Grace Veterinary Hospital Team
Dr. Adrian M. Russell
Dr. Russell grew up in Victoria graduating from the University of Victoria with a Bachelors of Science. In 1995, he traveled out to Saskatoon to attend the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. After four very cold winters on the prairies, he graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999. Quickly, he and his wife returned to BC. His first position in Surrey which lasted for just under two years. After experiencing the lower mainland there was a strong, compelling desire to return to Victoria. He took a position at hospital in Saanich where he practiced on large and small animals. At certain times he certainly felt like James Herriot, practicing on sheep, goats, cattle, horses, the odd chicken, rabbits, guinea pigs, even a bearded dragon, dogs and cats! After 11 years practicing in Saanich he moved on out to Langford. While practicing in the Westshore he met many wonderful pets and their owners. After two years the desire to step out on his own finally came to fruition.
Dr. Russell is married and has three wonderful children, along with his new French bulldog cross pup. Digbey is a constant entertainment for the whole family. His full title and name are: Barnaby Digbey Russell, AKA Milwaukee Dan, explorer, archeologist and wild cat hunter! Along with Digbey a new rescue Frenchie has been added. The Revolution continues! Gomer ( AKA Gomez, Gomie Bear or as he thinks his name is “treat”!) was added to the family. Gomer and Digbey are fast friends, running through the house and wrestling at all hours.
Although Dr. Russell is quite busy with his family and new business he finds time to practice Aikido.http://ueshibaaikido.com. He has been known to say “I love to learn, I could listen to lectures all day, its the exams I hate!”
Dr. Victoria Turner
Dr. Victoria Turner grew up in North Vancouver. She graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet). During her spring breaks at vet school she worked at a farm close to Loch Ness in Inverness; however she was never lucky enough to see the monster! In her final year of vet school she completed a research project on pain management in sheep.
Dr. Turner enjoys working with all animals. She spent 2 years in small animal practice in Vancouver, but now has made the move to enjoy island life, Victoria is finally in Victoria!
In her free time Dr. Turner enjoys practicing yoga, playing beach volleyball, and is an avid hiker with family dogs Dexter and Keela.
Dr. Turner is passionate about working with owners and their animals. She looks forward to meeting you and your beloved pet!
Registered Veterinary Technician — Kristyn Sharkey
Kristyn graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at Thompson Rivers University in 2012. She worked in wildlife rehabilitation before moving to Victoria. Since moving here, Kristyn and her husband have adopted Olive, a beagle cross, and Theo, a tuxedo cat!
Registered Veterinary Technician - Jaime Lessard
Jaime joined the Grace vet team in 2020. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at Thompson Rivers University in 2018. Before getting into tech school Jaime worked as a dog groomer for a golden retriever kennel. Jaime has two dogs, a lovely german shepherd named Raja, and a Mexican tripod mutt named Abu. She also has two rescue cats, Terry and Jean. On the weekends you can find her exploring the island with her boyfriend Connor and their dogs, or relaxing and gardening at home.
Veterinary Assistant – Allison
Allison has worked in the Veterinary Industry for over 12 years, and at Grace Vet since we opened. She was involved in 4-H raising and showing cattle prior to working with animals as an occupation. At home, she is busy assisting her fiancé Ty with his business, keeping her son Ayden active and busy, and two rescue dogs "Norman" and "Chad Wilson". She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, and playing softball.
Veterinary Assistant - Kristina
Kristina has been with Grace vet since 2015. She graduated from UVic with a B.A. in History and English; during that time she realized she wanted to work with animals as a career. She has a special interest in dog behavior and training. Kristina and her husband have three dogs, rescues Sophie, and Maggie, and Dotty the border collie, two cats, Storm and Roger, a few chickens, and a young daughter Rosie.
Veterinary Assistant - Emily
Emily is currently studying Biology at the University of Victoria in order to get into Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in Victoria, and when she is not working or studying she enjoys hiking, baking amazing treats, and painting. She has 1 dog named Scout and 3 fish.
Veterinary Assistant - Sheila
Sheila joined us in 2021. She previously worked as a local dog groomer before making the jump to vet med. Sheila has a german shepherd Jordan and a few budgies. On her days off, Sheila enjoys training and exercising with her dog, and being active outdoors.
Veterinary Technician Student - Brie Jarvis
Brie joined us in 2019. She is currently attending TRU in the Animal Health Technology program. Brie has always wanted to work with animals, and previously volunteered at Mary’s Farm and Sanctuary, which solidified her resolve and led her into veterinary medicine. Brie has two cats Roger and Roux. In her free time, she enjoys reading, learning astronomy, hiking, and relaxing with family and friends.
Veterinary Assistant - Brandi
Brandi joined the Grace team in 2020 and brings with her over 11 years of experience in the veterinary industry. She will treat your pet as her own and has a special interest in wildlife rescue. Brandi shares her home with her husband, chihuahua, and two cats. When not at work you will find her with her nose in a book, gardening in her yard, or foraging locally for a variety of plants and mushrooms.
Veterinary Receptionist - BRANDY
Brandy was born and raised in the Comox Valley. She has always been an animal lover and has two cats, Sophie and Bentley, and a dog named Chela. When she is not working she enjoys doing many different crafts and adventuring around the island.
Veterinary Receptionist - LIANA
Liana has been a member of the team since early 2019. She has been an avid animal lover since childhood, and completed a diploma for Medical Office Assistance in 2016. She enjoys volunteering at nearby animal shelters, and is a proud mom to a hamster named Petunia and 35 house plants. She is happy to answer any questions you may have, and always has extra cookies on hand for fluffy visitors.