Our Veterinarians

Dr. Laura Kortschak

Veterinarian/Owner

BScAgr; DVM Ontario Veterinary College 1986

Dr. Kortschak, or Dr. K as she is fondly called, graduated from the University of Guelph, with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science in 1982 and from the Ontario Veterinary College with honors, in 1986. She worked at various practices in Southern Ontario until her husband was transferred to Vancouver in 2002. She started working at South Surrey Veterinary Hospital in September of 2002 and quickly came to realize the beauty of the practice and the wonderful clientele it serves. When Dr. Olafson was looking to retire she saw the opportunity of fulfilling a lifelong dream and purchased the practice from him in November of 2008.

She brings with her many ideas from her years of practice and much enthusiasm for making the practice grow and achieve the potential that exists. She has a special interest in dentistry and is very satisfied when a dog or cat’s health improves after a dental. Her favourite part of practice is interacting with the pet’s owners. She enjoys nothing more than sharing a four legged family member’s escapades with their owners or discussing all your concerns for your pet’s health.

Dr, Kortschak and her husband Ernie have 3 wonderful children, Eric, Collin and Meaghan who are well on their way to being grown up, with all three in post secondary schooling. She has two cats “Kevin” and “Russell”, and her beloved black lab “Gracie” who enjoys coming to work with her. Ernie can be seen around the clinic as he helps with office work and maintenance. In her spare time, Dr. K sings with the Church choir, enjoys fitness classes and has been having fun training Gracie in obedience and agility. She also recently got back into performing in community theatre.

Dr. Kortschak is a member of the BCVMA, CVMA and the SVBC She also works a few shifts a month at the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley. She would like to see South Surrey Veterinary Hospital active in the community by visiting schools, cub groups and hosting special events at the hospital.

Dr. Jen Meagher

Veterinarian

DVM Murdoch Veterinary College, Perth Australia

Dr. Meagher graduated from Murdoch University’s Veterinary College in Western Australia in 1990. She practiced in Australia and England until 2000, when she moved to Canada after meeting her husband. She has two children, Ashley and Matthew, who keep her busy outside of veterinary medicine doing the juggling routine professional mothers are used to. She also has two “feline fur babies” “Spider” and a Rag Doll kitten “Scout”. Jen brings to the team a great personality, thorough knowledge and a special interest in soft tissue surgery.

Veterinary Technicians

Becky Murphy

Becky Murphy

Registered Veterinary Technician

Debbie DeBeck

Debbie DeBeck

Registered Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Assistants

Elizabeth Harrold

Elizabeth Harrold

Veterinary Assistant

Jenn Gonzales

Jenn Gonzales

Veterinary Assistant

Rachel Reedel

Rachel Reedel

Veterinary Assistant

Amanda Dier

Veterinary Assistant

Amanda joined our team in August of 2012 and has been a positive addition both in the back and working at the front.

Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone

Veterinary Assistant

Kendra McKibbin

Veterinary Assistant

Kendra joined our team over 13 years ago and was the main receptionist at our Central Park location.

Groomers

Jacqueline Wright

Groomer

Jacqueline has been with us since 2006. She is a professionally trained groomer and offers her services here under “The Paw Spa”.

Rachel Vanags

Groomer

Rachel joined the team in October 2010 after graduating from The West Coast College Veterinary Assistant Program.

Tanner Evers

Tanner Evers

Grooming Assistant

Clinical Support Team

Dante

Dante

Clinic Pet

Gertrude & Minerva

Clinic Pet

Gertrude and Minerva, or Gertie and Minnie, are two of our resident cats. Born at the clinic in 2010, they have been with us ever since.

Olive

Clinic Pet

Olive is the most recent addition to our team. Belonging to a former staff member, she had spent a year with us while her owner was in Korea.

Gracie

Clinic Pet

Gracie is Dr.K’s black lab and has been a member of our team since she was 7 weeks old.