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Dr. James Kirkham

James Kirkham, Hospital Director, BSc, DVM

Dr. James Kirkham is the co-owner of Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital with his wife Dr. Alex Kirkham. James was raised in Squamish, BC and has a love for Canada’s west coast. He completed his Bachelor of Sciences with Distinction at the University of British Columbia. He went on to complete his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, graduating at the top of his class and was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for highest academic achievement.

James has a professional interest in diagnostic imaging, dentistry, internal medicine and preventive care.

In his free time he enjoys kayaking, skiing, hiking, camping and has more recently taken up motorcycling and scuba diving.

Continuing Education Courses Attended

  • Small Animal Dentistry Course 
  • Small Animal Dentistry Extractions
  • SDEP Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound Boot Camp Intermediate
  • Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound Boot Camp Advanced
  • Small Animal Ultrasound Scan Lab
  • Small Animal Basic Echocardiogram


Get in Touch

Please contact us at 250-758-3985 if you have questions or would like to book an appointment.

 New clients are always welcome

Dr. Alex Kirkham

Alexandra Kirkham, Hospital Director, BSc, DVM

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Alex Kirkham knew from a very young age that being a veterinarian was her life calling. She attended the University of Manitoba and received her Bachelor of Sciences degree. Alex completed her veterinary studies at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She has a special interest in small animal surgery, dentistry, dermatology and feline medicine.

Alex has many non-veterinary interests and struggles to find enough time for them all. She enjoys reading all types of books, knitting, drawing and painting. She also enjoys being active with her family by getting outside kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing and recently learned to scuba dive. She adores her cat, Dexter, and will tell you all about him, including how he loves her husband, James, more than her!

Continuing Education Courses Attended

  • Small Animal Dentistry Course 
  • Small Animal Extractions
  • Small Animal Beyond Basics Intermediate Dentistry






Dr. Chris Milligan

Chris Milligan, MAVetMB, MRCVS

Chris and his wife Hannah fell in love with Vancouver Island after visiting on holiday and moved to Nanaimo to enjoy everything the BC Coast has to offer. A native of Robin Hood country in the UK, he graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and returned several years later to undertake research into blood clotting disorders. Since then he has worked mostly in emergency and critical care medicine and has particular clinical interests in ultrasonography and interventional endoscopy, as well as a love of exotic pets. An avid wildlife photographer, outside of work he is usually found in a kayak or walking the stunning beaches the island has to offer looking for whales and bears. They have three gorgeous cats, Nimpkish, Tsitika and Skookumchuck who braved the crossing from England and now divide their time equally between charging through the house and sleeping.