Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team

Meet the Veterinarian & Team of Garry Oak Veterinary Hospital in Sidney. We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets. Please call us at (250) 656-3955 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members.

DR. LORIE CLARKE

Veterinarian

Dr. Clarke is a native of B.C. and first moved to the Saanich Peninsula from Salt Spring Island to attend high school at Claremont. Undergraduate training at the University of Victoria was followed by four years at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. After graduating in 1985 she was accepted into a one-year internship program at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Three years of practice in Ontario were followed by ten in Powell River before returning to the peninsula in 1999. Dr. Clarke’s areas of particular interest include anesthesia and pain control, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. Her home life is kept busy with a husband, a daughter away at university, two cats (Jilly and Spot), Licorice, and two horses (Denalie and Shaye).

CRAIG HILDEBRAND

PRACTICE MANAGER

As well as being Dr. Clarke’s husband, Craig is our Practice Manager and right-hand man. He is the person responsible for keeping our hospital running smoothly. Craig’s background in business and inventory management is a great asset. His passion outside work is skiing.

JULIE

REGISTERED ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN (RAHT)

Julie, who also graduated from Claremont, has been a Registered Veterinary Technologist since 1985. She is the mother of Daniel (currently studying at the University of Alberta), 2 cats (Tux and Khloe,) and a dog (Charley). She also helps on the hobby farm with the sheep and chickens as well as being a leader and volunteer in 4-H. Her warm and compassionate nature shows in the nursing care she lavishes on her patients. Her skills and education are put to work assisting in anesthesia, dentistry, and surgery, and performing all in-house laboratory procedures.

MEREDITH

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Meredith is our part-time Veterinary Assistant. Retired from Parks Canada, Meredith has always had pets underfoot, and currently is kept busy competing in Agility, Obedience and Rally-Obedience with her Silky Terriers Zack, Dora and Scamper.

SANDY

RECEPTIONIST

Sandy is our receptionist and has many years of dental reception experience—but her love of animals is what lead her to our clinic. She takes great pleasure in meeting all the pets and their families!

CHARLIE

CLINIC PET

Julie’s border collie who comes to work daily—to learn how to do it all himself!

LANI

CLINIC PET

Lani is Dr. Clarke’s exuberant young Black Labrador who is always eager to greet clients at the front desk with a happy wag of her tail.

SIMON

CLINIC PET — In Memorium 2001–2019

Simon was our resident cat for many years, and prided himself on hogging the heater in the winter months and the sunbeams in the summer. Simon passed over the Rainbow Bridge in the autumn of 2019.

LICORICE

IN MEMORIUM 2004–2017

Licorice, a black Lab and Dr. Clarke’s family dog, was a daily presence in our clinic. His job was our official 4-legged greeter of clients at the reception desk, and he also trained our clients well on how to give him a cookie from the treat jar in the waiting room. Licorice passed away in the Autumn of 2017. He is much missed.

ANDY

IN MEMORIUM July 2, 1994 – June 16, 2011

Our elderly clinic cat, he slept quietly in the treatment room most days. His quiet presence is sorely missed.