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Meet Our Team

Our veterinary team is dedicated to caring for pets in the Prince Rupert community. We look forward to welcoming you and your pet.

Meet Our Vet

Dr. Paul Kennedy | Prince Rupert Veterinarian

Paul Kennedy
DVM | Founder

Dr. Paul Kennedy has been caring for pets in Prince Rupert since 1976 when he founded Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital... for which we thank him!

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Meet Our Dedicated Team

James Kennedy | Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital | Prince Rupert, BC

  • James Kennedy | Practice Manager

    Jamie was born and raised in Prince Rupert, and has been working at Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital since 1997.

    When he first started out, Jamie worked part-time as a Kennel Attendant. From there, he graduated from post secondary school with a diploma in Business Administration and Commerce with a concentration in Tourism & Hospitality.

    Although Jamie is now the Practice Manager at our hospital, you will still occasionally see him assisting with treatments and procedures.

    Jamie's favourite part about his job is seeing and feeling the joy animals bring us, as well as being able to care for their health.

    In his spare time he enjoys curling, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with his senior Lab X, Riley.

Alana Kitchener | Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital | Prince Rupert, BC

  • Alana Kitchener | Client Care Specialist

    Alana grew up in Armstrong, BC, and moved back-and-forth between there and Prince Rupert for a few years before finally settling down here with her three kids in 2010.

    Alana started working at our hospital in April 2015, first as a Kennel Attendant, and then as a Receptionist.

    Being part of the veterinary field came as no shock to Alana's friends and family, as she always had a special love for animals growing up and had a variety of pets (dogs, cats, Japanese hooded rats, hermit crabs, etc). Today, Alana and her family have several cats.

    In here spare time, Alana enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Emra Harris | Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital | Prince Rupert, BC

  • Emra Harris | Registered Veterinary Technician

    We are happy to introduce Emra Harris. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, Emra is passionate about providing superior patient care with a specialized focus on animal behaviour.

    She graduated from Lakeland College and has worked for two years in small animal practices in the Edmonton area.

    She enjoys hiking and the numerous recreational activities that Prince Rupert has to offer. What drew her to our practice and community was our friendly nature and stunning landscapes.

    Emra brings with her a husband, Ryan, and four furry and scaly critters: two cats named Butterscotch and Fluffy, a spirited husky named Sarafina, and a fish named Benjamin.

Taylor Swim | Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital | Prince Rupert, BC

  • Taylor Swim| Registered Veterinary Technician

    We wish to welcome Taylor Swim, the most recent addition to our team of Veterinary Medical Professionals.

    Taylor joined our team after graduating from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in the spring of 2020. Before school, she had worked at the local SPCA and volunteered at the clinic. Taylor was born and raised in Prince Rupert. She has always loved and had an interest in animals ever since she was a little girl. Her favourite childhood movie was 101 Dalmatians.


    After moving to Kamloops for 2 years for school, she is happy to be back home with family and friends. She is excited to be applying all her new skills to the job and to continue learning through hands-on experience at the clinic.


    Taylor enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and much more, including spending time with family and taking her dogs Charlie and Rosie for walks with friends.

Teena Flemming | Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital | Prince Rupert, BC

  • Teena Flemming | Registered Veterinary Technologist

    We wish to welcome Teena Fleming, the most recent addition to our team of Veterinary Medical Professionals.

    Teena is a 26-year Canadian Armed Forces veteran who, upon retirement, decided to pursue her passion for helping animals. A graduate of the Animal Health Technology program at Grande Prairie Regional College in northern Alberta, she was drawn to Prince Rupert's beautiful surroundings and small-town vibe.

    With a self-proclaimed soft spot for senior animals, she is a fur-mama of 2 cats and 2 dogs, all over the age of 10, and often integrates a foster/fosters into her pack. For many years now, she loved to volunteer her spare time with rescue organizations as a foster, an animal transport driver, an event worker, and an animal care attendant. Teena is now looking forward to becoming involved with our community and surrounding areas.