YPH Doctors and Staff
Dr. Rob Spooner has been practicing as a veterinarian in the Lower Mainland since 1989. Initially he worked as a locum throughout the Lower Mainland, filling in at several clinics on a regular basis. This gave him the opportunity to see how different practices operated- what worked well and what he would do differently. He feels he has succeeded in turning the best of what he’s learned into a modern, efficient, and comfortable veterinary clinic for the rapidly growing Yaletown area. Rob is also a member of CAAT (the Canadian Animal Assistance Team) and has taken part in several projects with the team throughout BC, as well as the Yukon and several trips abroad to Botswana over the past 4 years. He loves doing volunteer work, finding it both challenging and rewarding, and looks forward to more of it in the future. He works a rotating shift with Dr Vandermeer, alternating between daytime and evening shifts.
Dr. Deb Archeck is a native of Vancouver who graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine with her classmate, Rob Spooner, in 1989. She has practised throughout the Lower Mainland in small animal medicine and joined Yaletown Pet Hospital in 2004. Deb’s client-centred philosophy, along with an integrative approach incorporating various modalities, forms the foundation for providing excellence in patient care. Deb is very excited to be part of a progressive, supportive team of staff and doctors at YPH. Deb lives in Vancouver with her husband, son and super-cat, Penny. Dr Archeck is at YPH Monday to Thursday each week.
Dr. Roxanne Vandermeer graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2007. Before veterinary school, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Washington State University where she graduated Cum Laude. Prior to this, she spent 4.5 years overseas in The Netherlands and Singapore. Roxanne now works full time at Yaletown Pet Hospital as an associate veterinarian with a special interest in surgery and dentistry. As a member of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT), she has traveled to Botswana (Africa) & Ucluelet for volunteer spay/neuter clinics. She balances out her life with snowboarding, biking, scuba diving, playing with her pets, gardening, travel and friends. Dr. Vandermeer is at the clinic most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as well as alternating Mondays and Saturdays.
Dr. Jessica Robertson joined the team at Yaletown Pet Hospital on a regular basis in 2012. Previously she’d been working here as a locum, as well as at various small animal clinics in the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor. Dr. Robertson was born and raised in Ladner and completed her undergraduate degree in Agroecology at UBC. She graduated with a veterinary degree from the WCVM in Saskatoon in 2009, and while she loved her time on the prairies, she decided to return home to the West Coast shortly after finishing veterinary school. She has completed additional training in veterinary acupuncture, and enjoys finding ways to integrate these techniques into western veterinary practice. Jess currently shares her life with various adopted pets, and when she’s not working she enjoys being out and about with her dog, Mamacita. She also likes running, skiing in the winter, horse-back riding and being out on the water in the summer as well as spending time with family and friends
Dr Gavin Myers graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 2013. Growing up on a farm in rural Northern Ireland fuelled his love of both nature and animals from an early age. Over the past 2 years Gavin has worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in the lower mainland dealing with all creatures great and small. Gavin has a particular interest in small animal medicine and places a strong emphasis on building a good relationship with clients. In his spare time Gavin enjoys playing guitar,hiking and looking after Harold, his Brussels Griffon.
Alas, Dr. Jay Korbelik has left the YPH team, at least temporarily. We congratulate Jay on his new position as Dermatology Resident at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Save up your skin cases, because he’ll need to put all he’s learned into practice when he returns in a few years!
Yaletown Pet Hospital, like any other veterinary clinic, is not just the doctors who work here. We are also the Veterinary Technicians, the assistants, and the receptionists without whom we would be lost. Here are some of the faces you might see on your next visit to our clinic:
Amber’s veterinary career started in high school when she took part in a work experience program at a large animal practice in High Prairie Alberta. She moved to the Lower Mainland in 1997, and had worked in several small animal practices before finding a home here at Yaletown Pet Hospital. Amber and Dr Spooner are the last of the original staff from when the clinic opened in 2003. She has 28 years of experience in this field under her belt, and readily shares her skill and knowledge with her coworkers. Her goal is to continue to build upon her knowledge and provide the best care possible. She has a full house with her three kids and husband as well as four cats and two dogs. Some of her interests outside of work are horses, swimming and spending time with her family. She also has a passion for Shotoken Karate. Her husband Troy is a 3rd degree black belt and she is a 1st degree black belt. She competes and teaches in the sport at their dojo in New Westminster
A native of Newfoundland and Labrador, DeAnna graduated from NSAC ’97 and Fairview College ’98 with diplomas in Large Animal Technician and Animal Health Technologist. After 10 years of working with some of the best veterinary care teams in the lower Mainland as a full-time and locum RAHT, she changed hats and took on a management role with her favorite team at the Yaletown Pet Hospital. She is proud to be part of a clinic that offers a high standard of veterinary care to all their patients and clients. DeAnna is a member of CAAT- the Canadian Animal Assistance Team- and volunteered her services with the group on a humanitarian project in Belize in 2008. Here she assisted in providing veterinary services to the local dogs and cats on Caye Caulker. She is delighted that her colleagues at YPH support CAAT and the local animal charities with their volunteer efforts as well. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time in the mountains or on the water with her husband, four children and two border collie cross rescues, Mac and Marley.
Kim graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology as a Registered Health Technologist in 2005, and has been working full time in small animal practice ever since. She loves veterinary medicine, along with the challenges and gratification that come from helping people and their pets. Kim is especially passionate about surgery and anaesthesia, and strives to provide exemplary care for all our patients. She lives with her new husband, Justin, and her three cats Simon, James, and Tiffany Faye along with several aquariums full of a variety of exotic critters.. She loves the diverse shops and attractions to be found in Vancouver, and in her spare time she can be found at the library, in garden centres, enjoying nature and spending time with friends and family.
Megan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but has been a proud resident of Vancouver for the past 18 years. She attended the Veterinary Office Assistant (VOA) course at Douglas College, and graduated from that in 2009. She did her practicum here at Yaletown Pet Hospital and has been happily with us ever since. It is her goal to one day further her studies and become an Animal Health Technologist, but somehow find time to see the rest of the world. She is a newer member to CAAT and hopes to be able to go on one of their projects around the world one day. She is the owner of one very adorable old cat name Trixie. In her spare time she loves to paint, read, cook, bake and knit while watching a good movie.
Lisandre works up front at the clinic as the lead receptionist. She first completed an Esthetics Diploma from Blanche Macdonald in 2004, and practiced for more than three years. She then decided to follow her passion for animals and complete a Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate at Douglas College in 2008. Some of her interests are animals, the environment, traveling (not done as much as she would like). Her goals are to obtain an Animal Health Technology Diploma, as well as fulfil her dream of swimming with dolphins in their natural environment. Some of her hobbies include dancing, scuba diving, watching movies (horror movies are her favourite), and bowling. She has a 4yr old son, Xavier, as well as two cats: Tigger, a seven year old Bengal, and Daisy, a five year old domestic short hair. Also lets not forget her Beta fish, who Xavier has dubbed Spider Man.
Jessica was born in Halifax Nova Scotia, and moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She been in love with BC ever since, and now lives In New Westminister with her husband, and their dog Darwin, a Cairn Terrier mix. She is a graduate of Granville Business College where she received her VOA diploma and fell in love with veterinary science. Jessica works in reception area and loves getting to meet everyone who walks through the door. In her free time she enjoys knitting, singing, doing a variety of arts and crafts, playing the harp, and spending time with friends and family. Jessica and her husband are currently expecting their first child in late June of 2014. She will be on Maternity Leave as of early June, but probably won’t be able to stay away from YPH for too long!
Claire graduated from Thompson Rivers University as a Registered Veterinary Technologist in 2013. While at school, she did her practicum at Yaletown Pet Hospital and knew right away this was where she wanted to work. Shortly after finishing school, she started working at YPH and has been loving it ever since. Although she is originally Canadian, she spent most of her childhood growing up in Saudi Arabia. When she was fifteen she moved to Vancouver Island and then eventually to Vancouver. Claire also has a bachelors degree in Kinesiology from UBC, so has a particular interest in orthopaedics. She hopes to one day further her education in animal physical therapy. Outside of work she can be found running, cycling, hiking, hanging out at the beach or at home with her boyfriend Max and two cats Lloyd and Barney.