Our Team

Laura White, DVM

Laura White grew up on an acreage in rural Manitoba, where her parents still reside.  She attended the university of Manitoba prior to being accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Laura graduated in 2008 and was awarded the Alexander Janz Memorial Award for Excellence in Large Animal Anesthesia.

Laura has always had a passion for animals, and has owned and ridden horses for most of her life. her past experiences include working on a dairy farm and as a groom on the thoroughbred racetrack in Winnipeg. Following graduation in 2008, Laura moved to Vanderhoof, BC and worked as an associate veterinarian. The challenges and variety of rural mixed animal practice made for a great start to Laura’s career.

In the fall of 2011, Laura and her husband Dan moved to the Okanagan.  Laura began working as a locum (relief) veterinarian throughout the province, as well as starting a mobile large animal practice.  It was as a locum that Laura first came to Pemberton. After falling in love with the valley and the practice, Laura and Dan moved here permanently in the spring of 2013. Laura purchased the Pemberton Veterinary Hospital in the spring of 2014.

Outside of work, Laura spends much of her time with her two horses, Sunny & Dora and her border collie, Arrow. Laura enjoys the outdoors, particularly hiking and exploring beautiful British Columbia.

Bailey Watkins, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Bailey is originally from a small town in Ontario, where she grew up around horses and many other animals. She studied Veterinary Technology at St. Lawrence College, and learned to work as an RVT in a clinical setting, a lab setting, and also did a placement with exotic animals in Costa Rica. After graduating, and one year of working as an RVT in Ontario, Bailey relocated to BC with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Heidi. After a short time of living in Vancouver, she decided the city life was not for her, and was excited to make the move to Pemberton. Bailey has been working at Pemberton Veterinary Hospital since November 2019, and is happy to get to utilize her passion for both small and large animals. When she is not working, Bailey loves to be outside snowboarding with friends, hiking, and spending time with Heidi.

Naomi Sturton, Veterinary Assistant

Naomi moved from Squamish to Pemberton in 2013 after accepting the position of receptionist at Pemberton Veterinary Hospital. Originally from the UK, Naomi has resided in British Columbia for most of her life. She graduated from UBC Okanagan with a B.A. in English in 2011, however working with animals has always been a lifelong career goal. Naomi is now a veterinary assistant within the hospital setting and assists Dr. White on equine appointments; she also helps to keep on top of office administration tasks. Outside of work, you can find her at the barn spending time with her horse, Denali, or walking her very happy dog, Indy.

Trude Jones, Receptionist / Office Assistant

Trude moved to Pemberton with her family from Hereford in the UK in early 2013, after falling in love with the valley on a holiday. She started her position as receptionist at Pemberton Veterinary Hospital in November 2018. Trude now lives in Birken along with her husband, kids and grandkids, as well as her dog, Forest, and four cats, Polar, Skor, Twix and Ralphy. When not at the clinic, you will most likely find Trude in her garden.