The North Shore Veterinary Clinic team includes a number of experienced veterinarians with varying areas of expertise who work together to provide the best, most well-rounded care for your pet.
Dr. Terri Clemett
Dr. Clemett was born in British Columbia and has resided on the North Shore since 1970. She has always had a great love of animals and aspired to be a veterinarian from a very young age. She started working at Lonsdale Pet Hospital as a kennel assistant and while working in different roles learned to appreciate the importance of each position. Dr. Clemett graduated from Ontario Veterinary College with honours in 1980. Soon after that, she started managing the general practice at Knight Road Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Nick Bussanich, an animal ophthalmologist. After her daughters Cara and Lauren were born, she worked as a locum veterinarian in different practices in Greater Vancouver until settling in at Marine Drive Veterinary Hospital working with Dr. Alfred Burt for a number of years. She fulfilled her life-long dream and opened the North Shore Veterinary Clinic in 1994. Dr. Clemett lives in Deep Cove with her husband John and her brindle Pomeranian Chloe.
Dr. Mary Plischke
Although Dr. Plischke wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, she switched to Chemistry in college. After four years of college, four years of graduate school and two years of tutoring chemistry she decided to go back to her first love, veterinary medicine. So this was two more years of university and 4 years of veterinary school but she finally got it right. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. She was a partner at Burnaby Veterinary Hospital for 19 years and has been at the North Shore Veterinary Clinic since 1998. Her husband keeps her from adopting every stray she sees so she currently has two golden retrievers, Remy and Solo, and two cats, Myriam and Corey.
Dr. Shaunne Gorrie
Dr. Gorrie grew up in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia with 2 budgies and 2 Irish Wolfhounds. She originally intended to become a human medical doctor but decided she was better suited for veterinary medicine while attending the University of Victoria. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1988 and has been in small animal practice since that time in Victoria and Vancouver. She has been happily practicing at the North Shore Veterinary Clinic since 2003. She has had a variety of furred and feathered companions and currently lives with her husband, two cats, a cockatiel, a hedgehog, a dove and a rat!
Dr. Bob Horne
Dr. Horne was born and raised on the North Shore. From early childhood, he has loved and admired animals. After achieving a Bachelor of Animal Science degree at UBC he realized that the only career he wanted was in Veterinary Medicine. He attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon for another 4 years and graduated in 1984. His first job as a Veterinarian was in Aldergrove, he then worked at Granville Island Veterinary Hospital with Dr. Dennis Jackson. Since then he has worked in Port Coquitlam for 29 years and has now come full circle back to his favourite place, North Vancouver. Dr. Horne owned a Jack Russell Terrier named Emma and he looks forward to working and spending more time with his friends & family on the North Shore.
Dr. Carmen Lo
Dr. Lo grew up in Vancouver for the majority of her life. She attended the University of British Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing in 2000. However, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of being a veterinarian and obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007. Before moving back to Vancouver, she moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and worked at a 7 doctor veterinary hospital for a year and a half.
Dr. Lo enjoys gardening, crocheting, making jewelry, drawing, and travelling with her husband when she is not working. Currently, she is learning to play the violin as well.
Dr. Kath Sang
Dr. Kath Sang was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Biology in 1991, then completed a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge, UK in 1997. After working as a postdoctoral associate and then in the pharmaceutical industry, she finally pursued a long-held dream of becoming a veterinarian, graduating from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University in 2007.
Dr. Sang has worked at several clinics in Vancouver, on the North Shore and Lower Mainland, and is very happy to be part of the North Shore Veterinary Clinic team. She lives on the North Shore with her husband and two young sons and spends her spare time hiking, camping and skiing with them.
Dr. Jessica Lam
Dr. Lam grew up mainly in Vancouver and graduated from Oregon State University in 2012. Since then, she has spent time in academia (internship at the Ontario Veterinary College), emergency medicine, private practice and the pharmaceutical industry. Her professional interests include surgery, preventative and geriatric medicine. She is very excited to be a part of the team at North Shore Veterinary Clinic as the staff are just amazing. She now lives in North Vancouver with her husband, orange tabby (Miso) and Morkie (Mochi). In her free time, she can be found snowboarding, hiking and doing yoga. She also speaks fluent Cantonese and understands basic Mandarin.
Dr. Heather Neely
From a very young age, Dr. Neely had an affinity for animals and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. While completing her undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph, she received early acceptance to University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine in Dublin, Ireland. After completing her degree she accepted an Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Internship at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Wisconsin, USA. During her internship, Dr. Neely developed a keen interest in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Neely took her passion for veterinary medicine and the great outdoors overseas to practice in Sydney, Australia. During her time down under, she continued to practice emergency medicine as well as start to work as a general practitioner. She was also fortunate enough to work with the Australian wildlife. After two glorious years in the sun, she returned to Canada to be closer to her family.
Since returning home, she has adopted a spunky senior feline named ‘Karen from HR’ who helps keep her entertained when she’s not at work. When she’s not at home worshiping Karen, you can find her on the slopes, at the beach or camping!
Dr. Alberto Schlicht
Dr. Alberto Schlicht was born in Chile but spent a memorable childhood amongst howler monkeys and silent sloths in the jungle of Venezuela. Back in Chile, his family moved to a farm in the South of the country, finished High School and then graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine earned at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia.
Later on, he moved to Vancouver and finished a M.Sc. degree in Animal Science at UBC in 2003, completed his Canadian Veterinary Accreditation in 2008 and has been practicing veterinary medicine throughout the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast since then.
He is passionate about veterinary dentistry and it has become the main focus of his professional development. Dr. Alberto accumulated extensive dental training with veterinary dental specialists and continues to attend conferences, lectures and wet laboratories on a yearly basis to keep most up to date with current techniques and development in the field. He performs around 600 procedures per year and enjoys every single one of them. Dental problems are referred to as the “Silent Disease” as our pets cannot say: “I have a toothache” and yet, it has a major impact on their daily lives and the general wellbeing of our pets.