OUR STAFF AND HOSPITAL
Townline Veterinary Hospital
DR DREW HILTS- Veterinarian
Dr. Hilts is a graduate of Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. He started his career at Delta Animal Hospital in Ladner before purchasing Tsawwassen Animal Hospital. He also opened Sunshine Hills Veterinary Hospital with former classmate, Dr.Joe McKee. After 14 years, he sold the practice in order to spend more time with his young family.
During the next year, Dr. Hilts and his wife, Dr. Patricia Hunter and children Jackson and Rachel elected to spend a year sailing. The family left Vancouver abroad "Rafiki I" and sailed to Mexico, where they explored the Pacific Coast for several months.
After returning from sailing, Dr. Hilts spent several years working as a relief locum veterinarian. Also during that time, he was employed in veterinary clinics in both Hong Kong and New Zealand. He managed Blockhouse Bay Veterinary Clinic in Auckland for several months where his children experienced the New Zealand school system.
Back home again, he joined Albatross Veterinary Services in Langley and spent the next several years there, primarily responsible for surgery.
Dr Hilts has also had many responsibilities with the College of Veterinarians of BC (formerly, British Columbia Veterinary Association). He has served on Council as the Secretary Treasurer and Vice President. He has worked as a Complaints officer and is currently a member of the Complaints Investigation Committee. Also, Dr Hilts represents the College interviewing prospective students for entrance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
January 2011 marked the opening of an exciting new chapter in his career with the creation of Townline Veterinary Hospital.
DR KEN MACQUISTEN - Veterinarian
Dr. Macquisten has never met an animal he didn’t like. He is a graduate of the Western College of
Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Having grown up in Edmonton, Alberta, he
started his veterinary career at the Aldergrove Veterinary Clinic.
Almost two years later Dr. Macquisten joined
Dr. Lon Goodale’s practice and later purchased the Abbotsford Veterinary
Hospital portion from him. It was late
1981 that Dr. Macquisten became Abbotsford’s first full time companion animal
veterinarian as the community was still mostly rural and other veterinarians
were busy with farm animals in addition to pets.
community grew Dr. Macquisten started the Gladwin Veterinary Clinic in 1989 which
functioned as a satellite practice to the Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital. After selling the Abbotsford Veterinary
Hospital in 1991 and the Gladwin Veterinary Clinic in 1997.Dr. Macquisten
explored other aspects of the veterinary profession while raising children
Michael, Robert, Steven and Ali with his wife Karen.
Pursuing his strong interest and background in animal
welfare, wildlife medicine and surgery, Dr. Macquisten started working full
time at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove, B.C. and soon became the
Director from 1998-2000. Subsequently,
in 2001 he initiated the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife in
North Vancouver, B.C. and two years
later was a founder of the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge in Golden,
BC. At the same time Dr. Macquisten
returned to private practice in Abbotsford, seeing dogs, cats, birds, wildlife
and exotic pets, first at Bakerview Pet Hospital for five years, and then
Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital for nine years.
In his spare time, Dr. Macquisten serves as lead veterinarian for the provincial Northern Spotted Owl capture breeding program, and has been a long time member of the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team.
Dr. Macquisten is now excited to be practicing with Dr. Drew
Hilts at the Townline Veterinary Hospital, and feels privileged to have
assisted many of the same clients with their pet’s health for over 3 decades in
this community. He is continuing to
split his time between serving Abbotsford’s pets and as Managing Director of
the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
Jessica - Clinic Manager/Veterinary Assistant
Jessica comes to us from Canada West Veterinary Specialist Hospital. Jessica has 3 dogs a Sheppard/Husky Nakita, a Pitbull named Quinn and a Doxie/Chihuahua named Bailey. As well as 3 cats, Mylo, Aries and Little Red Moses and a Corn snake, Aryia. Jessica has been working in the veterinary industry for about 10 years now and is excited to start this new path in her career as she has never worked with exotic patients before.
Sarah- Reception/ Veterinary Assistant
Sarah has been working with us since 2013. She has a Great Dane named Deacon, 5 Ferrets and 3 chickens. She also works at K9H2O for aqua fitness for dogs, cats, and other animals. Outside of work Sarah loves to go camping and hiking with her dog and husband.
Andrea- Reception/Veterinary Assistant
Andrea is one of our newest staff member. She has 5 years experience at a previous Veterinary Hospital. She took some time off, changed careers and is very excited to be working at a veterinary hospital again.In her spare time, Andrea loves to read and cuddle with her rescue kitty named Jack.
Shelley is also one of our newest staff members. She has over 17 years experience in the veterinary field. Shelley has a 4 year old Rottie cross Tucker, and 2 cats California and George. when not working with fur children , she is taking care of human children her twins Brynn and Payton. After some time off with her children, Shelley is excited to start a new adventure the with Townline Veterinary Hospital Family.
TOUR OF TOWNLINE VETERINARY HOSPITAL
Serving clients from the Fraser Valley including: Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Langley, Surrey and White Rock