Meet Our Team
We are dedicated to optimizing your pet's eye health and vision. We strive to deliver eye care to your pet in a low stress loving atmosphere. The pet community on Vancouver Island is our focal point, our passion.
Welcome to the clinic family!
Dr. Stephanie Osinchuk
Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist (DACVO)
If you’re looking for excellence, kindness, and compassion then you have come to the right place. Dr. Stephanie Osinchuk has achieved the highest level of veterinary ophthalmology specialization, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (abvo.us), and is the only Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist on Vancouver Island. She received both her DVM and MSc (veterinary ophthalmology) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
Following her residency she worked as ophthalmology faculty training the next generation of veterinarians at the WCVM before starting the Island Veterinary Eye Specialist clinic. She has presented ophthalmology research at several world class research conventions including ACVO and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She has published peer reviewed scientific articles on cataracts, retinal disease, neurophthalmology, and corneal disease.
She enthusiastically contributes to the ophthalmology and veterinary community. She serves as a reviewer for the scientific journals Veterinary Ophthalmology, Canadian Veterinary Journal, and the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. She is an examiner for the foreign graduates for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and volunteers on the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency training committee.
Stephanie grew up on a hobby farm and has loved helping animals from a young age. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two young children, and their beloved dogs Georgia Peach and Delilah. She looks forward to welcoming you and your pet to our clinic family.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Carolyn began her career nearly a decade and a half ago when she graduated with distinction in 2007 from the Veterinary Technician Program at Georgian College in Orillia, Ontario. Carolyn has done it all; she started off in emergency medicine, then found her niche within the referral setting. She spent 7 years working under a Veterinary Ophthalmologist in Toronto before taking on a position with the Anesthesia department at the University of Guelph - Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). She worked under the anesthesiologists at the OVC for several years developing advanced anesthesia skills. She has managed anesthesia for surgeries of the heart, lungs, spinal cord, limbs, and eyes! The diverse caseload at OVC enabled her to learn a specialized skill set and provide daily hands on teaching to our future veterinarians. Although this career path was rewarding, Carolyn always envisioned being out West, and when an opportunity came up - she pursued it!!! She spearheaded the surgery service at the Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital before joining Island Veterinary Eye Specialist.
Carolyn cares deeply about her patients and is looking forward to taking the utmost care of your pet. When not in the clinic, you may find Carolyn doing anything outdoors with her husband David and two young daughters. She also shares her home with her Rhodesian Ridgeback
Atlas, her rescue Lab-X Athena, her sweet rescue kitty named Blizzard, and her blind bird Mango.
Meet Florence! We feel very lucky to have her as part of our team. You will find her at the front of the clinic welcoming you and your pet for your appointment or providing care and comfort to pets waking up from surgery. She was born and raised in France but has recently received her permanent residency status here in Canada. Her eye photography skills are some of the best! Her other interests include permaculture (our plants are thriving because of her!) and drawing. Her art combines her love of animals and plants. You will find her on etsy under Mandalove.
Ruth is the friendly voice on the phone reaching out to you after we receive the referral from your family veterinarian. Ruth has been an avid animal lover her whole life and shares her acreage with 9 well loved dogs! She has worked in the animal industry providing medical care for over 25 years. She is looking forward to greeting you on the phone and coordinating your furry loved one's appointment.
Delilah is our in-house source of never ending joy. She is our local expert in generating spontaneous laughter and full body wiggles.
Georgia Peach is the manager of work-life balance in the clinic. She is dedicated to her sleep schedule and all the quiet cuddles she can steal from the team.
Locally Owned, Family Operated
The Island Veterinary Eye Specialist clinic is proudly owned by the Osinchuk family. We care immensely about the pet community here on Vancouver Island.