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Anne Marie Guillemaud, owner and veterinarian, is an ‘Island Girl’ and grew up in Port McNeill. Annie has loved horses her entire life. She was a member of the Ports North Pony Club, achieving her Horsemanship Level A. Some of you may remember her from her time showing horses in the Comox Valley under her maiden name, De Leenheer. Annie also used to compete in the Modern Pentathlon, which includes riding, running, swimming, shooting and fencing.
Dr. Guillemaud did her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, earning a Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition and Health in 2008. After that, she moved to Saskatoon and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She stayed on at the College to spend a year working as an Intern in Equine Field Service. She was then a Clinical Associate in Equine Field Service for two years, before returning to the Island to join Epona Equine in 2015. In 2019 she purchased the practice from Dr. Andrea Plaxton. Dr. Guillemaud’s areas of interest include reproduction, dentistry, and lameness.
In her free time, Annie can be found enjoying time with her own horse ‘Summer’, a Dutch Warmblood, and her husband, Chris, and daughter, Hannah.
Julia Cusack, associate veterinarian, is originally from Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax and the University of Queensland in Australia for her undergraduate coursework. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI in 2019. She then headed to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she completed a large animal rotating internship. This included rotating through medicine, surgery, field services and theriogenology. Julia enjoys riding, hiking, rock climbing and walking with her dog “Minty”.
Shannon Eykelenboom, Animal Health Technologist, is originally from Alberta. She moved to the Comox Valley in 2016. with her husband and 2 young children. She brought along her Paint gelding, Kohlie, who is currently employed at the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society and enjoying every second of it.
Shannon graduated from the Animal Health Technology program in 2002 from NAIT in Edmonton. She worked at an emergency clinic, small animal clinic and then a mixed animal practice in Alberta.
Shannon joined Epona Equine in October 2017 as a part-time vet tech but she has been working more regularly these days. She enjoys being with her family exploring the beaches and the trails.