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. Julia & Mushy
College of Veterinarians of B.C
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK
Singapore Veterinary Association
Dr. Julia (Lay Hoon) studied at The National University of Singapore before taking a scholarship to pursue her veterinary qualifications at The University of Queensland, Australia. In addition, Dr. Julia completed her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Warwick, UK.
Since graduation, Dr. Julia has worked in the field of Veterinary Public Health, Parasitology and Drug Residues Analysis. She has considerable advancements in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, including minimally invasive cardiology, cataract surgery, emergency medicine and biologics. She moved to Canada in 2009 and passed the National Board Exams to obtain the British Columbia license in September 2016.
Dr. Julia is excited about practicing in Canada and looks forward to getting to know the clients at The Barn Door Veterinary Care. Dr. Julia is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Teochew. Moreover, she also enjoys baking and making custom handcrafts.
Debbie & Madison
Animal Health Technologist
Deb graduated as a Registered Nurse after completing the VGH School of Nursing Program in 1979. She completed her specialty training for Neonatal Intensive Care following graduation and worked at the Vancouver General Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital ICN Nurseries until 1985, when she took a leave from nursing full time to raise her two beautiful children.
Once her son and daughter were both in school, Deb provided voluntary support to families of/and children with ADHD as the co-coordinator of a parent support group in the Tri-Cites.
In 1999 she began working as a veterinary receptionist part-time and realised that her training and experience as a nurse could be applied to caring for animals. She quickly progressed to a full-time position as a veterinary assistant and then an animal health technician. Four years later, she accepted a Head Technician/Management position supervising and supporting three hospitals. After seven years, she took a two-year hiatus indulging her passion for art and design returning to the Animal Health field in 2012. A caregiver for as long as she can remember, Deb has found a rewarding career and companionship with animals. She is a proud “doggy mom” to her miniature Australian Shepherd “Maddy” and her two grand-doggies “Cash” and “Rowan”. Her enthusiasm and experience are a welcome addition to our care team.
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
Social Media Coordinator
Alex Walker is a veterinary assistant and social media coordinator. 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.