Our Team

Meet our veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Chemainus Animal Hospital in Chemainus! We’re pleased to provide vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (250) 246-1222 to speak to one of our veterinary staff members!

Dr. Pollock

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Pollock has been the practice owner for nearly 20 years. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998, and shortly after made the Cowichan Valley his home. In his spare time, Dr. Jay can often be found exploring the Gulf Islands in his old boat.


Part-time Vet

Derrick Milton, B.Sc.(ecology), D.V.M, MRCVS, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1991. Since graduation, Dr. Milton’s career has involved nearly every aspect of veterinary medicine, working in research, mixed animal practice, zoo, and wildlife medicine. He worked full time at his own clinic on Saltspring Island for 13 years. After selling his clinic, he worked as a locum vet for several years, during which time he worked in about 50 clinics in Canada and England. After a locum stint at Chemainus, he decided to stop all the travel, and restrict his veterinary work to cats and dogs, at the Chemainus Animal Hospital, where he really enjoyed the staff, clients and their pets. Prior to his veterinary career, Derrick was a professional musician who performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Orchestra London, Tom Jones, and the Stratford Festival among others. There was no time for music during most of his veterinary career, but he has found a nice balance between his veterinary and musical life since reducing his veterinary career to part time. These days, if you don’t find him at the hospital, you could try looking for him performing at the Crofton Hotel or the MacPherson Playhouse. Derrick brings years of caring, practical experience to every pet he sees at the Chemainus Animal Hospital. He leaves his trumpet at home since the pets don’t seem to appreciate his music much. 


Registered Veterinary Technologist

Leanna has been a Registered Veterinary Technologist for 8 years and has worked on Vancouver Island and the interior of BC. She grew up on a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley and has been working in the Vet industry for over 11 years with specific interests in surgery, anesthesia and nutrition. Leanna enjoys island life with her two dogs and also competes in 3 Day Eventing with her horse Nero. 


Registered Veterinary Technologist

Denise joined our team in 2019, after graduating from the Olds College Animal Health Technology program in Alberta.
She shares her life with her dog and her cat. Brie is a Pyrenees cross, adopted from the tech program at Olds College and Ron, a surrendered kitten found on a beach.
Outside of the clinic you’ll find Denise and Brie exploring all over the island, hiking, or visiting Brie’s many canine friends.