Photo courtesy of David Couture (jcpdphotography.shawwebspace.ca)
Dr. Sue McTaggart graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She worked for a year as a wildlife biologist on Vancouver Island before applying to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan. After obtaining her veterinary degree, Dr. McTaggart worked with small and large animals in Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 1982, Dr. McTaggart moved her family to Vancouver Island and established her own small animal veterinary practice, the Deep Cove Pet Clinic, in North Saanich. In 1992, she re-named her practice the Dean Park Pet Hospital and moved it to a larger location on McTavish Road.
Since then, Dr. McTaggart has spent time working with a veterinary ophthalmologist and a cardiologist. She obtained certification in acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2002. In January of 2011, Dr. McTaggart finished a rigorous six year study program in veterinary dentistry. Now a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, Dr. McTaggart enjoys seeing referrals from colleagues on Vancouver Island and has discovered her passion in life – looking animals in the mouth!
She has a Pug Shih Tzu cross named Norm, as well as a cat named Thomas. Dr. McTaggart also delights in her small flock of chickens! She is also in the process of attaining her pilot’s license so she can co-pilot one day with her husband in his Catalina waterbomber.