Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Growing up, Janie and her family always had a pet of some sort, but their animals rarely needed veterinary care. That all changed when Janie got her first dog as an adult; he was a sickly puppy and retained many of his health issues as he grew older. Janie found herself at her local vet’s office at least once a month for the first year of her dog’s life, which is when she found out about the Veterinary Technician profession. Right away, she was hooked!
Janie discovered the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University when she attended a local career seminar and signed up as soon as she could. Upon graduating, she loved the Kamloops area so much that she decided to stay. In 2000, Janie arrived here at the clinic on a practicum basis during her studies and was hired on full-time shortly thereafter. She’s been here ever since! Around the clinic, Janie enjoys challenging medical cases and the fast-paced nature of emergency care. She’s also fond of dentistry, and never tires of hearing a pet owner exclaim how much happier their animal companion seems after a thorough dental procedure.
In addition to her regular duties, Janie has started several programs here at the clinic to better the lives of pets—she was first inspired when she signed up to be a member of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team in order to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Janie has implemented the Kamvet Rescue Fund, in which the hospital’s staff volunteers to make dog cookies and other items to sell to clients. The funds then help to pay for medical care for stray and abandoned animals. Janie is also responsible for the SPCA Senior Pet of the Week program; the SPCA sends a senior cat to the clinic once a week, and Kamloops Veterinary Clinic then showcases them on their Facebook page for adoption!
Outside of work, Janie enjoys camping, fishing, kayaking, golfing, and participating in dog actives like obedience and agility training. She owns a Belgian Tervuren named Gryphon; a West Highland white terrier who goes by Kye; Bishop, an orange-and-white tabby; and a calico kitten named Pyper.
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.
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
Continue our "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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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