Dr. Byron Hamlund
Dr Hamlund grew up in Victoria where he worked a variety of jobs before returning to college to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, he returned to Vancouver Island where he worked as an associate in Courtenay. Seeking a change of pace, he worked as a relief vet before purchasing the Dogwood Veterinary Hospital in October 2016. Dr. Hamlund enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but finds dentistry, internal medicine and building relationships with clients and their pets to be the most fulfilling. Dr. Hamlund likes to spend his time away from work with his family which includes 2 dogs and 2 cats. They enjoy camping and enjoying all that the valley has to offer.
Dr. Krista Huxham
Dr. Krista Huxham grew up in the Comox Valley and we are delighted to have her return and join our team at Dogwood Veterinary Hospital.
Prior to Veterinary school, Dr. Huxham completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Bioscience from the University of Saskatchewan. She is published in the Canadian Journal of Animal Science for her work in swine behaviour and welfare and has spent time working with both farm and companion animals. Dr. Huxham has been working in the Veterinary field for the past five years and it is through this experience she has developed a passion for internal medicine, nutrition, surgery and overall pet wellness. Krista’s approachable manner and friendly nature will put you and your pet at ease while visiting the hospital.
Dr. Richelle Kendall
Dr Richelle Kendall grew up in Vernon, but is happy to call Campbell River home. Richelle enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, from first puppy/kitten appointments, to managing the complex medical needs of geriatric patients. Her interests include dermatology, dentistry, surgery and internal medicine. Richelle has developed a passion for forming meaningful long-term relationships with clients and pets, always striving to provide compassionate medical care. She brings over 13 years experience in companion animal medicine, having worked at various practices in Campbell River and the Comox Valley.
In her spare time, Richelle enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and mountain biking with her husband and two sons. She can often be found exploring local trails with her newly adopted American Bulldog, Trudy. When her busy schedule permits, she also enjoys reading, sketching, and snuggling her two cats, Sylvie and Esth.
Practice Manager / Registered Veterinary Technologist
Erika and her husband moved to the Campbell River area from Ontario in 2013, and have enjoyed every minute of it. In 2008, Erika graduated with distinction from the 3-year veterinary technology program offered by St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario.
Since her graduation, Erika has worked in small animal, mixed animal and emergency medicine. Erika’s passion for animal care and her strong belief in the human-animal bond led her to be involved with animals from an early age: from growing up on a farm to volunteering at veterinary clinics and wildlife rehabilitation centers throughout her high school and college years. Recently, she took on the role of practice manager ensuring the team and hospital are constantly evolving to meet the needs of all our patients and clients.
Sarah Kirk has lived in Campbell River since 1986. Sarah began her career in the veterinary field shortly after in 1988. Sarah then spent the next 21 years in the veterinary field, beginning as kennel assistance, then a veterinary receptionist and finally moving on to become the veterinary hospital office manager.
Sarah changed careers from working in the veterinary field to become a small business owner in Campbell River, and then worked as a receptionist/manager at a local spa before coming full circle to her true passion and calling in life, joining the Dogwood Veterinary Hospital.
Sarah has owned a vast array of different species as her pets; from reptiles, birds, chickens, pocket pets, cats, dogs and horses to name a few. Currently, Sarah has 3 dogs, Emerson, Berry and Popcorn. Sarah also has several aquariums which are home to a large variety of freshwater fish.
For as long as she can remember, Raya has had a great love for animals. Every lost dog would be brought home, where it would be kept safe until the owner could be found. Any cat awaiting attention on a sidewalk received an ample amount of affection. So, it comes as no surprise that she has been working in the veterinary field since 2008!
Raya loves the outdoors and spends much of her time in Vancouver Island’s beautiful wilderness; camping, hiking and fishing with her husband Scott and son William. Raya and Scott plan on purchasing property where they can eventually house a variety of animals, big and small. They currently live-in town with their two dogs, and three cats.
Nikki was born and raised in Toronto but drove West to Campbell River with her husband, their two children, and pets in the Summer of 2014. Nikki has had a love for animals from an early age and decided that working with animals was going to be her career. Fittingly, she has been a veterinary assistant for the past 25 years.
Her full household of fur babies includes 3 dogs (Hank, Gertie and Stu), 2 cats (Mabel and Sawyer), and a guinea pig named Karen. Even with her hands full, Nikki is always ready to go on an adventure and explore what the Island has to offer. She has a passion for healthy living, and loves to put on her running shoes and train for her next race.
Diana is one of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital’s skilled technicians having completed her Veterinary Technology training in Germany. After working as a small animal technician in Germany she relocated to Ireland and found employment as an Au pair for a short time. It was after this time Diana arrived in Canada in 2008 spending her 1-year working visa in Vancouver BC. From this experience she knew she wanted to come back to Canada, so in 2013 her adventurous spirit brought her back, this time however, it led her to Yellowknife, NWT. After living the northern life for a few years, she made her way to our beautiful island.
Away from work Diana spends most of time outside in nature capturing BC’s remarkable wildlife while discovering many of the area’s beautiful hiking trails.
Laura started her adventure in the Veterinary field in Campbell River in 2009 when she obtained her “Animal Care Aide Certificate” through North Island College. In 2015, she got her Low Stress Handling Silver Certificate through Dr Sophia Yin. Laura is passionate about animal behaviour and strives to create a low stress atmosphere for all of our patients. An animal lover of all kinds she and her 3 children share their life with a variety of barnyard critters as well as a handful of dogs and a cat.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Maggi always knew she wanted to have a career working with animals but it was after she volunteered with a local veterinary clinic that she decided on becoming a veterinary technician. A Campbell Riverite through and through, Maggi has always called Campbell River home, having only moved once, in 2013 to Kamloops to attend Thompson Rivers University’s Veterinary Technician course. After graduation, she quickly made plans to return to the Island. Since then, Maggie has been working in small animal medicine.
When not working Maggi spends her time sticking close to home, playing video games, watching movies, reading and painting as well as appreciating the splendours of Campbell River with her dog Kiki, who thoroughly enjoys walks at the spit!
Amy-Jane has always called Campbell River home. She grew up loving animals having family pets and forming friendships with her neighbours’ farm animals. Because of this it was natural for her to grow up wanting to work in the animal care field. Amy-Jane is one of DVH’s friendly skilled receptionists and she is working towards fulfilling her future endeavour of enrolling in the animal care aide course.
Amy-Jane spends her time away from work appreciating early morning walks with her dog Tucker. Amy-Jane also has two cats, Kisska and KitKat, who love to cuddle while she’s at home reading or playing the piano.
Stephanie was fortunate enough to relocate to beautiful Vancouver Island in 2020. Originally, Stephanie hails from Nova Scotia. She began her career out east and later moved to Ontario where she added working in a busy veterinary emergency hospital to her skills. Collectively, Stephanie brings over a decade of veterinary customer experience to the team at DVH. Stephanie has a soft spot for geriatric patients.
Stephanie and her fiancé chose to make Cumberland their home where she can be found enjoying the back woods riding her horse Linus. She and her fiancé share their home with her two cats “Mali” and “Hennessy” her dog “Milou” and her newly welcomed a Weimaraner puppy named “Blossom”.