!

    Taylor was born and raised in Castlegar. Together with her high school boyfriend, they adopted a rescue pup named "Milly".

    "I get to work with amazing animals and the kindest co-workers who are always willing to teach"
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 27, 2020
    Thompson Rivers University, Camosun College
    Camping, quadding, soccer, bowling, photography and painting
  • Breanna Derksen

    Hospital & Patient Care Assistant

    More info coming soon!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2020
  • Emma Nystrom

    Hospital & Patient Care Assistant/Exam Room Assistant
    More info coming soon!