The Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital team is dedicated to providing compassionate and progressive care throughout the life of your pet. Our philosophy is to focus on disease prevention as a means to extend and enhance your pet’s life. Voted “Friendliest Staff” in the Squamish Chief Reader’s Choice Awards in 2015 and 2016, our team of caring professionals is dedicated to helping your pet achieve optimal health.
Dr. Tom Honey
Dr. Tom Honey hails from Campbellford, Ontario. His veterinary education took him to the esteemed Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, followed by several years in Toronto area practices.
A love for the outdoors put BC on the radar for Dr. Honey. He feels the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful part of the world, and that Squamish is the jewel. It was an easy choice to locate here when a practice became available in 1994.
Dr. Honey believes his role is to advocate for pet health, starting with illness prevention. At the same time, he is committed to developing leading edge diagnostic and treatment techniques. He engages in countless hours of continued education in dental care, diagnostic ultrasound and internal medicine. These tools help him diagnose and best treat patients suffering from health problems ranging from the common to extremely obscure.
Dr. Jillian Thatcher
Dr. Thatcher grew up in Ontario and spent most of her free time riding horses and working in veterinary clinics. She has always had a passion for animals and that is what motivated her to attend Ontario Veterinary College where she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2012. She was awarded the OVC Alumni Association proficiency prize, which acknowledges the student with the highest class standing for that year.
Upon graduation Dr. Thatcher practiced emergency and preventive care medicine in Kelowna, BC and Toronto, ON for several years. During that time she also worked alongside many specialists in surgery, internal medicine and oncology. Most recently, she worked in Vancouver. Dr. Thatcher has a particular interest in internal medicine and preventive care with an emphasis on stress-free interaction. She wants all of her patients to love coming to the vet!
Dr. Thatcher has a special interest in the Shar Pei dog breed and is on the health committee for the Canadian Shar Pei Club. She shares her home in Squamish with her partner, Jason, and their Shar Pei named Deeks. She is a competitive mountain biker and can often be found on the local trails or in the gym training for her next race. Dr. Thatcher is very excited to join the Squamish community!
Laura grew up in Adelaide Hill, South Australia, where she lived on a small farm and attended an agricultural high school. In 2004, her family moved to England where she worked at the RSPCA before completing her veterinary nurse training in 2012 at an emergency clinic.
Laura spent time traveling around South East Asia and New Zealand, before moving to beautiful Garibaldi Highlands, BC to continue her career as a veterinary nurse.
In her free time, Laura is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys camping, snowboarding and hiking. She is a particularly accomplished competitive mountain biker. During the last racing season, she competed in multiple Enduro races, regularly placing first on the podium.
She has two surrogate dogs, Eddie and Luna.
Born and raised in Squamish, Michelle joined the GVH team in 2012, after completing the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Granville Business College.
She is a proud owner of her cat, Brody, and her dog, Shug, that she rescued from the Abbotsford SPCA in 2009 and her Siamese Fighting Fish, Oliver. In true Squamish style, Michelle likes to spend much of her time outdoors, hiking, and just playing by the river as well as taking her workouts indoors at one of the local gyms.
She also has a passion for cooking and is never afraid to try a new recipe. Nutrition is a very important factor for her, and comes into play a lot when she is experimenting in her kitchen. She hopes to one day travel to Italy!
Aliesha Timms Wilson
Aliesha graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Fairview College in Alberta and is Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital’s head technologist and longest standing employee at GVH having joined the team in 2004.
Aliesha lives in Squamish with her husband, Andrew, their dog, Molly, and their two demanding cats Kolbassa and Autolycus.
She spends much of her spare time devoted to her animals at home. What Aliesha lacks in domestic skills, she makes up for in artistic ability, such as sculpting, carving and sewing. She also has a love for literature, especially Jane Austen and Jasper Fforde.
Since childhood, Aliesha had maintained a special interest in elephants and hopes to someday work with them. She is a member of the Canadian Animal Assistance team and has participated in a number of initiatives in Botswana, Africa, Bella Bella BC and, most recently, Ahousaht BC.
Jessica graduated from the VOA program at Granville Business College in 2008 and worked in a small animal, bird and exotics hospital in North Vancouver for many years; where she enjoyed learning about, and treating many different species of animals, with an affinity for reptiles and pocket pets.
Recently, she moved back to her hometown of Squamish with her husband Daniel and son Maxton and felt the pull to work in a clinic once again and she excitedly joined the team at GVH. She’s “keeper” of 1 rescued Pitbull/ Mastiff mix Deacon, 2 cats Dexter and Iris, and 1 hedgehog Mabel. In her spare time, she enjoys doing activities with her family, being outdoors learning about the local land and wild edibles. Living a healthy lifestyle is a huge aspect of her life, as is practicing yoga and meditation.
Carly grew up in Squamish and currently resides in North Vancouver. She graduated from the Veterinary Assistant Program, with honours, in February 2016. Carly is excited to start her new career at Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital.
In her spare time Carly enjoys the outdoors, traveling and crafting. She especially enjoys painting and refinishing furniture. As she is just starting her career, Carly has not yet joined the world of pet ownership yet, but hopes to in the near future.
Isabelle grew up on the north shore of Montreal, Quebec. She moved to B.C. in 2005 with a little bit of a shy accent only to discover the wonderful Francophone community of Squamish and Whistler. Shortly thereafter, she started working in the veterinary industry, first as a receptionist then as a veterinary assistant.
With an ongoing desire to further her knowledge and develop new skills, she graduated from the Animal Health Technology program of Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops) in 2009. She has also been a member of the B.C. Veterinary Technologists Association since 2007.
Her main background experience is from critical and emergency care nursing with a special interest in the cardiovascular system. For nearly seven years, Isabelle worked in a 24-hour hospital in Vancouver. She loves taking X-rays too. She is very excited to be part of a progressive, supportive team at GVH.
Isabelle balances her work life with paddle boarding, learning how to windsurf, riding her bicycle around town, gardening, and having coffee with friends.
Rina was born and raised in Squamish and has watched it grow and change during her lifetime from an industrial, forestry driven town to the scenic outdoor getaway that it has become.
Rina and her family have been visiting “Dr. Honey’s” nearly 20 years with their cats and dogs which has inspired a life long passion for animals, especially pets.
Rina graduated from UBC in 2015 with a degree in both Linguistics and French and through her membership in the Pre-Veterinary and Pets Club received a Pet Safety and First Aid Certificate.
Rina’s interests (aside from animals) include video games, travelling (she is fluent in three languages: English, French and Japanese), sci-fi and fantasy novels and geek culture.
Recently Rina and her family have become pet-less, however, she hopes to change that soon! She’s very excited to work here at Garibaldi Vet Hospital and getting to know all the clients and patients.
Yvonne was born and raised in a little village in the west of Ireland. In 2008, she decided to do some travelling. This took her to Australia, where she subsequently ended up living for eight years. She completed her Veterinary Nursing program in 2012 and has worked in the industry ever since.
Yvonne is a new resident of Squamish along with her husband, Eric, and dog, Dougal. In her free time, she loves hiking and camping and is looking forward to experiencing the beautiful outdoors in British Columbia.