Our Cats at Home Dedicated Team.
We are very fortunate to have a great team of individuals who have dedicated their passion for cats to our cause. Cats at Home includes Leslie, Michele, Tara, Tatiana, Samantha, and Amy. All of them work to ensure that our patients receive the best care and attention while visiting Cats at Home.
Being a Cat Friendly Practice, Cats at Home has a great support group trained to offer advice for cat people on the welfare of their cats. Our goal is to offer you the best information available for the health of your cat.
DR. SUSAN THOMPSON, B.Sc., D.V.M. (OVC), Dip. Surg.(OVC)
Originally from England, Dr. Thompson moved to Canada in 1967. She obtained her B.Sc. and D.V.M. by 1978 and then completed a three year residency program in surgery (Dip. Surg.) at the Ontario Veterinary College. The following years were spent in research at the University of Toronto, with time off to start a family and finally doing private practice. Since 1989, Dr. Thompson has devoted her time to private practice in the South Fraser area of British Columbia, with particular interests in feline medicine and surgery.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the following associations:
American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), Cornell Feline Health Center (CFHC), Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC), Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (CAVD)
Dr. Laura Omeljaniuk, B.Sc (Hon)., DVM (OVC)
Dr. Laura Omeljaniuk joined Cats at Home shortly after moving to British Columbia from downtown Toronto, ON. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Lakehead University in 2013 (Thunder Bay, ON), graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (Guelph, ON) in June 2017, and worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency until her migration to the “best coast” in the fall of 2018. Her love of cats started after accidentally adopting her two cats, Kitty and Bootsy, from Hamilton, ON- and the rest is history. She particularly enjoys learning about cat behaviour, nutrition, and dermatology, and loves learning and teaching about improving cats’ lives through environmental enrichment. She lives in Cloverdale with her husband (Tom) and her cat family, spending her non-working time exploring the area by hiking, camping, and learning all that the Lower Mainland has to offer.
Being admitted into the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to my fellow veterinarians, to my future clients, and to society, that I will use my scientific knowledge and skills for the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of veterinary and medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, and with dignity, in accordance with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I will strive, as a lifelong obligation, to improve my professional knowledge and competence and to maintain the highest moral standards for myself and the profession.
Specialists we work with in order to provide the highest quality of care for our patients:
DR. NANCY BROCK, D.V.M., A.C.V.A.A., is our Board Certified Anaesthesiologist. Her expertise with anaesthetic medications allows us to reduce the risk of general anaesthetics for complicated procedures. Dr. Brock also offers us guidance in pain control which is invaluable for some of our chronic patients.
DR. LAURIE HEAD, D.V.M., A.C.V.R., is our Board Certified Radiologist. Her area of expertise involves diagnostic radiographic interpretation as well as ultrasound procedures and interpretation. The discipline of ultrasound has become a mainstay in Veterinary diagnostics for abdominal and thoracic investigation and Dr. Head performs abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms at Cats at Home on a regular basis.
Telemedicine gives us ready access to both of these specialists when they are not able to be on site.
DR. EUGENE GORODETSKY, DVM. BC Mobile Animal Endoscopy. Dr. Eugene makes himself available on call for any endoscopic emergencies. His years of expertise and efficiency provides a viable alternative to general surgery when it is appropriate. Planned endoscopy is also of value as it is less invasive in those cases where risk and safety of the patient is paramount.
JIM THOMPSON, Hon B.Sc. (HK), Physiology post grad. – Practice Manager Following his graduation from the University of Guelph in Human Kinetics, he entered the Masters program in Human Physiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, and then spent 18 years in the Canadian pharmaceutical business. In 1995, Jim and Dr. Thompson decided to open Cats at Home in order to offer feline healthcare for residents in the South Fraser area; particularly Surrey, White Rock, Langley and North Delta. By 2000, our hospital doors opened to allow us a more comprehensive program of care for our patients.
LESLIE JONES – VOA, Receptionist: Leslie was born and raised in Victoria BC. She had her first career in the financial industry. After 25+ years, Leslie chose to pursue her love and care of animals by achieving the Veterinary Assistant Diploma at Vancouver Career College. Graduating in 2004, she worked several years in general and emergency veterinary practice, gaining lots of experience. In 2007 she and her family moved to the lower mainland and Cats at Home immediately hired her for our team. Leslie’s pets at home include Angel, Archer, Kahlua, Shakker, and Midori, her feline friends, and Britt is her Doberman.
TARA SCHNEIDER – VOA, MISAP (Beh) Tara always knew she would work in the field of veterinary care. She has been with Cats at Home since 2005, graduating from Granville Business College in 2001. Her position as Veterinary Assistant with us allows Tara to utilize her previous customer service experience, education and love of animals to contribute to the well-being of our patients. She has two cats, James and Babe both of whom she loves dearly. Tara also took some time off to start her family and she now has three great daughters, Kyra, Tayla, and Bryn. Recently Tara completed a Diploma with Distinction in Feline Behaviour and Psychology and is now certified to provide behavioural consultations at Cats at Home. She has been publishing Feline Behaviour issues in the local paper, The Cloverdale Reporter, since her graduation.
Michele Ausma – Receptionist Michele has had several customer service positions as well as management. She is very caring as indicated by her demonstrated love for her present pets. New to the Veterinary world Michele, is learning lots about cats from Dr. Thompson. We hope she finds the journey enjoyable and fulfilling.
Tatiana Garcia – Our present university student, Tatiana has been working with us for several semesters. She is developing her skills in order to pursue a life long career in the field of veterinary medicine. Her course work at school (Simon Fraser University) is leading her along the subjects most useful for veterinary medicine.
Samantha Elsoff, Veterinary Assistant
AMY BACHMAN – Vet Technical Assistant. A former pastry chef, Amy knew her real passion was with cats having two beautiful Scottish Fold cats, Truffles and Cocoa. Amy is also mother to her great daughter Hazel, who keeps the house busy. Amy has now taken a leave of absence in order to take care of her second baby, Oliver. Congratulations to Jeff and Amy on their second one.
As a community member Cats at Home gives back to our Cloverdale neighbours in several ways. We have been a regular participant in annual fundraising events with BCSPCA “Paws for a Cause”, as well as supporting “Critter Care Society”.
We also provide High School students, University Students and host College veterinary students in their practicum programs leading to their qualifications as Veterinary Assistants.