Ward Nurses


Tara started as a ward nurse here in 1991, making her one of our most long term team members. Tara provides loving care for all the patients that are lucky enough to meet her overnight. She is also a well known voice on the phone for many of our clients, fielding emergency phone calls expertly. Our doctors all pay very close attention to Tara's overnight observations in patients files, as her detailed care is often the difference in a critical patient's outcome.

In her time away from the hospital, Tara takes care of Mr Jones, a special kitty with special needs.

Smilja Jelec - Ward Nurse at Granville Island Veterinary Hospital

Smilja was born in Doboj, Bosnia and lived in Germany for six years before moving to Canada in 1998 - bringing along her Guinea Pig, Gogo!  Smilja is happily married to her doting husband, Mirko. She and Mirko have a Bichon Frise named Duke and a handsome kitty named "Edgar".  Smilja is one of our most talented at helping very nervous kitties feel better while they're in the hospital.  If your cat has had to stay with us, she likely has spent more than a few minutes cuddled up on Smilja's lap. 

She truly has a compassionate heart and it's easy to see why we all call her "Momma".  

Although Ljilja - Ward Nurse at Granville Island Veterinary Hospital

Although Ljilja grew up around animals and fostered her friends pets over the years, she did not consider animal health care as her profession until she was offered the position of night nurse. After a challenging beginning, she now enjoys assisting technicians and veterinarians to provide the best care possible to our furry patients during her day shifts, and also to make sure this care continues during the night.

Ljila immigrated to Canada from Bosnia 12 years ago and is a proud companion of a feline senior named Jericho, saved from unnecessary euthanasia by Dr. Tara Huggins.

Brian Love - Ward Nurse at Granville Island Veterinary Hospital


Brian came to Granville Island Veterinary Hospital in November of 2011 after an opportunity for a career change presented itself.  After a 12 year gap, he went back to school for his VOA certificate and found his new path.  He loves working with the patients and is enjoying his ward nurse position at Granville Island.

In his spare time he enjoys skateboarding, traveling with his wife, and playing with his cat Lucy.