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 “Best Veterinary Services” in the Squamish Chief Reader’s Choice Awards in 2016 and 2017, our team of caring professionals are 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. Amber Backwell
Dr. Backwell grew up in London, Ontario where she acquired a love of animals (cats especially!) from her mother. She moved to Ottawa for her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences in 2005, after which she moved to Vancouver for her Master of Public Health degree in 2011. She fell in love with British Columbia, its natural beauty and the outdoor adventure opportunities it had to offer, and so decided to call BC her new home. After attending veterinary school at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, she moved to Calgary for one year to complete a rotating small animal internship at a specialty and emergency centre, after which she returned to British Columbia to work in General Practice. Dr. Backwell has a keen interest in feline medicine and wildlife, and has volunteered throughout North America as well as abroad with various wildlife veterinarians. During her free time, you can find Dr. Backwell hiking, camping, traveling or spending time at home with her cats, dog and partner
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 really enjoys being a 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.
Veronique is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She was born and raised in Quebec and moved to Squamish to pursue her career and to enjoy the outdoors. Veronique has a senior dog name Kiwi and a little rescue budgie named Albert.
Bailey is one of our Receptionists / Assistants. She was born and raised in Squamish and is very passionate about animals. She has a bulldog named Molson and a rescue dog name Noodles. She is very excited about pursuing a career in the veterinary industry. In her free time she loves enjoying the outdoors in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Lindsay is one of our Receptionists and Assistants. She moved from Mississauga, Ontario to Squamish in 2013 with her late shiloh shepherd Kona. She always knew she belonged in BC because she loves the outdoors and hiking. She also has a passion for photography and working with animals. Her current dog Finn came into her life in January 2018 and they love exploring Squamish together.