Brandy, RVT

Emergency Care, RVT

I graduated from tech school at Thompson Rivers University in 2004. I spent 13 years doing general practice in the Okanagan/Shuswap area before moving to Victoria and falling in love with emergency medicine. My husband and I have a dog and two cats and are both equally bad at saying no to strays!

I got into veterinary medicine because I was the kid who cried when she found dead mice in the fields (i grew up on a farm), and always wanted to help and heal any animal I found. I’ve had a keen interest in emergency medicine since tech school. I did one of my practicums at the Vancouver Animal Emergency Hospital and loved every minute of it. It took a while but I’m finally where I belong!

Two of the things I love most about my job are having the opportunity to help a beloved pet get the comfort, care and healing they need to become well again and, conversely, give them the gift of a painless, dignified passing, surrounded by love. I believe kindness and empathy are integral to my vocation and are two of my best qualities. I love that we practise excellent medicine at WAVES, and offer specialty services so that pets don’t have to travel to Vancouver for advanced care.

When I’m not at work, I like to spend time outside in my garden, or go hiking, kayaking and camping with my husband. I also love to read, make kindergarten-level crafts for fun (and my eyes only), and build simple wood projects.