I grew up in a small community on a hobby farm in Nova Scotia. My dad was an Animal Control
officer and SPCA agent, so I was exposed to many animals growing up, and at a young age, I
knew I wanted to be a vet. Although I didn't make it to vet school, I did the next best thing and
graduated as an Animal Health Technologist. I graduated from the Nova Scotia Agriculture
College in 1993 and wrote a registration exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. I
have worked in multiple clinics, a zoo and was also an instructor for Veterinary Technicians. I have been fortunate to be a part of the Pacific Rim team for a little over 10 years. Although we
take our jobs very seriously, we do have many laughs, usually, at something silly, I say. You will
also catch me humming tunes when I am concentrating or make up words to songs when I can't
remember the words. I enjoy taking care of my patients before and after surgeries to make sure
they feel comfortable and not stressed with their visits to the clinic. I am a wife and a mother of 3 very active children. I have a dog with special needs and a cat I
fostered 9 years ago that has never left. I have been an active member of Port Alberni,
volunteering in everything from Scouts to multiple parent groups for the activities my children
belong to since moving here in 2006. Most people don't know that I have been a tenor drum player for the local Scottish bagpipe and
drum band. In fact, my whole family has been a part of the band as bagpipes, and my youngest
is a snare drummer. If I am not in Port Alberni on the weekend, my family is usually at a
Highland Games. Although some clients may not see me because I am in the back, I want you to know that I am
in the treatment area with your furry friends, and I am doing my best to help them with their
Last updated: June 1, 2020
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home).
3. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
- Your dedicated team at Pacific Rim Veterinary Hospital