Dr. Childs & Team

Dr. Helene Childs is the West End Veterinary Clinic permanent full-time veterinarian. She is enjoys building strong and long-lasting relationships with the clients and pets that call West End Veterinary Clinic their family vet.

Dr. Helene Childs

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!

A BC local, Helene went to Quesnel high school in Northern BC where her family runs a small ski resort (Troll Resort). She grew up on skis and, true to her Norwegian roots, competed in ski jumping, cross country skiing, and downhill racing; now she enjoys backcountry skiing, hiking, and biking. You’ll find her cycling to work, riding bikes with her sister in Squamish and hanging with her rescue pup Hazel in the parks around Vancouver.

Dr. Childs is very close to her family, most of whom reside in the Okanagan. This includes her uncle, Dr. David Kopp, who is also a vet in Penticton, and who has always been her inspiration and given her lots of opportunity to her feet wet in veterinary medicine growing up.

After graduating, she 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 studied in Saskatoon at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She continued to pursue her interests in internal medicine and advanced imaging research throughout vet school.

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 happy to call West End her home clinic.