Born and raised on the North Shore, Liz has always had a passion for cats. Growing up close to a golf course, she welcomed the many strays who wandered her way and, with a father who loved cats as much as she did, the furry family soon outnumbered the humans! One very special cat that came into her life was Juniper. This bright-eyed cat was truly a character... male, orange, loving and demanding — they were a team. And due to the curiosity of the cat he naturally spent a lot of time at the veterinarians'. Managing to survive being run over and attacked by coyotes, he finally succumbed to feline leukemia at 19 years old. But his spirit lived on and became a driving force behind Liz's dream. After extensive traveling and getting to know herself and the world better, Liz returned to school at the University of British Columbia where she studied Animal Science and was accepted at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She graduated from the WCVM in 1990 with great distinction and became an associate in a small animal hospital in Burnaby.
In 1993, she met the love of her life, Kevin, and in June, 1994, they were blessed with a son. For three years, she did locums working 2-3 days a week at various North Shore practices until 1997 when she joined a feline exclusive practice where she realized her niche. She loved the cats and the cats loved her. Her gentle manner and touch put even the most reluctant patient at ease. With her family growing and becoming a little more independent, the dream of having a feline-only practice suddenly became a reality. In January of 2001, Dr. Liz began to create her dream... this was to be a place where cats and their humans felt happy and content, where medicine and surgery would be delivered in a kind and compassionate way, and where clients would feel comfortable to talk and ask questions. Dr. Liz attends feline-only continuing education to ensure that she delivers the very best to you and your feline family. It is with great pride that she welcomes you to All About Cats Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Liz Richards, DVM
Karen was born and raised in Vancouver. She completed her undergraduate prerequisite courses at
UBC and attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she received her Veterinary degree in 1992.
Karen loves working with cats in all aspects of Veterinary medicine but has special interest in geriatric medicine and palliative care. She has experienced first-hand, as well as through the eyes of many pet guardians over her years of Veterinary practice, the intense and extremely valuable bond we develop with our pets and the joy they bring to our lives. She, therefore, strives to offer each patient and client a warm, thorough, compassionate approach to health care, regardless of stage of life or circumstance.
She is "owned" by her black cat, Lorenzo, and her miniature dachshund, Fiasca, who bring laughter and comfort to her every day of her life.
Dr. Karen Kutney, DVM
Jay was raised on a farm in northern BC with his cat “GRUB”. He went to university in Ottawa, then UBC where he completed his BSc (Agr). He went on to Vet school in Saskatoon, graduating in 1995. He returned to Vancouver to practice. Although a friend to all creatures great and small, he adores cats, and has made them his special area of interest. While not working, he can be found on his mountain bike, at the golf course, or hanging out with his two cats (“FAT TONY” and “ARIEL”).
Dr. Jay Bridges, DVM
Certified Veterinary Technician
Tiffany grew up in a small town in cottage country Ontario. She knew at a young age that she was destined to work with animals. She has cared for animals of all shapes and sizes; mice, hedgehogs, horses, goats, sheep, snakes, parrots, dogs and of course cats.
In 2012 she graduated at the top of her class from Northern College’s Veterinary Technician and Wildlife Rehabilitation program. After graduation she drove across the country landing first in Vancouver where her feline soul mate Mr. Fletch soon flew out to join her. She spent the last 3 years exploring Vancouver Island and the surrounding gulf islands.
She has now settled in North Vancouver with Mr.Fletch. She is excited to join the All About Cats Family and focus solely on her love of the feline kind.
Charlotte grew up in New Westminster where she graduated at the top of her class at Douglas College in the Veterinary Assistant program in 2012. She’s always had appreciation for animal's lives and a yearning to help the general animal population and inevitably worked her way into the veterinary world.
Charlotte grew up with at least one cat at all times and now she and her husband live with Sheila, her sometimes sassy calico, and Trooper, her sweet 3-legged orange male tabby, who've become good house mates.
Charlotte has been dedicated to making all the cats that come through the door feel well cared for and as comfortable as possible since she joined the AAC team in 2014.
Certified Veterinary Assistant
Ever since Mikaela was a young girl, she had an immense passion for furry critters, with the feline kind having a special place in her heart. She grew up in Deep Cove and her family had six wonderful kitties over the years that she adored and cared for.
After finishing high school, Mikaela completed her Associates Degree in International Development and travelled overseas doing humanitarian volunteer work as a teacher. After a few years, she decided to go back to her roots and rediscovered her true passion for cats. Mikaela graduated in 2016 from the Veterinary Assistant program at Granville College with honourable distinction.
Mikaela currently lives with he fiance and their beloved senior ginger boy, Rex. Since joining the veterinary field in 2015, All About Cats has become her home and she can’t wait to meet you and your lovely feline friends.
Practice Manager & Certified Veterinary Assistant
Christine was born and raised in the beautiful Renfrew Heights of Vancouver. She graduated with honours from the Veterinary Assistant program at Granville College in 2016. Christine has always loved and enjoyed the companionship of animals. At home you can find her cuddling with her dog, " Happy" and her newly adopted boy "Gaston!" She continues to bring her love and passion for animals by providing the best care and love to all the kitties that visit our clinic since 2016.
Receptionist & Certified Veterinary Assistant
Heather was born and raised in Vancouver and the North Shore. From a very young age, she always had a feline friend by her side. After dipping her toes into the Atlantic to study psychology at Acadia University, she decided to begin following her true passion: animals. Heather returned home and attended Granville Business College to become a Veterinary Technician Assistant, graduating in the winter of 2017.
She is now living in North Vancouver with her boyfriend, pet cat, Loki, and their cuddle puddle of pet rats: Luna, Echo, Neko, Miso, Daisy and Peaches. Heather joined the All About Cats team in January 2018 and her absolute favorite part of her day is one on one time with the kitties. Heather has become fast friends with many of our frequent boarders, but she is always happy to meet new friendly human friends, too.
Certified Veterinary Technician Assistant
Amanda joined the all about cats team in September of 2018, working part time while completing Granville Colleges veterinary technician assistant program. After completing the program at the top of her class, she has decided to embark further with her education and plans to attend a Veterinary technician program in the fall of 2020.
Amanda can’t recall a time where she didn’t have a kitty at home and knew from a young age she wanted a career in the veterinary industry. Her fascination with animals, especially cats, has only grown since working with them daily and she can’t wait to meet yours!
Born and raised in North Vancouver, she is well acquainted with the north shore lifestyle. Living only 10 minutes away from grouse mountain, you can find her snowshoeing or hiking through the trails with her aunt. However, in her downtime she also enjoys binge watching medical shows accompanied by her two furry adopted best friends Milo, a 4 year old cheeky long haired tuxedo and the true queen of the household, Cupcake, a 12 year old torb
Certified Veterinary Technician Assistant
Shelly grew up in Northern Alberta, migrating to the coast in 2009, originally to work in the film industry. After career hopping for a couple years through film sets, and six years of being a hair stylist, she finally found her passion of working with animals. Getting a taste by being a foster and helping to rehabilitate animals for a reptile and invertebrate rescue while still in Alberta. Yes, she has owned multiple types of insects, arachnids, and snakes! She has been working in Vancouver in the Veterinary Industry since 2017.
She has always loved all animals however cats have always been her soft spot. Having never been without one or two at home. She currently has her two fur babies Calcifer and Onyx, as well as an Axolotl named Danny DeVito. When not at work she can be found doing painting, embroidery, sewing, or taking in the local theater and music scene.
Receptionist & Certified Veterinary Assistant
Ziggy joined the AAC team April 2016, where he was estimated to be 1.5 years old at the time. He was adopted from V.O.K.R.A, so his background is a bit of a mystery. Although being a clinic cat may seem odd, Ziggy gracefully fits into his role and is loved by his many moms (aka: all the staff) and all of you who who stop to say hi :)
-Snoozing on the couch
-Snoozing in his custom-built designer home (which updates with every season)
-Breakfast & dinner time
-Pondering life as he looks out the window
-Catnip toys (lots of them!)
-Chasing feather toys
-Attempting to food steal from his many 'friends' who are staying in The Palms
-Chattering at the pigeons
-Protecting the clinic from dogs passing by