As an avid horseman, Dr. Paton draws on his experience as a rider as well as his extensive veterinary expertise when caring for horses. He enjoys working with horses and interacting with the equine community at large. Dr. Paton is a long-standing FEI veterinarian accredited in 5 disciplines and is an active participant in both veterinary and equestrian community activities. Having established Paton and Martin Veterinary Services in 1979 he has helped the practice evolve into a world-class equine veterinary practice and referral center. Dr. Paton has always believed that service and continuing education are the hallmarks of a successful veterinary practice. To that end, Paton and Martin Veterinary Services Ltd. continue to be leaders in providing new services and technology along with up-to-date advances in veterinary medicine to our clients.
Horses are incredible athletes and being involved in sports, I understand what itâ€™s like to compete, to train hard for competition and how injuries can prevent us from performing at our best. Iâ€™m fascinated by the science of medicine, imaging and how the body heals. And I love to problem solve. It is the integration of all forms of therapy that I feel can make the biggest difference for these athletes.
Dr. Martin pursued veterinary medicine by attending Kansas State University Veterinary School. While there, he was given the opportunity to further his education through externships in the northeast, at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center. After graduating, he accepted an associate position in a sport horse practice in central Connecticut where he worked for 3 years prior to moving to the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. He pursued his interest in the sport horse world by becoming certified in Acupuncture and Chiropractic procedures. His wife and 3 young kids (Jacob, Chris and Kylie) help him stay active. He continues to enjoy snowboarding, mountain biking and training.
Not many of us can say that we truly have the job of our dreams. I was one of those kids that knew from 8 years old that I wanted to be an equine veterinarian. Horses have been such a big part of my life and I recognize the powerful bond between horse and rider. Iâ€™m privileged to work with these awesome athletes every day and whether I can provide emergency care that saves a life or help restore a horse back to peak athletic performance, itâ€™s something I will never take for granted. Seeing a happy owner reunited with their horse and doing what they love is the most rewarding aspect of my job.
Joanna Virgin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and an equine surgical specialist. She obtained her Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science, and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. She went on to complete an internship at a private surgical referral hospital in Oklahoma and a surgical residency at Michigan State University. She practiced in Colorado prior to joining Paton and Martin in 2017. Joanna grew up in a small town in rural Alaska. She is excited to explore beautiful British Columbia. She loves the outdoors and is an avid runner, mountain biker and skier.
I am extremely fortunate to be able to combine my passion for horses and my interest in science in my career. Knowing how the body works and learning about all the different facets of medicine is extremely interesting. It is also very fulfilling to know that you have made a difference in a horse's life and therefore help their owner have more quality time with their horse.
Marielle always loved horses and started riding at summer camp at 5 years old. At 15, she started concentrating on dressage as a competitive rider. She had to put off riding while attending the University of Montreal until 2010 when she joined Paton and Martin. She is now back in the saddle and loving it with her Dutch Warmblood dressage mare, Unbelievable. Besides working and riding, she loves swimming, kayaking, dancing and roller blading with her energetic border collie, Ketamine.
Maia Aspe is originally from Langley, she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and prior to that, she majored in Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia. Maia discovered her passion for equine medicine while competing on the hunter jumper circuit. She appreciates all aspects of the equine veterinary field, but is particularly interested in sports medicine. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse and spending time in the great outdoors.
Allison Sproat graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon this spring. She grew up in Saskatoon and enjoyed a childhood full of family pets including dogs, cats and rabbits. She completed an honours degree in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan prior to starting veterinary school. Allison has always loved the outdoors and spending time with animals. In veterinary school she became interested in equine medicine after working in the large animal hospital and equine field service departments. Allison hopes to work in a mixed animal practice with an equine focus following her internship.
Kirsten started working with Paton and Martin in April 1999. She participated with the evolution of the clinic from a small storefront office on the main drag of Aldergrove to the current location of PMVETâ€™s well-established ambulatory clinic and a full-service hospital. She enjoys all aspects of the clinic by working behind the scenes overseeing the daily patient care in the office at Paton and Martin Veterinary Services including client relations and administrative management. Her big smile and compassionate nature makes for a stress-free phone call or a visit in situations that may sometimes be considered difficult. The well-being of you and your horse are Kirstenâ€™s main priorities.
Jenny has worked in our office part time since April 2003. She was born and raised in Langley and spent much of her childhood on a Hereford Farm. Prior to this position she worked for a small animal practice for 5 years. Jenny graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1998 and got married that same year. She is the proud mother of two wonderful sons who occupy most of her free time.
Susan has been with Paton and Martin since 2012. Previously having worked as a veterinary assistant at a mixed animal practice, she now really enjoys working in the office at an equine practice. She has two Arabian horses Ghazi and Shakil and enjoys trail riding, especially in Campbell Valley Park, as well as spending time with her Boxer dog Duke.
After graduating from the Old College Equine Program in 2016 Jacqui moved to Langley to see what BC had to offer. â€śShortly after my move I found this amazing position at Paton and Martin where I get to work with horses, turning my passion and hobby into my job! Every day is a new experience, you never know what you are going to be doing which is what I love about this jobâ€ť. In her free time she likes to go to the lake with her friends and spend time with her cat Padme.
Hanna born and raised in Langley, and has been surrounded by horses her entire life. She started riding when she was 7 years old. When she was 13 she got her first horse who was rather accident prone. Due to their regular contact and interactions with the Vetâ€™s at our clinic she knew she wanted to work in animal medicine. After high school she completed a veterinary assistant program at West Coast College of Health Care. She came to work at Paton and Martin in the fall of 2016, helping out with overnight hospital care which developed into a full time position. Outside of work she can be found competing at 3 day events with her horse Torrent.
Mackenzie is one of our veterinary assistants. She was born and raised in Abbotsford on her family farm and spent most of her childhood caring for her farm animals. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, camping and hiking with her two Huskies, Autumn and Hurricane.
Allana relocated with her family from Sydney, Australia to Langley, BC. She is thrilled to be able to fulfill her dream of working in a Veterinary Clinic. â€śThe fact that Paton and Martin are Equine specialists is even more amazing as I am able to use the skills I learned over the past 15 years while working on an Arabian Breeding and Endurance training farm. It is great to be part of such a dedicated team and being able to assist with all aspects of caring for our equine partnersâ€ť.