Our staff is dedicated to providing your four-legged friends with the same level of care and compassion that we give to our own animals. We respect the special bond that you have with your pets. We focus on ensuring that they receive the best treatment during their stay at our hospital, as well as optimal health and wellness at home with you.

Dr. Braaten was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she also attended and graduated veterinary school. As a child growing up, she brought home a variety of abandoned animals, nursed them back to health and found them new homes. However, more often than not she would end up keeping them herself. Becoming a veterinarian was a natural choice, and she loves coming to “work” everyday. Her main focus is preventative medicine and she believes that many diseases can be avoided with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and her two rescued dogs Tia and Barnacle.

Andrii was trained as a veterinary doctor in Europe and has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. He has been working as a technician at Countryside since 2013. Andrii loves all types of animals and he is working towards obtaining his veterinary licence in Canada. When not at work Andrii loves to travel and see new places and try new cuisine.

Shantyll has always had a passion for animals large and small; at home she has a Standard Schnauzer named Ranger, a Eurasier named Nova, a Ragdoll named Luca and Fjord horse named Levi.
She has been working with animals for as long as she can remember.
At the age of 16 she decided to learn to groom dogs, she was a groomer for 7 years then decided it was time for a change and started working in a veterinary clinic in January of 2014. If Shantyll is not at work you can find her at the barn working with her horse Levi or hiking the trails around her home with her dogs Ranger and Nova.

Hannah was born and raised in North Saanich, she attended Stelly’s Secondary, and then pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Hannah has always loved animals; growing up with dogs she considers her golden retriever Kodiak one of her best buds. Hannah is excited to be a part of the Countryside Pet Hospital team to assist you in taking the upmost care of your furry friends.