Dr. Leah attended the University of British Columbia, graduating
with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, then suffered four harsh winters in
Saskatoon at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She managed not to get
frost bitten (although her car did freeze completely for three days!) and moved
back to the beautiful West Coast in 1995.
Dr. Leah began practice at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital but after five years she decided it was time for a change. She moved to Coquitlam and began practice at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. In April 2001 she purchased the Hospital from Dr. Kassam and is enjoying both the practice and the management side of veterinary medicine.
Between spaying cats and vaccinating dogs, Dr. Leah manages to find time to ski and snowboard in the winter and rip up the trails on her mountain bike year-round.
And she is the mother of 3 fur-babies, her cats named Chinela, Sunny and Simon (pictured). "I love dogs!" she protests. "But with my crazy schedule, cats are easier to care for. I am "Auntie" to all the dogs that come through the hospital doors. The best part is I get to give them back!", she says with a grin!
Rachel attended the University of Northern British Columbia where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology (2000) and a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (2003). After working as a fish biologist for both private and public stakeholders and briefly attending UBC where she studied fish genetics, Rachel decided to pursue her dream of becoming a small animal veterinarian.
Rachel attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and proudly graduated with her DVM in 2012. During vet school Rachel completed externships in cardiology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, interventional endoscopy, zoo medicine (Edmonton Valley Zoo) and shelter medicine (BCSPCA). After 2 years in the trenches working as a veterinarian in Surrey, Rachel is very happy to be working with the amazing team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital.
Rachel absolutely loves being a vet and enjoys going to work every day to help her furry patients. She and her family have been adopting senior bully breeds for the last 10 years and are currently privileged to provide love and comfort to three old souls - Dolly Queen of the Pack, the ever-nimble Arlo, and the newest brindle beauty Bartimus Maximus. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys walking her dogs, hiking, running, snowboarding and scuba diving.
Jan hails from the wilds of Whonnock where she spends her off-time tending her garden and trying to convince her canine helper that burying a milk bone will NOT grow a milk bone tree, no matter how well-fertilized!
Jan graduated from the University College of the Cariboo's Animal Health Technology program in 1996. After graduation she worked with Dr. Dennis Jackson at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital. In 1998 she expanded her horizons to Port Coquitlam, joining the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. A few years ago, Jan discovered a flair for teaching, and is an instructor at the VOAC program at Douglas College. The experience allows Jan to share her enthusiasm for this amazing industry with both her co-workers at the clinic and the great students at Douglas College.
Jan has a passion for all things furred and four-legged; her own family includes her canine gardening companion named Deeks, her kitties and her guinea pigs.
Jenn is a long time resident of Port Coquitlam who has recently set up roots in Maple Ridge with her husband Jeremy and their new baby girl Kiana. After a couple of years of College she travelled to Australia for a year where she toured the country like many other backpackers from all over the world. Jenn has always had a lifelong love of animals so when she returned from Australia she went back to school where she completed the Animal Health Technology program at Douglas College and has been part of our team since April 2007.
Jenn has added a new fur baby to her family, a Chocolate Lab x Pointer named Ryker who is full of energy and very eager to learn; he definitely keeps them busy and on their feet at all times!
In Jenn's free time you can find her playing in the bush on her rzr, lifting weights at the gym or walking her dog on the dyke.
Kelly was born in New Westminster, grew up in Port Coquitlam, and still lives there today. Working with animals has always been Kelly's passion; she graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Office Assistant program in 2011 and has been a part of the Shaughnessy team ever since. She graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program in June 2015 and is continuing to make a difference in the lives of our furry friends.
After 20 years in the home improvement retail/customer service field, Leanne decided to make a career change. She combined her love of helping people and her love of all creatures big and small and went to school to become a Veterinary Office Assistant. She graduated from Douglas College in September of 2012 and became a member of the Shaughnessy Veterinary team in April 2013.
Nicole joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in January 2011, after a year of maternity leave. She graduated from West Coast College in 2005 from the Veterinary Assistant Program and has been working in Veterinary Hospitals ever since.
Nicole has a true true heart for animals! She was born and raised on her family's dairy farm in Pitt Meadows. She has experience with all different animals. You name it, she has rescued or owned it! From Buffalo, to Deer, Goats, Cows, Horses, Chickens, Geese, Peacocks, Dogs and Cats, and the list goes on.
When Nicole is not working at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, hiking, camping, gardening and working on the family dairy farm.
Emry graduated from the West Coast College Veterinary Assistant program in 2009. After graduation she gained valuable experience at leading vet clinics throughout the Fraser Valley before joining our team in June 2013. She has always had a great love for all things furry and is thrilled that she gets to work with animals every day.
Emry grew up in Port Coquitlam and now lives in Pitt Meadows with her husband and two dogs Piglet and Moo Cow. In her spare time she can be found hiking with her dogs on Burke Mountain or baking delights in her kitchen. She also enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family.
Ewa was born in England and moved to her current hometown of Port Coquitlam in 1996. Her love for animals inspired her to take the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College. She joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in March 2014. Soon after being hired she adopted three guinea pigs named Olive, Sweetpea and Marley. Growing up Ewa had a black Lab cross named Rocky and two bunnies named Avocado & Bunny Boy, who sparked her interest to pursue a career working with animals. In her spare time she loves playing video games, going for long walks in the forest, and watching her favorite show "Hope for Wildlife". In the future she hopes to adopt more animals to add to her family.
Kelsey fulfilled a passion by entering the veterinary field with the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in 2015. She was very familiar with the practice as her family dog, Bailey, had been taken care of by them for many years.
She grew up all over the world; London, Michigan and Port Coquitlam to name a few places. But always felt that the lower mainland here in British Columbia was "home". After moving back in 2008 she now plans to stay in the lower mainland, with her boyfriend Shawn, and fulfill her career in the veterinary field here in Port Coquitlam.
Kelsey graduated from the Paul Mitchell School of Hair Design but could not ignore her love of animals. She decided to make a career change and follow her heart. She is a dog mom to two beautiful pit bulls, Molly and Brock, and continues to foster other rescues in her home. Brock is the newest member of their family rescued from a high kill shelter. He was twenty minutes away from being euthanized when the organization stepped in and rescued Brock. Kelsey and Shawn quickly fell in love as soon as they saw him and Molly loves her new brother. These two fur children take up the majority of her time but she wouldn't have it any other way. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, cooking and watching her favourite shows with Molly and Brock (and Shawn) by her side.
Lieutenant Dan joined the team of the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in June 2014. He was shuffled around between several rescue homes before a lucky series of events connected him to us. Everyone was instantly in love and the decision for him to come live with us was unanimous.
Dan (aka Louie or LT) has some malformed bones in his spine which is causing some compression of the spinal cord causing his back legs to be a little different. He also was born with contracted tendons in the rear limbs, adding to his issues. We are happy to report that with physiotherapy and love, the rear limbs are straightening out. While he will never walk like a "normal" cat, he is very happy and is getting stronger every day.