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Why Choose Us

Our Mission

At Paton & Martin, our mission is to provide our clients and patients with sensible solutions to all their equine health care needs. We will work with you to design a personal appropriate preventative care plan, answer your questions about your horse, offer urgent care when needed and help you reach your horse’s potential for whatever discipline they may take part in.
About Us

Our Story

Founded in 1979 by Dr. David Paton, Paton & Martin Veterinary Services has seen many changes over the years. Dr. Martin joined the practice in 1999. Ten years later, the hospital was built which became the first facility to have a board certified surgeon in the Fraser Valley and to offer a variety of surgeries to the equine community. To this day, it remains the only surgical referral facility with certified surgeons in the lower mainland. Every year, many students and new veterinarians come to further their training and gain experience at our practice. In December 2013, we added the Hallmarq Standing MRI, which is the only one of its kind in the region and allowed advanced diagnostics for lameness’s without traveling to the United States or Alberta. Over the years, Paton & Martin has evolved but always maintained its core values of providing the most up to date options while focusing on great client service. We are excited about the future and where our pursuit of excellence in horse care will take us.

Our Core Team

Ambulatory Team

David J. Paton

BSc. (Agr.) D.V.M.

Eric Martin

D.V.M., CAc, cVSMT

Marielle St-Laurent

D.V.M. cvMMP

Andrea Serapiglia

D.V.M. , CVA.

Surgical Locum / Consultant

Sarah Graham

D.V.M. DACVS (LA), DACVSMR (Eq)

Our Amazing Support Staff

Jenny Kennedy

General Manager

Susan Dahlstedt

Veterinary Office Administrator

Lisa Konishi

Veterinary Office Assistant

Olivia Vachon

Veterinary Office Assistant

Jessica Kaczmarek

Veterinary Office Assistant

Allana Rempel

Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant

Kaitlin Melger-Iida

Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant

Emily Foster

Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant

Emma Cryer

Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant

Jacqui Dubreuil

Operations Manager

Kaela Wallace

Hospital Manager

Georgia McManus

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Kiran Roop

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Angie Botha

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Katie Van Reeuwyk

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Sumilize Buitendag

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Jen Rosin

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Our Veterinary Interns

Interns are newly graduated veterinarians pursuing a rigorous advance training program to gain extra knowledge and skills, alongside our team of experienced veterinarians, in the equine industry. They are the next generation of veterinarians and we are grateful to be able to help train the future of our profession.

Shelby Krywonos

Veterinary Intern

Myriam Dagenais

Veterinary Intern

David J. Paton

BSc. (Agr.) D.V.M.

As an avid horseman and rider,  Dr. Paton provides a unique combination of experience and expertise in a variety of veterinary services to the equine community.  He enjoys not only working with horses but equally important the interaction with the equestrian community. Dr. Paton is a long standing FEI veterinarian accredited in 5 disciplines. He is also involved in the veterinary community organising an annual educational meeting for equine veterinarians across the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Paton has always believed that service and continuing education are the hallmarks of a successful veterinary practice. He currently competes successfully in cutting while his wife and daughter compete in hunter jumpers. Dr Paton is also a dog lover and you will probably encounter his faithful companion Clinton, a black and white Munsterlander. 

Eric Martin

D.V.M., CAc, cVSMT

At the age of 16, Dr. Martin decided he wanted to be an Equine Veterinarian. When asked why, he said “Horses are incredible athletes and being involved in sports my entire life I understand what it’s like to compete, to train hard for competition and how injuries can prevent us from performing at our best. I’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”, how he got here is the story behind the story. He had a strong interest in science and how the body worked while growing up. Being a competitive athlete himself, sports medicine seemed the next logical step. Growing up in th suburban USA outside of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr Martin, was introduced to horses through his older sister, who had always loved horses. When he was 15 he began working as a farmhand on a Saddlebred breeding farm (Starlet Acres) owned by a veterinarian, Dr. E.L. Robinson. Working around horses and their incredibly gifted, natural athletic ability made his career choice an easy one. He pursued his goal by attending Kansas State University Veterinary School. While there he was also given the opportunity to further his education through externships in the northeast, at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center, as well at the Wellington horse shows in Palm Beach Florida seeing some of the top athletes compete at the highest level. 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 has 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 still pursues the athletic lifestyle: snowboarding, mountain biking and training when time permits.

Marielle St-Laurent

D.V.M. cvMMP

Dr. Marielle St-Laurent grew up in Montreal and has loved horses since she was a little girl. She grew up taking riding lessons and eventually started competing in dressage as a teenager.  Ever since she was old enough, she worked in barns cleaning stalls and caring for horses. She decided early on that she would combine her love of horses with her interest in medicine by pursuing a career as an equine veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Montreal in 2010. She moved out west shortly after and has been with Paton & Martin ever since. She continued to compete in dressage up to Prix St-George with her mare Unbelievable. Her experience as a rider has shaped her interest in performance medicine. She is passionate about kinetics and evaluating how horses move. She also got her certification in equine medical manipulations (chiropractics). Other than horses, she has two border collies with whom she does agility and herding with. In the fall of 2021, she welcomed her first daughter who already loves horses and is sure to be riding a pony as soon as she’s big enough! 

Alix Serapiglia

D.V.M. , CVA.

Dr. Serapiglia is a 2004 graduate of the University of Montreal – she grew up riding horses in France where her love for these wonderful animals emerged. For the past 18 years she has been practicing equine medicine in the beautiful region of Bromont, Quebec, home to the equestrian park used for the 1976 Olympics. Along with her husband, 3 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats, she has decided to settle in Langley BC and enjoy the warmer weather here on the west coast. While Dr Serapiglia offers the full spectrum of equine services, she has interests which include lameness, sports medicine, nutrition, and emergency medicine. She is IVAS certified in veterinary acupuncture and can offer this modality as part of an integrated approach to your horse’s care. Dr Serapiglia is also an FEI Veterinary Delegate and Permitted Treating Veterinarian and as such has officiated at many eventing, jumping, driving and dressage competitions, including the 2018 world equestrian games in Tryon, NC.
Dr Serapiglia says that she enjoys the diversity that equine practice offers and values the individuality of each patient. Every day is a new opportunity to learn.
In her free time, she enjoys competing in dog agility and volunteering at her children’s swimming competitions.

Sarah Graham​

DVM, DACVS (Large Animal), DACVSMR (Equine)

Sarah Graham is a graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and completed a large animal surgical residency at the University of Florida. She was certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and stayed at the University of Florida as a clinical assistant professor before returning to her native British Columbia. While at the University of Florida, she collaborated on research on the surgical treatment of equine colic, and she is keenly interested in improving access to and outcomes after colic surgery. She is also interested in using acupuncture and rehabilitation to support recovery after injury or surgery. Currently, Dr. Graham provides locum relief including here at Paton and Martin

Jenny Kennedy​

General Manager

Jenny has lived in the Aldergrove/Langley area her entire life and has worked in our office since 2003. She is a mom of two boys that keep her very busy. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family and friends. 

Susan Dahlstedt

Veterinary Office Administrator

Susan has worked for Paton and Martin in the office since 2012; previously she was a veterinary assistant at a mixed animal practice in Chilliwack . She enjoys trail-riding and spending her off time with her two Arabian horses Jac and Django and her boxer dog Duke.

Lisa Konishi

Veterinary Office Assistant

Lisa was introduced to the equestrian world when her daughter, Ella-Grayce, started riding at age 3 and neither one of them has looked back since!   In her off-time Lisa enjoys hiking, camping, volunteering at local horse shows and of course showing her support at her daughters riding competitions and spending time together at the barn.

Olivia Vachon

Veterinary Office Assistant

Olivia joined the clinic in December 2021. She has always had a passion for horses and has been learning and riding for 16 years. Outside of the clinic, Olivia attends Simon Fraser University studying for her Bachelor degree of Criminology, and rides with a local dressage trainer. Olivia doesn’t currently own any horses but has three cats, and her rescue dog Roo that often accompanies her to the barn, horse shows, and occasionally to the office.

Jessica Kaczmarek

Veterinary Office Assistant

Jessica got the horse bug early on in life – being led around on her uncle’s Arabian horses before she could walk. From there she started learning to ride, competing at local shows and up to the provincial level in Trail, Western Pleasure and Showmanship. She went on to complete her Western Rider Level 2 certification, and then pursue a career in veterinary medicine, achieving her Veterinary Office Assistant certification and working at a Veterinary Specialty Hospital in the Fraser Valley. She currently doesn’t own a horse, but has a loving Pitbull Terrier named Dani that accompanies her on all of her off-roading and hiking adventures.

Allana Rempel

Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant

Allana is originally from Australia, has loved horses for as long as she can remember and has been lucky enough to work with them through the years . Her greatest passion is endurance riding . She worked at Ralvon Arabian Farm at the foot of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney NSW for 15 years. There she was involved with breeding and training primarily Arabian horses for endurance , pleasure and show.
Since moving to Canada with her family in 2016, she has been working at Paton and Martin and has been Dr Paton’s assistant for the last 4 years . In her words ”It is an amazing place to work, every day is an adventure where you learn something new!”.

Kaitlin Melger-Iida

Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant

Kaitlin joined us in 2021 and is an ambulatory veterinary assistant who works primarily with Dr. St-Laurent. She has been riding horses since the age of two, when in her words “ My mum was the one who got me into horses and threw me up on a horse as soon as she could. She also introduced me to David, he’s known me since I was born basically ”. She has a  2014 Appendix QH named Dash, a Great Pyrenees cross Akbash named Kip and a Leopard Gecko named Frank. Kaitlin grew up riding English and Western, competed in dressage and dabbled in jumping as a kid and was in Pony Club with her twin sister. She has now fully switched over to Western riding. She was also a competitive gymnast full time for 9 years from the time she was four.

Emily Foster

Veterinary Office Assistant

Emily is Dr.Martin’s assistant on the road. She loves all animals including her baby goats!

Emma Cryer

Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant

Emma owns six horses, mostly Arabians and, while new to the veterinary world, has been active in the horse community for most of her young life. She has shown in many different disciplines including the hunter / jumpers, the Arabian show circuit, dressage and saddle seat as well as having interests in breeding work and training her Mustang. She is working primarily on the road as an ambulatory assistant with Dr. Serapiglia but also helps out in the hospital as needed. Two things she especially likes about being an equine veterinary assistant are the opportunity to learn new things every day and helping horses feel better!

Jacqui Dubreuil

Operations Manager

Jacqui joined our practice in 2017 as an ambulatory veterinary assistant and is now our lead in the hospital. Before moving to Langley, Jacqui grew up in Ontario and has owned horses throughout her life; she competed in eventing up to training level. She graduated in 2016 from the Olds College Equine Science Program where she majored in equine business and event management. Previous to working at Paton and Martin, she worked at a local small animal veterinary clinic but found that working with horses was her preference. Besides working in the hospital, Jacqui is also a certified Hallmarq MRI technician. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, days at the lake, golf, snuggling with her kitty Padme,- doing agility with her Aussie Shepherd Paisley and riding horses recreationally for various barns in the area.

Kaela Wallace

Hospital Manager

Kaela started off as a road assistant then shifted to the hospital and is now our main certified MRI technician. When she’s not acquiring images, she helps with patient care, surgery, anesthesia and maintenance. Kaela also loves riding horses, her cat, hiking and camping. She loves going out with friends and chose the beautiful Fraser Valley to call home. 

Georgia McManus

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Georgia previously volunteered as a veterinary assistant in our hospital and now has been working full time in the hospital since December 2019. Georgia grew up with horses on her family’s farm with her mom and sister. When she’s not working in the hospital, she enjoys riding and competing in the hunters with her horse Cole and also spending time with her dog Lola and cats Louie and Belle.

Kiran Roop

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Kiran is a compassionate animal lover and aspiring veterinary technician. Her dedication to animal welfare is evident in her extensive experience fostering and volunteering with local rescues. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and spending quality time with her husband and young son, cherishing both nature and family. 

Angie Botha

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Angie has had a passion for working with horses since she was young, starting off volunteering in a lesson program then moving her way up to daily barn care then to pony rides and beginner lessons. She started working with us after loving the atmosphere and the work experience while doing her veterinary assistant practicum with us. She loves constantly learning more about these wonderful animals. In her spare time she takes her horse Nico on trail rides and runs a small boarding facility with a close friend. 

Katie Van Reeuwyk

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Katie is one of our hospital weekend night shift employees. She is a mom of four kids and lives on her family’s dairy farm in Abbotsford. She has ridden and taken care of horses for most of her life and currently owns three horses that live on the farm with her.

Sumilize Buitendag

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Sumilize was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa and was the first in her family to become interested in horses and riding. She met her husband through horses and they both enjoy trail riding, camping and anything outdoors. Her 2 year old daughter already has her own little mini horse called Cupcake and their family includes a small rescue dog called Lillie, who came with them to Canada all the way from South Africa.

Jen Rosin

Hospital Veterinary Assistant

Jen works the weekend evening shifts assisting in the care of our hospitalized patients. She has spent numerous years coaching hunter-jumper students as a certified coach and managing a large boarding facility. These days she spends her free time hiking and backpacking with her rescue dog Bosco.

Shelby Krywonos

Veterinary Intern

Shelby was born and raised in Vernon, BC. Horses have been an integral part of her life for as long as she can remember and are what fostered her passion for veterinary medicine. 

Growing up, she competed locally in the hunters and jumpers as well as obtained her practical HB2 and written A levels in the Canadian Pony Club. She completed 3 years of undergraduate studies in biology before moving to Saskatoon, SK to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree where she graduated in the top 15% percent of her class. 

Shelby is passionate about supporting the human-animal bond and advocating for the welfare of both animals and their people. She is currently interested in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery and is excited about further developing her skills at Paton and Martin Veterinary Services. 

Outside of work, Shelby enjoys riding her horse Georgio, being outdoors, reading, and making art. 

Myriam Dagenais

Veterinary Intern

Myriam attended the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal where she received her DVM in May of 2023. She has done externships at Paton and Martin previously, at the Equine Clinic of Provence in France, Moore Equine in Alberta and two equine clinics in Quebec. Her main interests are sports medicine, reproduction and neonatology, internal medicine and animal behavior.

Joanna Virgin

D.V.M. , MS, DACVS (LA)

Dr. Joanna Virgin is a board certified specialist in equine surgery. She was born and raised in a small town in rural Alaska. She has ridden and competed in the hunter jumpers. She is very driven and has an undeniable passion for cutting edge medicine which pushed her to pursue further training and complete a residency in equine surgery. She has several years of schooling under her belt.
She completed a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology, Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences, and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in 2011. She then joined Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmonds, Oklahoma for a year-long rotating surgical internship where she received training at a large referral hospital with several board certified equine surgeons. Following her internship, Dr. Virgin completed a three year surgical residency at Michigan State University in 2015 and became board certified in surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016. Dr. Virgin has published research on improving analgesia for laparoscopic ovariectomies in mares, equine wound repair and healing, support limb laminitis, and a novel surgical technique for treatment of pharyngeal dysphagia in the horse. Dr. Virgin enjoys all aspects of equine surgery and sports medicine, but she has a special interest in upper airway surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques including arthroscopy, tenoscopy, and laparoscopy. After working at a private referral hospital in Colorado for two years, Dr. Virgin joined Paton and Martin Veterinary Hospital in 2017.
We are blessed to have a full time surgeon of this experience in the Fraser Valley ready to provide such a wide variety of surgeries and procedures. She works hand in hand with all the equine veterinarians in British Columbia as they refer patients requiring surgery. In 2021, she and her husband welcomed a beautiful daughter who is already getting excited whenever she sees horses. Dr. Virgin is an avid runner, a nature lover and loves camping, the mountains and anything outdoorsy.