Dr. Tyler Stitt, DVM, MPH&TM, BSc
Dr. Stitt grew up in Nanaimo, where he and his sister learned to ride under the instruction of Jennifer Payne at Pyramid Stables. He was first exposed to equine veterinary medicine while riding shotgun as a high-school student with Dr. Bettina Bobsien.
Following high-school, Dr. Stitt completed a BSc from the University of Saskatchewan, an MPH&TM (Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine) from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stitt returned to Nanaimo in 2008 to pursue human-animal population health research at the Centre for Coastal Health, and in 2011 opened Winchelsea Veterinary Services.
Dr. Stitt continues to share his time between the Centre for Coastal Health (CCH) and Winchelsea Veterinary Services (WVS).
Behind the name:
DVM – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon SK, CA; 2008
MPH&TM – Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Townsville Qld, AU; 2004
BSc – Bachelor of Science Honors, Saskatoon SK, CA; 2002
Dr. Jessica Semper, DVM, BSc
Dr. Jessica Semper spent half her childhood growing up on the Saskatchewan prairies, and the other half on Vancouver Island’s east coast. From an early age, her parents instilled in her an appreciation for creation and a fascination for all living things. Her love of horses was sparked when her family moved to an acreage on the outskirts of Nanaimo, right across the road from a boarding stable. After completing an undergraduate degree in Biology at Vancouver Island University, Jessica headed back to Saskatchewan for 4 years of vet school. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in June, 2017 after which she spent her first year in clinical practice interning at Burwash Equine Services in Calgary, Alberta. At Burwash, Jessica had the opportunity to work with and learn from some exceptional equine clinicians, establishing the foundation for a successful career in horse practice.
Upon completion of her internship in June 2018, Dr. Semper returned home to Vancouver Island to practice alongside her friends and mentors, Dr. Tyler Stitt and Dr. Bettina Bobsein. Ultimately, Jessica sees herself as a mixed animal practitioner, combining farm animal medicine with her love of equine and small animal work. Jessica is passionate about how veterinary medicine can be used to serve people who depend on animals for their livelihood, and plans to integrate as much over-seas work into her career as she can. She has already had the opportunity to serve with the Equitarian Initiative in Costa Rica, providing veterinary care for working equids in the southern part of the country, and hopes to do much more of this kind of work in future.
Outside of work, Jessica’s passions include adventuring outdoors with her family and friends (as well as her 4-legged pals – her mare Lyric, and her dog, Trill,) and playing violin in a variety of settings including at church, in small ensembles, and with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra.
Behind the name:
BSc – Bachelor of Science Honors, Saskatoon SK, CA; 2016
DVM – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon SK, CA; 2017
Reilly Paugh, Veterinary Assistant & Receptionist
Reilly Paugh was born and raised on her family’s farm on the outskirts of south Nanaimo, where her love for horses grew as fast as she did. Growing up around horses and livestock paved the way for Reilly’s life-long dream of working along side animals, big and small. After spending years hanging over her own farrier’s shoulder, Reilly enrolled at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for a Certificate in Advanced Farriery, graduating with honors in 2018. In October 2019, Reilly was hired at Winchelsea Veterinary Services as a full-time veterinary and office assistant. She does continue to shoe horses on the weekends!
Reilly’s passion is in bettering the lives of our equine companions, through farriery and veterinary medicine. Aside from her career, Reilly hopes to pursue her goals under saddle with her mare Izzy, and to continue to better her skills at the anvil.