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. Yuliya (Julia)  Braaten was born in Kiev, Ukraine. After graduating from veterinary school, she moved to Canada and completed her certification here in the year 2000. After working in Calgary for a few years, she made a permanent move to Victoria. She works closely with local and international animal rescues to address animal welfare and overpopulation. 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 “works” as a chauffer to 2 very busy teenage boys and attends to 6 rescue animals she accumulated as a side effect of this job.

Andrii was trained as a veterinary doctor in Europe and has over 25 years of experience in the veterinary field. He has been working as a technician at Countryside Pet Hospital since 2013. Andrii loves all types of animals and he welcomes the challenges of everyday vet. hospital work.  When not working Andrii loves to cook, grow vegetables, travel and try new cuisine.

Pat –Receptionist

Pat’s empathy and love of animals prompted her to join the Countryside team. Her 29 years of reception experience is a great asset!  Pat enjoys gardening and spending time with her dog Odin, family and friends.  In her spare time she is trying to convince her daughter to give her a grandchild.


Courtney has always wanted to work with animals. She has worked in the UK as an animal control officer helping stray dogs. She has recently moved from the UK with her family and joined our team in the fall of 2023. Courtney is thinking of continuing her education in the animal health field.

Jolan-Veterinary Assistant

Jolan has been an animal lover since her childhood. She loves working with animals in the veterinary hospital setting and plans to become a veterinary technician in the future. She adopted 2 rescue cats and also helps local rescue organization to look after sick animals.

Evan-Veterinary Assistant

Evan grew up in a house full of animals. Since early age he wanted to work in a veterinary field. He is now in his first year of biology at Camosun College. Some day he is hoping to become a veterinarian. He enjoys soccer, camping and video games.