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Our Team

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

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine / Hospital Director

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. James Kirkham

Dr. James Kirkham

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. James Kirkham grew up in Squamish and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at UBC before being admitted to Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Graduating in 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Faculty Gold Medal for the highest proficiency in the four-year veterinary medicine degree program.

 

Following graduation, Dr. Kirkham returned to the West Coast to practice in Nanaimo. Having spent his summers as vet student working at Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital, his ambition was to return to Squamish and become a permanent part of the GVH team, which he did in 2013.

 

Dr. Kirkham has a professional interest in small animal ophthalmology, medicine and dentistry. His personal interests include kayaking, hiking, skiing and riding his motorcycle. Dr. Kirkham and his wife, Alexandra have a cat, Dexter.

Alexandra Kirkham

Dr. Alexandra Kirkham

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Alexandra Kirkham grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to complete this goal. After graduation, she moved to the West Coast and has been in small animal practice ever since. She enjoys all aspects of medicine, surgery and dentistry. She is a strong believer in preventive medicine as the best way to maintain optimal pet health. She lives in Squamish with her husband, James Kirkham and their devious cat, Dexter. Outside the office, she enjoys hiking, kayaking and skiing as well as the finer things such as reading, painting, knitting and sewing.

Alisha Timms Wilson

Aliesha Timms Wilson

Registered Animal Health Technologist

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.

Laura Battista

Laura Battista

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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.

Michelle James

Michelle James

Veterinary Office Assistant

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!

Lara Taylor

Lara Taylor

Veterinary Office Assistant

Lara recently celebrated a milestone anniversary of 11 years with GVH. She grew up in Pitt Meadows, BC, and attended Terry Fox Secondary School. She attended the Veterinary Assistant Program at Granville Business College in March 2004 and graduated at the top of her class.

 

She relocated to Squamish from Pitt Meadows in October 2004 to join the GVH team. This represented the beginning of a new era at GVH, as Lara was the first staff member recruited from outside of Squamish for her specific qualifications.

 

Lara now lives in Brackendale with her husband Mark. They have two sons, Keegan and Kyle, and two adorable dogs, Daisy and Nikki.

Emiesha Farrell

Emiesha Walsh

Veterinary Office Assistant

Emiesha was born in Vancouver and moved to beautiful Squamish to be with her family. She started her career at GVH after completing the Veterinary Assistant Program at Granville Business College. She is keen on continuing her education and moving forward to opening a centre for homeless people and their pets.

Her number one passion is educating the public about pitbulls and breed-specific legislation laws. She volunteers at Hug-A-Bulls and dedicates her spare time helping these misunderstood dogs! In addition, she enjoys practicing yoga and playing local slo-pitch for the Hoodrats.

Emiesha has three fur kids Kali the Calico and Emily, her American Pitbull X English Staffordshire terrier, and a Chihuahua, Opie, as well as a leopard gecko named Marley. Emiesha loves the career she has chosen and enjoys meeting new patients and guiding them to lead happy, healthy lives!

Carly Ingram

Carly Ingram

Veterinary Assistant

Carly grew up here in Squamish and currently resides in North Vancouver. She graduated from the Veterinary Assistant Programme, 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 joined the world of pet ownership yet, but hopes to in the future.


Jessica Rumm

Veterinary Assistant

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.

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