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I grew up here in the Okanagan Valley in Vernon. My family always had acreage which meant I had many horses and dogs and cats while growing up. I have worked in Veterinary Medicine since 1979 when I started my career in Vancouver. I have also worked in Edmonton as well as in the Kelowna/Lake Country area. I have been with Panorama Veterinary Services since January of 2004. When not at work you can find me kayaking, hiking and camping. My husband and I share our house with 3 cats and a chihuahua.
I started working at Panorama Veterinary Services back in 2002 where I split my time between cleaning the horse pens, helping Alex on horse calls and riding his polo horses. I eventually managed to work my way into the small animal clinic helping in every aspect of the practice. My parents will tell you I had a love of animals from a very young age. I bugged them every birthday until they gave in and got me my first horse at the age of 12. I rode in the local hunter/jumper shows throughout my teens and did some breeding with my Thoroughbred stallion until my husband and I started our family. I now spend most of my spare time with my 2 young daughters. Much to my husband’s horror, they are already showing the ‘horsey’ bug and I hope to get back into horses once they are a bit older. For now I’ll have to be content with our 2 cats and our dogs Jarkko, a Shiba Inu, and Penny, our wild white whippet!
I moved to the Okanagan Valley about 40 years ago and have worked in the veterinary profession off and on since 1976 after starting in Grand Centre Alberta. I have had dogs, cats and horses since I was very young ... too many years ago to count. Other interests include gardening, horseback riding and hanging out with my kids and grandkids. I started at Panorama Veterinary Services in August of 2011 and love working in a small town practice.
In 2006 I started working at a veterinary clinic in Fort McMurray, Alberta where I grew up. In late 2011 I moved to the Okanagan to be closer to my family and I continued to work in several clinics over the years before starting at Panorama Veterinary Services in the end of 2016. I have a new found hobby for photography and enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and my cats; Spencer, Gandolf and Hemi Cuda.
I graduated in 2007 from Red River College in Winnipeg Manitoba where I grew up and spent 7 years working at a small animal clinic there as well as some part time work at the emergency clinic. After a visit to the Okanagan in 2012 and I was hooked! I moved to Lake Country in 2013 and started at both Panorama Veterinary Services and Tri-Lake Animal Hospital. I am currently solely at Panorama full time and love working with everyone here. My boyfriend and I have a home together in Oyama, with 4 cats and one tiny chihuahua dog (all acquired from vet clinics!)
My love of animals started at an early age. I believe I started adopting various animals when I was about 10 years old. My parents indulged me even though my father was allergic to pet hair! Eventually I turned that love into a profession with a degree in Animal Health Technology and became a Registered Veterinarian Technician.
My three great loves are my husband Graham, my forever heart dog Keely, and horses. I ride my horse Gigi avidly and we currently share our home with Cleo the Chooba Cat who keeps us in line as cats do. My husband and I enjoy travelling; especially to historical or educational places. You may also find me hiking or riding on a mountain or kayaking in a lake.
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Katreen has been working animals since she was 13 years old when she began volunteering at various
vet clinics around her hometown in Vancouver. Katreen moved to Alberta for a short time to complete
her Animal Health Technician program in 2017. Following this she moved to the Okanagan and has been
loving it here ever since. Katreen has had many great opportunities as a technician including working in
and emergency setting as well as working with different specialist in the Okanagan. Katreen joined the
Panorama team in the fall of 2019. She enjoys animal nursing care as well as working with animals who
may be fearful in the clinic setting. Katreen recently completed her Fear Free certificate and looks
forward to being able to use these skills to help animals and owners that may exhibit fear or stress when
coming to the clinic. In her free time Katreen enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 dogs
(Macey and Jane) and their 2 cats (Tuna and Ralph).
I am graduate veterinary technician. My first experience working in a veterinary hospital was during a junior high school work experience program, that experience confirmed what I already knew, that I wanted a career working with animals. I grew up with many different types of animals & I loved spending time on my grandparents farm with all of their animals. I look forward to going to work each day and love helping our patients and their pet parents. My current 4 legged family includes a quarter horse, a cattle dog and a senior Siamese cat.
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Erin Nuyens is a Technician Assistant. She has been working with animals and their owners since 2006 and started with Panorama Vet Services in 2019. Erin loves working with pets big and small to ensure the best possible experience for them and their owners during their visit. When she's not shaking paws at the clinic, Erin enjoys yoga, running, wine and spending time with her husband and three kids. Dog, Keela and cat, Ember.
Sydney was born and raised in the Okanagan and moved back to the Okanagan at the end for 2019 with her cat Miss Kitty Marie White. She started working at Panorama in March of 2020 and there's nothing she loves to do more.
Since starting at Panorama, she has adopted a stray cat and has failed fostering a senior dog. Her dream is to live on an acreage so she can bring home all the strays and maybe start a rescue one day.
In her spare time, Sydney likes to practice yoga, hike, camp, swim, play guitar and piano and hang out with her animals. Her goals are to become a Veterinary Technician one day.
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Melanie was born and raised in the Okanagan. She has lived here her whole life and has always lived on an acreage with horses, chickens and cats. She grew up riding and competing in hunter jumper competitions. She always knew that she wanted to incorporate animals into her career. She joined the panorama team in 2020 with man more years to come.
In her spare time you can find her riding her horse, rock climbing or hiking.
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