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!

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members

We are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads, and pet boarding services are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of March 2nd, 2022:

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com or by phone at 604-526-0334.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital