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 & Lola + Ruby
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
Our founder and principal, Dr. Ina Purborini, is truly one-of-a-kind. Her reputation and candor follows her wherever she goes. Dr. Ina has garnered immense veterinary experience including surgical operation, integrative medicine, microbiome restorative therapy, mobile veterinary specialization, joint and muscle treatment, diagnostics, animal dermatology, and the list goes on.
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 rescue bull dogs, Lola & Ruby, in the Westwood Plateau area and is a proud grandmother to her grandog, Willow. Dr. Ina also loves to decorate and create interior designs, especially for her clients when they come to visit.
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 & Lola
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Kuan
University of Melbourne
Dr. Elizabeth Kuan graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2014. Upon graduation she came back to Vancouver and accepted a GP position with the clinic she had volunteered at for over 10 years. She left her position after a couple years to gain more experience working as a locum GP veterinarian as well as a hospitalist at a local specialist referral centre. While she learned a lot working directly with specialists, she realised her passion was in GP work. She likes the relationships she forms with her clients and enjoys the updates she receives on how her patients are doing. And although she loves an intriguing emergency case, emergency vets don’t have the added bonus of cute, healthy puppy and kitten visits!
Dr Kuan is currently working at a handful of clinics around the Lower Mainland. This allows her to work with and learn from different veterinary teams while still practicing GP medicine. She has a soft spot in her heart for geriatric medicine because of her fur family.
You can sometimes catch Dr Kuan walking her 2 senior dogs around the clinic. Oreo is a wobbly Scottie mix with chronic spinal disease who she’s had since a pup. Uncle Gino is her recent “Covid-adoption” and has the cutest lower canines you’ll ever see. Dr Kuan also lives with Bee, a senior cat.
Dr. Kuan enjoys taking her two senior dogs out for little adventures. Their favourite places are Queen Elizabeth park and the New Westminster Quay. If she is not with her dogs, you can find her exploring the tri-cities with her friends for good eats. Like many during the pandemic, she is also trying to turn her black thumb into a green thumb. The jury is still out on how successful she will be at keeping her plants alive..
Dr. David Avila
Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
We are delighted to welcome Dr. David Avila to our esteemed veterinary team! Boasting over 8 years of experience in the field of veterinary medicine, along with fluency in both English and Spanish, Dr. Avila’s presence is a true asset for your furry companions.
Hailing from Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Dr. David graduated with a solid foundation in veterinary care. His commitment to animal health shines through, evident in his special interest in diagnostic medicine and surgery, particularly focused on investigation, radiology, and preventative practices.
With a past role as a lecturer in veterinary medicine at Universidad Cuauhtémoc, Jalisco, Mexico, Dr. Avila’s dedication to sharing knowledge further underscores his expertise. His ability to impart his insights seamlessly melds with his approach to patient care, fostering a comprehensive and compassionate experience for both pets and their owners.
As Dr. David continues to strive for full certification from the national exam board, he is presently operating under a Provincial Supervised License. This temporary status is a testament to his unwavering dedication to providing the highest standard of care, ensuring the well-being and comfort of your cherished companions.
We invite you to experience the distinctive care and commitment of Dr. David Avila as he becomes an integral part of our veterinary family.
Karman & Penny
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Karman graduated from Douglas college in 2011 and has been working with animals since she was 16. She started volunteering at the Vancouver SPCA and then graduated from Granville business college as an VOA. She has worked in multiple different animal practice and have seen her fair share of the good the bad and the ugly. She loves to be involved with the squeamish stuff in the clinic and enjoys educating owners on proper pet care and nutrition. If your pet is on the chonky side Karman will be the first to set them up with a weight loss plan.
During her time away from the clinic she is running after her toddler or trying to keep her orchid plants alive. Her favourite thing about The Barn Door Vet is fancy-dancy medical equipment we have to serve our patients; like the surgical laser machine, capnograph, mobile ultrasound, and much more.
Krista & Coco + Juliette
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Krista graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Douglas College in 2010. In grade 12 she started working in a small, cats only clinic in North Vancouver. She continued to work at that practice throughout school and for a year afterwards. In 2011 Krista began working at a large, busy hospital where she gained a wealth of experience and knowledge. She has since worked at 2 other large, busy hospitals in the lower mainland. She has always had a passion for animal welfare and started volunteering with her local animal shelter at 10 years old. Krista’s passions are preventive care and nursing sick patients back to health. At home, Krista has a young daughter and a household of rescue pets that keep her busy. She is happy to be a part of the team at Barn Door Veterinary Care and looks forward to meeting your furry family members!
Animal Health Technician
Patricia (a.k.a Patty) graduated from the Veterinary University in her home country of Brazil in 2007 and proceeded to practice there as a veterinarian for 2 years, joining a practice as an associate. 3 years later she took her first post-graduate course in diagnostic imaging for radiology and ultrasound, and began working more closely in that area of medicine including writing radiology reports. In 2014 Patricia took her second post-graduate course for CT Scans and MRI Imaging, then worked in that field of veterinary medicine for the next 10 years. Diagnostic imaging continues to be Patty’s passion in veterinary medicine, and she has even given lectures to colleges, veterinary study groups, and primary schools.
In April of 2022 Patricia and her husband came to Canada with their 15 year old rescue cat, Kuka. She is now studying for her Canadian veterinarian license, and currently is working as a technician at The Barn Door Veterinary Care. The animal world plays a big part in Patty’s life, and one of her other passions includes marine biology. In 2008 Patricia took a course in marine biology and worked at a marine animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Brazil, associated with a community-based environmental education program in fishing villages. In her spare time Patricia can be found practicing her skills as a black belt in karate, or exploring the BC wilderness with her equally adventurous husband.
Colleen & Wolfie
Clinic Co-ordinator/Animal Health Technician
Colleen has a love for animals of all shapes and sizes, currently her hobby farm houses 14 cats, 3 dogs, a couple horses, a donkey (named Donkey; of course), a few roosters and hens, and a 2000 pound steer!! Colleen has never said no to a rescue, most recently she has welcomed a young dwarf bunny named Bun Bun.
Colleen has been with The Barn Door Veterinary Care for a few years now, but she has been in the industry for almost half her life. She is a wealth of knowledge, with a keen interest in veterinary nutrition.
Alex & Luna
Inventory & Pharmacy
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Alex has been working at The Barn Door Veterinary Care since it’s opening in 2019, which also marks his entrance into the world of veterinary medicine. Motivated by his love for animals and their welfare, Alex enjoys making connections with pets and their parents that will last a lifetime. With shared parenthood of his best friend and senior family dog Luna, they enjoy going for long walks through the forest in the rain hunting for rocks, followed by cuddles on the couch. In his spare time you’ll find Alex pursuing his passion working as a hairdresser, catering to the LGBTQ+ youth and adults of the lower mainland.
Aleta & Mateo + Kuzco
Resident Crazy Cat Lady
Since entering the veterinary industry in 2014, Aleta has worked primarily in clinics with a holistic approach. She has always maintained a growth mindset to stay informed regarding the wellness of her pets. Aleta firmly believes in advocating for animals who can’t speak for themselves.
Driven by her passion for helping animals, Aleta enjoys making connections both with pets and their parents. In the clinic you’ll find her welcoming you at the front desk, answering your questions over the phone, and assisting you with your pets needs and annual checkups.
Currently living with her husband and two fur-babies, Mateo and Kuzco, Aleta enjoys spending her free time going for walks, and can usually be found in the forest with her kitties on leash. Throughout her life Aleta has enjoyed the company of many beloved pets, from hamsters and fish to, cats and dogs, turtles and even a Senegal parrot named Mojo!
Natalie & Phoebe
Introducing Natalie, our dedicated Technician Assistant at Barndoor Veterinary Care. She graduated from Douglas College’s Veterinary Office and Animal Care program in 2020, Natalie brings invaluable experience to our team, having been part of the veterinary industry since 2018. With a lifelong passion for animals, Natalie shares a home with Phoebe, a delightful 2-year-old cat, and holds a special affection for all dogs. Outside the clinic, you’ll find Natalie exploring nature on walks, enjoying culinary adventures in the kitchen, and cherishing quality moments with her boyfriend and family.
Sylvia & Sophie
Sylvia is a proud dog mama to her precious pug, Sophie. As a young girl in Zell am See, Austria, she spend her summers on the family farm raising chickens, pigs, cows and horses. She has always been a lover of all animals and has found her perfect fit here at the Barn Door! After finishing her degree at a later stage in life, she brings a wealth of corporate and human resources experience to support the staff and clients, respectively.