Dr. Alastair Westcott
Veterinarian & Medical Director
Dr. Alastair Westcott received his Bachelor of Science in honours biochemistry at the University of Waterloo prior to earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. He founded Bowen Veterinary Services and has provided emergency and critical care to the island’s pet population for over 17 years, the foundation from which the Mountainside Animal Hospital vision was created. His special interests include emergency medicine, surgery, arthroscopy, and ultrasonography. When not in the hospital he can most likely be found on his motorcycle or appreciating musical genius like Springsteen.
Dr. Shona Kowtecky
Veterinarian & Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Shona Kowtecky received her Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences at the University of Guelph prior to graduating with honours from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After graduation she relocated to the west coast and spent several years in general practice alongside Dr. Alastair Westcott working to build the vision of Mountainside Animal Hospital. Dr. Kowtecky has a special interest in internal medicine, emergency & critical care, and diagnostic imaging. Time away from work is spent mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking with her dog, Archer.
Animal Hospital Owner & Operator
Walt Ruloff started his career as a business founder and operator in 1990 at the age of 25 where he started a software company in the area of Logistics Systems for fortune 2000 companies. The company quickly grew in eight years to over 400 employees with offices in the Canada, the US and Europe. For the past 15 years Walt Ruloff has been involved in the creation and management of various business en-terprises ranging from technology to property management. In March of 2013 Walt Ruloff purchased Bowen Veterinarian Services. Together with Dr. Alastair Westcott, Bowen Vet Services has become full service Animal Hospital servicing Bowen Island and surrounding Islands. In June of 2014, Walt Ruloff purchased 2580 Capilano Road, which had been operating as an Animal Hospital for over 50 years. Walt Ruloff has built a strong team with the intention of creating a state of the art Emergency 24/7 Animal Hos-pital and Regular drop in Animal Clinic.
Tom has worked in various positions in accounting and general management for large and small organizations in a wide range of industries, including construction, earthmoving machinery, transport and hospitality. He has over 25 years of experience in responsible management positions leading teams of administrators, accounting personnel and general office employees through start-up, establishment and growth modes. His knowledge and experience of managing the financial, marketing and human resources functions have given him a greater understanding of working successfully with other disciplines in challenging environments. He is actively involved in outdoor activities including running, hiking and cycling.
Director Human Resources & Operations
A long time North Vancouver, BC resident, Sharon developed a strong interest in animal health and wellness in her teens while volunteering for the District of North Vancouver’s Animal Shelter. She continued to pursue this interest over the next 15 years, working in a number of local veterinary clinics as a Veterinary Assistant, and as a Kennel Attendant and Clerk at three Lower Mainland animal shelters. After completing her undergraduate in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, while simultaneously continuing to work for local municipal animal shelters, Sharon returned to school to obtain her diploma in Human Resources Management from BCIT. While working in Human Resources for Simon Fraser University, the opportunity presented itself to combine both Sharon’s deep love and passion for the animal industry with her training and experience in Human Resources. On her time off, Sharon can be found hiking the North Shore trails or relaxing with her two cats by the fire.
Head Veterinary Technician
Amy has been in the veterinary field for 29 years, 24 of which have been as a certified Veterinary Technician. A “city slicker” to the core, Amy nonetheless graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Fairview College in Northern Alberta, where she learned to two-step almost as well as she learned to administer anaesthetic. After a few years in the field she applied to and was accepted into the prestigious Emergency & Surgery Internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City where she reclaimed her big city swagger. Amy has enjoyed a diverse range of veterinary technician experiences, including provincial post mortem laboratory experience, mixed and small animal practices, forensic testing racehorses, emergency and critical care facilities and teaching future veterinary technician and veterinary assistant students. She has traveled the world to work in Northern Thailand on an elephant sanctuary and to the coast of Miramar to voluntarily help spay and neuter stray dogs and cats. Along with her husband she ran a farm where they bred Oldenbergs and ran a dog training and sheep herding facility. When not at work or traveling, Amy can be found with her camera on a photo assignment, as she is also a published photographer. She now divides her time between her zoo of bunnies, cats and her dogs Tom, Cole and Rosie as well as her horses, Oxy, Arrow and Waltz.