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Staff

Our experienced and professional veterinary staff are here to make your visit with your pet enjoyable and stress free.

Dr. Byron Hamlund

Veterinarian

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. Richelle Kendall

Veterinarian

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 Esther.

Dr. Zita Doeschner

Veterinarian

Dr. Zita Doeschner was born, raised and educated in Germany. Upon her graduation from Hannover’s University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, Zita, along with her husband, relocated to Whitehorse. Zita and her family have called the west coast home since 2004.

Zita has a soft spot for senior pets and a special interest in end-of-life care. Zita enjoys the challenges of internal medicine and dermatology. She is known for her caring, gentle and compassionate approach to veterinary care and for meeting the individual needs of her patients. When she is not busy chauffeuring her teenagers around, Zita spends her time away from work enjoying all the delights of the outdoors; hiking, biking, backcountry camping and skiing.

Erika

Practice Manager / Registered Veterinary Technologist

Erika and her husband moved to the Campbell River area from Ontario in 2013, and have adored 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 in various aspects of animal care. While she loves the day-to-day role of being a RVT in veterinary medicine, she has also developed a passion for practice management. Erika thoroughly enjoys ensuring that the DVH team and hospital are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our patients and clients.

Sarah

Office Manager

Sarah 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 saltwater and freshwater fish.

Raya

Veterinary Technician

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

Veterinary Technician

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.

Laura

Veterinary Assistant

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.

Mikayla

Veterinary Assistant

Mikayla grew up in Merville on her family’s farm. Caring for animals has always been second nature. Mikayla began her career as an animal care aid at 16. Mikayla is passionate about providing patient comfort, care and low-stress handling. For Mikayla, one of her favourite parts of the day working at DVH is cuddling with Soussy, the resident cat.

Maggi

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

Receptionist

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.

Mackenna

Receptionist

Mackenna is no stranger to the veterinary industry and the ins and outs of a veterinary hospital. She is a second-generation Veterinary Receptionist and was born and raised in Campbell River. When she is not at work providing exceptional customer service to the clients of DVH, she spends her time enjoying walks with her family and plays video games while her 3 cats cheer her on!