We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dr. Susan McGillivray

Veterinarian

Dr. Susan McGillivray grew up on a cattle ranch south of Kamloops, and almost every day of her childhood involved animal care. Ever since she was little, Dr. McGillivray has wanted to make animals’ lives better; she gets to do just that as a member of the Kamloops Veterinary Clinic team.

After high school, Dr. McGillivray attended Cariboo College for a year before moving to Saskatoon and completing a year of post-secondary education at the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. She was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM in 1994, and then completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at Virginia-Maryland Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. McGillivray then relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado to work and study at Colorado State University’s Small Animal Medicine department before moving back to Canada in 1996.

Dr. McGillivray first worked here at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic as a summer student in 1990, then returned in 1998 to work as an Associate Veterinarian. In 2012, Dr. McGillivray began working part-time with Dr. Davies; she particularly enjoys small-animal care, internal medicine, and helping to strengthen and enhance the special bonds between pets and their loving owners.

Dr. McGillivray and her husband Jason, who is a large-animal veterinarian, have three children and are raising them on the ranch that Dr. McGillivray grew up on. They keep a herd of Angus cattle, several ranch horses, and a small flock of Dorset ewes. The McGillivray’s also share their home with two dogs and two indoor cats, as well as a guardian dog that protects the sheep.

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Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic