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.
For as long as she can remember, Melissa has adored the company of animals. Her parents tell her that at only a year of age, she ran into the ring at a local dog show to take over the leash from a handler. The incident even prompted a story in the local newspaper! Now, Melissa gets to exercise her love of pets legitimately — she’s a veterinary technician and receptionist, here at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic.
Born in Saskatchewan, Melissa moved to British Columbia with her parents at a young age, then relocated here to Kamloops eight years ago. She started as a receptionist at a local veterinary clinic, where her love of animal care continued to blossom. It didn’t take long for Melissa to decide that she wanted to attend school to study veterinary medicine. She signed up at Thompson Rivers University, where she would earn her degree in veterinary technology and become a licensed veterinary technician.
As a technician, Melissa particularly likes performing dental cleanings and tooth extractions; she’s still amazed at how much better a pet feels after being completely free of mouth pain. Melissa also enjoys reception work and has a special passion for interacting with clients and educating them on their pet's healthcare.
Melissa, her husband, and her stepson share their lives with two pets: Tex, a Border collie who was supposed to be a herding dog but was never very good at his job; and Kali, a cat that was rescued by Melissa as a stray.
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