Veterinarians

Dr. Connie Beauchamp

Dr. Connie Beauchamp was born and raised on Vancouver Island. After years of working as an animal health technologist in Edmonton, Alberta she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. In 2006 she began her Bachelor of Science studies at the University of Alberta and in 2013 she graduated with great distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. Beauchamp moved back to Vancouver Island and spent 7 years at a small animal practice in Nanaimo before deciding to join the team at Oceanside in the summer of 2020.

Professionally Dr. Beauchamp has special interests in ophthalmology and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband Tracy and their dog Owen.


Dr. Jill Harrison

Some of our clients may recall Dr. Jill Harrison as she spent some time working with Oceanside as a locum a few years ago. Now, the stars have aligned and she has joined us permanently in 2021! We are very excited to announce that Dr. Harrison is now seeing our patients on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Dr. Harrison graduated from WCVM in 2010 and has spent the majority of her career thus far caring for pets in the mid Island area. Dr. Harrison has a strong interest in surgery and she adores all creatures, especially the underwater ones she encounters while diving locally! When not at work, you can probably find Dr. Harrison underwater somewhere taking extraordinary photos of octopi or stubby squids!


Dr. Leonie McKinlay

Dr. McKinlay has always had a special fondness for animals and knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She worked to make her dream a reality, obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Calgary before attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she graduated with great distinction in 2011. After four cold winters in Saskatoon, she decided to retire her snow shovel and relocate to beautiful Vancouver Island to join the team at Oceanside Animal Hospital.

Dr. McKinlay enjoyed the patients, clients, and staff at Oceanside Animal Hospital so much that in 2014 she took over ownership of the practice along with manager Sandra Porter.

In her spare time, Dr. McKinlay loves to read, garden, and spend time outdoors enjoying the natural beauty of the Oceanside area with her husband Gord and her two young daughters. She also shares her home with one very patient cat (Abby), one very naughty dog (Archie), two guinea pigs (Spud and Tater Tot), and a freshwater aquarium full of fish.