DR. DHAWALA ABEYWICKRAMA, DVM
OWNER & VETERINARIAN
Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr. Dhawala moved to Saskatoon with his family when he was 15 years old. Dr. Dhawala attended the University of Saskatchewan and then the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Dhawala worked as a mixed animal veterinarian – treating all animals from cats to cows and everything in between. Dr. Dhawala (and Emma) moved to Vancouver Island in 2020 and has been loving it ever since. When not at the clinic, you’ll find him around water either Scuba diving or fishing or hanging out at home with Emma and their two rescue dogs (Asha and Mira) and one cat (Milo)
DR. EMMA THOMSON, DVM
OWNER & VETERINARIAN
Born and raised in Victoria BC, Dr. Emma left the island to complete an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University in Calgary before heading further east to Saskatoon for her veterinary degree. Tired of the cold, Dr. Emma (and Dhawala) returned to the Island and has been living here ever since. Dr. Emma loves taking their dogs on long walks and hikes but is equally happy to hang out at home with a good book.
Julie, who also graduated from Claremont, has been a Registered Veterinary Technologist since 1985. She is the mother of Daniel (currently working in Alberta) and 2 cats (Tux and George). 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.
Born and raised in Victoria, Nicole started her career with animals after completing the VA program at Sprott Shaw in 2021. She hopes to continue her education and become an RVT in the near future. When she’s not getting kisses from puppies at work, she’s typically enjoying the outside with her dog Remy, playing dungeons and dragons, or at home with her 3 snakes, Sabel, Skip and Miso watching the newest season of Drag Race.
While originally from Victoria BC, Brianna has spent much of her time travelling the world and working abroad. Following graduation, Brianna set off and travelled to New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Thailand, and many more! Brianna returned to Victoria and completed the Veterinary Office Assistant program before joining our team. Brianna loves anything outdoors and has recently taken to silversmithing.
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.
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.
Meredith is one of our Veterinary Assistants with many years of experience in the Veterinary industry. Meredith came out of retirement to help us during COVID-19 and has decided to stay on. When not at the clinic, you will find her doing agility work with her 4 Silky Terriers.