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Oceanside Animal Hospital

145 Memorial Ave
Parksville, BC V9P 1K7
Phone: 250-248-0008
Fax: 250-248-0608

 

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Team

  • Dr. Leonie McKinlay

    Dr. Leonie McKinlay DVMDr. McKinlay has always had a very special fondness for animals and knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian.  She worked diligently to make her dream a reality, obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Calgary and then attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she graduated with great distinction in 2011. Shortly after graduation, she relocated to Vancouver Island to join the team at Oceanside Animal Hospital.

    Dr. McKinlay became co-owner of Oceanside Animal Hospital in April 2014 along with manager Sandra Porter.

    Dr. McKinlay has a special interest in dentistry and is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.  She also has completed the Fear Free training program and tries to make every animal's visit to Oceanside Animal Hospital a pleasant and stress free experience.  

    Dr. McKinlay lives with her husband Gord and their two young daughters. They currently share their home with two cats, Abby and Mr. Meow.


  • Dr. Alicia Ashley

    Dr. Alicia Ashley DVMDr. Alicia Ashley is a 2013 graduate from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in Prince Edward Island. Being born and raised on this tiny East Coast Island gave her an appreciation for island life, and after a cross country trek she now calls beautiful Vancouver Island home.

    After completing her pre-vet program at the University of Prince Edward Island, she was accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the AVC. Here she fostered her interests in small animal and wildlife medicine, received multiple awards recognizing her performance in the program and graduated with honors. Dr. Ashley's interest in veterinary medicine originally stemmed from her passion for wildlife conservation and she has worked on several wildlife conservation projects over the years. The desire to become a veterinarian was solidified after a backpacking trip through Central and South America, where she encountered many animals that suffered from otherwise preventable or treatable diseases. Since entering the veterinary field, Dr. Ashley has made trips to several remote villages to offer veterinary care to these under served areas.

    Dr. Ashley has a special interest in cats and enjoys spoiling her own two kitties, Myles and Jarvis. In her spare time she and her husband Robbie enjoy the many things Vancouver Island has to offer. Dr. Ashley loves to mountain bike, downhill ski, hike, cook and travel.


  • Sandra Porter - Manager

     Sandra Porter - ManagerPrior to joining the Oceanside Animal Hospital care team, Sandra spent over ten years with the local branch of the BCSPCA where she was involved in animal care and cruelty investigations. The transition to a veterinary career in 2006 was a nice change of pace for Sandra and she has a great appreciation for being able to help our clients take the best care of their pets. In 2011, Sandra became the manager at Oceanside Animal Hospital and on most days, you will see Sandra’s cheerful smile as she spends a lot of time at the reception area trying to make sure that things are running smoothly.

    Sandra became co-owner of Oceanside Animal Hospital in April 2014, along with Dr. McKinlay.

    At home, Sandra shares her time with her husband and daughter, as well as a cranky cat, Frodo, and the most wonderful little fuzzy dog, Pippin!


  • Kara - Assistant Manager / Registered Veterinary Technologist


    Kara Deines - Assistant Manager / RVT in trainingKara is the Assistant Manager at Oceanside Animal Hospital and has been working with us since 2005 (when she was still in high school!) With the knowledge and experience she has gained from her employment, she enrolled in the distance program at Thompson Rivers University to become a Registered Veterinary Technologist.  She recently graduated and is now a licensed RVT.

    In the fall of 2010, Kara adopted her first cat, Frisk. Frisk came to Kara at 20 days old, suffering from malnutrition and neurological issues. With constant attention and care, Frisk has developed into a handsome medium-haired brown tabby. He still has slight neurological issues but it doesn’t interfere with his normal routine of lounging around the house and catching bugs. And then, in the summer of 2012, arrived new kitty Bella and it was love at first sight!


  • Samantha - Registered Veterinary Technologist

    Samantha Thomas - Registered Veterinary TechnologistSamantha joined Oceanside Animal Hospital during the summer of 2013 after moving to the area from……Alberta! So many of our team now hail from Alberta! Sam has lengthy experience as an animal health technologist, including training veterinarians at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

    Her favourite aspects at the animal hospital are anesthesia and internal medicine. Sam shares her home with her husband, two boys, and their lovely rescue dog. She is an avid cyclist who puts the rest of the team to shame by commuting to work on her bicycle during all kinds of weather!

  • Celine - Registered Veterinary Technologist

     Celine Calahoo - Registered Veterinary TechnologistCeline joined the Oceanside team in December 2013, shortly after relocating to Vancouver Island from Alberta with her husband, Jeff, and Yellow Lab, Chase. Celine graduated from NAIT as an animal health technologist and has a great deal of experience working in small animal veterinary hospitals, providing excellent patient/client care and veterinary support. She is excited to be a part of the Oceanside team!

    Celine also takes great advantage of the outdoor adventures that Vancouver Island provides, enjoying hiking, kayaking, and training for competitive obedience. She is active with the Nanaimo Kennel Club and can often be found out and about training Chase. Celine loves being outdoors and will soon be learning about making jams and preserves as she now has a yard with fruit trees! When she is not working, hiking, training, or preserving, Celine and her husband also enjoy traveling and chillaxin’ around the fire pit under the stars.


  • Tammy - Client Care

     Tammy Melville - Client CareTammy joined our team at Oceanside Animal Hospital in 2013. Previously, she had worked at a large clinic in Alberta after completing her Veterinary Office Assistant training to fulfill her dream of "always wanting to work in a veterinary clinic"! We are so glad that Tammy and her husband decided to relocate to the Parksville area as she has been a wonderful addition to our client care team. The local SPCA is also glad as Tammy spends much of her free time volunteering there. And when not working or volunteering, Tammy enjoys spending time with her pets, hiking, and gardening.







  • Brittany - Client Care

    Brittany Sharp - Client CareBrittany is the newest arrival to the Oceanside Team, joining us in the summer of 2014. Finally - someone from BC! That's right, Brittany is born and raised on Vancouver Island. Brittany has been a most welcome addition and fits right in at the clinic with her ability to provide excellent client and patient care. When she is not busy at the clinic taking care of our clients and their pets, Brittany enjoys yoga, the beach, hiking and walking her own beloved dog, Scout!