Our Team

Dr. Karena Skelton is the clinic owner and a fear free certified veterinarian. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, and has been practicing in the Cowichan Valley since 2003.

In addition to clinic duties, Dr. Skelton has volunteered with the Canadian Animal Assistance Team, the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Saltspring Island, and has participated as a judge in BC Canadian Trail Riding Association competitions.

Special interests include palliative care, animal behaviour, and maximizing the quality of life for her patients.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and exploring our beautiful island. She lives in Cobble Hill with her husband and 2 sons. Pets in the family are Eclectus Parrots Ava and Hudson, cats Popeye and Pekoe, and Sherpa the dog.

Dr. Janet Sunstrum graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2008 and is a fear free certified veterinarian. She has been practicing small animal medicine in the Cowichan Valley since 2009.

Volunteer work Dr. Janet has been involved with includes Global Vets in Peru, Vets for Pets in Victoria, and the Canadian Animal Assistance Team.  She also does some work for the College of Veterinarians of BC.

Dr. Janet has special interests in preventive and internal medicine.  She loves to help foster a long-lasting, loving relationship with your pet.

In her spare time she loves spending time with her family enjoying biking, skiing and surfing.  She lives in Cobble Hill with her husband, son and daughter.  Her fur children include Rory the duck toller, Dorito the cat and some heritage chickens.

Dr. Georgina Lorimer grew up in the Cowichan Valley and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria.

She has special professional interests in imaging, preventative medicine, and rehabilitation.

Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her family (two- and four-legged).

Mary has been with the Kinsol Veterinary Clinic since it began as Shawnigan Vet. She has worked in the veterinary world for 14 years, and does a little bit of everything in the clinic.

She is Fear-Free certified, and has a special interest in pet nutrition. An active animal welfare advocate, Mary has volunteered for both the Canadian Animal Assistance team and the SPCA, and she often goes above and beyond for animals in need.

Mary is a long time resident of the Cowichan Valley, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her husband, three kids, two dogs and two cats. She can’t wait to meet you and your fantastic pets!


Christine is one of our friendly technicians, and she trumps us all with her vast experience.

She has been working in veterinary clinics since 1987, and graduated from Cariboo College ( now Thompson River University) in 1992, having achieved her Registered Veterinary Technician certification. We welcomed her to Shawnigan Vet when we opened in 2018, and before this, she worked in mixed animal practices. After all these years she still loves what she does, especially the opportunities for continued learning.

Our whole team values the wisdom she shares with us every day. Christine’s pet family includes 3 cats and one dog. In her free time, she enjoys her excellent garden and walking her dog.

Ineke is one of our cheerful receptionists and will often be the first smiling face you see when you enter the clinic. She has spent many years working with animals, first with the Calgary Humane Society, and then in veterinary clinics.

As a volunteer for several different rescues, she has fostered animals for more then 25 years, and most recently, for our own Cowichan Cat Rescue. Ineke loves animals and is grateful to have the privilege to work with your pets and our fantastic team every day.

Originally from Holland, she moved with her husband and two daughters to Vancouver Island six years ago. Her fur family consists of one old rescue dog, an English Cocker Spaniel named Tommy and five foster cat failures😃. Her interests are travelling together with her family, including pets when possible, hiking and being in nature.

Jenelle has been working in the vet industry for 12 years, graduating from Thompson Rivers University as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2013. She has spent time working in areas such as: general practice, emergency, shelter medicine and marine wildlife.

 Jenelle joined the Kinsol vet team in August 2020. Her favourite part of the job is providing nursing care for sick pets and seeing them return to their families feeling better.

 When not working Jenelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two-year-old son and happy lab Sawyer.

Janessa. We are so pleased to welcome Janessa who joined our team in June, all the way from Manitoba! She graduated from Red River College in 2019, having earned her registered veterinary technician accreditation, and she recently moved to Vancouver Island with her fiancé Jeff.

 They adopted a kitten named Monica shortly after arriving. In her spare time she enjoys going on hikes, kayaking and exploring the island.

Holly is officially part of our kennel staff, but we have nicknamed her our ‘emotional support person’ for animals. This is because she has an instant calming effect on all of our patients who stay in the hospital.

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Holly completed the animal care aid course at Vancouver Island University, and has been a valuable part of our team since we were Shawnigan Vet.

Holly’s pet family is large and diverse, consisting of 2 dogs, 2 budgies, 2 hamsters, 1 rabbit, 6 lizards, 1 snake, and a tank full of fish! She is posing here with Gypsy, her bearded dragon.