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Dr. Caitlin McLagan

Medical Director

Dr. Caitlin McLagan graduated with her DVM in 2015 from Oregon State University. From there, she completed a rotating internship in small animal emergency, medicine, and surgery at the University of Calgary. After practicing primary emergency in referral hospitals in BC for several years, she moved to Guelph, Ontario to pursue advanced training in emergency and critical care. Following a move to Toronto, she practiced in emergency and shelter medicine before recently moving back home to BC to commence a new position as Medical Director Veterinarian at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital.

Throughout the years, Caitlin has had countless opportunities to take part in preventive veterinary medicine clinics both locally and internationally, including non-profit organizations in Botswana, remote and rural BC communities, Nunavut, Belize, Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Vietnam.

Caitlin is passionate about emergency and critical care, pain relief modalities, surgery, and accessible medicine through community outreach. Other areas of special interest include communication, teaching, mentorship, and the wellness and empowerment of veterinary teams. She especially enjoys working with vet students, interns, and new graduate veterinarians and technicians with a hands-on approach to provide a supportive and empathic working environment with which to build skills and enable safe and effective learning. She is looking forward to supporting the paradigm shift in veterinary medicine whereby team members feel comfortable asking questions, sharing cases, and learning/practicing gold standard medicine while balancing joyful lives outside of work.

Caitlin enjoys many hobbies when not practicing veterinary medicine. She is thrilled to be back on the West Coast where she enjoys hiking, trail running (with some lofty training goals!), performing burlesque and hip hop dance, and horseback riding. Her vet school souvenir, a scruffy terrier named Muppet, is never far behind. She has an embarrassing amount of houseplants to which she tends with variable success.

Caitlin is delighted to be joining on as Medical Director of SBVH and looks forward to continuing to get to know all members of the SBVH team, from colleagues to clients to furry friends!