My interest in helping animals started when I was a kid during my visits to my Grandparents’ farm in Mission, B.C.
I loved learning about all the different types of animals, and even thought that one day I’d have my very own farm with each type of cow, duck, chicken, pig, sheep, etc. that I had researched. Wow, how impractical! But, that’s where it all began for me.
My interest in animals and the desire to help them, along with a lot of time spent hitting the books, landed me in veterinary school at the University of Saskatchewan.
I studied intensely and was fortunate enough to gain an externship in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was given recognition for my outstanding achievements.
I graduated from veterinary school with Great Distinction, meaning I was near the top of my class, and I also won awards in correlative medicine ( fancy way of saying that I looked at the animal as a whole and not just at the part that was the owie ), and in pharmacology.
Now was to come my real education. The stuff the books could not teach me. Practicing veterinary medicine in the real world without a net.
I began my illustrious career in a very small town in Saskatchewan. Lucky for me I didn’t need an alarm clock because the trains ran right outside my front door, never allowing me more than an hour or two of uninterrupted sleep at any one time. Time to move.
I settled in Langley and practiced there for many years before the pull of wanting to move on gripped me once again.
I decided to try my hand at being a traveling vet— also known as a locum—moving from clinic to hospital as needed. I learned a lot, and I met a lot of interesting pets and their human companions. But, the interest in starting my own practice intensified, especially over the past two years.
I am excited to announce that I have opened my own practice at The Shops at Morgan Crossing.
All Creatures Animal Hospital is now my permanent home. I bring to it everything I have learned; all my experiences, skills, knowledge, and expertise in medicine and in surgery to make your pet as healthy and happy as he/she can be.
Phil Andersen, DVM
And the answer is, “Yes!” to those of you who are wondering if the name came by way of the James Harriot books: All Creatures Great and Small. I loved reading them as a kid, and can say that the stories in these books also inspired me to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Zihui (Hebe) Lin, Veterinarian
Growing up in Qingdao, China, Dr. Lin has always wanted to be a veterinarian and give the best care for valued pets. When Dr. Lin wanted to join our team we were delighted to welcome her. Bringing experience in breeding Border Collies, a varied educational background in 3 countries, including Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and special interest in many subjects including ophthalmology (eye disease), and reproduction, our clients really desired her inclusion on our offering of expertise.
Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Dr. Lin brought greater communication ability with many of our clients. She loves pets, travel and friends, and is always looking at ways to expand her knowledge base.
欢迎林医生加入All Creatures宠物医院团队。她出生于山东省青岛市，从小喜爱宠物并立志成为一名优秀的兽医。高中毕业后出国留学深造。 分别获得美国爱荷华州立大学（Iowa State University）动物科学学士荣誉学位；萨斯喀彻温省西部兽医学院(Western College of Veterinary Medicine) 兽医学位。在大四实习期间，她有机会去台湾学习小动物针灸课程。
Christine has been working in the field of veterinary medicine since 2006 and has Completed the program for veterinary technology at Douglas College. Over the last ten years she has found her love of animals and veterinary medicine to be an integral part of her life leading her to explore many different avenues of animal care. From volunteer time spent in south Africa working with orphaned wildlife to community involvement with the pets of the DT Eastside in Vancouver and work with the SPCA.
Christine also has a love for large animal companions such as goats and cows. Born and raised in White Rock, Christine has returned to her hometown after completing her college diploma and resides with her 13 year old Chihuahua, Pierre. She looks forward to continually expanding her knowledge in the field of veterinary care.
Registered Animal Health Technician
Having grown up on a hobby farm with a wide array of animals throughout her childhood, Chelsey’s love for them developed at a very young age. Her animal working career began at the age of 15 in the entertainment world, training animals for movies, tv shows and commercials. She then completed a work experience placement in a small animal clinic and fell in love with veterinary medicine. After graduating from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2010, she began working full time at a clinic in rural Mission.
In September of 2012, she returned to school; attending UBC to obtain her BSc. in Applied Animal Biology. Whilst completing her degree, she continued to work at a regular veterinary practice as well as taking on work at a small animal emergency clinic. Post UBC graduation, she undertook a year position working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, while continuing to still work part time in small animal practice. This multi job tendency continues today as she works full time at a veterinary diagnostic lab, and part time here with us. In the rare times that she isn’t working, she can be found spending time with her cats and dogs at home, or out in the barn with her horses. She looks forward to further expanding her knowledge in all aspects of veterinary medicine throughout her working career.
Veterinary Office Assistant; Animal Health Technician in progress
Sonya started working here at All Creatures Animal Hospital in August 2018. Sonya has been in the veterinary field since 2010. She first took the Douglas Veterinary Assistant program in 2010 and then graduated from the Douglas Veterinary Technology program in 2014. Sonya decided to purse a career working with animals because of her life long passion for pets. She loves what she does and always tries her best to help. She enjoys being able to interact with a variety of pets and is always excited to learn new things. Sonya likes to meet pet owners and educate them with her knowledge in pet care. She takes pride in ensuring that all animals are comfortable, happy and loved.
During her spare time she likes to spend time with her friends, family and more importantly with her own pets. Sonya has owned pets all her life. Currently she shares her home with her 6 year old German Shepherd, her 10 year old black cat and her 7 year old orange tabby. Sonya loves being able to provide a nurturing home to her pets. She wants to have a purpose in her career and is glad she can make a difference and help others. Sonya is inspired by people around her and appreciates
Veterinary Office Assistant
I joined the team at All Creatures Animal Hospital in 2018, shortly after graduating Granville College with a Veterinary Assistant Diploma. I enjoy assisting the doctors and the technicians in restoring and improving the quality of life of our clients’ pets. There’s no greater satisfaction!
My interest in helping animals grew from a childhood spent in the company of a variety of pets, farm animals and even a fawn! Recently, I’ve taken an interest in reptiles, raising an Albino Ball Python from a snakelet. Medusa is now four.