Our Doctors

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.

Our 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.

A Registered Veterinary Technician, she recently 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.

Gabi – Veterinary Technician and Director of Medical Services.

Gabi is a Veterinary Technician working on becoming registered by the end of 2021. She moved to Canada from Brazil in 2017, started volunteering at the SPCA, then started working for us as a Veterinary Assistant in 2019. She has helped and cared for many stray animals in Brazil, and decided to change careers and dive deep into Veterinary Medicine after moving to Canada. She is also Fear Free Certified Level 3 and loves making sure all animals have the least amount of stress during each visit.

In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, studying, tattooing, and playing music!

Gabriel – Veterinary Technician.

Gabriel came all the way from southern Brazil with his wife Natalia and daughter Helena to join our team as a part-time 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!


Bio coming soon

Erin – Veterinary Receptionist/Assistant.

Erin and her husband 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 2 dogs, 2 cats, and is always bugging her husband for more!

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 an excellent opportunity to do just that!

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her animals, going to the ocean, and finding hidden pieces of paradise in the forest.


Penny is a remote worker. Her bio is coming soon.

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.

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 Snyman.

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.

Donna – Virtual Assistant.

Donna is a remote worker living in the Philippines. She has been working as a freelancer for more than 11 years. She is an experienced Virtual Administrative Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. She is skilled in web development, training and coaching, data entry, and bookkeeping. 

She has 14 dogs — a labrador, a golden retriever, a shih tzu, and 11  rescue dogs. For her, dogs are family and that means no one gets left behind. 


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!!!

RIP to this cutee. She is now in doggo heaven.