Emily and her family moved from Victoria to Kamloops in 1991 and began bringing their pets to Kamloops Veterinary Clinic shortly afterward. Having always had a special connection with animals, Emily knew that she wanted to work directly with pets one day—she started volunteering here at the hospital when she was only in the ninth grade!
At the age of 12, Emily began volunteering with the Kamloops SPCA and also took weekly horse-riding lessons at a local ranch. After high school, she was accepted into the Animal Health Technology program at the University College of the Cariboo (now, Thompson Rivers University). Emily graduated with her diploma in 2004 and returned here to Kamloops Veterinary Clinic, where she’s remained ever since. Medically, Emily is very fond of orthopedic surgery work and also loves performing blood transfusions. She was instrumental in starting the clinic’s blood-donor program and was even featured in the local Kamloops newspaper with her two dogs shortly after launching the initiative!
Emily met her husband after he had completed some work here at the hospital back in 2006. They were married in 2011 and welcomed their first child in 2012. Emily and her husband are expecting again: their next little one is due in early 2016! Along with her husband and son, Emily shares her home with a chocolate Lab named Abby and three cats who go by Bud, Mack, and Chuckie. She also has several rescued pets who live on her parents’ farm: Lucy, a Doberman/coonhound mix; Taz, a Lab mix rescued at Christmastime; Molly, a Border collie found on the streets; five cats; two ex-racehorses; a Quarter horse; and an Arabian horse.
When she has time between work and her busy family life, Emily enjoys exercising regularly; she managed to lose every ounce of her baby weight after having her first child. In the spring of 2014, she even competed in a women’s strength competition!