About Our Staff!
Dr. Kelly Fraser
Dr. Fraser was born in Kelowna, but since her mother’s family lived in Grand Forks she went to kindergarten there and then came back to stay in the summers.
Dr. Fraser finished elementary and high school in Westbank, growing up on a farm with horses, cows, cats and dogs and bred rabbits for meat production. Her father was a team roper and she spent many hours at rodeos and working his roping horse. She always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian.
She went to what was known then as Okanagan College in Kelowna and got her prerequisites to apply to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. While in college, Dr. Fraser spent her time farm sitting, driving draft horse teams, and working in both an equine and small-animal practice in Kelowna. She was fortunate enough to be accepted after only three years of college and headed to Saskatoon in 1991, graduating in 1995.
Her first job was in an isolated, mixed-animal, very rural practice in Carnduff, Saskatchewan.It taught her a lot, but she knew it wasn’t her true calling. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she moved back in the fall of 1996 to be with her. While back home, Dr. Fraser saw an ad that the Castlegar Animal Hospital was looking for another veterinarian and she applied, coming out here to meet Dr. Dave Williams that winter. She remembers the narrowness of Paulson Pass and the vast amount of snow that year – it was piled almost as high as the street lights along Columbia Ave. However, Dr. Fraser was back in the Kootenays and somehow it seemed meant to be.
Dr. Fraser started working in Castlegar in March of 1997 and stayed there after Dr. Williams sold the business until 2005. She then went to work in Nelson at the Selkirk Veterinary Hospital until May 2011 when she finalized the purchase of the Arrow Lake Veterinary Hospital and came back to Castlegar.
Dr. Fraser enjoys being a business owner and to be back practicing in Castlegar after her time in Nelson. After 20 years it really is her home. Veterinary medicine consumes most of her time and it’s hard to separate the practice from her personal time. Her hobbies seem to be all animal related or include her pets in some way. Dr. Fraser rode for many years, and after losing her Arab Flash at age 32, she couldn't be without and got another named Rock. She does obedience and agility training and competition with her dogs. She has four Pembrokes- the girls are Devlin,Sophie and Artemis ( 13, 9 and 8 years and all retired) and one new male puppy named Emris. Her new passion is Australian Cattle Dogs and she has two- Remedy, a blue pictured here and a new red female puppy named Helix. When not at work and she can find the time she likes to paddle, hike and cross country ski. She currently has 3 cats at home- Phoebe, Gus and Barnes and has rounded out the farm with two goats- Davinci and Hugo and many happy chickens, the oldest being 11 years old now.
Dr. Emma Davis
Welcome Back Dr. Davis!!
Dr. Emma Davis is here on select days to help serve our clients and their small animal companions. Please call the hospital in inquire about booking with her.
Dr. Emilie Shepherd-Maika
Biography coming soon
Client Care Manager
Allison has been working with Dr. Fraser since 2000 as a receptionist. As of 2014, she has become our Client Care Manager. She enjoys making sure clients’ needs are as well cared for as our patients. She has always had an interest in animal health and client care.
In her spare time, Allison enjoys showing her horses in AQHA (Quarter horse) breed shows with the aspiration of competing at the world-class level. She also enjoys camping and ATVing with her three dogs Rusty, Claire and new addition Aria. In the evenings, Allison can be found snuggling with her three cats, Feta, Autumn and Sage.
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Sanaya has always had a passion for working with animals, even in high school was a kennel assistant, which then she knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician. Sanaya graduated from the Olds College Animal Health Technology program in 2008 and has been enjoying her job ever since. Caring for all the animals, comforting them when illness strikes and watching them make a full recovery is only one of the many perks of the job.
Sanaya grew up in Fruitvale and worked as a veterinary technician in Trail for many years before moving to her forever home in Robson with her husband Jeff. When she isn't working you can find Sanaya playing slo-pitch and fishing in the summer, curling or cross country skiing in the winter, or when the weather is too bad in the winter watching her favorite team the Vancouver Canucks. In her other limited spare time Sanaya enjoys working on puzzles or playing video games.
Sanaya and Jeff also share their home with three dogs, Kato and Rexx the border collies and Lady the black lab, who are total opposites of each other, and 2 very fluffy kitties, Dusty and Shiva (who is almost 18 now!).
Amanda comes to the Arrow Lake Veterinary Hospital with a very wide skill set. From gardening, customer service and white water river guide, we are excited to have Amanda as one of our Veterinary Assistants. She loves all the animals that come to our hospital and shows a genuine interest in caring for our patients and learning about the veterinary world.
Leanna has worked many years locally as a veterinary assistant. After being out of the industry for a few years, she has joined our team to help take care of our patients. She can also be seen helping receptionists, discharging hospitalized patients to their owners and discussing medications and diet to our clients.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her cats and dogs, and exploring our beautiful forests with her horses.
Biography coming soon!
Client Care Specialist
Shantell is recently married in beautiful Robson. She and her husband have two cats Koda (in picture) and Scuba who is a beautiful orange and white tabby. Shantell and her new husband moved to the Kootenay area in January 2018 and loving it. She is excited to be working at our hospital (and we are excited she is here ).
Client Care Specialist
Biography Coming Soon!
Client Care Specialist
We are very lucky to have Camille joining our team. A familiar face to some, she has worked over 30 years with a local veterinarian. She has done just about every aspect of the assistant and client care specialist's positions. After a small time in retirement, Camille has decided she has missed the client interaction and the veterinary industry.
Peanut was surrendered to the Trail SPCA because of her obesity. She originally weighed in around 21lbs! Obesity in our companion animals is a significant problem and as anyone who has tried to diet their pets knows, not easy to remedy. However we were tough on Peanut and it was amazing to see her go from barely able to walk and struggle to breathe to a cat that can now jump on counters and run. She weighs about 11 lbs now. She's a friendly girl and is very clever as 'hunting' for food we may have foolishly left out.
Swaggart (or Swags)
Swags came to us from KAAP. He was returned to the society as a senior because he was ill. He, in fact, was a very sick diabetic kitty when he came to us for treatment and a real challenge to regulate. Because his medical needs in the beginning were significant, it was tough to find him a foster home. We had concerns that his age and his diabetes would make it difficult to find a forever home for him so he stayed on at the clinic. He was not a very nice boy in the beginning and more than one staff member felt his teeth in their leg. He is the definition of an ankle biter! However we have won him over and he is a fan favorite now. Like all cats he has an unique personality and is the oldest of our troop at about 14 years old.
Our latest addition is Boris, a flame point Siamese. He was originally adopted from the Trail SPCA
by Dr. Fraser to join her 3 cats at home. However, he and Peanut quickly became bonded and we couldn't separate them so he lives here. He was an exceptionally shy cat in the beginning but Peanut showed him all her tricks and now he is a naughty, chatty Siamese whose specialty is tripping you up so you remember to pet him.