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.