Dr. McConkey graduated with Distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and then travelled to the US to pursue a specialization in surgery at Cornell University. During that time she was the recipient of several awards for her exceptional communication and teaching skills. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) in 2016. After teaching at two of the top veterinary schools in North America, Dr McConkey has chosen to return to practice in Canada. She is excited to join the veterinary community on Vancouver Island and we are delighted to have her on the team at Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital. Marina performs both soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries and places an emphasis on providing exceptional patient care and an exemplary client experience. She is looking forward to working in collaboration with primary care veterinarians, and additional care providers as needed for the complete care of patients. Marina enjoys exploring the island with her husband Travis and their daughter Aurelia. They are kept busy at home with their lovable mixed breed dog Isabella, elderly orange tabby Piolo, and their feisty bob-tailed kitty Lefty.