Our Team at Port Moody Animal Hospital
We are a small, but mighty team of animal lovers who are passionate about our patients. Learn more about our fantastic team below.
Dr. Carolyn Buxton
Owner and Principal Veterinarian
Dr. Buxton has been practicing small animal vet medicine since 1996. She will still say it is the “best job in the world” and she can’t imagine doing anything else!
Dr. Buxton graduated from the Ontario Veterinary Hospital in Guelph, Ontario in 1994. Very shortly after graduation, she moved to Vancouver to start her career, and soon became the owner of South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital. Under her guidance, the hospital grew to a very busy multi- doctor practice and became well respected in the community for excellent care and service. During these 20 + years, she was blessed to have worked with some of the most skilled and compassionate animal lovers and form close, trusted relationships with clients and their pets. She and her team are very proud to have won the title of Best Vet Clinic in Burnaby 19 times. It was with a heavy heart that she decided to sell the clinic in 2018, to pursue other personal and professional interests.
While raising her family in Coquitlam for over 20 years, Dr. Buxton developed a great fondness for the Port Moody community while walking the many trails with her dogs and frequenting many of the local businesses. When the opportunity presented itself to become the proud owner of Port Moody Animal Hospital, she jumped at it! She is excited to continue the good work of the original owner, Dr. Siegert, and provide compassionate, quality care to the local 4-legged residents, and develop long lasting relationships with her clients.
Dr. Buxton keeps her skills sharp and her knowledge current by participating in yearly continuing education seminars and conferences. She has taken advanced surgical training over the years and is currently taking additional training in dentistry . In addition, she is involved in international and local volunteer work and regularly spends her time to support spay/neuter clinics and pet rescue.
Dr. Buxton’s main interests are surgery, dentistry, behaviour and nutrition, however there isn’t much she doesn’t love about vet medicine!
Wendy first started at the PMAH in October 2001 after completing the vet assistant course at West Coast College. Over the years she has become an integral part of the clinic, involved in patient care, client care, ordering supplies and keeping the clinic running in tip top shape. We are so blessed to have her!
Wendy enjoys the relationships she has built with the staff at PMAH as well as with the clients and their pets over the years. Wendy loves animals of all kinds but has a soft spot for orange tabbies and hamsters. She currently has 2 cats and 2 hamsters. In her spare time Wendy loves watching horror movies, gardening on her small patio and travelling to Disneyland whenever possible. Her future goals include helping PMAH provide exceptional care to the animals of Port Moody and eventually own a goldendoodle of her very own.
You will never meet a bigger animal lover than Lauren! Surrounded by animals growing up in Coquitlam, she always aspired to working in the veterinary field. In 2018, she started working in a small animal clinic in the Tri-Cities area. In August 2021, we were lucky to have Lauren join our team at PMAH. She is loving every minute, keen to learn and gain skills in the field.
Lauren has a calm, sweet nature with people and animals and is loved by clients and colleagues.
Lauren has 4 dogs and a kitty named Ophelia at home. In her free time she enjoys painting (she is a very talented artist!) , making jewelry and spending time with her friends and family.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Originally from Chilliwack, Mikah grew up around many animals ( big and small). She always new she was destined for a career in animal care. She moved to Coquitlam and in 2019, she graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program.
After graduation , Mikah decided to travel abroad to Thailand to help animals at a wildlife sanctuary. It was here that she strengthened her passion for pursuing a career in vet medicine. She has worked with many different animal species in clinics in the Tri Cities. Mikah is pleased to have found her home at PMAH, where she is committed to providing the best care possible to all her patients and their pet parents. Mikah’s lovely nature and warm personality makes her a lovely addition to our team. Your pets are in great hands with Mikah!
When she is not assisting in surgeries and snuggling her patients, she can be found in the mountains, camping in the backwoods, or planning her next trip abroad. She enjoys taking her 3 year old cat Kizmet out on adventures and coming home to tend to her collection of indoor plants.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Rachel grew up on a small farm in Langley, BC, where her love for animals began. She started her career in 2016 as a vet assistant, and she graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Douglas College in 2020. Now that Rachel has joined our team at PMAH, she is excited about pursuing her love of veterinary dentistry and anesthesia under Dr. Buxton’s tutelage.
Despite her recent graduation, Rachel has developed excellent technical skills, and helps keep the clinic running smoothly. Rachel is always smiling, and clearly loves being in the veterinary profession. Your pets are loved and cared for if Rachel is taking care of them!
She has a pair of cats at home named Theo and Gimli, and a crested gecko named Nim. Rachel has a particular fondness for hunting dogs and grumpy old cats. When Rachel is at her home in Coquitlam she is often embroidering, playing board games, or watching horror movies.