Dr. Justene Tedder
South African born and Canadian trained, Justene is happy to practise veterinary medicine in beautiful Salt Spring Island after spending time in Alberta.
Justene and her husband Christo and their cat Nala moved to the west coast when they bought the clinic in 2012.
Justene is passionate about giving her patients and clients personalized care and comfort.
She is also training in Veterinary Chinese Medicine including Herbal Medicine and is soon to be certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Dentistry is another passion for Justene as she knows that she makes such a difference to the quality of life for her patients.
Out Support Staff
Kim McIntyre – Veterinary Technician and Director of Administration.
Kim grew up on Salt Spring Island and through numerous career paths and life experiences she has found her passion in veterinary medicine. She loves her job and truly appreciates that all of the skills she has acquired over her lifetime are put to use in her position at the clinic. She loves giving clients and their pets personalized care and attention.
Currently she is studying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician through Thompson Rivers University Distance Program and will complete her training this year. Recently she completed her level one Fear Free training and is our first certified Fear Free professional.
When not at the clinic or studying, she spends time with her family, her dog Teddy, her feisty mare Tara and her cheeky miniature horse Buddy! She loves practicing horsemanship and developing herself to the best of her abilities. Her most favourite place is on the back of her horse in the wilderness with the sun on her back.
Gabriel – Veterinary Technician and Director of Medical Services.
Gabriel came all the way from southern Brazil with his wife Natalia and daughter Helena to join our team as a veterinary technician.
With a 14 year background in veterinary services in his home country, he made the move of coming permanently to Canada to pursue a nice community life for his family.
He has a weak spot for sheep and cows and is ready to assist in our farm calls!
Between pushing the swing and having ice cream with Helena, Gabriel likes to spend his time outdoors and is always seeking someone to help and to have an easy talk!
Natalia – Veterinary Technician/Deputy Director of Public Contact.
Natalia has been in the veterinary industry in Brazil for 10 years before moving to Saltspring with Gabriel and Helena.
She is helping us on our social media sites so be sure to say Hi there.
While being a mom is priority Natalia loves to cuddle all animals that come to the clinic – especially the exotic birds!!
In her free time Natalia enjoys yoga so she is really loving her new home here in Canada.
Lindsey Taylor – Groomer.
Lindsey Taylor was born and raised in Calgary, but has since lived all over the world. Having travelled to over 30 countries, she settled in SaltSpring in late 2016, and hopes to stay here for as long as possible.
Lindsey has always had a passion and love for animals, and was thrilled to get the opportunity to help them professionally. She spent the first year at the clinic as an assistant, before realizing that she had an interest in grooming.
Trained under the amazing Christo, she has enthusiastically jumped in to the grooming position, and loves it more every day! She recently completed her Level 1 dog grooming course at Wags in Parksville, and hopes she can continue to hone her grooming skills, and further her education whenever possible.
Erin – Veterinary Receptionist/Assistant.
Erin and her partner purchased their first home on Salt Spring Island in 2018. Growing up in Victoria she has always been an island girl who cherished her pets; ranging from cats, to reptiles and rodents. Now she happily has 3 dogs and a cat but hopes to add more to the pack soon!
She entered the Veterinary Medicine field in 2018 to learn, work with and help animals. Learning has always been a passion of hers so being a part of the Gulf Island team has provided excellent opportunity to just that!
On her free time she enjoys spending time with her animals, going to the ocean and finding hidden pieces of paradise in the forest.
Megan – Veterinary Assistant.
Megan moved back to Salt Spring Island in July of 2018 after graduating from high school in Smithers BC.
She is excited to be working in the veterinary field and continues to learn lots. She has spent her life surrounded by animals whether it was raising sheep for 4-H, riding for pony club, or training dogs.
In her free time Megan enjoys the outdoors and spending time hiking or going for trail rides.
Isabel – Veterinary Assistant.
Isabel is our most appreciated veterinary assistant who evolved from being a work experience student from our high school program.
She loves to make sure all our patients are as comfortable as possible.
Carlie – Veterinary Assistant.
Carlie is one of first VET CAMP alumni! She has been behind the scenes cleaning all through her high school years and recently has started her training as an assistant.
She has great attention to detail and loves making sure all the patients are happy and entertained.
Gabi – Veterinary Student/Veterinary Assistant.
Bio – coming soon!
Louise – Veterinary Receptionist.
Louise is an Equestrian Canada fully certified coach who grew up in the English countryside surrounded by horses, dogs, guinea pigs and a variety of other animals. She has been riding horses since the age of four and from an early age has been involved with Border Collies in both the agility and obedience fields.
Having travelled the world for nearly two decades creating vacation programmes and brochures for some of the top travel companies in the UK, she settled on Salt Spring fifteen years ago.
Louise is passionate about animals and loves to spend her weekends with her horses and dogs, enjoying the outdoor way of life on Salt Spring.
Jordan – Veterinary Receptionist/Assistant.
Jordan is a young, fun lovin’ English gentlemen born and raised in a seaside town of England.
From a young age has been surrounded by all different types of animals in the family, always having a massive amount of passion to help give them the best life possible, rescuing injured or lost animals to get them the best of care since he can remember.
Volunteering in rescue centres around the world and working for the BCSPCA, studying many different species and their behaviours. Even elephants!
Now finding Salt Spring on his travels, Jordan is excited to live here with this new exciting opportunity of an amazing career path that is in line with his dream and passion to help save animals, giving them the best life possible.
Miki – Office Administrator.
Miki is our office queen. She keeps our paperwork in line and our inventory updated so we can help our patients best. She is also in charge of our online pharmacy and food store.
Miki is originally from Japan but has lived in Canada for many years. She has a fabulous tabby cat Neeko who loves to cuddle with her.
Christo is our jack of all trades
His is always ready to lend a helping hand and say “Hi” to the animals!
Ask him about his previous career as a safari guide in South Africa.
If you’re lucky once in a while you might meet a small smiley face at the clinic as Zeena much prefers the cushier lifestyle of being a couch or chair hog!!!