OUR TEAM

At Hastings Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to providing comprehensive pet healthcare in an affectionate manner. All of our staff is dedicated to the profession of pet healthcare, and each and every pet we see is cared for just as we would care for our own.

We are exclusively a small animal practice, providing preventive healthcare and treatments for cats and dogs. Our veterinarians, Dr. Amardeep Bajwa, Dr. Carmen Saenz, and Dr. Sheelagh Shanahan are committed to the provision of loving, professional care for all pets. Our veterinary technicians and vet office assistants regularly attend continuing veterinary education to update their skills in all aspects of veterinary care.

Carmen

Dr. Carmen Saenz, Veterinarian

Dr. Saenz graduated as a veterinarian from Centro de Estudios Universitarios Veterinary College in Monterrey, Mexico in 2005 where she worked as a small animal practitioner for one year before moving to our beautiful British Columbia, a place that proudly she calls home.

Since 2007 she has been working at Hastings Veterinary Hospital, initially studying and preparing to obtain her Canadian Veterinary Licence followed by providing taking appointments with lots of tender, loving care. Her passion and love for animals make her want to help to make this world a better place for all critters.

Carmen likes to spend time with her husband and their kids, Maki the doggy, Bluebelle the kitty, and Andre their son. She also enjoys hiking, reading, organizing messy places, and watching movies, especially at the drive-in theatre.

Pets: Maki and Bluebelle

Dr Amardeep Bajwa

Dr. Amardeep Bajwa, Veterinarian

Dr. Bajwa graduated from the Veterinary College UAS, Bangalore in 1999 before moving to Vancouver. As per his goal to help provide his cat and dog patients with the most compassionate and advanced vet care, he went to the Oklahoma State University veterinary school to enhance his small animal medicine experience and expertise. Upon moving back to Vancouver, he started practice at Hastings VH in 2005 and loves working with the excellent local community and their pets in the north Burnaby area.

He has a special interest in veterinary ophthalmology (eye care) and internal medicine for companion animals. He is also an excellent surgeon. He attends ongoing continuing education labs to keep his skills up to date related to vet medicine, pet dentistry and compassionate pet care. His other interests include spending time with his family and his dogs, and he also loves sports and travelling.

Pets: Poncho and Turbo

Dr Jangi Bajwa

Dr. Jangi Bajwa, Veterinary Dermatologist (Skin Specialist for Pets) at VetDERM Clinic

Dr. Jangi Bajwa is a board certified pet dermatologist and treats pets with allergies, ear, and skin problems. After working as a family veterinarian for 8 years, he pursued his special interest in treating skin allergies and skin problems in dogs and cats. He is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist with American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He is also a member of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatolgy and is passionately involved with their goal of enhancing pet dermatology in Canada. He exclusively treats skin, allergies and ear-related problems in pets. He has a keen interest in ear infections as these can often affect pets’ quality of life and can become a chronic problem if not resolved adequately.

Patients affected with skin and ear problems benefit from thorough dermatology evaluation, treatment of skin infection, ear infection, allergy testing, 2 types of allergy immunotherapy, video-otoscopy for ear treatments, and middle ear flushes, among other dermatologic benefits.

Jangi loves a range of sports as a spectator as well as playing sports including tennis, squash, running, and soccer. He also enjoys movies and beer.

Ashley

Ashley LeMond – Office Manager – Vet Assistant

Ashley is the head receptionist here at Hastings Vet Hospital. She began her career here with us in October of 2010. Ashley graduated from the VA program at West Coast College. She has learned so much working with us and has built very strong relationships with clients and patients. Ashley loves playing softball and plays on many teams and even participates in national tournaments. If you can’t find her on the ball field you can find her cozied up with her best pal “Fanta” her big, fat, orange kitty.

Pets: Opie, Meeka, Fanta, and Mya

Veronika

Veronika Sanchez – Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Veronika has been working at Hastings Veterinary Hospital since 2008, after graduating from the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College. After working as a VOA at Hastings for a few years she enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Douglas College in 2013 and graduated as an RVT in 2015, she has been enjoying her lifelong dream of working with animals ever since. Veronika has a passion for Radiology and large breed dogs. She enjoys being a technician for the challenges every day brings, and for the opportunity to build relationships with both clients and patients. In her free time, Veronika enjoys camping, quading, snowmobiling, and travelling with her husband. Her heart currently belongs to her Doberman mix “Valhalla”.

Pets: Valhalla

Brandi

Brandi Watson – Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Brandi has been working for Hastings Veterinary Hospital since September of 2011 after she graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Office and Animal Care program. In June 2016 she graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician Diploma program and became a Registered Technician the following month. She loves being a tech because every day is a different day and new patients with new puzzles. Even though the job is emotionally tiring at times, being able to see patients make full recoveries and being able to be a part of that makes it all worthwhile. In the future, Brandi would like to pursue a career in the rehabilitation area of small animals and/or wildlife care and would like to acquire more hands-on experience with exotics and avian species. While living a busy life with a full-time career and trying to incorporate soccer and softball, as well outdoor activities, Brandi always tries to keep a positive and upbeat outlook on life. She has, in the past, shared her home with many exotic pets such as rats, degus, and hamsters. Both she and husband Russell love animals and share their home with Ron “Weasley”, a 4-year-old domestic long-haired orange tabby cat. The newest addition is Billy Jean, a 1.5-year-old solid white domestic shorthair cat who is full of energy. Brandi and her family also share the family dog, Leeroy Brown, a 13.5-year-old Terrier mutt mix.

Pets: Leeroy Brown, Ron Weasley, Billy Jean

Chenoa

Chenoa Flack – Patient Care Assistant

Chenoa joined the Hastings Veterinary Clinic team in early 2015. She graduated in 2013 from Thompson Rivers University with a BSc. in Chemical Biology. Chenoa enjoys working with pets as well as wildlife, having spent some time volunteering at the BC Wildlife Park Rehabilitation Centre, and her spare time is spent on her ever-changing hobbies or enjoying the outdoors.

Brie

Brie Evans – Client Care Representative

Brie has been working here at HVH since she was 16 years old. She is currently going to school with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. She considers her job very rewarding and has always known this is what she wanted to do since she was a little girl. When she’s not at school or work she loves to go hiking and hang out with her cat Loki, who she rescued through Hastings Vet, and her senior pup Jazz.

Pets: Loki and Jazz

Jared

Jared – Animal Care Volunteer