Meet our team
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.
Dr. Jeff has owned Aldergrove Animal Hospital since 1997; and in 2017 he became business partners with Dr Erica Ayers. He and the Teams at both Hospitals are working towards Fear Free Practice Certification.
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.
Outside of work and family Dr. Jeff still enjoys playing hockey and following the Vancouver Canucks. He also loves to escape to the family cabin on the Sunshine Coast as much as possible to go boating and does a fair bit of fishing (but not a lot of catching).
Dr. Jackie Lougheed
Education: Veterinary College of
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.
Jackie looks forward to building relationships with both you and your pets with her gentle, caring, and informative approach.
Westview is very excited to have her experience, energy and passion added to our team.
Dr. Lauren Martin
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.
Education: Stenberg College
Tammy joined our team here in January of 2016. She started out working with us as a Veterinary Assistant in 2002 and is now our Office Manager, splitting her time between Aldergrove and Dr. Jeff's clinic on the North Shore. She has collected many pets along the way and her diverse animal family has given her real life pet ownership experiences that allow her to relate to the concerned and caring pet parents at Aldergrove Animal Hospital.
Tammy enjoys talking with our clients, hearing stories about their furry friends and helping them choose appropriate services and products for their pets. She is currently known at our clinic as the proud mother of Paddy (Shih-Tzu), Bradley Montgomery (handsome black domestic shorthair), Motley (classic tabby domestic shorthair), Shelby (three legged Staffordshire Terrier), and Ryah (Alaskan Malamute.) In her time off from work she enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, baking, listening to music and travelling with her family.
Customer Service Manager
Education: Granville Business College
Danielle wears two hats at Westview: Helping out as a veterinary assistant and in client service. She completed her veterinary office assistant education at Granville Business College in 2009 and has been working in the veterinary field ever since.
She joined Westview Veterinary Services in November of 2014 and enjoys interacting with clients, client education and caring for their furry loved ones. Danielle volunteered at the SPCA for 5 years and was a junior counselor for the SPCA day camps for kids.
At home you can find Danielle spending time with her son Emery and her three pets, Leroy the Doberman Lab mix, Goose a black DSH and Fillmore a DLH tabby. In her free time you can find her in the great outdoors enjoying camping, fishing, biking and taking Leroy on fantastic hiking adventures.
Education: CDI College & Douglas College
Susan joined our customer service team in February 2017. She was born in Yorkshire, England and immigrated to Canada in 1969. Before joining our team, Susan had 40 years of customer service experience in the ever changing and challenging telecom industry.
Susan has 2 Shelties, Jake and Missy. Susan has always loved dogs and found a passion for canine behaviour when she adopted Jake, a puppy mill dog who became quite a problem in dog parks. She worked with a trainer for over a year to help his anxieties which prompted Susan to take canine behaviour courses. Susan finds dog communication facsinating and plans to continue her training in the field.
We are lucky that Susan has decided to retire from the telecom industry and work part time at Westview. She loves having the opportunity to be around different pets, and their people every day.
Education: Granville College
Rose joined our team in July 2019 after finishing her practicum with Granville College. Rose has over 10 years experience working with animals and approaches clinic life with the same amount of enthusiasm.
When not at the clinic, she's a freelance illustrator. Her love for animals stems from her childhood of drawing animals she saw on National Geographic.
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.
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.
Education: CDI College & Douglas College
Shaylene’s passion for animals growing up led her to work in the animal industry since high school.
In 2009 she got 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 5 years.
When not at the clinic Shaylene is an avid hiker and snowboarder, enjoying her passions on the Northshore mountains. She also loves traveling. While at home she enjoys cooking and monkeying around with her two 11 year old Bengal cats.
Kallie is the newest team member to join the Westview family. Bio coming soon!
REFERRAL VETERINARY SPECIALISTS
Dr. Tatjana Mirkovic
BSc, DVM, DACVIM
• Western College of Veterinary Medicine
• Atlantic Veterinary College
• University of Tennesse
Dr. Mark Smith
BSc ,DVM, MVSc
• 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
• 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.