Dr. Petra Juzwishin Warnock’s life has been dedicated to the care and pursuit of knowledge of animals. Studying veterinary medicine in Australia, Petra undertook significant additional study and care of native wildlife including possums, bats, kangaroos, koalas, reptiles and a plethora of birds. She culminated her studies by doing a rotation at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Queensland. Petra’s areas of interest include dental health, exotic animals, geriatric medicine and soft tissue surgery. She has done extensive veterinary volunteer work with wildlife in Canada, the US and Australia. Petra's immediate family is comprised of Randall, two sons; Grayson and Aidan, two dogs; Sampiko and Sophie and cat Mufasa. Prior to coming to ELVH, Petra was the medical director of a 35 staff emergency veterinary hospital in Edmonton. When not caring for animals, Petra enjoys traveling spending time with family and friends, and a wide range of outdoor activities.
Dr. Randall Warnock grew up on a farm outside of Calgary and lived most of his life on the prairies. With his farming background Randall entered veterinary medicine planning to specialize in large animals, however, in his last year of vet school he chose to practice small animal medicine and we are sure glad he did! Randall graduated from Veterinary Medicine with honors and has a special interest in internal medicine, ophthalmology and diagnostic imaging including ultrasound. Prior to Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital Randall was at a full service and specialist hospital in Edmonton. When not doing extra reading and research in veterinary medicine, Randall enjoys playing with his sons Grayson and Aidan, traveling, and a wide variety of outdoor sports including golf, running, skiing, hiking and camping.
Tara has been with the Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital team for more than 15 years. She likely has the most well recognized voice in the hospital and her smile can always be heard through the phone!!! Tara is our lead client care specialist and makes the hospital run smoothly. Tara and her son have two rescue pets; a cat named Domino and a dog named Shiloh. Tara has an incredible zest for life and endless amounts of positive energy. In her free time, Tara enjoys Zumba and Jazzercise.
Kate is one of our Registered Veterinary Technologist at Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital. Kate was raised on a farm in the Fraser Valley surrounded by animals her entire life. Whether it was horses, dogs, cats, frogs, chickens or whatever animal may have crossed her path that day, Kate was an animal lover. It only made sense that she would spend her adult life working with them during the day and catering to them at nighttime (Kate has a very outgoing cat named Boomer and an energetic Australian Kelpie mix named Maggie). After graduating from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2012, she worked in small and mixed animal practices on the Sunshine Coast and in Campbell River before joining the Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital in October 2015. When not at work, Kate can generally be found somewhere outside, usually with a four legged friend following close behind.
Marina is originally from Japan and has been in Victoria since 2011. After studying at Camosun College for two years she realized she needed to spend more time around animals, so she trained to be a veterinary assistant. When assisting the veterinary technicians and veterinarians, as well as answering the telephones and assisting in reception, Marina strives to give her best to the animals and their owners. On her off hours she spends as much time as possible with her rescue dog, Kellie.
Heather trained to be a veterinary technician at Thompson Rivers University and then worked in a research institute for 2 years before coming to us. Alice and Carmen are two cats who have been adopted by Heather and now benefit from her attention to them! Heather knew from a very young age that caring for animals would be her passion.
Susan is originally from Edmonton and has been in Victoria for over 11 years. She has been with Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital for her entire Animal Health Technology career and is now the Head Technician. She has 2 rescue dogs, 2 rescue cats and a turtle which she has had for more than 23 years! Her love of animals started from a young age and grew after her time with the Edmonton Humane Society. She has fostered many animals for the SPCA but she has excelled at pediatrics. Her interests in veterinary medicine include seniors, pediatric, dentistry, behavior, and of course exotics. Susan loves any outdoor activity, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She will go above and beyond to ensure your animal is taken care of when at Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital.
Brandi is our senior veterinary assistant, social media promoter, and inventory manager. She is very versatile and experienced in helping the doctors and technicians perform their tasks, as well as keeping the hospital functioning smoothly with many admin duties. She cares for each patient as if they were her own and has a special interest in wildlife rehabilitation. Brandi happily shares her home with her husband Alex, chihuahua Lucy, and two cats Ben and Akasha. She spends her free time hiking, practicing yoga, reading, and travelling the world as much as possible.
Melanie works primarily in the patient care area and is a veterinary assistant. Along with the major role of patient care and assisting the veterinary technicians and veterinarians, Melanie is occasionally called on to help answer telephones and assist in reception. She spends a lot of her personal time with her two dogs, Blanca and Carinosa, and her rabbits Bailey and Lola.