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DR. SUSAN THOMPSON, B.Sc., DVM, Dip. Surg

Veterinarian

Originally from England, Dr. Thompson moved to Canada in 1967 with her parents and sister. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) at the University of Guelph before attending the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in 1978. She then completed a three-year residency program in small animal surgery (Dip. Surg.), being the first woman to do so at OVC at that time. The following years were spent in diabetes research at the University of Toronto. Since 1989, Dr. Thompson has devoted her time to private practice in the South Fraser area of British Columbia, with particular interests in feline medicine, dentistry and surgery. In 1995, Dr. Thompson and her husband Jim decided to open Cats at Home in order to provide feline specific health care. Dr. Thompson is passionate about feline health care and the important role that cats play in our family lives. She and Jim have cared for many cats over the years but currently are focused on José, a street kitten adopted in Mexico.

Dr. Thompson is a member of the following associations:

  • American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)

  • Cornell Feline Health Center (CFHC)

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC)

  • Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (CAVD)


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DR. LAURA SITTER, B.Sc. (Hon)., DVM (OVC)

Veterinarian

Dr. Laura Sitter joined Cats at Home in 2018, shortly after moving to British Columbia from Toronto, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with honours (B.Sc. (Hon)) at Lakehead University in 2013 and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017. After graduation, Dr. Omeljaniuk worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency until moving to British Columbia. Her love of cats started after adopting her two cats, Kitty and Bootsy. She particularly enjoys educating cat guardians about cat behaviour, and loves learning and teaching about improving cats’ lives through environmental enrichment. She also has particular interests in feline nutrition and dermatology. She lives in Cloverdale with her husband and her cat family, spending her non-working time exploring the area by hiking, camping and learning all that the Lower Mainland has to offer.

Dr. Sitter is a member of the following associations:

  • American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC)

  • Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (CAVD)


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JIM THOMPSON – B.Sc. (Hon)

Practice Manager, Cat Whisperer

Following his graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree with honours (B.Sc. (Hon)) from the University of Guelph in human kinetics, Jim entered a Masters program in human physiology at the Ontario Veterinary College prior to spending 18 years working in the Canadian pharmaceutical business. In 1995, Jim and Dr. Thompson decided to open Cats at Home Housecall Practice in order to offer feline healthcare for residents in the South Fraser area, particularly Surrey, White Rock, Langley and North Delta. By 2000, Cats at Home Feline Hospital was established to provide a fully comprehensive facility for our patients. We call Jim our cat whisperer because of his amazing affinity with our less than eager patients.


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TARA SCHNEIDER – VOA, MISAP (Beh)

Veterinary Assistant

Tara always knew she would work in the field of veterinary care. She has been with Cats at Home since 2005 after graduating from the Veterinary Office Assistant (V.O.A.) program from Granville Business College in 2001. Her position as a veterinary assistant allows Tara to utilize her previous customer service experience, education and love of animals to contribute to the well-being of our patients. She has one cat, Babe who she loves dearly. Tara also has three daughters, Kyra, Tayla, and Bryn. In 2016, Tara became a Member of the International Society for Animal Professionals (MISAP) by completing a diploma with distinction in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (MISAP (Beh).  She is now certified to provide behavioural consultations at Cats at Home. She has been publishing feline behaviour articles in the local paper, The Cloverdale Reporter, since her graduation.


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AMY BACHMAN – VA

Veterinary Assistant

Amy became a Veterinary Assistant after completing the VA program from West Coast College in 2013. As a former pastry chef of 10 years it was a fun new challenge. Her love of animals, especially her two cats Truffles and Cocoa, has made it a very rewarding path. Amy enjoys books, board games, good food, anywhere near water, and running around with her two little ones Hazel and Oliver. She also enjoys going on adventures with her husband, Jeff. Amy is currently on maternity leave but manages our website and social media.


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LESLIE JONES – VOA

Receptionist, Office Manager

Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Leslie began her career in the financial industry. After over 25 years, Leslie chose to pursue her love and care of animals by achieving her Veterinary Assistant Diploma (V.O.A.) at Vancouver Career College. Graduating in 2004, she worked for several years in a general and emergency veterinary practice. In 2007 she and her family moved to the lower mainland and joined Cats at Home. Leslie’s kitties at present are Angel, Archer,  Midori and Shakker and she brings a wealth of experience with all the highs and lows of pet ownership. Leslie is our pet insurance expert and can guide you through the complexities of the various options on the market.


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MICHELE AUSMA

Receptionist, Office Manager

Michele held several customer service and management positions prior to joining the Cats at Home team in 2017. Michele is the friendly face most often behind our front desk and the voice heard on the telephone when you call. She is caring and empathetic and uses her excellent communication skills to meet the needs of both new and long-standing clients of Cats at Home. She and her partner Cecil love their two canine companions; no feline companions at the moment but Duchess, our hospital cat has truly adopted her as her special human. She organizes our schedule with great efficiency and will go out of her way to meet your needs.


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CHRISTINA ARAUJO

Veterinary Assistant


Our goal is to work collaboratively with you and allow you to be an active partner in your cat’s healthcare. Based on our experience in feline medicine, we will provide you with expert recommendations in order for you to make the best healthcare decisions for your cat or kitten.

Request an appointment now or call us at 604-574-8873.