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.
At the age of 16, Melanie took a part-time job in a veterinary clinic on a whim, as she thought it would be an interesting position and she’d always had a soft spot for animals. Little did she know that her decision would affect her for many years to come! Melanie has now been working with pets as a veterinary professional for over 25 years.
A native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Melanie started her veterinary journey as a kennel assistant during high school and soon transitioned into assistant and reception work. She stayed at that practice for nearly nine years, before moving to Kamloops. When she heard about an open position here at the clinic from former coworkers of hers, she jumped at the chance to apply; she’s been a member of the Kamloops Veterinary Clinic family since the fall of 2006.
Melanie’s favourite part of her job is helping families through difficult situations that they face with their pets. Nothing compares to the feeling she gets when she can help a family work through a tough time! She also enjoys witnessing the positive interactions between pets and their owners firsthand.
At home, Melanie and her husband live with their two busy children and the family dog, Missy, an energetic boxer who they rescued through the clinic in 2014. Missy is the epitome of the silly boxer breed and is the perfect fit for Melanie and her on-the-go family. She particularly enjoys accompanying them to the kids’ various sporting events or their family weekends away.
When she has a spare moment between work and her busy family life, Melanie enjoys walking and hiking with Missy and she hopes to one day get back into playing the piano; she’s been playing since she was very young and misses her time at the keyboard.
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