Care Team

At Oceanside Animal Hospital, our Care Team is 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 – Owner/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 her sweet cat, Ginny, and the most wonderful little fuzzy dog, Pippin!

Brandon – Client Service Representative

Shortly after moving to Parksville from the Mainland, Brandon decided Animal Care was in his future. He chose a Veterinary Assistant program that required volunteer hours at a local vet clinic. Oceanside took him on and he became a very helpful member of the team, leading to a job offer at the end of his full-time practicum in early 2020!

While his training is in veterinary assisting, he has become one of our client care specialists, helping clients at the front desk, answering calls, scheduling appointments, admitting our patients – pretty much anything and everything! Outside of work, Brandon enjoys music and computers…which has worked out very well for us at the clinic – he’s also our go-to for tech support!

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 labs, Chase and Brew. 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 and Brew. 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.

Kaitlin – Veterinary Assistant

Kaitlin started out by doing her Veterinary Assistant practicum at Oceanside Animal Hospital in early 2019. She fit in so well with our team that we decided we should keep her! Now you are likely to see her helping out at the front desk, assisting the veterinarian during exam procedures or filling in wherever she is most needed.

Kaitlin’s other interests include a love of dinosaurs and illustrating books. Outside of work, Kaitlin is kept quite busy by her menagerie of cats, sheep, chickens and a puppy!

Kirstin – Client Service Representative

Kirstin joined the Oceanside team in the summer of 2020, when in the midst of a pandemic she and her husband-to-be decided to leave the city pavements behind them and relocate to the verdant forests of Vancouver Island.

Kirstin, originally from Austria, comes to us by way of Bridge Lake and, most recently, Richmond. Some years ago, after a long career in the hospitality industry, and a short career in the arena of English academics, Kirstin decided to make a dramatic change and enter the world of veterinary medicine at the Steveston Veterinary Hospital in Richmond, B.C. She has come to greatly enjoy working with the four-legged patients as well as the two, giving her the best of both worlds.

When not trying to remember which of the phone lines is the one she put on hold, Kirstin enjoys spending her time unraveling the mysteries of gardening on an island where the growing season seems to be a fleeting moment in time just beyond her grasp. The other 9 months of the year are devoted black lab Una, the cats: Maisie and Hedy, numerous other winged creatures, the compost heap, and her truly patient partner. Kirstin is very happy to be part of the Oceanside team and looks forward to helping our patients and their families get the care and assistance they need.

Kylie – Veterinary Assistant

Kylie joined the Oceanside Team in May 2021 after relocating back home to the Island from Squamish BC.
  
She started her career in the animal support field as a supervisor at Wonderdogs Training in Victoria, then Ruff Stuff Dog Services in Squamish. There, she worked with dogs of all breeds and sizes; focusing on puppy socialization, basic obedience training, enrichment and playtime! From there, Kylie wanted to take her love for pets to the next level and started her Veterinary Assistant training at Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital.  
 
When Kylie isn’t talking about dogs, or thinking about dogs, she can be found out enjoying the BC wilderness; summiting mountains, swimming in the river, and camping with her husband and dog.

Lily – Veterinary Technologist

Lily - Veterinary TechnicianLily joined Oceanside Animal Hospital in the spring of 2020 after moving to the island from the high desert of New Mexico. She brings varied experiences to the team as a Veterinary Technician including many years in private practice and training veterinarians at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

A couple of Lily’s favorite aspects of veterinary medicine include honing her skills with the microscope and in the Dentistry suite. She is excited to be meeting the pets of Vancouver Island! Lily has traveled between the southwest US and Canada and north to the panhandle of Alaska and back always with her co-pilot chihuahua, Taz. She enjoys trying on different lives and has worked as a sourdough baker, a farm to table pastry chef, and as a small scale organic farm manager. She spent most of her life riding horses in combined eventing and the US Pony Club and has ridden and helped train dozens of horses and ponies.

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!

 

Sarah – Registered Veterinary Technologist

Sarah joined the Oceanside Animal Hospital care team in May of 2021 after relocating from Ontario.

Sarah started out in the veterinary field in 2009 working as a veterinary assistant before returning to school and earning her registered veterinary technician status. Through her years in the field she has gained a passion for animal nutrition. When not educating owners on their pets nutritional needs, she also enjoys assisting the veterinarians with appointments and caring for hospitalized patients.

In her free time Sarah enjoys traveling with her husband, hanging out with her sassy long haired chihuahua Princess Penelope, and exploring all that Vancouver Island life has to offer.