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Lori, Registered Veterinary Technologist

Registered Veterinary Technician Lori received her Diploma from Thompson Rivers' University in 1993. She then worked at Victoria’s 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital, Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital, for eight years before returning to Nanaimo. She joined the Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital team in 2002, and has been the lead Technician ever since.

With high values on healthy living and friends, Lori can frequently be found hiking and going to the gym. In her down-time and on rainy days, Lori enjoys reading. She's even a book club member!

Lori has an idiosyncratic poly-dactyl cat named Turbo. After Turbo was brought into the clinic for orthopedic surgery Lori adopted him from the BCSPCA. Turbo is quite the adventure cat, always getting up to some kind of mischief, and he absolutely loves going glamping with his mum and dad in the family trailer!



Aliesha, Registered Veterinary Technologist
Aliesha graduated in 2004 from Fairview College in Fairview Alberta. Prior to schooling she volunteered at Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital in Squamish and returned to work there after college. She has a special fondness for dentistry. Aliesha joined our team when her family decided to make Nanaimo their new home in the summer of 2018.

Aliesha and her husband have two lively girls who keep them on their toes. She also had two exuberant, loving dogs, Wedge Antilles and Bowden Cable.

Though you may have already guessed, there is a love of Star Wars in their household! In Aliesha's spare time she enjoys doing arts and crafts, sewing and reading, mainly satirical fiction like Jasper Fforde.


Lisa, Lead Veterinary Assistant

Lisa began her veterinary support career in 1998 at Guildford Animal Hospital in Surrey. She worked at GAH for thirteen years before moving to Vancouver Island with her family. In 2013 she brought her experience and knowledge to the Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital team.

Lisa and her husband have a teenage son. In support of her son’s current RC racing and mountain bike riding interests she can often be found at the race track or on the mountain.

Lisa enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, with a large focus on crime and mystery novels. As a hobby photographer Lisa enjoys shooting macro nature and landscape photos as well as pictures of her family.

Lisa has two Axolotls, Toothless and Zero, as well as a lovely teenage Cockatiel named ‘Chevy’.


Tara, Veterinary Assistant

From northern Alberta, Tara has always had a passion for animals. Growing up, she had a great diversity of beloved pets. She has achieved a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Animal Biology.
She worked as a Wildlife Biologist for a few years, rescuing wildlife from oil spills, doing river assessments and electrofishing, and heron colony surveys. Her desire to help animals grew and she became involved in the veterinary industry. 
In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, nature walks, barn hunt, and agility with her dogs Saber and Eevee. Tara lives with her partner, Dave, and three cats, Jager, Monster, Negan, and numerous chinchillas, that she breeds for beloved pets. She’s the only Western Canada breeder of Royal Persian Angora chinchilla.


Chelsea, Client Care Specialist

Chelsea recently moved to Nanaimo from Ottawa.  When she was in Ottawa she volunteered at the Ottawa Humane Society in the Feline Enrichment Program.

Chelsea has 2 dogs and 3 cats, all rescued from various parts of the world. She has a passion for travelling and seeing all the wonders of the world.  When Chelsea isn’t working she’s out hiking and exploring beautiful British Columbia. Her love for animals and the outdoors has given her the best of both worlds here on Vancouver Island.


Haley, Veterinary Assistant

Animal lover and self-professed "cat whisperer" Haley joined the NVH team as a veterinary assistant in 2023. She loves meeting clients and caring for their pets with the hospital team during exams, procedures, and surgeries. 
She moved to Nanaimo in 2013 to undertake a degree in Environmental Geography & Natural Resource Management and chose to stay in BC following graduation. She never tires of exploring the island and spends her free time gardening, beachcombing, kayaking, making art & taking photos of her cats.
She and her husband were recently married, and live with their beloved kitties Stevie & Lacey. A dog will join their family one day, but for now, she enjoys the company of our canine clients when they visit us here at NVH!


Kim, Senior Client Care Specialist

Kim was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and moved to Nanaimo to complete a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. With an immense love for animals, she has volunteered with many programs, and is currently an executive with Elderdog Canada. 
Her free time is often spent outdoors with her newest addition Benson; a golden retriever cross bernese mountain dog. She is an avid softball player, and has been playing since the age of four. 
Joining our team in 2021, she is excited to meet and care for your fur-children!

Please contact us at 250-758-3985 if you have questions or would like to book an appointment.

 New clients are always welcome