Care Team

At Oceanside Animal Hospital, our Care Team are devoted to putting your pet first. This is our #1 priority. We are committed to providing high quality medicine and a standard of care that exceeds expectations in a caring and compassionate manner. 

Sandra Porter - Manager

Prior 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 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 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 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.

Heather - Client Care

Heather has always had a passion for working with animals. Her first job was as a veterinary assistant at Cheam View Vet Hospital in Chilliwack. She spent some time traveling and settled in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she went to university and obtained a degree in Animal Biology. She came back to Canada to take part in a study on Grizzly Bears in Alberta and then returned to Parksville to live on the family farm. She worked at the SPCA and the Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital before joining the team at Oceanside Animal Hospital.

Outside the clinic, she has a farm to keep her busy with alpacas, dwarf goats, ducks, geese, dogs and cats. When life permits small windows of spare time, she and her daughter like to go to the beach and explore new trails.

Sarah - Veterinary Assistant

In the beginning of 2018, Sarah joined our veterinary care team. She was raised in the Oceanside area and believes it is one of the most beautiful places to live in Canada. As a young girl, Sarah always knew she wanted to work with animals. She grew up with dogs, cats, and small animals such as hamsters, and gerbils. Upon completing the Animal Care Aide program in 2015, she started working for the BCSPCA. This is where she was able to gain hands on experience working with all types of animals from different backgrounds. Sarah is so happy to be "living her dream" of working in a veterinary clinic, and is very proud to be a part of our care team. She loves coming to work everyday to learn and help animals.

Sarah is also an avid aquarist who loves her fish! Her soon to be husband and her have four aquariums in their living room, with the biggest one (so far) being 90 gallons! Sarah enjoys spending her free time knitting, doing crafts, cooking, hanging out with her cat Pumpkin, and doing anything in the great outdoors.