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! Although he 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!
Veterinary Assistant – Allison
Allison has worked in the Veterinary Industry for over 11 years. She was involved in 4-H raising and showing cattle prior to working with animals as an occupation. At home she is busy with her young son Ayden and two rescue dogs "Chili" and "Chad Wilson". She enjoys spending quality time with her fiance Tyler and playing softball.
Veterinary Assistant - Kristina
Kristina was born and raised in Victoria. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and English. In her third year at UVic, she began fostering dogs for a local rescue group and realized she wanted to work with animals as a career. She spent the next two years juggling school, working at a dog grooming salon, and fostering a variety of dogs and cats. Kristina has two dogs, Sophie and Maggie, and two cats, Storm and Roger.
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 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 is the newest member of our team. 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 Winnie and 24 house plants. She is happy to answer any questions you may have, and always has extra cookies on hand for fluffy visitors.