Veterinary Hospital Assistant | Faculty | Kelowna


Deborah ‘s career encompasses fashion, film, music,  television, print journalism and education at the post graduate level and has spent most of the past 30 years in London, UK (with a couple of years here and there in Los Angeles and Vancouver).

Deborah is a committed animal lover who has spent twelve years running BA programmes in Fashion Journalism and Music Journalism plus an MA course in Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism for the University for the Creative Arts in the UK.

She and her husband relocated to Kelowna in 2012, along with their British Blue Shorthair ‘Bug’, and have since acquired a whoodle named ‘Muddy’ - both of whom are very excited about ‘mom’s’ position as Program Manager for the VHA program at Centre for Arts and Technology.


As a Registered Animal Health Technologist for the last twenty five years, Shannon has had the opportunity to work at traditional and holistic veterinary practices. She brings with her a dental background as a Certified Dental Assistant.  Shannon's veterinary experiences are with small animals and birds of prey. Her interests in animals has led her to volunteer at a spay and neuter clinic in Cancun. She has two rescue dogs from Mexico and a rescue cat from the Humane Society. Currently, she travels for a pet supply company throughout the interior of BC in addition to teaching at CATO. Shannon enjoys teaching the Veterinary Hospital Assistant course.


Providing professional and friendly customer service and support, Henrietta has been a staple at Kelowna’s Lakeshore Animal Clinic for over a decade.  With experience in clinics throughout BC and Alberta, Henrietta is excited to bring her knowledge and practical experience to the Centre for Arts and Technology.  


Linda Boucher has always maintained a strong interest in the Health Care profession.  After completing her first diploma in Practical Nursing, she spent a decade working in the public health care sector.  As an LPN, Linda continued to educate herself, completing the Health Care Administration and Veterinary Hospital Assistant programs.  Her love for animals moved her into animal health care and she has spent the last five years at the Okanagan Veterinary Hospital in Kelowna.  Linda is excited to bring her knowledge of the medical field to the VHA program at the Centre. 


Darcy has been a practicing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine since graduating from Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, in 1992.  He worked as an associate clinician in small animal practice until 2001, at which point he bought in and became a full owner/partner at the Westbank Animal Care Hospital in Westbank, BC.  Selling his part of the practice in 2014, Darcy is now doing mobile ultrasound and internal medicine consults at various small animal practices throughout the valley, while bringing his wealth of experience to the Centre for Arts and Technology.   

Tara edwards - instructor

Tara has been practicing as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine since graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.  She started in mixed animal practice and slowly transitioned over to small animal medicine.  She became interested in physical rehabilitation for companion animals and how this service could improve patient care.  She has obtained certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, A Veterinary Pain Practitioner, and Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist.  She became board certified in 2012 by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She is currently working at Lake Country Veterinary Specialist Hospital.  Her areas of interest include improving the quality of care for geriatrics and raising the bar for pain management.  She has a love for lecturing at veterinary conferences and is excited to be teaching at the Center for Arts and Technology.  

eva hartmann - instructor

Eva's passion for working with animals began when she was training the youth group to navigate their family pets through obstacle courses at the local dog school where she grew up in Germany. Since then she has traveled extensively and was fortunate to work with Marine Turtles, Fairy Penguins, Great Blue Herons and Deer Fawns. With a B.Sc. in Forest Ecosystem and Wildlife Management (Germany/Australia 2005) and as a registered AHT (Alberta, 2011) she enjoys both hands-on work as a Vet Tech as well as sharing continuous learning - as both a student and teacher in beautiful BC. Eva is excited to share her practical experience in the animal health industry and her enthusiasm for understanding the natural sciences world with the VHA students.