Your Paws Are In Good Hands!
We are located in beautiful Abbotsford BC. Our animal hospital is based on the belief that you and your pets needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the very best veterinary service for you and your animals.
We are open! Veterinary practices have been deemed an essential service recognizing the importance of animal care in our society. We are happy to be able to be here for our clients and their companions during these challenging times. To remain open we are doing our best to ensure that our staff stay healthy by respecting the principals of social/physical distancing. We are limiting access to our veterinary hospital to one person at a time. When you arrive for your scheduled appointment, please call from your car and let us know you are here and we will then advise you of next steps. If you do not have access to a cell phone, please come and knock on the door. If you are picking up food or medications, please call first to ensure we have what you need and we will gladly take payment over the phone. #staysafe #stayhealthy.
This past week has been tough on everyone. It has been emotionally draining coming to terms with all that this pandemic has brought to both our work and personal lives. To recharge, our veterinary hospital will be closed this weekend, March 28 & 29. We will re-open at our usual times Monday March 30th, rested up and ready to be there for you and your companions. We will do everything we can to ensure your paws are in good hands.
We recommend an annual examination with an emphasis on preventable illness. Depending on age, lifestyle, and environment, each pet may require different approaches. During the visit, a complete examination will be provided and any concerns addressed.
Vaccinations are an integral part of your pet's wellbeing.
We provide a variety of surgery that includes most routine surgery, orthopedics and soft tissue. We will refer you to a surgical specialist if necessary. We utilize isoflurane gas anaesthesia with pulse oximeter monitoring to ensure your pet has a safe and problem free surgery and a speedy and comfortable recovery. We provide intravenous fluids as appropriate and pain medication post-operatively if required.
Your pets overall health can be extremely negatively impacted by poor dental hygiene. Also a clean and healthy mouth is much nicer to be around!
Our dental scaling and polishing is done under general anaesthesia with the same attention to your pets safety and recovery as with any surgery. Extractions, if necessary, will be discussed with you prior to the dental at the time of admission. We believe that the importance of dental care should not be avoided due to cost and we will attempt to provide this service at an affordable price. Ask us for a quote.
We provide permanent identification in the form of a microchip including lifetime registration.
We can take care of all your small flock needs! For more information check out the Small Flock Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/smallflockvetcare/.
Our up to date x-ray and ultrasound equipment will provide excellent in-hospital evaluation of most conditions. Occasionally, we might advise that a radiologist consultation may be required.
DR KEN MACQUISTEN - Veterinarian
Dr. Macquisten has never met an animal he didn’t like. He is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Having grown up in Edmonton, Alberta, he started his veterinary career at the Aldergrove Veterinary Clinic.
Almost two years later Dr. Macquisten joined Dr. Lon Goodale’s practice and later purchased the Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital portion from him. It was in late 1981 that Dr. Macquisten became Abbotsford’s first full time companion animal veterinarian as the community was still mostly rural and other veterinarians were busy with farm animals in addition to pets.
As the community grew Dr. Macquisten started the Gladwin Veterinary Clinic in 1989 which functioned as a satellite practice to the Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital. After selling the Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital in 1991 and the Gladwin Veterinary Clinic in 1997. Dr. Macquisten explored other aspects of the veterinary profession while raising children Michael, Robert, Steven and Ali with his wife Karen.
Pursuing his strong interest and background in animal welfare, wildlife medicine and surgery, Dr. Macquisten started working full time at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove, BC and soon became the Director from 1998-2000. Subsequently, in 2001 he initiated the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife in North Vancouver, BC and two years later was a founder of the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge in Golden, BC. At the same time Dr. Macquisten returned to private practice in Abbotsford, seeing dogs, cats, birds, wildlife and exotic pets, first at Bakerview Pet Hospital for five years, and then Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital for nine years.
In his spare time, Dr. Macquisten serves as lead veterinarian for the provincial Northern Spotted Owl capture breeding program, and has been a long time member of the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team.
Dr. Macquisten is now excited to be practicing at Townline Veterinary Hospital, and feels privileged to have assisted many of the same clients with their pet’s health for over 3 decades in this community. He is continuing to split his time between serving Abbotsford’s pets and as Managing Director of the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
DR DREW HILTS - Veterinarian
Dr. Hilts is a graduate of Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. He started his career at Delta Animal Hospital in Ladner before purchasing Tsawwassen Animal Hospital. He also opened Sunshine Hills Veterinary Hospital with former classmate, Dr.Joe McKee. After 14 years, he sold the practice in order to spend more time with his young family.
During the next year, Dr. Hilts and his wife, Dr. Patricia Hunter and children Jackson and Rachel elected to spend a year sailing. The family left Vancouver aboard "Rafiki I" and sailed to Mexico, where they explored the Pacific Coast for several months.
After returning from sailing, Dr. Hilts spent several years working as a relief locum veterinarian. Also during that time, he was employed in veterinary clinics in both Hong Kong and New Zealand. He managed Blockhouse Bay Veterinary Clinic in Auckland for several months where his children experienced the New Zealand school system.
Back home again, he joined Albatross Veterinary Services in Langley and spent the next several years there, primarily responsible for surgery.
Dr Hilts has also had many responsibilities with the College of Veterinarians of BC (formerly, British Columbia Veterinary Association). He has served on Council as the Secretary Treasurer and Vice President. He has worked as a Complaints officer and was a member of the Complaints Investigation Committee. Also, Dr Hilts has represented the College interviewing prospective students for entrance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
January 2011 marked the opening of an exciting new chapter in his career with the creation of Townline Veterinary Hospital. In 2018, Dr. Hilts sold the practice to Dr. Macquisten, however he continues to serve his clients here at Townline.
DR SHAUNNE GORRIE - Veterinarian
Dr. Gorrie grew up in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia with 2 budgies and 2 Irish Wolfhounds. She originally intended to become a human medical doctor, but decided she was better suited for veterinary medicine while attending the University of Victoria. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1988, and has been in small animal practice since that time in Victoria and Vancouver.
Dr. Gorrie splits her time helping pets in North Vancouver and Abbotsford and has been a member of the team at Townline since 2014.
DR LOUISE ALLMARK - Veterinarian
Dr. Allmark joined the team at Townline in October 2019 on a full time basis. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, England in 2013 during which time she took every opportunity she had to go and experience veterinary life on a wide variety of continents from working with the big 5 in the African bush to saving street dogs in Sri Lanka. Her parents had emigrated to Canada during her time at veterinary school so once she graduated the world was her oyster with a plan to reside in Vancouver at some stage in the near future. She kicked off her veterinary career in Newcastle, England, imitating and creating her own James Herriot-like veterinary adventures whilst working with small and large animals for 2 years. She then moved on to focus on small and exotic animals for the next 4 years which led her to be involved with a number of local animals charities and zoological collections, encouraging the improvement of animal welfare standards. During her time there she became a clinical lead for the practice, where she enjoyed providing guidance and support through various ways to all staff members. After meeting her current partner they decided the time was right to make the exciting move to Vancouver together, to be back with her parents and her lovely family dog Ellie. This year on leaving the UK she took a few months off to try and see as much of the world that they could whilst they had no strings attached, getting to Australia, Borneo, America and Bali managing to catch a glimpse of the rare orangutang and the wonderful wildlife around the world. Louise and her partner are now permanent residents of Vancouver and very much looking forward to what this exciting future holds for them and she plans to continue following her passion of working with the fascinating animals that are out there.
MEREDITH - Practice Manager
While new to the Veterinary Medicine field, Meredith has over 25 years administrative experience in both large multi-national corporations as well as smaller, privately-owned companies. She is excited to merge her office skills with her love of animals. When not at the clinic, Meredith can be found spending time with her Miniature Pinschers - competing in Conformation, Agility and other Performance events.
SHELLEY - Technician
Shelley has over 18 years experience in the veterinary field. She has a 7 year old Rottie cross Tucker, and 2 cats California and Mabel. When not working with fur children , she is taking care of human children - her twins Brynn and Payton.
ANDREA - Assistant
Andrea has over 5 years experience at a previous Veterinary Hospital. She took some time off, changed careers and is very excited to be working at a veterinary hospital again. In her spare time, Andrea loves to read and cuddle with her kitty Dexter.
JESSICA - Assistant
Jessica has been working in the veterinary field for almost 10 years and has recently returned to Townline following her maternity leave. She is lovingly owned by 4 dogs (Bailey, Quinn, Nakita and Luna), 3 cats (Mylo, Aries and Little Red) and 1 snake (Aryia). When not at work, Jessica can most often be found spending time camping and adventuring with husband Tom and son Carson.
COURTNEY - Reception
Courtney has been working in the veterinary field for 3 years and has recently joined us as the face of Townline. Courtney splits her time between Night Owl Bird Hospital in Vancouver and also volunteers with Marine Mammal Rescue (Vancouver Aquarium). At home Courtney is loved by her two dogs - Baxter and Bruno and her little bird Luna.
SHERRI - Reception
Sherri is a recent addition to the team at Townline and brings with her over 30 years of customer service experience along with a love and passion for animals. Sherri's other loves include her two rescue dogs - Isabella and Daisy - along with her 2 boys, Joel and Lance.
Unit 7 - 31205 Maclure Road
Abbotsford, BC V2T 5E5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday & Statutory Holidays
Christmas Eve 8:30AM - 1:00PM
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
New Years Eve 8:30AM - 4:00PM
New Years Day Closed