Meet Our Vets
Dr. David R. Loff graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1988. He was born in Saskatoon but grew up in Calgary, later returning to Saskatoon for his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced for three years in Prince George before joining a busy multi-veterinarian hospital in the Lower Mainland, where he worked for six years.
In 1997, he designed and opened EastRidge Animal Hospital, initially as a one-veterinarian practice. Over the years, he has been joined by two other like-minded veterinarians.
Dr. Loff has a special interest in surgery and has completed additional training in orthopaedics at Ohio State University.
He is also active in the veterinary community in the Lower Mainland, having been president of the Vancouver Academy of Veterinary Medicine for four years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of True North Veterinary Laboratory.
An avid scuba diver and underwater photographer, he was also a member of the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia, a group that seeks to preserve our underwater heritage by discovering, mapping, and protecting British Columbia shipwrecks. In his spare time, he tries to keep his Audis running!
As a pet owner himself, he understands your concerns – he and his wife share their home with five cats.
Dr. Sue Whitley is originally from Saskatoon, and after graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the same class as Dr. Loff (but he is much older), she moved to the lower mainland to be near the ocean. She worked at a few practices and owned a clinic for several years. After travelling to Africa the first time, she discovered that she enjoyed adventure travelling and decided to do locums instead of owning a practice. She has been working at EastRidge for the past 19 years and gradually doing more days here and fewer days at the Emergency clinic. She currently has 2 dogs and 4 cats. She has travelled extensively, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and staying at the Everest Base camp in Nepal. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and plays ice hockey.
Meet Our Staff
Graduated from the Animal Health Technologist Program at Douglas College in 2011. She joined the team at EastRidge Animal Hospital shortly after that. She has three rescued cats. She is passionate about the environment, loves hiking in the great outdoors, and is prepared to survive and thrive during the zombie apocalypse.
Ali graduated from Thompson Rivers University A.H.T. Program in 2010. She joined EastRidge in 2014. She has adopted 2 animals from work, including a Golden Retriever Walle and a cat named Tilley, to go along with her cat named Samwise. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time outside with her son.
Ashley graduated from the Douglas College veterinary office assistant program in 2012 and joined our team after completing her practicum. Ashley and her husband recently purchased their first home and are enjoying homeownership. They also adopted a new cat from Katie’s Place named Mali. Mali is an orange three-legged cat who keeps Ashley on her toes, especially around mealtimes. In her spare time, she enjoys watching murder mysteries, baking, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
Lynette started working as a veterinary assistant in 1995 at a clinic on Long Island, New York. After 5 years, she moved back to Maple Ridge to raise a family. As a perk to veterinary employment, she has gained several pets over the years. She currently has 3 dogs and 3 cats to squeeze in among her 3 children. She enjoys quiet time… but that doesn’t exist yet.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Our newest addition, Alex, joined the team in March 2020 after completing his practicum at Granville College. He has a 10-year-old grey cat named Mortimer, and enjoys spending his days off hiking or painting.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Emma has always had a strong passion for animals since she was a child. She has a 13-year-old cat named Mischief that she watched being born. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, going to the river, listening to music, reading, and watching Netflix.