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. Jared Power

Jared Power has been working as a locum veterinarian at WKEAC since 2013. He was born in Canada’s North, but was raised in Australia where he completed his veterinary training at the University of Sydney, in 1995. Jared then worked as a veterinarian in farm and companion animal hospitals in Australia, the United Kingdom and, since 2002, in Canada.

Jared’s family welcomed a puppy—Henri—into their household recently. Henri’s impish streak so far resists all Jared’s efforts to train him into a reliable fly-fishing companion.