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Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Alana Symington and John Symington

Dr. Alana and John purchased Manzini Animal Hospital in 2011, and together they manage the practice. Alana received her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Agricultureal Science with a minor in Wildlife from University of British Columbia in 1997. She then graduated with honours from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She practiced veterinary medicine in Williams Lake B.C. for 6 years and in Balgownie Australia for 1 year before beginning her work with Manzini in 2009. Her passions in veterinary medicine lie in small animal internal medicine, dental surgery/care, nutrition and opthalmology.  Dr. Alana over the years has taken many additional course studies but for the last 5 years her focus has been on dental surgery and care, as well as nutrition.

John and Alana have 2 sons, David and Gavin born in 2003 and 2007 respectively. They also have 3 fur kids; super dog, Mace, and troublemaker cats, C-for and Bamboo. All 3 were rescued from bad situations and are now the center of their household.  Dr. Alana enjoys reading, painting, drawing, crafting of any sort and exploring the beautiful West Coast of Vancouver Island. John's interests includes rugby, surfing and creating amazing wood creations.

Dr. Graeme Linton

Dr. Graeme graduated from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.  He also completed a BSc in Conservation Medicine at the University of Liverpool. He worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in Scotland and Ireland for 3 years before coming to Canada. He was born and raised in Scotland in the county of Fife. His interests are many but his passion lies in small animal surgery. Dr. Graeme has taken additional course training in cranial cruciate ligament repair and patellar luxation repair.

Graeme joined Manzini in 2011 and is enjoying his time on Vancouver Island.  He enjoys most outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, surfing and stealing Canadian women.  He and his Port Alberni girlfriend Sheila share many of the same interests in that they are both veterinarians, both love the outdoors and their 5 furred best friends.  Graeme and Sheila have 3 cats (Rusty, Oscar and Felix), and their 2 dogs Cuillin and Ruah. 

Dr. Hayley Doody

Dr. Hayley grew up in Calgary but moved to BC in 2005 on a swimmers scholarship to attend the University of BC. She attended UBC and competed nationally for 5 years before moving to Perth Australia and attending veterinary school at  Murdoch University. Dr. Hayley has a strong interest in feline medicine and has a talent for dermatology, a very frustrating and complex field of medicine.

Dr. Hayley joined the Manzini Team in April 2015. Hayley has been an excellent accent to the team and fits into the team environment like a glove. Her philosophy of compassionate care for pets and education for clients is ideal to our practice ideology. Dr. Hayley enjoys swimming, hiking, biking and savoring an excellent wine while playing board games with friends. Dr. Hayley and her husband Tom have really made Port Alberni their home training for the Iconic later this year (the swim of course). Tom is a lawyer here in Port Alberni and has joined Cherry Creek Fire Department as a volunteer fireman. They are joined by there 3 furred friends; Charlie a 3 legged dog adopted here in Port Alberni from the SPCA. Dr. Graeme amputated her right hind leg after a serious hit by car and it was love at first sight, Gemma and Tigga are their 2 cats they rescued in Australia. 



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