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Meet Our Veterinary Team

The veterinary team at Castlegar Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing Castlegar families and their pets with the veterinary care they can rely on.

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Practice Manager

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    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 from 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: 17

    Education: Selkirk College, Business Management Program

    Interests: When she's not working, she enjoys family time and watching her girls participate in their extracurricular activities



Registered Veterinary Technician - Team Lead

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    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: 15

    Education: Veterinary Technology Program, Thompson Rivers University Class of 2012

    Interests: Enjoys spending time with friends at the lake or beach, watching movies, and travelling



Veterinary Receptionist

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    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: 11

    Education: University of Calgary

    Interests: Deanne likes to garden and scrapbook in her very small amount of spare time as well as Embroidery Digitizing. She is also a "Mom Taxi" to every event her children are involved in, being hockey and racing all over North America!!



Veterinary Assistant

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    Carrie can be found in all areas of the hospital, from feeding, walking, and caring for boarding/hospitalized patients, 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. She 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: 9

    Education: University of Calgary

    Interests: Reading, Hiking, Camping



Hospital & Patient Care Assistant/Exam Room Assistant

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    Taylor joined our team in December 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 to become a Veterinary Technician.

    She knew in high school that animals and science were where she was headed. During her studies, with a concentration in marine biology at Camosun College 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: 3

    Education: Thompson Rivers University, Camosun College

    Interests: Camping, quadding, soccer, bowling, photography and painting



Registered Veterinary Technician

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    Jessica was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, and has lived in Kitchener, Ontario for the last 14 years. She recently made the move to Trail, BC to be closer to family. She graduated from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown in 2010, and was a recipient of the Biondi Veterinary Technology Scholarship. Jessica has always had a passion for animals and would volunteer with animals at every opportunity given. After her high school co-op, she found her calling to become a veterinary technician and has been working in veterinary hospitals ever since.

    You can find Jess in all areas at the hospital, but as a registered veterinary technician, she is mostly assisting with patient care, anaesthetic procedures and in-house diagnostic testing. When looking for employment, our clinic philosophy of, “We treat every client as though they were family and every pet as if they were our own”, really resonated with her as she is always striving for improvement and excellence.

    Jess has 3 dogs; Petrol, a 12-year-old Pug/Papillion, Ewok, a 5-year-old Cairn/Yorkie, and Lolli, a 1-year-old Maltese/Yorkie. She also has 2 cats; Olive, a 5-year-old DSH, and Coalby, a 4-year-old DSH. They were both rescues from her previous clinic in Ontario.

    Jess has a passion for history and when not at work, she enjoys reading, dabbling in art, painting, digital drawing and Cricut crafts. 

    “I’m really enjoying my time here in BC! Such a change in pace and scenery compared to southern Ontario! The team and clients at CVH have been so welcoming, I look forward to working with you all for many years to come.”

    Years in Practice: 1

    Education: University of Guelph, Ridgetown 2010

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