Dear all clients and friends,
I am the new veterinarian and owner of your West End Veterinary Clinic, and I wanted introduce myself.
We may have already met as I have been assisting Dr. Gilbert and seeing patients here for the past year. I just wanted to let you know I am dedicated to your pet’s wellbeing and want to provide your furry loved ones with the best care I possibly can. I look forward to being apart of your pet’s good health for many years to come.
Dr. Helene Childs
From Dr. Brad Gilbert:
“Dr. Gilbert has long believed that the practice needed a permanent heart and soul. It is ideal for the pets and their people that this has occurred. We wish Dr Childs and her team all the best and know all clients past and present will be treated well.”
What this means to you, our beloved clients and your furry family members?
Apart from having a consistent vet who will be there daily to help you with anything you might need, everything else will remain constant. Leni, Heather, and the other regular staff members will continue to greet you with their smiling faces. We will still know exactly who you are and what you need before you get two steps in the door.
All patient data will remain in the hospital and Dr. Childs will be busy bringing herself up to speed with our clientele; she will also be in touch with Dr. Yao and Dr. Radnic for ongoing or complicated cases.
The name West End Veterinary Clinic will remain, but the Care Pet Wellness logo will be phased out over the next year.
We will be EXPANDING OUR HOURS so visit our website at (www.vetsvancouver.com) for the new days and hours we will be open to serve you.
Your previously booked appointments, existing lab results and ongoing treatment will remain exactly as planned, unless you call or write us to make changes.
This is an exciting opportunity for us all!
Dr. Childs has a passion for treating each patient uniquely depending on their individual needs. She is an early adopter of the latest leading-edge technology, progressive conventional medicine and alternative therapies. Her background in evidence-based medicine, combined with an open mind and her ability to listen and appreciate the nuances in each case, enable a tailor-made approach to each patient.
Dr. Childs has a wealth of experience in dermatology (skin issues), cardiology (heart conditions), imaging (X-rays etc), dentistry, pharmacology, and much more!
In short, your pet will receive a unique medical plan based on their individual needs–no cookie cutters used here!
About Dr. Helene Childs
A BC local, Helene went to Quesnel high school in Northern BC where her family runs a small ski resort (trollresort.com). She grew up on skis and, true to her Norwegian roots, competed in ski jumping, cross country skiing, and downhill racing; now she prefers to hike, cycle, and kayak. Her pets at home include Simi, a lovely black kitty, and Pan a three legged rescue mutt.
Dr. Childs is very close to her family, most of whom reside in the Okanagan. This includes her uncle, Dr. David Kopp, who owns a veterinary practice in Penticton, and who has always been her inspiration.
If you’re lucky you’ll see her sister, Emily, and her dog Lola at the reception desk.
Dr. Childs’ History
After graduating Helene completed an honors degree in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine in Calgary. Her research in cardiovascular MRI with top cardiologists and physiologists fueled her love of internal medicine and advanced imaging.
Through a scholarship she was offered a 4 month opportunity to partake in a project in Africa with HIV and TB virologists. Interestingly, her work with local veterinarians in Ethiopia further solidified her passion for veterinary medicine.
After Calgary, she spent four years in Saskatoon at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the only Canadian school for BC veterinarians. She continued to pursue her interests in internal medicine and advanced imaging research throughout vet school, but we’ll spare you the details. If you search her on PubMed you’ll find plenty of research articles she’s authored and coauthored.
Among other adventures, Helene has also been part of Veterinarians Without Borders and spent time volunteering at rescues in Thailand and a canine rehabilitation facility in Rome, Italy. She’s also worked at various clinics throughout BC and the lower mainland and is excited to call West End her home clinic.
As part of pouring her heart and soul into the clinic Dr. Childs will be investing in new technology and equipment to provide patients with the best possible care.
She would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about new directions for the Clinic. This is your chance to help mold your family veterinarian and achieve the medical care you’ve always wanted, or never even knew existed!
Helene is looking forward to growing with the practice and becoming an integral part of the community.
As we’re starting out we would especially love feedback on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and we read and take to heart all of your comments. We would absolutely love to answer your questions and hear your thoughts. The tea is always on if you just wanted to say hello.
Do keep your ears and eyes open for fun contests and free giveaways we will be starting this year. There’s also an open house being planned so let us know your ideas!
Your friends at West End Veterinary Clinic
(Dr. Childs and staff)