COASTAL RIVERS PET HOSPITAL
Get to know our excellent staff members:
ALITA VOA: Animals are an important part of my life which has led me down the path to vet medicine. I have a desire to care for and help them in anyway possible. I started volunteering for Dr.Borgmann in 2013 and was hired as a junior assistant the following year.I am going to university for a bachelor of science which will lead me to vet school in Saskatchewan. I plan to pursue a career that includes treating small animals, birds, reptiles and wildlife. My hobbies include riding my horse, Peanut and entering in competitions such as barrel racing.
ANGELA VOA: I have always been passionate about animals. I graduated from the VOA course in 2005 and I have been employed within a clinic ever since. When not at the clinic I can be found at home or on some sort of outdoor adventure with my young son. I have 2 cats at home. My male cat Fila is 16. Beauty the female is almost 2. On my spare time I also greatly enjoy taking scenic photos.
BRITTANY VOA: I graduated top of my class as a Veterinary Assistant from Surrey College in June 2013, and joined the Coastal Rivers team in January 2014. I have always been extremely passionate about animals and their welfare and I love learning new things about veterinary medicine! In addition to my love for animals, I also have a special interest in wildlife and rehabilitation. In my spare time I enjoys camping, traveling and other outdoor activities as well as spending time with Tucker (fluffy, orange Pomeranian) and Libby (my black and white long-haired cat).
CANDACE VOA: I have known since I was 8yrs old that I wanted to work in a vet clinic. I grew up with many animals throughout my childhood such as hamsters, cats, dogs, birds and rabbits. I graduated from West Coast College of Health Care in 2005 and I have been working in a vet clinic ever since. I am married and have 3 young daughters. I also share my home with 1 dog, 2 cats, a hamster, a crested gecko and 4 snakes.
CHELSEA VOA: Ever since I got my first kitten for my second birthday, I have had a love for animals. After graduating from High School, the obvious choice for me was to take the Veterinary Office Assistant Program, at Granville Business College. Since graduating in 2002 I have worked in Veterinary Clinics, BC Cancer Research and the BC SPCA. I am a certified Dog Assessor with the BC SPCA and I have my Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science ARLAT 1st Fascicle. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our daughter on our hobby farm. We currently have a cat, an Anatolian shepherd, chickens and soon will be adding ducks, goats and pigs to our family. I also enjoys hiking, camping and skiing.
CHRISTINA VOA: I originally pursued a career in veterinary medicine due to my love for animals. My main interests in veterinary medicine include caring for hospitalized and surgical patients: I really enjoy being a part of their recovery to health. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring nature.
CLAIRE Veterinary Nurse: My love for animals began early as we had many pets in our family and I was always happy when I was around them, so becoming a Veterinary Nurse seemed a fitting career choice. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse after 3 years training in the UK in 1992 and I have worked with every animal from lizards to tigers. My husband and I came to Canada in 2006 and worked at the Greater Vancouver Zoo for 5 years, then joined the Whatcom team in 2014. Other qualifications: Advanced certificate in Herpetology, Teaching certificate, Zoological nutrition, Certificate in customer service. I am also a qualified yoga teacher. We have a Rotti called Violet and a Catahoula called Gunner and 7 wonderful cats.I enjoy running with my crazy catahoula.
CORENA VOA: I graduated with distinction from West Coast College’s Veterinary Assistant Program in 2012. I chose a career in veterinary medicine because of my deep love of animals and a desire to help people as well. My main areas of interest are client care and helping people with their pet's end of life situations. I have taken many and varied continuing education courses in order to be well equipped to help people and their pets, no matter the situation. I am married and have 4 children, 1 grandchild and another on the way. I share my home with a Chihuahua (Cami), a Flame Point Siamese (Fawkes), a Grey Tabby (Fenris) and a Goldfish (Tornado). I enjoy reading, catching up on my favorite shows, spending time with family and taking long walks in the forest.
CRYSTAL VOA: I became interested in veterinary medicine at a very young age. I grew up with many different animals and I loved visiting the vet with my childhood dog, Stinky. My love for animals grew as I got older and I knew I wanted to make it my life. I love that I have the opportunity to work with animals of all sorts, everything from dogs and cats to reptiles and wildlife. I am especially interested in emergency and critical care medicine. Outside of work I love hiking with my dog, Sadie, and my husband, Brenden. I enjoy going to the movies and binge watching tv shows!
EMMA: Photo and Bio coming soon
FRAN: I have spent 38 years working with the human species as a medical technologist but I've always harboured a soft spot for the more furry animals. I started working part time with Dr. Borgmann in 2005 whenever I could get a few days off from my regular job. Now that I am retired, you will see me regularly there on Fridays. I help out in all areas of the hospital and I am particularly good at keeping the place organized and tackling special projects. Married for 30 years, I share my home with my husband and three rescued ‘special needs’ disabled cats.
JENNIFER VOA: I grew up around animals and have always had a great interest and respect for them and their well being. I have a special interest in wildlife, and am very happy that I have come aboard with a veterinary team that sees them so regularly. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, and just generally being outdoors.
KELLEY VOA: I have had a passion for animal care ever since I can remember. Growing up on a hobby farm with horses, chickens and cows as well as our dogs and cats, I would follow my mum around and help with every chore I could. As a part time job I worked at Fast Time Farms and kept the stable clean and fed the horses. I also worked with the resident trainer Amanda Bentley and helped to exercise horses and plan events. When I took the Veterinary Assistant program at the University of the Fraser Valley I knew I had made the best career choice. Working at Coastal Rivers Pet hospital is very rewarding and I have taken multiple continuing education courses, that allow me to offer Laser Therapy to our patients. I hope to advance my knowledge and skills here at Coastal and I appreciate the strong team we have!
LINDSAY RVT: Picture and bio coming soon
LISA H. RVT: As a veterinary nurse I enjoy mentoring students from various veterinary paraprofessional schools.
I graduated from Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Technology program with a desire to strengthen the bond between owners and their pets. I have a passion for anaesthesia and pain management. I am excited to be part of the Coastal Rivers team where I can gain further knowledge in exotic pets and wildlife.
LISA M. RN: I love and am passionate about both animals and health sciences. Working in the veterinary medicine field is rewarding and fulfilling, and is just a perfect fit for me. There is nothing else I would rather do! I have completed 3.5 years of my Bachelor of Science studies and in addition I have completed a 4 year Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Nursing.I am also employed casually as Registered Nurse for Fraser Health. My health sciences education and work experience is extensive and aids me greatly in working the veterinary medicine field. I have many years of on the job training in the veterinary field and have complete several education courses through VSPN. My area of expertise is canine reproduction. I have completed many courses related to same and have bred and whelped my own Wirehaired Dachshunds for many years. My hobbies include breeding and showing my wirehaired dachshunds, spending time in the outdoors with my husband and 2 sons and reading a great book with a good cup of coffee.
LISA S. VOA: For as long as I can remember, my family has always had a pet in our home. From dogs, gerbils, hamsters, cockatiel to a horse. My passion for animals I feel came from my dad who watched wildlife shows with us as kids and told us stories of the animals he cared for when he was young. I am the youngest of 4 girls of which two of us work in the veterinary field.
For 12 years I worked in a specialty hospital for dogs and cats, since working here I have been given the opportunity to work with birds, geckos, chinchillas, rabbits...the list is still growing.
I am married and have two girls aged 11 and 12 who share my passion for animals. We also have a beautiful Boxer x
MEL VOA: I work with Coastal Rivers part time, balancing career, a young family and several pets. I am passionate about helping clients, and loves pet health insurance - just ask! What attracted me to veterinary medicine was my love for animals, especially dogs and my compassion for helping others. I graduated from West Coast College April 2013, and would like to add professional canine training, handling and behaviour management to my skills. Outside of work I spend a lot of volunteering with kids and I love spending time walking the trails, relaxing at the beach and playing in the park with my dogs
MELISSA VOA: I graduated from West Coast College in 2009 and joined Coastal Rivers in June with 7.5 yrs of experience in veterinary medicine. I have a special interest in reproductive medicine, and have been enjoying learning more about orthopaedic surgery since starting with Coastal Rivers. In my spare time I can be found in the barn riding my horse, out on my bike with my husband Mike, or just relaxing at home with my cat and dog.
Natalie H. VOA: I undertook a career change over six years ago, leaving the restaurant business to follow my heart and work with animals. I joined Coastal Rivers after finishing my Veterinary Assistant diploma. You will recognize me from my upbeat energetic personality. My husband and I share our home with two Mastiffs- Monty and Bueller. In my spare time I enjoy training and showing my 2 registered paint geldings. I am also the vice-president of the BC Paint Horse Club and I donate much of my time to volunteering and fundraising.
NATALIE R. RVT: My love for veterinary medicine began at a very young age. I recently graduated from the two year Veterinary Technician program at Thompson Rivers University in May 2016. I am very excited to be able to put all my skills to work here with the many different animals that come in daily.
I have a special interest in wildlife.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my Belgian Malinois, going to the gym, concerts and traveling.
SHERI Receptionist: Picture and Bio coming soon
SUSAN RVT: Why veterinary medicine? It allows me to indulge two of my favorite things: a love for animals, and a love of teaching. My first career was as a high school science teacher, but through a quirky series of events and job adventures, I found myself working in a veterinary hospital as a trained "off the street" employee. Wanting to know more, I found out about the process of becoming a certified technician. After two years of study at Thompson Rivers University, I graduated at the top of my class and was excited to start working as a technician. I love all the aspects of my job, and having a chance to work with a skilled and cooperative team is a blessing. Currently, I am working through my Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program through the University of Tennessee, and look forward to helping our canine patients in a whole new way. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, training our border collies to compete in sheep dog trials, and horseback riding. I'm a bit of a hobby-a-holic, so I won't mention baking, photography, handicrafts...
VAL VOA: I have worked in the veterinary field for over 12 years. I took a break from working after 10 years to raise my two young daughters. I returned to veterinary medicine when I joined Coastal Rivers in 2012. I live on an acreage in Langley that I share with my husband, 2 daughters, my Newfoundland Dog (Bristol) and two cats (Whiskers and Katana). I enjoy hiking, skiing, fishing, camping and of course shopping. I have always loved animals and I have spent time volunteering and working with many different species.