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.
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.
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.
EMMA, RVT: I started working at a vet hospital at a young age and fell in love with the Veterinary Technician role. I recently graduated from Thompson Rivers University after being accepted right out of high school. I was hired here at Coastal Rivers after completing my practicum and am loving the life of an RVT. The variety is something that compelled me right from the beginning to pursue a career in this field, I am so happy I get to spend my days with such amazing creatures from dogs and cats to all sorts of exotics and wildlife. In my free time I can be found reading, with my family, or spending time with my Chocolate Lab Jack and my cat Gravy.
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.
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
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: Growing up on a hobby farm in Abbotsford with cattle, horses, chickens, dogs, and cats, I have had a passion for all types of animals since I was born. I graduated from West Coast College in 2006, finished my practicum at Whatcom Road Veterinary and stayed on a am employee until merger into Coastal Rivers Pet Hospital in late 2015. My husband and I live on a farm with our 2 dogs, Margie & Bueller, and our 2 beautiful geldings, Jack and Howard. When I am not in the clinic I enjoy horseback riding and showing, quading, cooking, spending time with my family, and volunteering as a board member for the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association.
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
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 in 1998 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. In 2018 I completed my Certificate in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee, and look forward to helping our patients in a whole new way, including exercise on our state of the art underwater treadmill, cold LASER therapy and more.Outside of work I enjoy hiking on Sumas Mountain, eating good food and travelling.
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.