Small Animals

Small Animals

Choosing your veterinarian is one of the most important things you can do for your best friend.  At Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital we understand as we have pets of our own and know how important that bond is.  It is essential for your peace of mind that you are comfortable with your pet’s care.  Our clients are confident that we will treat their pet with compassion while utilizing the latest in techniques, knowledge and expertise.  Our goal is to help your pet enjoy the highest quality of life possible and to give you many years to share in that enjoyment.

Small Animal Veterinarians

Chris Forbes DVM
Dr Forbes co founded Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital together with her husband Dr Jim Decker in 1979. She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan. Chris graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 and worked in Merritt, BC for a year and in Saskatoon, SK for a year before moving to the island. Originally Chris treated horses as well as dogs and cats. Chris excels at diagnostics and surgery including orthopaedic surgeries such as fracture repairs and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repairs. She keeps active by hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing and travelling.

Susan Stevenson, DVM
Susan grew up in North Vancouver. From an early age, she pestered her parents for pets, winning a cat, dog and skunk. In Grade 2, a tour of a veterinary clinic decided her on her career. She started working at a veterinary clinic at age 14 and graduated with great distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. At veterinary college, she also met her husband, Dr. Chris Urquhart. After practicing for three years in Manitoba, they moved to the island in 1992, Susan joining Mill Bay Vet in1994. Three children and all the associated activity led her to downsize her career for a number of years but she is now happy to be back in regular practice. When Susan has time away from family and work, she loves to hike and rock climb, has been learning Spanish, and can regularly be seen on Cobble Hill Mountain with her beloved dog George.
Fallon McGinty Photo
Fallon McGinty grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington (just North of Seattle) with her parents and three younger sisters.  Fallon always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and has been aspiring toward her goal since she was five years old and reading James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small.  She achieved her bachelors degree in zoology from Washington State University, graduating magna cum laude.  Fallon graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 with the intent to practice mixed animal medicine and was a member of Phi Zeta, the veterinary honor society.   Fallon began working at a mixed animal emergency hospital in Victoria after graduation in May 2012.  Fallon joined Mill Bay in August 2015.  She has a special interest in small animal internal medicine, surgery and emergency, and is also willing to see small exotics and ruminants.  Fallon recently moved up to the Cowichan Valley and has her own 5 acre hobby farm.  In her free time, she can be found riding her quarter horses Sam and Rocky, walking her five dogs (a German Shepherd, two Golden Doodles, a mini Aussie, and a Great Pyrenees), out for a run, or at home with her animals working on the farm.
CarmenBell
Carmen Bell has joined our small animal practitioners, with a keen interest in exotics, avian, rodent and reptilian medicine, including fish to go along with the regularly seen dogs and cats at the Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital.
Alberta born and raised, Carmen is a country girl at heart, and loves spending time outdoors. She is passionate about environmental and green-friendly practices. In her free time she enjoys botany, artwork, exercising and spending time with her pets. Carmen has been certified in the ABC’s of Animal Training which is based on operant conditioning and positive reinforcement techniques.