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Dr. Tara MacKay

Veterinarian

From a very young age, Dr. Tara MacKay had a passion for animals and helping others, and for anyone who knows her, she has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.

Born and raised in Kamloops, Dr. MacKay received a degree in Animal Biology from Thompson Rivers University in 2011 before moving to Saskatoon to pursue her veterinary degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. MacKay graduated in 2015 and then worked for over a year at a small animal practice in Penticton, BC. It was here that she got to better develop her interests in preventative and wellness medicine. Her interests also include ophthalmology, dentistry, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging including ultrasound. She loves getting to work with such a collaborative and supportive team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. MacKay and her partner live with their two rescue cats, Miley and Alfred, and are welcoming their first child in June 2021. When not at work, Dr. MacKay can be found working on different art projects, exploring the local restaurants and shops, and getting outside in the beautiful outdoors that Kamloops has to offer.

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Last updated: March 23, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS ARE BACK TO NORMAL

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic