It is the people we have worked so hard to attract, that created this group of caring and talented professionals.
You have a built in second, third and fourth opinion on the most difficult cases. When we combine the diverse skills of our vets with our technology, caring nursing staff - the focus becomes your pets healing.
DR. CHRISTOPHER BOOTH, OWNER
Dr. 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. He spends his days off with his wife and three kids, 3 dogs and their cat Friskie. You will find Dr Booth and his wife hiking the NorthShore every morning with their dogs Wolfie, Satchel & Ghetti, Biking the ‘Gran Fondo’ (Whistler AND Penticton!) are his passion.
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 IRWIN
Dr. 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 Wade or attending sporting events with her two young sons Matthew and Kevin. We also can't forget her handsome cat Tompkins!
DR. LIZ SANG
Dr. 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. CATHY EL-HINN 恆醫師 提供華語服務
Dr. Cathy El-Hinn was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine with a special interest in dentistry, surgery, and animal behaviour, and is the newest addition to the Ambleside Animal Hospital team. Prior to obtaining her DVM, she received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Animal Biology from UBC. During the final year of vet school, she completed an externship at a behaviour clinic down in Washington. Growing up in Taiwan, Cathy is fluent in English and Mandarin, and offers consults in both languages. Her ultimate goal as a veterinarian is to give back to the community and educate the public about animal welfare. When not at work, Cathy enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling.
恆醫師(英文名: Cathy) 出生於台灣的台北市。她從薩省(Saskatchewan)薩斯卡通(Saskatoon)的西部獸醫學院(Western College of Veterinary Medicine)畢業，目前是安布賽德(Ambleside)團隊的最新成員。她對牙科、手術跟動物行為特別感興趣。在進入西部獸醫學院攻讀前，恆醫師在英屬哥倫比亞大學(UBC)就讀大學時拿到應用動物生物系(Applied Animal Biology)的榮譽學位畢業。另外她在獸醫學院最後一年期間在華盛頓的一個動物行為診所實習。
由於恆醫師出生於台灣，她精通中文跟英文 - 可以用兩種語言來看診。 她對於自己成為獸醫師最大的期許是 - 能回饋社會、能教育大眾對動物有更正確的認識，更進一步的努力為動物營造更好的環境跟爭取更多的福利。在工作閒暇之餘，恆醫師喜歡烹飪、健行、攝影跟旅行，透過各式各樣的興趣來豐富她的心靈與生活。
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 a small dog named Pippi. On the weekends she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, snowboarding, and hiking.
Meaghan has been working with us at Ambleside Animal Hospital since July 2017. She is just coming back from maternity leave, having taken time out of the industry to have the second of two beautiful sons. She enjoys spending her free time with her family
OUR WONDERFUL STAFF
Asia joined the team here at Ambleside Animal Hospital in March of 2018. She recently decided to make the move to the North Shore from Ottawa, having worked as a technician there before the move. She graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician from Algonquin College in 2016. At home, she has two dogs named Winston and Maloney, whom she likes to get out into nature with as often as possible. She also enjoys photography, painting, and yoga in her off time.
Meaghan has been working with us at Ambleside Animal Hospital since July 2017. She is just coming back from maternity leave, having taken time out of the industry to have the second of two beautiful sons. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and her dog Stella.
Zuzana ** photo coming soon!**
Zuzana has only recently joined us here at Ambleside, being a member of our team since October 2019.
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.
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 lovely cat at home named Romeo, and a dog named Clyde that can often be seen around the clinic.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Michele grew up in Squamish with a house always full of pets. She worked outside of the industry for years, dreaming of being able to work in a vet clinic. She finally joined us here at Ambleside in December 2017. Michele loves traveling and also enjoys serene hikes with her two dogs Chloe and Barkley.
Jen has the pleasure of being our second longest running employee (though not consistently). She originally joined us here in 2006 and was our office manager for years before leaving us temporarily to spend some time growing her family. She is now back with us, and occasionally brings her adorable new puppy Gord, and kitten Mabel with her! At home she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, not to mention wrangling a puppy and a kitten, in addition to her older dog Benson.
Client/Patient Services Staff Trainer
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 can still be found working occasionally at a variety of hospitals, and likes to spend her free time out hiking with her husband Ben, and friends, or brewing her own beer.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Charlie has been working with us here since May of 2019. She comes to us with a background in Accounting (she is also in school to become a Chartered Accountant while working here full time!), but has managed to fit herself right in with the team. When she isn't working, she is typically studying with the help of her cats Charlie, and Lucy, but also enjoys spending time out with friends.
Dana ** photo coming soon! **
Dana joined us here at Ambleside in the fall of 2019. She has been a great addition to our team, and has been working in veterinary clinics for many years.
Katherine ** photo coming soon! **
Katherine has been a valued member of our team here for a few months.
Katie was a valued member of our team here at Ambleside many years ago, before she spent some time seeing other parts of Canada. She spent 8 months in Toronto and another 3 years in Calgary working in wildlife and zoos before being drawn back to the North Shore. She's now back, with her fiance Jason, and their menagerie of 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 rabbits. Look out for her and her Brussels Griffon, Sprout, around the clinic!
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.