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Lisa Horkai, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician 
From a young age Lisa knew she wanted to spend her life around animals. Her ability to strike a friendship with any animal she could was apparent when she brought home her first injured crow. She also found the need to help slugs or what she believed were ‘snails without shells’. She would search the family yard to find a ‘home’ that would fit. To pass a dog without petting it was torture and any stray cat that came by deserved a lunch. Large animals fascinated her - ‘Those poor cows! All they have to eat is dry grass’. This statement drew a laugh from all the adults and Lisa would later learn that a menu of dry grass was a good meal for a cow.

In 2005, she decided to enroll at Thompson Rivers University and graduated from the Animal Health Technology program in 2008.

Along with her skills as a Registered Veterinary Technologist she brings many years of practice management. Lisa has a passion for analgesia and anesthesia and is Fear-Free certified. Lisa strives to ensure your pet’s visit is stress-free, comfortable, and that every interaction is positive.

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How To Recognize Heatstroke in Pets

Yaaay! Summer has arrived! And with summer comes more outside time with friends and family, BBQ's, biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities with our pets. Summer also brings higher temperatures and as pet owners, we need to ensure we can recognize the symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion in pets.

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Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our first and foremost priority remains the health and safety of our clients and staff, while maintaining our high standard of quality veterinary patient care. We have all experienced the unpredictability of this pandemic and feel strongly that adopting a cautious strategy is in the best interest of keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Our plan going forward will be to start slowly.  

1. The following changes are effective as of Thursday, July 15, 2021:

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you’re unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

4. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the “Online Consultation” link.

We will continue to keep you advised of each step of our process as we move forward to a tentative full reopening in a few short weeks. We are so excited to start this reopening plan and can't wait to welcome ALL of you back into the clinic.

– Your dedicated team at Valley Veterinary Services