Large Animals

Large Animals

Our large animal veterinarians have many years of experience in providing dedicated, enthusiastic, and practical care to all our rural clients.  We have grown up with or have had years of owning horses and cattle and enjoy and value the lifestyle that comes with them.

Our clientele includes many enthusiastic, devoted horse owners, dedicated and passionate small farm owners and some of the finest and most progressive dairy farms in Canada, all here in the Cowichan Valley.   We are committed to providing reliable, capable, timely service to our clients, making every attempt to ensure our patients get the best care possible.

Large Animal Veterinarians

Chris Urquhart BSc, DVM
Dr Urquhart was raised on a beef farm in Chilliwack and was active in the 4-H program while growing up. He attended University of BC for his undergraduate degree in vertebrate zoology. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. That was where he met his wife, Dr. Susan Stevenson. They practiced in Manitoba before returning to BC and joining our practice. Chris treats horses and cattle, and also spends much of his time performing Embryo Transfer for our dairy clients. Embryos are retrieved from superior cows and either transferred to recipient mothers or sold to countries around the world. Chris’s main focus is his family’s activities but playing squash is a high priority. He also enjoys biking, hiking and camping.

Leo Hylkema DVM
Growing up on a dairy farm in Chilliwack prepared Dr Hylkema for his future as a large animal veterinarian. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and after practicing in New Brunswick for a time was lured back to BC. He and his wife, Lucy, also a veterinarian, have 3 children and live on a hobby farm populated by cows, alpacas, donkeys and chickens. Leo is an avid hiker who has trekked all over BC and as far away as Baffin Island. Family is the number one priority for the Hylkema clan.
Jackie Wrigglesworth
Jackie Wrigglesworth DVM
Jackie is our new addition to our large animal team. Originally an island girl from Chemainus, she graduated WCVM in the spring of 2014. Outside of work she enjoys rugby and hiking with her two dogs (Blondie and Harvey). Jackie fits in beautifully at our mixed practice clinic, and is particularly interested in dairy medicine.
Ciarán O'Carroll
Ciarán O’Carroll MVB MRCVS
Originally from a small town 60 miles south west of Dublin, Ireland. Ciarán graduated from University College Dublin in June 2016 and decided to swap one island for another. He is especially interested in Small and Large animal surgery. His interests outside of work include keeping fit, cooking and classic cars and motorcycles