Nenad Paunovic, DVM
Dr. Nenad Paunovic has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine since he graduated in 2000 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade, Serbia. After practicing at a small animal clinic in his home town and having rotating internship training at the University of Small Animal Clinic in Berlin, Germany he decided to follow his parent’s footsteps and spent 2 years teaching science at the University of Novi Sad. Following his emigration to Canada in 2005, Dr. Paunovic passed the National Board Exams and had additional training for foreign graduates at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Dr. Paunovic was practicing as a locum and full time veterinarian in Greater Vancouver, BC for 2 years before he fulfilled his passion for emergency medicine by working the next 3 years as an emergency vet in clinics in Regina, SK and Everett WA. Finally In June 2011 Dr. Paunovic had the opportunity to take over Coquitlam Animal Hospital from Dr. Lance Lam who was retiring. Dr. Paunovic was very pleased that their medical approach to treating and caring for patients was very similar and could continue providing clients with a seamless transition. Since then, the loyal support from clients has driven the need for more space and staff. This brought along another great opportunity to take over and renovate Austin Animal Hospital which has re-opened as Coquitlam Animal Hospital in December 2016. Dr. Paunovic lives in Coquitlam with his young family and their dog Reba. He enjoys the local parks and recreation activity centers.
Patricia Briggs, DVM
Dr. Patricia Briggs grew up in Edmonton and was equestrian riding at a very young age. That is where she met a veterinarian and did volunteer work with him. She knew at that point knew her love for animals and being a veterinarian was what she wanted to be. Dr. Briggs attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan where she graduated as a DVM in 1997. After graduation Dr. Briggs yearned for the warmer climate of Vancouver Island. That is where she met her husband Russ and they married in Edmonton in 2001. Dr. Briggs made the move to Coquitlam and took over the Austin Animal Hospital from Dr. Gutteridge (retired). When the opportunity arose for hers and Dr. Paunovic's clinics to merge, she saw this as fantastic way for her to continue practicing and serving a broader range of clients. Dr. Briggs move to Coquitlam was an easy one, as the area offers opportunity for her to continue her love for riding, golf, swimming and long walks with her dogs Farley and Olive within the Tri-Cities.
Practice Manager/Veterinary Assistant
Niko has many years of experience working as a veterinary assistant. He has been working at Coquitlam Animal Hospital since 2002 and has a true love for all animals, and a special affinity for Pomeranians. Niko is fluent in Cantonese, graduated from the Justice Institute of BC, and has future plans of becoming a police officer. When not at work or school he can be found jogging at English Bay.
Receptionist / Veterinary Assistant
Danielle graduated from the veterinary assistant program at Granville Business College in June of 2014 and immediately began working at Coquitlam Animal Hospital. She plans to enroll in the Animal Health Technologist program in the near future. Danielle loves all species of animals and is passionate about rescue. She has many of her own including a cat named Buttercup, two dogs—Fiona and Rogan, Smokey, the Cockatiel, and three goldfish. In her spare time she enjoys reading and watching anything veterinary-related, spending time with family, camping and just being in nature.
Receptionist / Veterinary Assistant
Shannon came to Coquitlam Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant student from the West Coast College of Health Care. She spent her practicum at the clinic and became part of the team after she graduated in the spring of 2015. Shannon has a special interest in physical therapy and enjoys in-home pet sitting. Outside of the clinic Shannon can often be found enjoying some of the local trails, or at home spending quality time with her family including a dog, cat, and beta fish. Her other interests include animation, musical theater, and reading too much.
Dino is an undergraduate student from Simon Fraser University who is working towards the completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and his dream of becoming a veterinarian. His passion for science, animals, and medicine has previously led him to work in various government sectors, focussed on environmental protection and conservation. In his spare time, Dino likes trying different cuisines in the Lower Mainland and sharing a meal with his loved ones. He also enjoys travelling and exploring small towns in the countryside.
Janna has many years of experience as a veterinary assistant. She has been with Austin Animal Hospital (now Coquitlam Animal Hospital) since 1996. Janna’s special animal interests include diet and nutrition, and customer service. When not fussing over dogs and cats and other little critters, Janna can be found with her husband playing with “The Villagers” in the Challengers Pool League, or exploring the Chilliwack Valley and beyond. Janna has two grown children, Dustin and Katelyn. She still has a little one around the house, though, named Cid—her 10-year-old Papillon, who brings her unending joy.
Client services coordinator
Rachel is a professional writer and publicist, as well as working in customer service, for over 20 years with a variety of businesses, organizations, and retail environments. When not rescuing stray animals or working with the media, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and their two border collie crosses, Pumpkin and Daisy.
Reception (on maternity leave)
Emma’s love for animals inspired her to pursue a career in the veterinary field. Her studies first took her to Alberta where she graduated from the Veterinary Technical Assistant Program at Olds College in December of 2013. She moved back to BC where she expanded her knowledge and graduated from Douglas College in September of 2015 with a Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate. She was hired on at the Austin Animal Hospital directly from her practicum in July of 2016. Emma has always had a love for animals from as far back as she can remember, with a particular fondness for cats. In her spare time, she enjoys going for long walks with her fiancé at Rocky Point and is very excited to be expecting her first child.