Staff

Mission Creek Animal Hospital has great staff!

 

Dr. Andrew McCarthy – Veterinarian

Andrew graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in his hometown of Saskatoon in 2006.  Shortly after graduation he and his wife Tannis, also a veterinarian, were married and made the move west out to Kelowna.  In 2008 Andrew came to Mission Creek Animal Hospital to work with Dr. Baptie and partnered into the business in 2010. The combination of experience and new knowledge and techniques has been beneficial for both veterinarians. Outside of work Andrew enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, fishing, and soccer and spending time with Tannis and their two beautiful daughters. His friendly manner will be sure to put you and your pet at ease.

 

Dr. Tannis McCarthy – Veterinarian

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tannis completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary with a major in Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology in 2000 and completed her DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After graduation she began practicing at both an emergency clinic and a general practice clinic in the Okanagan Valley and gained extensive knowledge in emergency medicine and internal medicine with a particular interest in ophthalmology. Tannis enjoys running and can often be found on the numerous sports fields around the city where she plays Ultimate frisbee. Her home life includes her husband Andrew, and her two amazing daughters.

 

Dr. Andrea Spevakow – Veterinarian

Andrea 

 

Dr. Bruce Baptie – Veterinarian (artist’s rendering…)

Bruce graduated from veterinary school at the University of Saskatchewan in 1980. After graduating Bruce and his wife, Heather, decided to search out warmer climate and settled in Abbotsford, BC. That was home for the next 15 years during which time Bruce started two successful veterinary practices, and Bruce and Heather saw their family grow by four children and their dog, Jenna. In 1995, wanderlust took hold and the entire family (except for Jenna) traveled overseas until the spring of 1996. Upon return to Canada, they searched for the nicest place they could find to live and raise a family and landed in Kelowna. The temptation to start another veterinary practice proved too strong to resist and after months of planning and building, the doors of the Mission Creek Animal Hospital opened in January 1999. Dr. Baptie combines the knowledge and experience accumulated in over 30 years of practice with a willingness to always learn something new. He is able to explain difficult medical and surgical problems in every day language that people understand. His soft-touch and compassionate manner are appreciated by both pets and their owners.

 

Dr. Kirsten Riphagen – Locum Veterinarian

Kirsten completed her undergraduate and Veterinary degree at the University of Calgary in 2014. She works in many different practices around the Okanagan, and we’ve come to rely upon her strong medicine and gentle nature to fill in for our regular doctors. Kirsten has volunteered her time with spay/neuter task forces, helping to control the pet overpopulation in Alberta and Fiji! She spends her spare time exploring the wilderness, camping and sailing in the local parks. Recently, she’s become a beekeeper – she has two hives and aspires to collect her own honey soon. You may see her when you come in for your exam – don’t worry, she’s great and very experienced. 

 

Crystal – Registered Veterinary Technologist

CrystalCrystal graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2008 and worked in Kamloops with the SPCA shelter and clinic for 6 years. She has a particular soft spot for all things feline and has been actively involved in organizing the rescue of feral cats and finding new homes for those she could. She and her hubby moved to Kelowna in the summer of 2014 and are kept busy with their young daughter. They are enjoying their new home and exploring all the activities in the area. Crystal also shares her home with many four legged friends – two dogs, a gecko, and many cats! We told you she had a soft spot for cats – we call her the cat whisperer!

 

Melissa – Registered Veterinary Technologist

Melissa graduated in 2011 from Thompson RivFB_IMG_1449116463619ers University in Kamloops and has previously worked for clinics in Winfield and Penticton.  She grew up in the Okanagan and is happy to be back in Kelowna where she is closer to her family.  Melissa shares her home sweet home with 2 cats and a beagle named Boomer.  In her spare time, she enjoys tearing around the roller derby track or getting out for hikes with her pooch.  Her friendly, outgoing personality will certainly put your pet at ease in her excellent care.

 

Eva – Registered Veterinary Technologist

Eva graduated from Fairview College (AB) in 2011 and is very well traveled – she is originally from Germany! She enjoys life in beautiful BC, and considers herself lucky to be able to work, live and play in the Okanagan valley now. She has a passion for nature and animals -domestic or wild, furred, feathered or finned… With a scientific background in ecosystem management, she’s very precise in the laboratory and doesn’t miss much under the microscope! Eva loves dogs and currently shares life’s adventures with her very well-behaved and sweet terrier named Pixie. In her spare time, she can be found practicing and teaching yoga and meditation, exploring new trails on horseback and nurturing her garden like she does your pet – with attention to the small details of care.

 

Lynette – Veterinary Technologist

lynetteLynette graduated from Fairview College in 1985 and has worked in various mixed practices in B.C.  She took a little time away from the veterinary field to raise her 3 children and couldn’t resist the temptation to return to her passion.  She has many four legged friends at home – 3 dogs, 4 cats, and one horse.  Lynette is also an avid gardener and quilter when she finds a spare moment in her busy day.  Lynette has such a gentle nature  and lovely smile – your best friend will be in good hands in her care.  

 

 

Jessa – Registered Veterinary Technologist

Jessa graduated from XXXX College in XXX and has worked as a locum technologist all over the Okanagan. She is kind and compassionate with all of our patients, and loves to go that little extra mile to make sure your pet is as comfortable and cozy as possible! Jessa yearns for a small dog, or ‘peanut’, of her own, and can often be found giving the little ones snuggles. With a gentle nature and strong technical skills, Jessa is a valuable addition to our team.

 

Sonia – Veterinary Technologist

 

 

Nerina – Front Office Manager

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Nerina ‘s efficient and confident nature will put you at ease! She has worked for other practices in the Okanagan before coming to Mission Creek Animal Hospital, and has lived in South Africa before coming to sunny Kelowna. She is the proud mom to a spirited Bull Terrier mix named Blue, and has a passion for all things with four legs. Her friendly smile will greet you when you walk in to our clinic, and she always has a pat and a treat for your furry friend.

 

Kelsey – Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey