Meet our team

Veterinarians

Dr. Jeff Bowra

Veterinarian / Practice Owner

Education: Ontario Veterinary College

Dr. Jeff Bowra took over Westview Veterinary Services in October 2016. His philosophy is to provide the best possible care to his patients and exceptional service to his clients: treating both like family. 

 

This is not the first opportunity that Jeff has had to work at Westview. He was offered his first job at Westview in the Spring of 1994 when he was graduating from vet school. Being that he was a new graduate and starting a family he decided to settle on the East side of the Port Mann.

 

Jeff graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1994.  

He enjoys surgery & dentistry and has special interest in canine sports and rehabilitation medicine with a focus on racing sight hounds and agility dogs. 

 

He has taken Advanced Training in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee and the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida and is proud to have the first veterinary hospital in Canada to have an underwater treadmill and therapy pool.  

He is married to Toni, has 3 daughters Chloe, Riley & Olivia and one son Brody. They share their home with Bunny the pug, Mouse & Moonlight the cats.

Dr. Jackie Lougheed

Veterinarian

Education: Veterinary College of

Ireland

Westview Veterinary Services is delighted to welcome Dr. Jackie Lougheed to our team.  

 

Originally from Ontario, Dr. Jackie’s love of the mountains has helped make BC her new home.

 

She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she completed her Bachelor of Science. After graduation Jackie enjoyed the wonderful experience of being an intern dolphin trainer on the Big Island in Hawaii.  

 

She then went on to earn her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Veterinary College of Ireland in Dublin in 2015. 

 

She has a special interest in surgery and practicing preventative medicine. 

 

 

Outside of work Jackie enjoys skiing, biking, surfing and spending time with Angus, her 3-year-old rescue cat.

Dr. Lauren Martin

Veterinarian

Education: Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Lauren Martin graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2013.

 

Dr. Lauren also has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Cell Biology.   

 

She is a Vancouver native and moved home after graduation to practice small animal medicine in the Lower Mainland.

 

In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, riding horses, and spending time with her fiance, her family, and her two geriatric dogs - Finn and Nicky.

Dr. Amy Harrington

Veterinarian

Education: Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Amy Harrington was born and raised on the North Shore before she moved to Montreal to complete her undergraduate degree at McGill University. She graduated with a major in Anatomy and Cell Biology and a minor in Business.

 

After university she took a year off and traveled the world. She visited a total of 29 countries in 365 days. For her, the highlight of every country largely involved her experiences with animals – swimming with manta rays, interacting with kangaroos, volunteering at an Elephant Nature Park, and adventuring through the Serengeti on a safari.

 

These unforgettable experiences helped her realize her dream to become a veterinarian.

 

Upon returning to Canada, Amy spent four cold winters at the University of Saskatchewan. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.

 

After starting her career at a busy multi-vet hospital in Richmond, she was beyond excited to finally move back to the North Shore and thrilled to join the team at Westview Veterinary Services.

 

Amy has a special interest in internal medicine and overall pet wellness. She is passionate about working with owners to make veterinary visits as positive as possible.

Client care

Danielle Madison

Customer Service Manager

Education: Granville Business College

Danielle wears two hats at Westview:  Helping out as a veterinary assistant and in managing client service. 
She completed the Veterinary Assistant program at Granville Business College in 2009 and has been working in the veterinary field ever since.

She joined Westview Veterinary Services in 2014 and enjoys interacting with clients and learning about their beloved animals. Danielle has completed the Fear Free level 2 certification course and has developed positive techniques in working with animals in the clinic to maintain their safety and comfort. She has also volunteered at the SPCA for 5 years and was a junior counsellor for the SPCA day camps for kids in her teenage years. 
 
You can find Danielle out walking with her Doberman cross named Leroy and relaxing with her cats, Goose and Fillmore. In her free time she is enjoying the outdoors hiking, camping, fishing and spending time by the water. 

Farleigh Hodgson 

Client Care

Education: Nine years of customer service experience

Farleigh joined our team in January 2021. Before joining our team Farleigh has 9 years of customer service experience. Her love of animals and customer service lead her to us.


She has two cats at home, Tucker (7years) and Primrose (1year) who she loves to spend time with.
Farleigh has lived on the North Shore for the past 12 years and loves to craft and knit in her spare time. 

 

Veterinary Technicians

Eve

Registered Vet technician

Education: Thompson Rivers University

Eve joined our team here in May of 2019.

 

She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies focusing on animal conservation and then latergraduated from TRU (Thompson Rivers University) as a registered veterinary technician in 2011.

Since then she has worked in emergency/specialty practices,as well as worked abroad at different universities teaching hospitals and volunteered at many wildlife facilities.

 

When Eve isn't at work she's most often found cuddling with her cat Rice at home. 

Kristie

Registered Vet technician

Education: Douglas College

Kristie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in English Literature. While in University, she began working with animals part time; it was an undeniable attraction.

She worked for years as an assistant, ultimately attending Douglas College to become a Registered Technician.

 

She also works with large animals, namely pigs, doing anesthesia in research.

 

Kristie has two cats, Bob and Helen and lives in beautiful North Vancouver amidst the tall green trees and snow covered mountains. 

Kasey

Registered Vet technician

Education: Thompson Rivers University

Kasey’s love of the outdoors and animals has led her to pursue a career in wildlife medicine. She has experience working in a variety of wildlife shelters and small animal medicine since 2006.

 

She obtained her Animal Health Technology Diploma in 2013 from Thompson Rivers University and has been working as an RVT with wildlife and small animals.

Kasey’s areas of interest are conservation, anesthesia, animal nursing and behaviour.

When she isn’t working you can find her outside snowboarding or hiking.

 

Veterinary Assistants

Shaylene Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Education: CDI College & Douglas College

Shaylene’s always had a passion for animals growing up and started in the veterinary field while she was in high school. She enjoyed dog walking for several years and this transitioned her back into the veterinary care field.

In 2009 Shaylene received her diploma in Animal Science at CDI College and graduated from the Veterinary Office Assistant program from Douglas College in 2010. 

 

She has been a part of the Westview team for over 8 years and she loves the long term relationships she has with the clients and their fur babies. She also utilizes her fear free certification while working with the animals in hospital.

 

When not at the clinic Shaylene is an avid hiker and snowboarder enjoying her passions on the Northshore mountains. While at home she enjoys cooking, gardening, painting, and spending time with her 14yr old diabetic bengal cat named Dolce.

Kallie Pearson 

Veterinary Assistant

Education: Douglas College

Kallie graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Douglas College in the Spring of 2020 and has been a part of the team ever since. She has always had a passion for animals and has worked and volunteered with them for most of her life.

Her interest in animal medicine first started when her family adopted a dog that needed medical attention and she saw the positive impact the vets and staff had on his life. One of her many interests while working in the hospital is understanding animal behavior.

At home you will find her working with her dog and managing his seizures, as well as taking care of her diabetic cat. Outside of work you can also find Kallie spending time with family, enjoying nature, photography and spending time on the water or up the mountains. 

 

REFERRAL VETERINARY SPECIALISTS

 

Dr. Tatjana Mirkovic

BSc, DVM, DACVIM

Education:

• Western College of Veterinary Medicine

• Atlantic Veterinary College

• University of Tennesse

Dr. Mark Smith

BSc ,DVM, MVSc

Education:

• University of Guelph

• Ontario Veterinary College

Dr. Mirkovic hails from Manitoba. She received her DVM in 2000 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She then completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of PEI in 2001, followed by a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Mirkovic became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004.

Since returning home to Canada in 2004 she worked as a specialist in small animal internal medicine in private practice for seven years at a large referral only specialty hospital in Vancouver. Currently she has her own mobile consulting business where she travels to general veterinary practices to consult on complicated internal medicine cases, and perform a variety of special internal medicine procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, bone marrow and joint tap procedures which all are part of the specialty of internal medicine. Her practice is limited to internal medicine problems of dogs and cats. She works closely with your own family veterinarian to help treat complicated medical problems.

Dr. Mirkovic lives in Port Moody, BC. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the great BC outdoors, cycling, travelling and spending time with her two best friends; her husband and her Black Labrador Edward. 

Dr. Janet Nieckarz-Loeven

DVM, Dipl ACVR

Education:

• University of Wisconsin-Madison

• University of Tennessee

Dr Smith completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph.  He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1992 and spent 6 years in small animal general practice.  He completed a one year small animal medicine & surgery internship at OVC and one year surgery internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orlando, Florida.   He then completed a 3 year small animal surgery residency and master's of Veterinary Science at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.  Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons was attained after a rigorous examination process.

He has provided a mobile surgery service in the lower mainland since 2003.  Special Interests include orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery, soft tissue reconstructive techniques.  He has enjoyed working with Dr Bowra and his successful rehabilitation therapy team since 2003.

Dr. Janet Nieckarz-Loeven earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.  After graduation she completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a 3 year residency in radiology at the University of Tennessee.  In 2001, she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology  (ACVR) and has been providing board certified radiology and ultrasound services to the Vancouver area since 2001. 

Dr. Nieckarz-Loeven was on staff at a local speciality hospital from 2001-2007, and has been providing in house/mobile ultrasounds to the lower mainland  since 2004.  Dr. Nieckarz-Loeven is skilled in all aspects of Veterinary Radiology-- ultrasound, CT, MRI, radiographic interpretation, and nuclear medicine.  Her primary interests are in performing and interpreting ultrasound exams, performing ultrasound guided interventions (fine needle aspirates and biopsies), radiographic interpretation and working closely with referring veterinarians to provide these additional diagnostics and consultations for  advanced imaging procedures.

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