Our caring and compassionate Doctors!

Meet the Veterinarians of Applecross Veterinary Hospital in Nanaimo! We strive to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 250-390-2391 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Julie Lamb


Born 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 of the small animal department 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 (Katji and Twist), and three dogs (Stella, Lucy, and Penny). When not at the clinic she can be found exploring the back country with friends and dogs.

Dr. Tara Westworth


Dr. 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 through the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Dr. Westworth has a particular passion for preventive medicine and rehabilitation, and is a certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She loves giving an injured or arthritic dog a new lease on life. Aside from working in clinic, Dr. Westworth enjoys volunteering veterinary care in Northern Canada and third world countries. She enjoys spending her free time kayaking and exploring the neighboring islands with her two dogs, Monty and Roxy.

Dr. Ivor Koo


Dr Koo grew up in Singapore and moved to New Zealand to complete his veterinary training at Massey University, graduating in 2011. He stayed in New Zealand and started his career in a mixed animal practice close to Christchurch. Over the last 3 years, Dr Koo has shifted his focus to companion animal work with an interest in surgery and orthopedics.

In August 2018, he moved to Canada with his wife, Denise, and retired sheep dog, Bess, to join Applecross Veterinary Hospital. When not at work, he likes spending his time outdoors rock climbing, mountain biking, paddle boarding and skiing.

Still new to Vancouver Island, Ivor’s still getting used to keeping an eye out for animals that might eat him.

Dr. Joy Wu


Dr. Joy Wu spent her early years in Taiwan and moved to Nanaimo during high school. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology from the University of British Columbia and proceeded to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine through the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. As a child, Dr. Wu grew up with several different species of pets, which ignited her passion for veterinary medicine. She has worked in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of B.C. as well as completed a rotation at the Vancouver Aquarium. She is certified in the Fear Free Handling program and believes in low-stress visits for all her patients. In her spare time, Dr. Wu takes pleasure in computer gaming, hiking with family and friends, and cuddling with her cat, Ally, whom she rescued from the streets. She is enjoying her return to the Nanaimo community and looking forward to meeting you and your furry friends.

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