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Our Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Island Tides Veterinary Hospital. We are pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets.

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Our family of Veterinarians, Technologists, Veterinary Assistants, and Client Care Representatives look forward to meeting you!

Our Founding Veterinarians

Dr.-Alexandra-Muzzin
Dr. Alexandra Muzzin

Dr. Muzzin knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a young girl. She grew up loving the neighborhood dogs and cats and doing 4H with cattle and swine in the Lower Mainland. She spent time at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre doing research with marine mollusks during her undergrad degree and this is where she fell in love with the rugged west coast and Vancouver Island.

After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, Dr. Muzzin completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) before relocating to the beautiful Comox Valley in 2015, where she has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine. She loves meeting people and seeing the joy that their pets bring to their lives. She has particular interests in surgery, internal medicine, and dentistry. Dr. Muzzin is Fear Free Certified.

At home, Dr. Muzzin has a passion for cooking and DIY projects. She also enjoys mountain biking, going to the gym, and playing volleyball with her husband, Greg. They have three pets: a dog (London) and two cats (Mango and Mr. Spoons), who they love very much!

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Dr. Krista Huxham

Dr. Huxham grew up in the Comox Valley and is proud to call this beautiful place home. She always knew she would return after graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. The stunning landscape, ocean views, and endless outdoor activities drew her back home.

Throughout Dr. Huxham’s ten years in the Veterinary industry, she has found a passion for internal medicine, nutrition, dentistry, surgery, and overall pet wellness. She has diverse interests and enjoys connecting with people with the common goal of enhancing pet health. As a pet owner, she understands how our pets greatly improve our lives and is passionate about maximizing that potential. Dr. Huxham is Fear Free Certified.

At home, she has two chihuahuas named Sprout and Fern and a cat named Bow. In February 2021, Dr. Huxham and her husband proudly welcomed their son, Nate who is the light of their lives. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, walking her dogs, gardening, camping, and spending time with her family at the lake.

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Dr. Laura Davenport

Dr. Davenport grew up in the Comox Valley and loves the outdoors. She spent her former years playing with a menagerie of pets and borrowed horses. After years of working at a veterinary clinic and completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Davenport was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Daniel, made the trek out to the Prairies for a few years, and upon graduating in 2016, they skedaddled back to this lovely Island and started building their dreams.

Dr. Davenport enjoys building relationships with her patients and their families to support their best lives. Making patients feel as comfortable as possible in the clinic is very important to her and Dr. Davenport is Fear Free certified to facilitate this goal. She enjoys the variety that veterinary medicine provides and particular interest in keeping feline and canine patients moving well throughout their lives. Dr. Davenport became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2019 and is excited to pursue this fully in our rehab-specific area of the hospital.

When not working in the clinic, Dr. Davenport can be found adventuring with her two young daughters and digging in the dirt. Her acreage is ruled by her ginger cats, Fred and George, and the best Jack Russel Terror, Daisy. Not to be excluded are a chatty pony named Lucy, a boss mare named Priscilla, and a flock of chickens, some of which still produce eggs but most of which are cheeky freeloaders.

Veterinarians

Dr. Wood
Dr. Pam Wood
Dr. Wood is passionate about feline medicine and has been practising feline-only medicine for 28 years now. She has been a member of the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners) since 1998 and has the Feline Friendly Veterinary Certification through AAFP.

Dr. Wood and her husband, Wayne, own the Cozy Cats Cottage and have loved caring for other people’s cats there since 2005. At home, she currently has 3 cats and 1 dog, and 1 additional cat that lives at the Cat Cottage.

Veterinary Technologists

Dr.-Alexandra-Muzzin
Maddy

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Why Vet Med?
My desire to work with animals started young. I gained insight into Veterinary Medicine by shadowing a family friend who was a Vet, and my fascination grew. Shortly after graduating high school, I went to work at a Wildlife Center and then completed the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2020.

What is your favorite aspect of working in Vet Med?
Every day in a vet clinic is so incredibly unique, but I would have to say my favorite days are when I get to look under a microscope at cytology, perform a blood collection or scrub in to assist in surgery.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
I love to travel, and this past November, I participated in a World Vets Trip to South America and the Galapagos Islands, where I spent some time volunteering and backpacking. It confirmed my love for Veterinary Medicine because it made me feel empowered and humbled.

As a new resident of the Comox Valley, I can be found sea kayaking, biking, and scoping out my next adventure.

Dr.-Krista-Huxham
Diana

Veterinary Technician

Why Vet Med?
Growing up in Germany, I knew that becoming a Veterinary Technician was my path. After completing my training, I have worked in various settings, both in Germany and in Northern Canada in Yellowknife. I have worked in both small practices as well as large emergency clinics and have enjoyed a wonderful career in vet med for over 20 years now.

What is your favorite aspect of Vet Med?
I really enjoy working with the lab technology preparing samples and analyzing them. I also love working in a surgical setting.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
When not working, I can be found on the beautiful trails. As an avid wildlife photographer, I enjoy spending my free time in Nature.

Dr.-Laura-Davenport
Amy G.

Registered Veterinary Technologist and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

Why Vet Med?
I have been a Registered Veterinary Technologist for over 18 years. During my early years in the veterinary industry, I was drawn to orthopedic issues and how to help make these types of surgeries a success. I completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner course from the University of Tennessee in 2015 and have been dedicating my career to mobility and patient comfort ever since.

What aspect of Vet Med do you love most?
I am very passionate about Canine fitness and working with owners to help their canines reach their athletic goals. Whether it’s with agility, conformation and field trialing, or hunting dogs, I enjoy working with owners to design fitness programs specifically for their pets’ individual sports and goals.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
I live in Campbell River with my husband and two sons. You can find me either in the forest with my hiking pal Cruz the Golden Retriever or getting dirty in my garden.

Dr.-Alexandra-Muzzin
Amy Z.

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Why Vet Med?
As an animal-crazy kid with a passion for science, Veterinary Medicine was a natural path for me. I went on to complete my Veterinary Technician training and graduated from Douglas College in 2009. I have always been amazed and inspired at the connections we create with our animals. Being able to help support their health and well-being has always been very rewarding for me.

What aspect of Vet Med do you love most?
One of my favorite things to do in the clinic is make beautiful bandages. It’s never fun to need a bandage, but if I can make it comfortable for your pet, and decorate it to put a smile on your face, it makes my day!

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
My favorite hobbies are sewing and horseback riding!

Dr.-Alexandra-Muzzin
Kate

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Why Vet Med?
My passion for animals started at a young age. I loved them so much that I thought I could never work in the veterinary field until I started volunteering for a rescue organization that worked with remote communities in B.C. Participating in wellness clinics opened my eyes and heart to the human-animal bond, and I never turned back! I graduated from the Douglas College Animal Health Technology program and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2011.

What is your favorite aspect of working invet med?
I love coming to work each day and taking care of the client’s beloved pets, whether in surgery or simply being the treat dispenser during an appointment. I enjoy getting to know people and learning about their bond with their pets. I have a soft spot for geriatric patients and am passionate about improving their quality of life as they age.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
I love trail running with my dog Barry and spending time with my husband and daughter

Dr.-Alexandra-Muzzin
Shaylee

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Why Vet Med?
Ever since I was little, I have had a love for animals. Not knowing if I could pursue a career in veterinary medicine, I furthered my post-secondary education in business. After graduating, I started working at a veterinary clinic and never looked back. I completed my veterinary technician course through Thompson Rivers University’s distance program and graduated in 2022.

What is your favorite aspect of working invet med?
My favorite part about working in veterinary medicine is being able to make a difference in our patients’ and clients’ lives.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
When not at work, I enjoy hanging out with my three dogs and cat. I also enjoy horseback riding and exploring the island with my family.

Dr.-Alexandra-Muzzin
Eva

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Why Vet Med?
When I was 18 I decided to volunteer at an animal sanctuary in Zimbabwe, and I was so inspired I knew that I needed to work with animals. Veterinary medicine seemed like the perfect fit for me. I have been working in the field for 9 years, I graduated as a vet tech from TRU in 2019 and specialized in canine rehabilitation from U of T in 2023.

What is your favorite aspect of working invet med?
I love the bond between people and their pets and my role in being able to provide comfort and care for those loved fur babies. I also enjoy earning the trust of my patients and helping them feel more safe and secure in what can be a scary environment for animals. I also love learning and growing my skills and knowledge then being able to put them into practice and witness the successes.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
To some my home life might seem a bit chaotic, with my baby girl Penelope and my 4 fur babies (Denise, Nick, Morris, and Nula). To me, though, it is my happy place and makes my heart feel full. As a family, we love being outdoors in whatever capacity that looks like, be it hiking, swimming at the beach, or playing in the park.

Veterinary Assistants

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Andy

Veterinary Assistant

Why Vet Med
I choose to work in Vet Med because I believe it is my calling! I think that I am more Dog than human! Animals represent a close connection to the natural world that I really relate to. I feel that working with animals to improve their health and lives is such important work, and I am so thankful to work in this industry.

What is your favorite aspect of working in Vet Med?:
I enjoy the variety of Vet Med, and I love how no two days are alike. My favorite thing in Vet Med is Emergency Care. I love the quick-thinking nature of emergency medicine, and I really enjoy anticipating a need and working alongside the medical staff to come up with solutions in critical situations.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
Outside of work I can be found riding my bikes, working on a DIY, or hanging out with my daughter, husband, and faithful dogs Meeko and Alfie.

Dr.-Alexandra-Muzzin
Taylor

Veterinary Assistant

Why Vet Med?
My first job was in a vet clinic, and when I started, I felt that I had found my calling. Working with animals has given me so much purpose, and I look forward to enjoying a long career in this field.

What is your favorite aspect of working in Vet Med?
I love connecting with the animals and making it the best experience possible for them anytime they come to see us. Whether the pet is happy or shy, they all touch my heart with their different personalities and special qualities and I do my best to make sure they understand that. I am excited to be working alongside people with the same values and goals here!

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
Outside of work my passion for animals continues. I enjoy house/pet sitting and I take pride in knowing people trust me to take care of their beloved pets while they are away. This all comes back to my passion for creating a positive, comfortable experience for animals no matter the situation.

Dr.-Laura-Davenport
Brielle

Veterinary Assistant

Why Vet Med?
As a new Assistant in this industry, I am still learning about the world of Vet Med, but I am drawn to it because I love working with animals.

What is your favorite aspect of working in Vet Med?
The best part about working in Vet Med is the satisfaction you receive from helping your patients and at the same time seeing how happy and appreciative their owners are as well.

I enjoy all aspects of my work in the Vet Hospital, but my favorite thing to do is honestly just being with and caring for the animals.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
Outside of work you can find me dirt-biking, and playing basketball and rugby.

Client Care Representatives

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Ocean

Client Care Representative

Why Vet Med?
I began my training in the field of vet med at North Island College, where I completed the Animal Care Aide program in 2021. I love working with all animals, and feel that my personality and interests are a great fit for this field.

What is your favorite aspect of working in Vet Med?
My favorite thing about working in Veterinary Medicine is interacting with animals. I am excited about deepening my understanding while working with the team at ITVH.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?
When not at work, I love to hike and camp, but also love to be inside crafting.

Dr.-Laura-Davenport
Jennifer

Client Care Representative

Why Vet Med?
Having always loved animals, my husband Ian and I moved to Prince Edward Island in 2008, where we lived on 50 acres, and rescued horses. This is also where I worked in my first veterinary clinic, and I was hooked!

What is your favorite aspect of working in Vet Med?

The passion for animals and connection with their people; along with the shared dedication with an excellent team of doctors and support staff,make working at Island Tides Veterinary Hospital the perfect job.

What makes you happy when you’re not at work?

Spending time with family, which includes our two dogs: a German Shepherd mix and a Chihuahua mix; reading, going to the gym, and gardening.

Dr.-Krista-Huxham
Jayne

Client Care Representative

My love for animals started at an early age growing up on a farm. As a youngster I was a member of 4H and really enjoyed the husbandry aspect of all of my projects which rooted my passion for health and care. I started as a receptionist in 2006 at a Veterinary Hospital and it was the best decision I ever made.

My favourite part of Vet Med is being surrounded by like minded people that really care about patient care. Every day is unique and the learning opportunities are endless. I really enjoy making connections with our clients ensuring the highest level of patient care.

Outside of work you will find me either on the farm, hiking in the mountains or biking on a forest trail. I have and care for some friendly cows, a very sweet Portuguese water dog and three adorable cats.