Veterinarian, Technician and Office Staff


Dr. Julie Lamb, DVM

Dr Julie Lamb, DVM - VeterinarianBorn and raised in Victoria Dr. Lamb graduated in 2003 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She then completed an internship at a busy surgical/emergency center in Los Angeles. Upon completion of her internship, she returned to Canada and worked at a small animal practice in BC then spent six years as the head small animal veterinarian at a busy mixed animal practice in Winnipeg. She moved back to the island in 2012 and is excited to be a practicing veterinarian on the island again. Dr. Lamb’s interests are in preventive medicine, knowing that finding a problem…before it’s a problem is key to a healthy life. Dr Lamb keeps busy with her 3 children, cats named Katji and Twist, black lab Stella and yellow lab Lucy.

Dr. Tara Westworth, DVM

Dr. Tara Westworth, DVM - VeterinarianDr. Tara Westworth grew up in Edmonton Alberta where she acquired her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Alberta. She went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree through the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Dr. Westworth has a particular passion for preventive medicine and rehabilitation. Aside from working in clinic, Dr. Westworth enjoys volunteering veterinary care in Northern Canada and third world countries. She has recently returned from South Africa, where she focused on wildlife conservation. She enjoys spending her free time kayaking and exploring the neighbouring islands with her two dogs, Monty and Roxy.



Shelby works for a veterinarianShelby grew up on the island, before leaving for the prairies where she graduated from Lakeland College in 2012, as a registered animal health technician. She then went on to work in a mixed animal clinic in Saskatchewan, before deciding to return to Nanaimo. Shelby’s interests are in anesthesia, behavior, and nutrition. In her spare time she can be found with her horse, OO and terrier, Lux.


Sonia works for a veterinarianSonia has been part of the Applecross Veterinary team since 1996. She enjoys working with both cats and dogs, but around here she is known as the “cat whisperer”. Sonia enjoys gardening and barbequing in the summer. Sonia enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family, her husband Ron and two sons Jeff and Matthew. Sonia shares her home with many furry friends,her dogs, Oliver and Diego as well as her cats Blackie and Wild Boy.

Practice Manager

Matthew Lamb, CD

Matthew Lamb, CD is married to a veterinarianMatthew grew up in Winnipeg, MB. After graduating from the University of Manitoba he went on to serve as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force for over 14 years. When he’s not busy working at the clinic, He is running his endurance race company, VI Endurance. Matthew enjoys running with his labs Stella and Lucy on the many mountain trails around Nanaimo. One of his favourite times of day is sitting with his cats, Katje and Twist and reading with his three children.



Paige was born and raised on Vancouver Island. She went to VIU in 2014 for business administration, and came to work for Applecross in 2015. She has a 7 year old min pin named Sadie, who loves going for walks, playing with toys, and cuddling under the blankets. She also has a 3 year old orange cat, named Max. During her spare time Paige enjoys drawing, movies, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family.


Alissa works for a veterinarianBorn and raised in Nanaimo Alissa is new to the veterinary field. She loves the diversity of the job and working with different pets each day. Having recently returned from an extended trip abroad, her passion for animal health and welfare has grown. After experiencing places where animals are not as fortunate, she is excited to further her knowledge and skill in the veterinary field and lend a helping hand. When she’s not at work, Alissa enjoys spending time with her dog Roxy and travelling whenever she gets the chance.

Antonia, B.Sc.

Antonia Terris, B.Sc. works for a veterinarianAntonia joined the Applecross Veterinary team in April 2012. She enjoys taking her dog River to the beach with her husband. River has been the official clinic greeter, but has been away to greet his two new (two-legged) family members. Congratulations Terris family!

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