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. LISA ST. CLAIR
Dr. Lisa St. Clair is the newest member to the Ambleside family - she joined us here in June 2017, after making the move to Canada from California in December 2016. She graduated with her degree in veterinary medicine from University of California - Davis in 2009. She currently resides here on the North Shore with her husband and two cats, and enjoys windsurfing and sailing in her spare time.
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. She most recently cut back to part time with us to pursue her dream of becoming a brewer! Now she spends her time out making craft beer in Vancouver.
OUR WONDERFUL STAFF
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.
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
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!
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, Thao enjoys reading, hiking, and getting out in nature with her two beautiful Pomeranians Blondie and Maxwell.
Amanda has rejoined us in August 2017, after leaving temporarily to complete her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Animal Biology. Amanda's passion for animals stems from her mother, who has worked in the Veterinary industry for over thirty years. Next year, Amanda plans to attend vet school and work with horses, as well as small animals. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, hanging out with her friends and cuddling with her two cats, Chanel and Stella.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Sarah joined us here at Ambleside in August of 2017, after making a career shift from the dog grooming and day care industry into the veterinary industry. Originally from Vancouver, she now hails from Squamish, and spends her free time either enjoying the great outdoors, or becoming more acquainted with Netflix. She has one lovely cat at home named Romeo.
Veterinary Assistant *photo coming soon!*
Julie is a long time resident of the North Shore. She previously worked for us here at Ambleside Animal Hospital for many years before taking a break to raise her two children. She has finally consented to join us here again, in February of 2018. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her kids and getting them out into nature. At home she has a cat named Tucker.
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.