Meet the Veterinarians and support staff at Huff Animal Hospital!
Dr. Robert Hopper, DVM
Dr. Hopper graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He practiced in Calgary for several years where he was president of the Calgary Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hopper moved to Tsawwassen and Huff Animal Hospital in 1983, and became the sole owner in 2009. Pets love Dr. Hopper’s calm, quiet demeanor. Dr. Hopper’s family share their home with a handsome cat named “Thibault”.
Dr. Farida Olermo, DVM
Dr. Farida Olermo graduated from University of the Philippines in 1999 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. She also received the “Academic Excellence Award in Veterinary Medicine” in her class. She worked in a mixed practice animal hospital and taught Microbiology at an agricultural college in the Philippines. In 2003, Dr. Olermo immigrated to Canada worked as an Animal Health Technician at several lower mainland animal hospitals and shelters. In the summer of 2015, she attended the University of Guelph, completing the Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program at Ontario Veterinary College. Dr. Olermo obtained her Certificate of Qualification in May 2016. Her areas of interest are shelter medicine, infectious diseases, nutrition and anesthesia. She has a family of five, Jose, her husband, Landerjoe, her 11-year old son, Alyanna, her 5-year old daughter and “Mango”, a beautiful peach-faced lovebird. She also enjoys Zumba classes, camping and loves yogurt ice cream. Pets love Dr. Olermo’s gentle ways and clients appreciate her thoughtfulness, honesty and care.
Gillian, Hospital Manager
Gillian grew up in Tsawwassen, and after spending years working with local pets, she settled at the Huff Animal Hospital in 2001. Gillian’s favorite part about working at Huff is the time spent with clients and patients. On weekends she loves seeing her patients while walking her Boston Terrier “Petey” around town. Gillian has a passion for pet nutrition and complete, preventative patient care. She has a soft spot for Boston Terriers, participating in fundraisers for Boston Terrier Rescue Canada. Gillian shares her home with her husband Ben, “Petey”, and welcomed baby Gavin in October 2015.
REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
Our Nursing Team
What is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)? The RVT designation means that our techs have completed a two year university course in Animal Health Technology, and are current members in good standing with the BC Veterinary Technicians Association, which requires ongoing continuing education. This means our technicians are constantly upgrading their skills to better treat your pets. An RVT is comparable to a human nurse, assisting our veterinarians by taking blood samples, placing IV’s, taking x-rays, performing dental cleanings, and monitoring anesthesia.
Anne graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at the University College of the Cariboo (now known as Thompson Rivers University) over 15 years ago. Since then, she has had the chance to work with many species including: snakes, eagles, seals, frogs, and of course dogs and cats. The diversity and constant learning is what keeps her in this line of work. Anne has a special interest in anesthesia and intensive care. When not at work, she spends time with her husband and 2 daughters. She also enjoys knitting, camping and exploring the local trails.
Kelsey is our newest RVT, who joined the Huff Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2014. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at Thompson Rivers University in 2014. She has a special interest in canine and feline dentistry and strives to provide the best care for all patients. At home, Kelsey has one canine friend named “Miko”, a Samoyed/American Eskimo mix. She also has two family cats. Kelsey loves the outdoors, and her favorite activities include snow skiing, boating, hiking & playing hockey. She loves working with animals. Her favorites are dogs and the birds of prey brought in by OWL- the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.
CLIENT CARE TEAM
Jayme, Assistant Manager,VOA, Reception
Jayme’s career in the pet industry started at a local pet store when she was 16 years old. She took her passion to the next level by graduating from the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Granville Business College in 2010. Jayme chose Huff Animal Hospital as her clinic of choice for her practicum. The moment Gillian, our manager, had a position available, she scooped her up! Jayme has an eye for detail, and a passion for animal care. She will always make sure you and your pets feel well cared for. Jayme is the proud pet parent of her rambunctious Yorkshire Terrier, “Bean”, an Australian Blue Heeler “Ki” and two cats; “Jemaine” and “Izzi”.
Celine has worked at Huff Animal Hospital for 21 years. Originally from Ireland, her family is happily settled in Tsawwassen. Celine works part-time in reception and has owned a myriad of pets over the years. At the moment she shares her home with her husband, 4 children, 2 budgies and 2 cats named “Stanley” & “Jack”.
Laureen has worked as a part of our reception team for the past 20 years. Laureen will always go that extra mile to ensure excellent customer service with a smile. Growing up, Laureen always knew she would work with animals. She spent her childhood here in Tsawwassen with a house full of dogs, cats, geese and even a pony in her backyard! You can find Laureen at our front desk on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Samantha, VOA, Reception
Samantha has always been very passionate about animals. She knew at a young age she would work with them. In 2008 Samantha completed the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Granville Business College. She completed her practicum at Huff Animal Hospital and joined the team shortly after that. Samantha took a brief hiatus from clinic life in 2014, during which time she welcomed son Hudson in September 2015. She has once again returned to our front desk team as a familiar face and could not be happier to be back at Huff. Samantha enjoys spending time with her family and kitty “Whiskers”.
Bridget, Veterinary Assistant
Bridget started working as a Kennel Assistant at Huff in 2010. She worked her way up to become a veterinary assistant. Bridget’s favorite part of working at Huff Animal Hospital is expanding her knowledge in preparation to attend an Animal Health Technology program in the future. She shares her home with 2 rescued kitties, a bunny, a python, a chameleon, a hedgehog, and three geckos. She also spends a lot of time with her horse “Lucy”, and at Starbucks.
We employ 3 high school students who help out a couple of hours a week with keeping the hospital clean and tidy, as well as assisting our techs with patient care. Many of these students go on to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and we are proud to be the ones who gave them their start.
We offer volunteer opportunities to those who wish to explore a career in animal health. Priority will be given to applicants who require prerequisite volunteer hours in order to apply to colleges and universities. Students requiring work experience hours via their local high school programs will also be accommodated. Applications for volunteer work may be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org