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About Sitka Veterinary

Dr. Nancy Holling

Dr. Nancy Holling
Owner/Veterinarian

Sitka Veterinary Services is headed by Dr. Nancy Holling, a graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is additionally certified in small animal acupuncture and canine rehabilitation.

Dr. Holling has a strong interest in combining both Western and traditional Chinese veterinary medicines to offer the very best treatment options for her patients. She has worked numerous small animal practices and veterinary clinics in the past, and founded Sitka Veterinary Services in March 2009.

Dr. Holling currently lives in Duncan BC with her spouse, 3 dogs and 2 cats.


Savanna KehlerSavanna Kehler
Office manager

Savanna was born and raised on Vancouver Island and after graduating high school went to Granville Business College in Vancouver, BC to receive her diploma for veterinary assistant and reception. She worked at Prevost Veterinary clinic for 7 years but left early 2014 to move to Toronto. Upon returning to the island she joined Dr. Nancy Holling in 2015 as her office manager and house call assistant.

Savanna's love for animals started at an early age, she grew up with many cats, dogs and caged critters of all kinds. She currently has dogs, cats and chickens. She spends most of her spare time at home in the garden and training in a dog sport called IPO with her Rottweiler.


Celine and her dogCeline
House Call Assistant

Ever since Celine can remember life has always been about animals. She grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and created a menagerie in her home. From early on in life she knew she wanted to work in the Veterinary field helping animals. Celine has over 15 years experience working along side Veterinarians. She primarily worked in a busy, 24-hour emergency/referral hospital and later as an assistant to an equine Veterinarian. In 2013 she gave up the city life for the quieter, Vancouver Island life and joined Sitka Veterinary Services in 2017.

In her free time she spends her days training her sport/protection dog, hiking and galloping fields with a friends horse. She lives with her spouse, dogs and cat.


Melanie and her dogMelanie

Melanie is an Animal Health Technologist from Montreal, Quebec. While earning her AHT certification, she worked in a 24h emergency veterinary hospital and volunteered at the Montreal SPCA. After her graduation in 2003, she went on a completely different path and pursued another passion of hers, tourism and travel. Her love for animal care eventually caught up with her, and she went back to the veterinary field in 2008.

A musician and artist, Melanie finds her creative inspiration in animals and nature. She enjoys the great outdoors, ocean air and mountain views; camping, hiking and kayaking in her free time.

She and her husband along with their two dogs and two cats moved to Vancouver Island in the fall of 2017. She joined the Sitka family in February 2019.


LeagLeah

Leah was born and raised in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. She has worked with the Sitka team since May 2018 and feels pretty lucky to be part of it.

Leah lives on a small acreage with her husband, 2 boys, retired sled dog “Louie”, and cat “Monkey”. She enjoys hanging out with her family and spends most of her time trying to tire out her boys and her dog.


Kathleen

Kathleen was born and raised on Vancouver Island. Upon completing high school, Kathleen attended Olds College in Alberta and graduated as Registered Animal Health Technologist. She joined the Sitka team in February 2019.

Kathleen grew up on a family run farm and was a proud participant in the 4-H program for 10 years. She currently lives on her own organic farm where she raises chickens, ducks and geese. In her spare time she can either be found in her cutting garden, tending her bees, or with her horses and 4 hounds!

Sitka Veterinary, Duncan & Cowichan Valley