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.

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. Sheelagh Shanahan – MVB

Dr. Shanahan graduated from the National University of Ireland in 1996 and since then has worked around the world as a companion animal vet before joining HVH in 2017. She is passionate about collaborative pet care and likes to help her clients make the most informed decisions possible about their pet’s wellbeing. Dr. Shanahan loves all aspects of practice and really enjoys meeting clients and getting to know them and their animals. When not at the clinic, you will find her hanging out with her family, walking her Rhodesian ridgeback dog Ruby, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Pets: Ruby

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

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

Ashley LeMond – Office Manager – Vet Assistant

Ashley is the office manager 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 recently expanded her family and welcomed her first child Liam, born in August of 2018. Ashley loves playing softball and plays on many teams and even participates in national tournaments.

Pets: Meeka, Fanta, and Mya

Brandi Watson – Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Brandi has been working for HVH 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 Veterinary Technician. She loves being a RVT because every day is different. Even though the job is emotionally and mentally exhausting 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, she would like to acquire more hands-on experience with other species like exotics and avians, while gaining knowledge in rehabilitation and wildlife care. Brandi likes to keep busy with a full-time career and trying to incorporate soccer and softball, as well outdoor activities. Brandi has, in the past, shared her home with many pocket pets such as rats, degu’s, and hamsters. Both she and husband Russell love animals and share their home with Ron “Weazley”, a 6 year-old domestic long-haired orange tabby cat. Billy Jean, a 4-year-old solid white domestic shorthair cat who is full of energy. Their newest addition is Tux (Tuxedo, Aka-Sir Tuxington) a 2 yr old Shih Zhu X Rottie mutt.

Pets: Tux, Ron Weazley, Billy Jean

Elvira Scigliano – Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Elvira has been a part of the Hastings team since Nov 2016. Elvira started off her career in the veterinary industry by volunteering at the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA). She then graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Office and Assistant program in 2015. After working as a Veterinary Assistant for a year she wanted to expand and grow her knowledge and become a Veterinary Technician. In 2017 she then got accepted into the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Elvira is a recent 2019 Technician graduate. Upon graduation she was recognized with Dean’s List, honors and awarded the Dr Hollingshead/Baird Bamford Anesthesia and Critical Care award for the student who demonstrated the most technical and competence in this area of medicine. Elvira eventually would like to complete a Veterinary Technician specialty in anesthesia and emergency medicine. She also enjoys large animal medicine as she completed a practicum in Williams Lake. In her free time you can find her hiking, camping or hanging out at the beach. She shares her home with her 9-year-old German shepherd cross Lupo and her 7-year-old cat Terra.

Pets: Lupo and Terra

Carly – Head Receptionist

Carly is the Head Receptionist at Hastings Vet, and has been with working here with us since November 2016. Carly has a passion for animals and enjoys working in customer service. She loves all the relationships she’s built with our clients and furry patients. She has always known this is the industry she is meant to be in, even as a little girl, and will be attending the “Veterinary Practice Management Program” in January 2020. When Carly is not at work you can find her doing yoga, on a hike or just outside in nature. Carly loves all animals, and currently has a beloved black domestic long hair cat named Daisy.

Brie Evans – Veterinary Assistant

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.

Pet: Loki

Nicole King – Veterinary Assistant

Nicole has been a part of the Hastings Veterinary Hospital team as a veterinary office receptionist since August 2018. She graduated from the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Douglas College in 2014 and has been in the veterinary industry since 2015. Nicole has grown up with multiple cats all her life and knew that she wanted to work with animals since she was 5 years old. Although this career can be emotionally draining, she finds that it can definitely be rewarding to comfort animals and make them feel better. She loves seeing all of the animals that come in for health check-ups and witnessing their improvements that veterinary medicine can provide with. In the future, Nicole wants to expand on her veterinary skills and eventually go back to school to become a veterinary technician. Nicole loves to be a part of the HVH team because it feels like a family and everyone cares about animals and their health as much as her. When she is not helping out pet owners, you can find her at home binge-watching sitcoms like Grey’s Anatomy or hanging out with friends at concerts.

Anna Chee – Veterinary Assistant/Vet Tech Student

Anna joined the Hastings Veterinary team in April 2018 after completing the Veterinary Technician Assistant program at Granville College. She has hopes to graduate in 2021 from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program. Anna always had a passion for animal care since she was little. She considers her job gratifying and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her. During her spare time, Anna likes to hike, read and binge watch TV shows. She also likes to try new things. At home, Anna has two rambunctious cats named Pekoe and Sage. Every day is an exciting day with these two cats. She never knows what surprise they will have in store for her.

Pets: Peiko and Sage

Joanne Chieh –Veterinary Assistant

Joanne has been working at Hastings Veterinary Hospital since July of 2018 after she graduated from the Granville College Veterinary Technician Assistant program. Working with animals has always been a passion of hers since she was little. She loves being an assistant because each day is never the same and she’s always learning something new. Joanne shares her life with Teddy, a 7 year old Shih-Poo, a hamster, and an apple snail named Gary. Joanne loves listening to metal, if she’s not at a local show, she’s either drawing, reading or playing board games.

Pets: Teddy, Pandy, and Gary