Dr.Alastair Westcott B.Sc., DVM.
Dr. Westcott received his Bachelor of Science in 1990 (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Honours Biochemistry). After working as a laboratory technician in the Human Genetics Dept. of the Medical Teaching Hospital at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, he accepted a position in the pathology department at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON where he worked on a lengthy harbour porpoise stranding project. He was then inspired to apply for acceptance into the Veterinary College. Dr. Westcott received his DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in 1997 from the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, ON. In 1994 he also spent a year working on the Stellar Sea Lion project based at the Vancouver Aquarium. Dr. Westcott has been working as a practicing veterinarian in the Province of British Columbia and Bowen Island since 1997. He is the co-founder and principal veterinarian of Bowen Veterinary Services.
Jen has a life-long relationship with Bowen Island and our local pet population. She has been with the practice for 5 years and thoroughly enjoys her daily encounters with the locals (and their attached human counterparts). Wild and exotic species hold a particular fascination for her. She loves to travel and some of her most memorable relevant experiences include swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, socializing with baby monkeys in Thailand, and working at a guard dog training centre in Australia.
Born and raised on Bowen Island, Jenny always feels comfortable here. "I just love Bowen life..." At age seven, Jenny got her first horse, a Pinto - she went on to spend her teenage years riding English, Western, Jumping and even Dressage, which she truly enjoys. Islanders know Jenny to be a person who is there when you need her, just as BVS clients have learned of her with their animals. She has many years experience assisting Veterinarians including Dr. Joel Parker. She has been assisting at BVS with Dr. Westcott for 8 years now. When she's not helping clients at the hospital, she enjoying her seven year old boy, Ryan, having fun with all the animals they live with, including horses, dogs, cats, chickens and a pet bunny.
Kasara began with us as a work experience student 8 years ago and has been here ever since! She has a passion for animals and a particular fondness for horses. She has worked at Critter Care assisting in rehabilitating wildlife, as well as with the seals at the Vancouver Aquarium. She is currently training to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is returning to work with us during the Summers
A native of Bowen Island, Kathleen was in a work program from school when she started at BVS. It was only to be for a few weeks. She loved it so much, she didn't bother working anywhere else and stayed a year at BVS. Now, 5 years later, she regularly works as an assistant here. "I love helping animals and Dr. Westcott is always sharing veterinary knowledge, which I find interesting and fascinating." So much so, Kathleen is now studying Health Sciences. She also just completed another Veterinarian Assistance Seminar with Jen McGowan and Kasara Toth.
Loki and Magnum:
These two have been with our hospital since its inception. They accompanied us on house calls, love everybody and basically run the show at home and in the Vet truck!!