During a time when there is a severe shortage of veterinarians in British Columbia and across Canada, the RAPS Animal Hospital is extremely fortunate to attract superb talent, because our not-for-profit model allows veterinarians to focus on the wellness of animals (and their people!) rather than being preoccupied with the bottom line.
We are thrilled to introduce our two newest team members. They will be ready to help you when your companion animal needs attention!
Dr. Victoria Cruz-Mendez
Dr. Cruz-Mendez received her veterinary accreditation from Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of the University of Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom, where she also did post-graduate studies. She has worked extensively with small and enjoys working with exotic animals, as well as in pathology and dermatology. Before completing her studies, she was a wildlife care assistant with the Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. and she was involved in animal organizations on and off campus. She lives in Vancouver and has three cats (including two rescues) and two ferrets (one who is a rescue). In her free time, Dr. Cruz-Mendez plays soccer and takes the ferrets out for walks. (Follow their adventures on Instagram @chorizotheferret).
Dr. Satveer Dadrwal
Dr. Dadrwal holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, in India, and has practiced in India, Australia and Canada. He has extensive experience in animal welfare and public education, including in rural development settings. Dr. Dadrwal performs surgeries, dental procedures, emergency care and a full range of veterinary procedures on cats, dogs and exotics such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and hedgehogs. When not working, you can find him hiking and exploring the new country and spending time with his world explorer cat, Tintin, and mischievous puppy, Maple.