Specialists/Referrals

Please note that appointments with these Doctors are by referral only.

 Dr. Janet Nieckarz-Loeven

Dr. Janet Nieckarz-Loeven

Dr. Janet Nieckarz-Loeven earned her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. After graduation she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a residency in radiology at the University of Tennessee. In 2001, she became a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

Dr. Nieckarz-Loeven has been providing board certified radiology and ultrasound services to the Vancouver area for the past 12 years. She has been providing in house/mobile ultrasounds for the past 8 years. Dr. Nieckarz-Loeven is skilled in ultrasound, CT, MRI, radiographic interpretation, and nuclear medicine. Her primary interests are performing and interpreting ultrasound exams, performing ultrasound guided interventions (fine needle aspirates and biopsies), radiograph/film interpretation and working closely with referring veterinarians to provide these additional diagnostics and consultations for further advanced imaging procedures. She is pleased to be a collaborative part of your pet’s health care team at GIVH.

For more information on board certified Veterinary Radiology and the ACVR ultrasound statement please visit www.acvr.org.

 Dr. Mark Smith Dr. Mark Smith

Education
    BSc, University of Guelph, Guelph ON (1988)
    DVM, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph ON (1992)
    MVSc, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon SK (2003)

Advanced Clinical Training
    Rotating Small Animal Internship, Ontario Veterinary College (1995-1996)
    Small Animal Surgery Internship, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Winter Park FL (1999-2000)
    Small Animal Surgery Residency (2000-2003)

Specialization
    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (2004)

Areas of Special Interest
    Minimally invasive surgery – arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy
    Soft tissue reconstructive surgery

Dr. Tatjana Mirkovic; Internal Medicine Veterinary Specialist; Referring Specialist at Granville Island Veterinary HospitalDr. Mirkovic and her Black Labrador Edward; Referral Specialists; Internal medicine

Dr. Tatjana Mirkovic

Dr. Mirkovic was born and rasied in Manitoba. She received her DVM in 2000 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She then completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of PEI in 2001, followed by a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Mirkovic became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004.

Since returning home to Canada in 2004 she worked as a specialist in small animal internal medicine in private practice for seven years at a large referral only specialty hospital in Vancouver. Currently she has her own mobile consulting business where she travels to general veterinary practices to consult and perform a variety of special internal medicine procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, bone marrow and joint tap procedures which all are part of the specialty of internal medicine. Her practice is limited to internal medicine problems of dogs and cats.

Dr. Mirkovic lives in Port Moody, BC. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the great BC outdoors, cycling, travelling and spending time with her two best friends; her husband and her Black Labrador Edward. 

 Dr. Eugene Gorodetsky Dr. Eugene Gorodetsky

Dr. Gorodetsky provides on-call endoscopy services for our emergency patients. A typical case would be a dog who has swallowed a foreign object such as a toy. The patient is spared a major operation by having the object retrieved using a flexible endoscope.

Examples of procedures which can be done with an endoscope are:

  • upper gastro-intestinal study (examination of the oesophagus, stomach, and part of the small intestine)
  • colonoscopy (examination of the colon and rectum)
  • rhinoscopy (looking up the nasal cavity)
  • bronchoscopy (examining the airways)
  • Endoscopy often includes collecting samples such as biopsies; these samples are sent to a pathology laboratory for further evaluation.
 Dr. Marnie Ford Dr. Marnie Ford

Dr. Marnie Ford is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist who has been practicing in the lower mainland, Okanagan and Vancouver Island since 2004. Born and raised Vancouver, Dr. Ford completed her B.Sc at U.B.C and PhD in Australia before pursuing her veterinary and ophthalmology studies in Ontario, Minnesota and Missouri. Research and professional interests include ophthalmic neurology, corneal disease, and the physiology and toxicology of the retina.

After establishing a thriving ophthalmology practice in New Westminster, Dr. Ford wished to improve service and facilitate ease of examinations for the referring veterinarians and their patients. Dr. Ford currently provides mobile clinical and surgical services around the lower mainland to small animal and equine patients.