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 - 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!

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.

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.

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!

Hanna - Veterinary Technologist

Hanna joined our team in February 2020, shortly after relocating to Vancouver Island from Northern Ontario. She graduated as a Veterinary Technician with a specialization in wildlife rehabilitation in April 2019 and her very first blood collection was on a raccoon! Hanna's first experience working with animals was at a fish hatchery where she participated in a trap/vaccinate/release raccoon rabies program. We are glad she has made to switch to cats and dogs and are happy to welcome Hanna to our team!

When not working, she shares her time with a very sweet (and a little vengeful) kitty named Reno.