Our Veterinarians

Dr. Rob Ashburner

Dr Rob, the owner of the practice has been working as a Veterinarian for 33 years. He graduated from the WCVM in the last century and moved out west shortly thereafter to open WKEAC in 1988. Rob enjoys all aspects of the profession, showing a special interest in Veterinary surgery.

When he is not at the clinic, he is hard to catch as he is always on the move. He enjoys cycling, running, and most outdoor activities. He also enjoys spending time on the gulf islands with his Wife, Cora.  He has three adult children (the youngest of which, Dr. Claire is a Vet with us!) and two grandchildren whom he enjoys as much time with as possible!

Dr. Claire Ashburner

Dr. Claire graduated from UCD Veterinary College in Ireland in 2013 and started working at the WKEAC that fall. She enjoys working with her dad, Dr. Rob – learning from him and also teaching him things along the way! It is wonderful to have Claire working with us at the WKEAC. Claire has a special interest in Veterinary analgesia and internal medicine.

Claire enjoys spending lots of her time with her husband on the Seawall- cycling and running. She also loves to spend time on local mountains- hiking in the summer, and snowboarding or skiing in the winter! 


Dr. Makhan

Dr. Makhan is a locum Veterinarian who has been working part time at WKEAC for 14 years. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996. She began her career working in Equine practice for a few years, and then changed to working in Small animal emergency medicine in downtown Toronto. Dr. Makhan then made her way to the west coast where she worked at Vancouver Animal Emergency Clinic for 4 years while starting locum shifts at WKEAC.

Dr. Alex Boo

Dr. Boo, our newest associate veterinarian, is glad to be back in his home city to work at WKEAC at his dream job! He grew up here in Vancouver, BC, and started volunteering in various veterinary clinics in the lower mainland during secondary school. He then obtained a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia, and recently graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. During his final year of vet school, Alex had the opportunity to  complete an externship at the University of Cambridge in England, which allowed him to travel and learn loads at the same time!

Alex happily offers consults in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. He has a special interest in dermatology and internal medicine, and loves the long-term veterinarian-client-patient relationship, and the variety that comes with general practice. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking, and travelling.