Dr. Byron Hamlund
Dr. Byron Hamlund grew up in Victoria where he worked a variety of jobs before returning to college to pursue a career in veterinarian medicine. After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, he headed home to the West coast where he worked in Courtenay as an associate for five years. Seeking a change of pace, Byron spent some time doing relief work all over BC, gaining valuable experience, before purchasing the Dogwood Veterinary Hospital in October 2016.
Dr. Hamlund looks forward to developing long term relationships with new and existing clients of the Dogwood Veterinary Hospital. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but finds dentistry, surgery, internal medicine and interacting with the clients and their pets to be most fulfilling.
In his spare time he can be found exploring the outdoors, walking and hiking with his dogs – Emilee (Standard Poodle) and Cleo (Golden Retriever) and spending time with friends, family, and his daughter, Hazel.
For as long as she can remember, Raya Roberts 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, and any cat awaiting attention on a sidewalk received an ample amount of affection.
Working in the veterinary field for the last 8+ years has allowed her to work closely with animals and gain a deep connection with, and understanding of them. She treats every patient as though they were her own: with patience, love and compassion. Although she performs the day to day duties of a Registered Veterinary Technician, she is enrolling in the distance program offered through Thompson Rivers University to become a registered RVT.
Raya loves the outdoors and spends much of her time in Vancouver Island’s beautiful wilderness; camping, hiking and fishing. You can also find Raya walking daily in the local trails with her dogs Luke (Treeing Walker Coonhound), Miya (Lab/Pit bull SPCA rescue) and Sterling (a 3 legged Weimaraner).
Raya and her husband Scott plan on purchasing property where they can eventually house a variety of animals, big and small. They currently live in town with their dogs, three cats (Quido, Nala, & Pie~u) and leopard gecko, Pedro.
This is Leanne’s first time working in the veterinary field but she is a fast learner and is now the new office manager. Her love of all four legged creatures runs deep; ever since she was a child growing up on her family’s apple farm, she collected pets ranging from dogs to cats, and ducks to raccoons.
Leanne has already accrued a variety of experiences in her life, including the fitness industry, event planning, office management, hotel hospitality, and banking. She also loves outdoor adventures: hiking, walking the beaches, camping and even paddle boarding with her dogs Blue Star (Boston Terrier) and Poppy Rose (Australian Shepherd). She is passionate about her family, hockey, surfing, and her two four legged beauties.
Laura was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia. When Laura was 3, her family moved to her aunt’s farm where she made many animal friends including dogs, chickens, cows and horses. That is where her love and respect for all creatures big and small really started. Over the years, animals have become her passion and she could not imagine life without them.
Laura has been working in the veterinary field since 2007. She does a bit of everything at the hospital, including administrative duties, client relations, providing nursing care and keeping the hospital running smoothly. She knows that a career involving animals is the only one for her.
In her spare time Laura enjoys the outdoors, exploring the backroads, finding new fishing holes and photographing wildlife and landscapes. At her side on her many adventures, you will find her boyfriend and their 2 beloved dogs Haven (Pitbull Husky cross) and Gunns (Lab cross). Both of Laura’s fur babies came from the local SPCA as puppies and have enriched her life and become her best friends.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Erika Spuehler is one of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital’s newest team members. She 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. She immediately passed the registration examination and has maintained her registration status ever since.
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 centres throughout her high school and college years.
Erika spends most of her time outside her profession exploring the island with her dogs and husband. A true animal lover, she also lends her time and home to fostering for CR Paws and the CRSPCA.
Nikki Wilson was born and raised in Toronto, but drove West to Campbell River with her her husband, their two children, and pets in the Summer of 2014. Nikki has had a love for animals since 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 2 dogs (Hank and Gertie), 2 cats (Mabel and Tater), a fish named Comet and a new addition to the family: Cashew, the guinea Pig. 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 the numerous marathons she has completed in, as well as a few fitness competitions.
Nikki is always eager to teach clients the importance of good nutrition for their pets, and is very much enjoying this new life style and is excited to be a new team member of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital.