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Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital

Dr. James Kirkham

James Kirkham, DVM, Hospital Director

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

Upcoming Continuing Education Courses

  • Small Animal Intermediate Echocardiogram
  • Small Animal Advanced Echocardiogram 

Dr. Jared Watson

Jared Watson, DVM

Dr. Jared grew up on a farm on Manitoba . He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012. Since then he has worked in all four western provinces as well as overseas in New Zealand.  He can’t move any further west  and is happy to call Vancouver Island his home now. He enjoys all aspects of practice and getting to know his clients and patients well. Outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys traveling, kayaking, fishing, camping, mountain biking as well as multiple sports. He is looking forward to his next trip to Africa where he will be volunteering with Vets Without Borders in Uganda.

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