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.
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!
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.
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. Please bring a cell phone to your appointment. If you don't have a cell phone, please let us know and we will email you a history form to fill out prior to your appointment. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. Be prepared to wait in your vehicle until our exam room is ready for your visit. Our team will arrange to meet you at the front door or at your vehicle. Please transfer your pet without any accoutrements (no clothing, toys, or other accessories). All cats must come in carriers. The doctor will call you on your cell phone to discuss the 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. If we don't have a record of your pet's previous vaccines, please bring that with you, especially if it's a puppy or kitten.
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