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, DVM

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. Upon graduating with distinction in 1985, she completed 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 management, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery.  At home, 2 horses, 2 cats and Lani keep her busy.

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

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Julie, who also graduated from Claremont, has been a Registered Veterinary Technologist since 1985. She is the mother of Daniel (currently working in Alberta), 2 cats (Tux and George,) and a dog (Charley). She has a hobby farm with sheep and chickens as well as being a long time leader and volunteer in 4-H. She is particularly skilled with handling and care of cats, creating as stress free a hospital experience for them as possible. Her skills and education are put to work assisting in anaesthesia, dentistry, and surgery, and performing all in-house laboratory procedures.

MEREDITH

VETERINARY ASSISTANT (RETIRED)

In the fall of 2020, Meredith retired from her position as part-time Veterinary Assistant a position she took on after her first retirement from Parks Canada, Meredith has always had pets underfoot, and will be kept busy competing in Agility, Obedience and Rally-Obedience with her Silky Terriers Zack, Dora and Scamper. Her skills in dog handling will be missed.

ROBIN

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Robin is Lorie and Craig’s daughter. Currently enrolled at the University of Alberta studying Paleontology, she lends a helping hand at the clinic when she is home.

TRISH

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

With 20 years of dog handling experience and the training co-ordinator for Vancouver Island Search and Disaster Dogs (VISD), Trish has a wealth of knowledge. She has recently retired from the Provincial Government,and is a former LPN and Emergency Medical Technician. Trish is happily transitioning to veterinary care as our part time Veterinary Assistant. She is kept on her toes by two young Malinois in training.

ELLENI

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Elleni completed her veterinary assistant program at Sprott Shaw College in 2020. Originally from South Africa, her family now has a hobby farm in the Cowichan Valley where she assists with the care of the chickens, sheep and geese as well as her dog, Benji and cat, Evie. Her hobbies outside of work include enjoying the outdoors and reading a good book with a cup of tea.

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!

LANI

WELCOME PUP

Cambridge Melanin, Lani to her friends, is Craig and Lorie’s dog. She was born in 2018 and her mission in life is to be a social butterfly, and to make everyone laugh. She has a high play drive, a poor work ethic and a keen sense of humour.

CHARLIE

CLINIC PET

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

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.