Veterinarians

Dr. Leonie McKinlay

Dr. Leonie McKinlay DVMDr. 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 diligently 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.

Dr. McKinlay has a special interest in dentistry and is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. In her spare time she 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.


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.


Dr. Madison Maggs

Dr. Madison Maggs was born in Kitimat, BC and raised in the Okanagan. She took sciences with a specialization in Ecology at the UBCO and the U of A before attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she graduated in 2016. Dr. Maggs worked at a busy practice in Prince George before joining the team at Oceanside in 2018. She loves the huge variety of outdoor activities that Vancouver Island has to offer, and regularly goes hiking, running and biking with her dogs. She also enjoys yoga, reading, and antique hunting.

Dr. Maggs has a special interest in providing care for animals in underprivileged communities, and recently travelled to Guatemala to help the working horses there.


Dr. Natasha Drinnan

Dr. Drinnan grew up on the West Coast in Surrey, BC and completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Simon Fraser University in Biology with emphasis on Marine Biology. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, and has since been practicing on Vancouver Island at different animal hospitals.

Dr. Drinnan has a keen interest in diagnostic imaging and is a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, two goats, and four chickens. She likes outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and kayaking and enjoys drawing, painting, and learning to play the guitar.