Our Team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Leah Montgomery, DVM

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DrLeah@coolvet.com


Dr. Leah attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, then suffered four harsh winters in Saskatoon at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She managed not to get frost bitten (although her car did freeze completely for three days!) and moved back to the beautiful West Coast in 1995.


Dr. Leah began practice at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital but after five years she decided it was time for a change. She moved to Coquitlam and began practice at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. In April 2001 she purchased the Hospital from Dr. Kassam and is enjoying both the practice and the management side of veterinary medicine.


Between spaying cats and vaccinating dogs, Dr. Leah manages to find time to ski and snowboard in the winter and rip up the trails on her mountain bike year-round.

And she is the mother of 2 fur-babies, her cats named Sunny and Simon (pictured). "I love dogs!" she protests. "But with my crazy schedule, cats are easier to care for. I am "Auntie" to all the dogs that come through the hospital doors. The best part is I get to give them back!", she says with a grin!

Dr. Ashley Milner, DVM

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 DrAshley@coolvet.com


Ashley graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and immediately joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital team. Ashleygot her start in veterinary medicine in 1994, at the tender age of eleven, by attending a day camp for kids at the Burnaby SPCA. For the next decade there after, she worked every summer as an SPCA camp counselor as well as a humane educator.


During university and vet school, Ashley worked at Mosquito Creek Veterinary Hospital in North Vancouver, Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital in Surrey, the Vancouver Animal Shelter, and the Winnipeg Humane Society. She also participated in free spay/neuter clinics in remote areas of California and North Dakota and continues to volunteer for local rescues. Ashley currently offers acupuncture and chiropractic treatments for her patients as well!  


Ashley is the resident "bully breed" expert at Shaughnessy Vet, and the proud owner of two bully rescues, Tiki-Granger, and Jake. You can follow the adventures of Ashley and her bully crew at www.ashleythevet.com

Dr. Sylvia Huang, DMV

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DrSylvia@coolvet.com


Sylvia graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia in 2004 and her first job was as a mixed animal practitioner in Drumheller, Alberta. After 2 years of stitching up horses, doing cesareans on cows, and pulling porcupine quills out of dogs faces, she returned home to Vancouver where she obtained a job at Eagle Ridge Animal and Bird Hospital in Coquitlam. After 10 years of working there, she recently decided she needed a change and joined the Shaughnessey Veterinary Hospital team in July 2017.

Sylvia enjoys geriatric dogs and cats, and will cuddle any puppies and kittens that walk through the door. She also loves working with rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and rats and has a fondness of challenging surgeries. Sylvia lives in Port Moody with her husband, their toddler, one golden retriever named Dexter and her two senior cats.

Dr. Midge Ritchie, DVM

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DrMidge@coolvet.com


Midge first discovered her dream of being a veterinarian after adopting a little pug named Oliver and an FIV-positive kitty named Sammy. Oliver and Sammy, as well as another pug named Nellie, were with her through thick and thin and the strength of their bond made her realize just how deep the human-animal bond went. As a result, she decided to dedicate herself to the veterinary field with the hope of not only helping animals but also of promoting this special bond that benefits both animals and humans.


While completing her pre-veterinary requirements, she worked at several veterinary practices as a technician to hone her skills. She then moved on to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her clinical training at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in August 2010. Originally from Ohio, Midge recently moved to the Vancouver area via Calgary and New York City.


Midge has a strong interest in internal medicine, especially endocrinology, soft tissue surgery, and management of long-term diseases. As a former education director at a museum, she is also well-qualified to provide client education, which she believes is the cornerstone of a trusting relationship between clients and their veterinarians.


Midge shares her home with her young son, Xander, as well as a young pug named Dexter and her one-eyed kitty, Gia. In her spare time her favourite thing is spending time with her son as well as hiking, going to the beach, yoga, reading, going to museums and art galleries and she has recently taken up knitting and crocheting, which is a work in progress. 

Dr. Amanda Sefcik, DVM

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 DrAmanda@coolvet.com


Amanda is a recent transplant to British Columbia from the states. She studied computer science at Dartmouth College and spent a few years as a video game programmer before deciding to change careers to pursue her passion for veterinary medicine.


 Amanda graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and joined the Shaughnessy team in April 2016. During vet school she spent time with a local shelter and feral cat trap-neuter-return clinic. She also dedicated time to the field of aquatic animal medicine, achieving a certificate of study, and spent time at the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium and Zoo. Amanda also enjoys practicing veterinary acupuncture, which she studied at the Chi Institute in Florida.


Amanda lives in Langley with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats and two rabbits. Clearly good things come in twos! In her time off she enjoys reading, sewing, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family. 

Laura Crichton, Office Manager

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laura@coolvet.com


Laura joined the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant in August 2008 after graduating from the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College.  She was faced with the option to either moved forward with Veterinary Health Technology or Office Management; since she is very good with people, she decided to pursue Office Management and graduated from the Veterinary Management School in Colorado in 2012 and has been managing the amazing SVH team ever since.


A Port Coquitlam hometown girl, she spends her time taking care of her Jack Russell Terrier Mollie, her tuxedo cat Cohen, and her sister's English Bulldog, Rocky. In her spare time she enjoys cooking/baking, hiking and hot yoga. Laura would love to add more furry creatures to her life, but needs to wait until she has more space! Until then, she will just have to cuddle all the ones that come through the hospital doors. 

Jan Werger, RVT (Technician Manager)

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 jan@coolvet.com


Jan hails from the wilds of Whonnock where she spends her off-time tending her garden and trying to convince her canine helper that burying a milk bone will NOT grow a milk bone tree, no matter how well-fertilized!


Jan graduated from the University College of the Cariboo's Animal Health Technology program in 1996. After graduation she worked with Dr. Dennis Jackson at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital. In 1998 she expanded her horizons to Port Coquitlam, joining the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. A few years ago, Jan discovered a flair for teaching, and is an instructor at the VOAC program at Douglas College. The experience allows Jan to share her enthusiasm for this amazing industry with both her co-workers at the clinic and the great students at Douglas College.

Jennifer Yochim, RVT

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jenn@coolvet.com


Jenn is a long time resident of Port Coquitlam who has recently set up roots in Maple Ridge with her husband Jeremy and their new baby girl Kiana. After a couple of years of College she travelled to Australia for a year where she toured the country like many other backpackers from all over the world. Jenn has always had a lifelong love of animals so when she returned from Australia she went back to school where she completed the Animal Health Technology program at Douglas College and has been part of our team since April 2007.

Jenn has added a new fur baby to her family, a Chocolate Lab x Pointer named Ryker who is full of energy and very eager to learn; he definitely keeps them busy and on their feet at all times!


In Jenn's free time you can find her playing in the bush on her rzr, lifting weights at the gym or walking her dog on the dyke.

Lauren Boettcher, RVT

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lauren@coolvet.com


Lauren joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary team in June 2008 after deciding that a career with animals is where she belonged. She started off with being an assistant and then decided that she loved it so much that she wanted to go back to school to become a technician and graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program in June 2015. Lauren is very interested in the field of animal nutrition,  so she is the go-to person for any of your nutritional questions!


Lauren grew up in Port Coquitlam and now lives in Maple Ridge with her husband Brad, their daughter, Scarlett and her 3 furry kids; 2 Alaskian Klee Klai's named Loxley and Rogue and their Abyssinian mix named Bastian. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, being outdoors and training dogs.

Kelly Temple, RVT

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kelly@coolvet.com


Kelly was born in New Westminster,  grew up in Port Coquitlam, and still lives there today. Working with animals has always been Kelly's passion; she graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Office Assistant program in 2011 and has been a part of the Shaughnessy team ever since. She graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program in June 2015 and is continuing to make a difference in the lives of our furry friends.

As a teenager, Kelly spent her time around horses but currently her life surrounds around her two dogs. Goose, a Beagle cross with a mind of his own and Opie, a pit bull rescue who is scared of the world but is your best friend once he gets to know you; both just happen to be the best cuddlers . 


When Kelly's not at Shaughnessy, she enjoys spending her time with her 3 loves: her husband, Ryan and their two four legged children, Opie and Goose. 

Ashley Raymond, RVT

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ashleyr@coolvet.com


Ashley grew up in Pitt Meadows and she currently resides in New Westminster with her boyfriend Matt and their furry, four legged, hairball maker, Ernie.  Her life long love for animals led her to attend the Animal Health Technology program right out of high school. After being a registered veterinary technician for almost 4 years, she moved to Cambridge, England to complete a 3 year BSc (hons) degree in Zoology. During her studies she completed field courses in Uganda, Scotland, Poland, the Netherlands, and all over England. Her field studies in Uganda inspired her to pursue a MSc degree in Veterinary Epidemiology which she is currently completing at the University of Edinburgh. She also worked in a hedgehog hospital while she was away and while she misses them and the UK dearly, she has been enjoying living in Canada with her fur baby Ernie again. 


When she's not working, she enjoys Netflix binging with Ernie and Matt, doing whatever outdoor sports the season has to offer and exploring the city. 

Lana McHale, RVT

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lana@coolvet.com


Lana started working in the veterinary field after graduating from the Douglas College Veterinary Office and Animal Care Program in 2007.  Lana decided that she wanted to pursue her career in the veterinary field and in 2011, she graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program and has plans to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree as well.  Lana joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital team in January 2019 and has instantly become part of the family.


Lana is the proud owner of 3 fur babies, her Bull Terrier named Pingu, her Siamese cross cat name Ampan and of course, Dango the Chihuahua.  In Lana's spare time, you will find her either out hiking with her dogs, hanging out with her friends or just relaxing while watching TV.

Emry Gilchrist, VOA (Tech Assistant)

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emry@coolvet.com 


Emry graduated from the West Coast College Veterinary Assistant program in 2009. After graduation she gained valuable experience at leading vet clinics throughout the Fraser Valley before joining our team in June 2013. She has always had a great love for all things furry and is thrilled that she gets to work with animals every day.


Emry grew up in Port Coquitlam and now lives in Pitt Meadows with her husband and two dogs Piglet and Moo Cow. In her spare time she can be found hiking with her dog on Burke Mountain or baking delights in her kitchen. She also enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family.

Leanne Benjestorf, VOA (Head Receptionist)

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leanne@coolvet.com


After 20 years in the home improvement retail/customer service field, Leanne decided to make a career change.  She combined her love of helping people and her love of all creatures big and small and went to school to become a Veterinary Office Assistant.  She graduated from Douglas College in September of 2012 and became a member of the Shaughnessy Veterinary team in April 2013.


Leanne currently lives in Coquitlam with her ginger cat Kenya and her newest addition, a rescued three-legged tuxedo cat named Brandon Manitoba.  


Ewa Nawrocki, VOA

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ewa@coolvet.com


Ewa was born in England and moved to her current hometown of Port Coquitlam in 1996. Her love for animals inspired her to take the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College. 


She joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in March 2014. Soon after being hired she adopted two guinea pigs named Olive and Sweetpea. Growing up, Ewa had a black Lab cross named Rocky and two bunnies named Avocado & Bunny Boy, who sparked her interest to pursue a career working with animals.  She currently resides in Maple Ridge with her fiance Kevin, her cat named Kirby, her rabbit named Bugsy and 4 guinea pigs named Rubin, Butters, Peanut and Marley. 


In her spare time she loves playing video games, going for long walks in the forest, and watching her favourite show "Hope for Wildlife". In the future she hopes to adopt more animals to add to her family

Andrea Scekic, VOA

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andrea@coolvet.com


Andrea was born in Port Coquitlam and has lived there her entire life. She has always been passionate about animals and knew she wanted to work with them from a young age. She is currently finishing her bachelor of science degree at S.F.U. and is planning to apply to the vet technician program this winter. Andrea has worked with animals in various jobs for the last 6 years including volunteering at the SPCA , working at a veterinary clinic, and working at a dog kennel. She was very familiar with the practice as she first volunteered there for a year and brought her pets in regularly. She is now a member of the Shaughnessy family and is excited to learn new things and cuddle with all of the furry friends she meets at the clinic.


Andrea has two fur babies at home; Ava is her two year old German Shepherd and is her first dog who will always have a special place in her heart. She also has a young rescue cat named Emmett, who is a major escape artist and also the biggest cuddler. Andrea and her boyfriend, Matt, are hoping to soon expand her home and add a second dog when the time is right and when they have more space. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, hanging out with friends, snowboarding and campin

Nick Arduini, VOA

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nick@coolvet.com


Nick has always had a love for animals. He has fond memories of playing with all sorts of creatures at his family farm in Rosa, Manitoba. He has an affinity towards Airedale Terriers as this was his family dog growing up. He graduated from the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College in the summer of 2015 and since then, he has worked in an Animal Emergency clinic. Nick joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary team in July 2016 and automatically felt like he has been there for years.


In his spare time, Nick enjoys hiking, playing sports, spending time with his fiance and daughter and teaching his son to love animals as much as he does. He hopes to have a house full of furry friends in the near future, complete with an Airedale or two!

Edith Mok, VOA

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edith@coolvet.com


Edith grew up in Coquitlam and has always had a love for animals. Growing up she would constantly ask her parents for a dog, and would try to convince them that she was ready for one by reading and repeating everything she learned. After begging for over a decade, she finally got her first dog.


Edith graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. In 2017 she decided to take the Douglas College Veterinary Office and Animal Care program to pursue her passion for animals. She completed her practicum at Shaughnessy and enjoyed it so much that she decided to stay!


Edith currently lives in Langley with her husband, their daughter, and their two Pomeranians, Odie and Pooky.

Michelle, VOA

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michelle@coolvet.com


Michelle joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in January 2019.  She graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Office and Animal Care program in 2015.  She gained valuable experience working at a busy animal hospital servicing small animals, exotics, and birds for several years.


Michelle is really enjoying working with the team here at Shaughnessy and meeting all of our clients and our furry customers.  She has quickly fallen in love with our clinic cats, Dan and Hemi, and they love her too!

Nicole Barclay, VOA

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nicole@coolvet.com


Nicole joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in January 2011, after a year of maternity leave. She graduated from West Coast College in 2005 from the Veterinary Assistant Program and has been working in Veterinary Hospitals ever since.


Nicole has a true true heart for animals!  She was born and raised on her family's dairy farm in Pitt Meadows. She has experience with all different animals. You name it, she has rescued or owned it!  From Buffalo, to Deer, Goats, Cows, Horses, Chickens, Geese, Peacocks, Dogs and Cats, and the list goes on. 


When Nicole is not working at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, hiking, camping, gardening and working on the family dairy farm. 

Karen Go, VOA

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karen@coolvet.com


Karen was born in Hong Kong but came to Canada when she was less than a year old. She has always had a strong passion and love for animals from a young age, especially cats. Karen had been volunteering with the SPCA and other veterinary clinics before she started working at a veterinary hospital in the summer of 2014. Karen joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital team in February 2017 after she graduated from the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College.


Outside of work and school Karen enjoys eating and cooking a variety of foods and spending time with her Ragdoll cat Miso..

Billy McLaughlin, Receptionist

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billy@coolvet.com


**Currently away for school**


Billy joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital team in November 2016 and she fit right in! She has always had a passion for animals, so much so that she is currently attending  University in the states, so that she can attend Veterinary School.


Port Coquitlam is her hometown and in her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing and coaching lacrosse, spending time with her family and friends and taking care of her Border Collie mix named Jake and her guinea pig named Chloe. 

About Them

Lieutenant Dan - Clinic Ambassador

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 **he does not have an email, he prefers face to face cuddles instead**


Lieutenant Dan joined the team of the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in June 2014. He was shuffled around between several rescue homes before a lucky series of events connected him to us. Everyone was instantly in love and the decision for him to come live with us was unanimous.


Dan (aka Louie or Daniel-son) has some malformed bones in his spine which is causing some compression of the spinal cord causing his back legs to be a little different. He also was born with contracted tendons in the rear limbs, adding to his issues.  While he will never walk like a "normal" cat, he is very happy and loves helping out at reception when he's not sleeping in his Cat Sac.

Hemsworth (Hemi) - Security

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  **he does not have an email, he prefers face to face cuddles instead** 


Hemsworth came to us in the summer of 2018 because his original family could not care for him anymore and we fell in love right away.  His original name was Thor but we felt that  with new change came a new name, Hemi was a unanimous decision and it fit him well.  Hemi requires thyroid medication once a day and his favourite time of day is lunch time.


You may notice Hemi wandering around the clinic from day to day, making sure the events of the day are running smoothly and ensuring everyone is getting along.