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.

Darleen has always loved animals big and small. Her greatest love was her Arabian horse Colt who passed away in 2014 just shy of his 28th birthday; she had him since a foal and witnessed him being born which was an amazing moment in her life. She had trained and raised him herself, and also owned his mom Misty who was a fiery mare!

You can find her out with her beautiful Shepherd mix Shilo walking the Galloping Goose or playing in her backyard.

Dar has always enjoyed helping people in every way she can and learning new things to expand her knowledge.

Dar details boats as her secondary job and has done detailing for the past 7 years, her great eye to detail has been a wonderful addition to the Countryside Team, always with a kind smile on her face.

Karlie was born and raised on the peninsula and attended Stelly’s Secondary School. She has always had a love for animals and volunteered at a horse rescue where she developed a passion for horses. She has also helped with fostering dogs and volunteering for a local rescue. Throughout her life she has had all sorts of animals from dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, a horse, and fish. Karlie is very excited to be working at Countryside Pet Hospital and expanding her knowledge of animals.