DR. CHRISTOPHER BOOTH, OWNERDr. Booth graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He has owned Ambleside Animal Hospital since 1996 and loves practicing veterinary medicine on the North Shore. He feels so fortunate to be able to work with this great team everyday, and help North Shore pets and rehab raptors. He spends his weekends with his wife and three kids along with his dogs Wolfie & Ghetti, and cats, Friskie & Cosmo. The ‘Gran Fondo’ (Whistler AND Penticton!) were this year’s passion, and he spins all year with UIC.
DR. CARLA WILKIE
Dr. Wilkie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, with honours, in 1992. Her decision to study veterinary medicine came easily, as her father is also a vet. She has been at Ambleside Animal Hospital since 2001. She has a passion for surgery, and has been opening up a more diverse scope of medicine to our patients for many years - she is also a licensed veterinary acupuncturist, licensed veterinary chiropractor, and most recently, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She enjoys spending the weekends with her husband, Pete, exploring the great outdoors (especially surfing in Tofino!). Sometimes her cats, Elsie and Bobbie join them on riverside walks in Squamish, where they live.
DR. CAROLINE NIEGOS
Dr. Niegos graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1998. She received her Canadian certification in 2009 and worked in a mixed equine and small animal practice in Ontario for a couple of years before making the decision to move back to Vancouver. She has been practicing at Ambleside Animal Hospital since 2011, and has become a regular and valued member of our team. Her amazing surgical and dental skills make her sought after by the other veterinarians at Ambleside. She has two cats - shy Timmy and (very) outgoing Poppy, and likes to travel whenever she gets a chance.
DR. ANNE IRWINDr. Anne Irwin was born in Vancouver and has lived on the North Shore since 2007. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine with great distinction in 1992, and completed a Clinical Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Minnesota. In 1993, she moved home and became part owner of North Burnaby Pet Hospital before taking a permanent position here at Ambleside. When not working, you can find Dr. Irwin on the trails of the North Shore with her dog Kobe or attending sporting events with her two young sons Matthew and Kevin. We also can't forget her handsome cat Tompkins!
DR. LIZ SANGDr. Liz Sang was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prior to working as a vet, she gained a PhD in Molecular Biology and worked in research at Oxford University. After graduating with her veterinary degree from Bristol University in 2009 she worked in small animal practice (dogs, cats and exotics) in Bristol and Newcastle in the UK before making the decision to move to Vancouver in 2013. Her free time is spent with her husband, daughter, and their cat, Tobermory. She enjoys running and skiing and feels very privileged to live and work on the beautiful North Shore.
DR. SARAH ARMSTRONG
Dr. Sarah Armstrong grew up in Ontario and completed her veterinary degree at Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 2007, before making the decision to move out west. She spent a number of years working in emergency medicine before joining us here at Ambleside Animal Hospital in March of 2017. She enjoys coming to work here with her handsome English Setter Oscar (she also has a cat Missy at home!). When not working here, she spends her time running, painting, and rock climbing.
Tessa has been working at Ambleside Animal Hospital since April of 2010. Tessa completed the Veterinary Assistant program at Granville Business college in 2000. She worked at an animal hospital in Vancouver for 5 years before taking 5 years off to raise her twin boys. At home she has a cat named Buddy and 2 dogs name Kaos and Charlie. On the weekends she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, snowboarding, and hiking.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Janet graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in 2007 and comes from a background working in exotic animals in Ontario. She decided to make the move to BC back in 2009. After a few months at a zoo, she made the switch to a more medically based field, and went on to complete a Douglas College Diploma as a Registered Veterinary Technician in April of 2012. She has been practicing her skills here at Ambleside Animal Hospital since May 2012. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog Royce and taking photos (mostly of Royce).
Zoe joined our team here at Ambleside Animal Hospital in August of 2015. She graduated from her Veterinary Office Assistant program in 2006, and has spent her veterinary career working at a number of practices, including emergency and specialty hospitals. In her free time, she volunteers at spay/neuter clinics and with Canadian Animal Assistance Team. She also enjoys running, snowboarding, and hiking in our beautiful wilderness with her husband, Ben.
OUR WONDERFUL STAFF
Registered Veterinary Technician
Frankie grew up in England and moved to Canada in 2006. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and worked for both the Bow Valley SPCA and as a Junior Wildlife Rehabilitator. In 2014 she decided to back to school and in April 2016 she graduated from Douglas College and is now a Registered Veterinary Technician. On weekends Frankie enjoys skiing, hiking, and volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC. She has a 15 year old cat named Sadie who was adopted from the SPCA during her time there.
Camille joined us here at Ambleside Animal Hospital in 2015, coming all the way from New Zealand! She has enjoyed working at clinics both at home in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom since 2008. She is here on a working Visa/vacation (but currently in the process of getting permanent residency!), and enjoys spending her free time getting familiar with this giant country.
Olivia came to us with a long history in emergency
veterinary medicine. Thankfully, she took an opportunity
to come work with the amazing, lovable, and fun family here at
Ambleside Animal Hospital! Olivia has a great love of animal
nursing, pharmacology, wildlife and Labrador Retrievers... speaking
of which she has a beautiful yellow lab herself, who she calls her shining
star, Finley Juniper!
Lindsay has been with us here at Ambleside Animal Hospital since July 2014. She is a long time native of the North Shore, and has been working in animal care since 2008. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside, taking roadtrips, and lounging at home with her family and cat, Chill.
Fiona joined our team here at Ambleside in September 2015. She has been working as a Veterinary Assistant ever since graduating high school. At home she has 3 pets – Cody, her 7 year old majestic Labrador mix, Oliver, her 5 year old orange cat, and her newest addition Joffre, a 2 year old ferret recently adopted from the West Vancouver SPCA. In her free time she loves to travel to new places and have local wilderness adventures with Cody (and sometimes Joffre!).
Noelle is originally from Ontario, but decided to make the move to BC in 2014. It was then that she decided to change career paths, and completed the Veterinary Assistant program at CDI College in April 2016. She joined us here at Ambleside shortly thereafter and has been a valued member of the team ever since. Noelle doesn’t have any pets of her own, but thoroughly enjoys helping out and taking care of your furkids all day long.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Alex joined our team here at Ambleside Animal Hospital in August 2016. Before us, she completed her Veterinary Office Assistant program in 2013, and worked at an emergency clinic for a few years. At home, Alex has FOUR guinea pigs: Piggles, Ziggy, Roscoe, and Winnie who bring her so much joy (and rule her world!). During her free time, Alex enjoys practicing yoga, painting, and watching The Office on repeat.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Sindy grew up in North Vancouver but moved to Toronto for five years in 2010. She also spent the last year traveling Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. On her return, she decided to make the move to the animal care field and joined us here at Ambleside Animal Hospital in November 2016. In her spare time she likes to get out hiking here on the North Shore with her dog Beaker!
Mieke has been working at Ambleside since June of 2009 after completing the Veterinary Assistant program at Granville Business college. At home she has a Burmese cat, British Short hair and two Puli dogs Maci and Heidi Bean. She is just coming back from maternity leave raising her beautiful new baby boy, Tarus. Expect to see her and the Pulis around a couple of days a week!
Veterinary Office Assistant
Thao has been working with us here at Ambleside since February 2017, ever since branching out from emergency medicine into general practice. She graduated from the veterinary assistant program CDI College in 2015 (with honours!). In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and getting out in nature with her two beautiful Pomeranians Blondie and Maxwell.
Maricruz was born in Mexico and grew up in East Vancouver. She fell in love with the animal health care field from visiting shelter dogs at the SPCA down the street. Since then she has had a dog, turtle, hamster, bunny, fish and many cats. She has 4.5 years’ experience in the animal health field, and has been helping us out here at Ambleside since February 2017. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and anything else that will get her out of doors!
Stanley The Manly Cat
Stanley is a valuable member of the Ambleside family. We adopted him from the SPCA in June 2014 after he came in with a broken jaw and fractured teeth. He is very sneaky and just a bit of a clutz but has given us many good laughs so far. His favourite pastimes include breaking into bags of food and chewing on our patient warming water blankets.