We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at The Barn Door Veterinary Care. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at The Barn Door Veterinary Care. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (604) 227-3111.
Dr. Ina & Willow
Founder of The Barn Door Veterinary Care
College of Veterinarians of B.C
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
The American Academy of Ozonotherapy
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Ina Purborini graduated in 1989 from Bogor Agricultural Institute, Indonesia. She had a successful small animal practice in Jakarta for 14 years before she immigrated with her family, along with their three cats and a dog in 2004.
Upon passing the National Board Exams to obtain her British Columbia license in 2007, Dr. Ina practised all over the lower mainland before deciding to finally pursue her dream to have her own integrative small animal practice.
Dr. Ina currently resides with her husband and their 18-year old cat, Gremlin in the Westwood Plateau area and is a proud grandmother to her grandog, Willow.
Dr. Ina strives to provide the utmost care to all her patients and she looks forward to seeing you and your furry family members!
Dr. Schlicht & howler monkeys
College of Veterinarians of B.C
Universidad Austral de Chile
University of British Columbia
Master of Science degree in Animal Science
Dr. Alberto Schlicht is so happy to be a part of the team at The Barn Door Veterinary Care.
Born in Chile, Dr. Alberto spent a memorable childhood amongst howler monkeys and silent sloths in the jungle of Venezuela, and when older, graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine earned at the Universidad Austral de Chile.
Dr. Alberto finished a M.Sc degree in Animal Science at UBC in 2003 and completed his Canadian veterinary accreditation in 2008. He has been passionately practicing since then.
He enjoys talking to pet guardians, explaining medical conditions and the needs of their pets as simply and clearly as possible. Dr. Alberto is passionate about veterinary dentistry and it has become the focus of his professional development.
He has accumulated extensive dental training with veterinary dental specialists and continues attending conferences, lectures and wet laboratories on a yearly basis.
On a personal note, Dr. Alberto lives in East Vancouver with his wife Michelle and their teenage son Oliver who shares his love of travel, spontaneous road trips and the gentlemanly sport of Rugby.
Sanja & Koko
Animal Health Technologist
Sanja graduated from the Agriculture School Centre and received her Veterinary Technician degree in Croatia. After living in Switzerland for 7 years she moved to Canada in 2000 and has provided passionate and dedicated care for animals since. From her earliest memory Sanja has loved the companionship and positive energy that being around animals has given her. Sanja’s nurturing nature and love for animals enables her to provide every animal walking through the door with compassionate and unparalleled care. Sanja lives outnumbered in a house with two males: her husband, and a love bird Koko who was rescued in 2009.
Iona & Kuma + Charlie
Registered Animal Health Technologist
Thompson Rivers University
Iona graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2008. After completing the program, she started her career as a Registered Technician in beautiful Victoria, BC. She spent four years working in a busy large/ small animal practice before returning back to the lower mainland to be close to her family in 2012. Since coming home she has worked in two, fast-paced, multi-doctor small animal hospitals where she was able to furthered her skills in surgical prep, anesthesia and nursing care. Outside of the animal health world, Iona has been playing competitive rugby for 20 years. She enjoys keeping active whether it’s training for rugby, kickboxing, or walking her two rescue pups Kuma and Charlie. She is thrilled to join such a dedicated team at The Barn Door Veterinary Care, and looks forward to meeting you and your four-legged family members!
Kari & Otis
Licensed Veterinary Technician
University of Guelph, ON
Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology
Since graduation, Kari has enjoyed a fulfilling and inspiring career in the veterinary medical field, working in 2 mixed conventional / holistic practices in the Lower Mainland prior to joining The Barn Door Veterinary Care team. She has a passionate interest in animal nursing, nutrition, and alternative medicine. Kari enjoys learning about and practicing modern medical therapies which can be used to enhance the lives of the animals that we are blessed to share our lives with.
In her personal time, Kari enjoys practicing yoga and keeping in touch with nature through hiking. She shares a fun and busy life with her husband, their children and dogs. They have recently added a bearded dragon to their family who loves sunshine almost as much as Kari does!
She feels very blessed to have joined the amazing team at the BDVC. Especially looking forward to building long lasting relationships with the families and patients that she feels privileged to be helping here. She is confident that it will be a wonderful journey.
Alex & Luna
Alex Walker is a veterinary assistant. New to the animal medical field, he is driven to provide quality care by his love and passion for helping animals. Whether it’s in the back, up front, or online, he can’t wait to connect with each and every one of our clients. With one dog, and a multitude of fish at home, his free time is usually spent up to his elbows in one of his many fish tanks!
Sophia & Rosie
Veterinary Office Assistant
Sophia Byres is an exceptional Veterinary Assistant, and has a beautiful voice. More importantly, her extra pair of helping hands at our clinic reaffirms that our clients’ needs come first. As the first face you will see when you come to our clinic, she hopes to provide a friendly and inviting welcome for you and your furry family member.
Sophia is also new to the animal care field, though she has always had a strong passion for anything to do with animals and is planning on continuing her education to become a Veterinary Technician. When Sophia is not at the clinic, she is likely spending time outdoors with her boyfriend and their dogs Echo the Springer Spaniel, and Rosie the Cocker Spaniel. Let’s not forget about relaxing at home with her Siamese mix cat Molly.