Meet Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians and the all important Team of Guildford Animal Hospital in Surrey.

Each Team member is dedicated to providing the utmost care for each and every pet we meet.

Our Dedicated Veterinarians

Dr. Cathy Gies

BSc, DVM. Practice Owner.

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Dave Rubenstein

BSc, DVM. Practice Owner.

Dr. Dave Rubenstein was born and raised in Toronto and received his BSc in Biology from McGill University in 1994. He graduated from The Ontario Veterinary College in 2000 with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout his career, he has worked as an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian at some of the busiest emergency facilities in major cities in both the United States and Canada which include Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, San Jose and Huntington Beach.

Through all of his experiences as a Veterinarian he has development a vast range of medical and surgical skills. Extensive searching for the right practice to call a long-term home found him purchasing Guildford Animal Hospital in 2015 with his partner, Dr. Cathy Gies. Dr. Rubenstein is excited about the opportunity to offer all aspects of veterinary care at Guildford Animal Hospital from teaching preventative care and nutrition to his clients to the compassionate care of their sick pets. He will even help out a porcupine when needed!

He feels that pets are a true part of the family and shares his home with a standard poodle named Dante, a rescued black cat from the streets of San Jose named Neiman and a rescued lovebird from Calgary named Chaparral. He and Cathy are excited to offer exceptional care to all of the pets of Surrey, Langley and the surrounding areas and to call the beautiful Lower Mainland their home.

Dr. Cristian Tugui

Dr. Cristian Tugui

DVM. Associate Veterinarian.

Dr. Cristian Tugui (pronounced Toog-wee) is originally from Romania and he moved to Canada in 2004 when he was admitted to the Veterinary College at the University of Montreal. There, he completed his Veterinary degree in 2010. Upon graduation, he received the American Animal Hospital Association Achievement Award for Excellence in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. As a Veterinary student, he completed a dentistry externship at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Burnaby, BC. Dr. Tugui has a strong interest in internal medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Tugui has a broad academic background and practical experience in veterinary clinics including two clinics in the Fraser Valley where he worked for five and a half years before joining Guildford Animal Hospital.

When he is not at the hospital, you can find Dr. Tugui riding his bicycle or exploring the beautiful outdoors that the West Coast has to offer. Dr. Tugui currently has a particularly regal looking Persian kitty named Lili that he adopted while he was at the University of Montreal.

Our Incredible Team

Ashley

Office Manager

Ashley, our office manager, is a vital part of Guildford Animal Hospital, having worked here since 2001. All of our clients are greeted by her at reception with a smile. She has a 6 year old Golden Retriever named Belle and a rescued Cockatiel named Iggy.

When not at work helping care for your pets she can often be found at her cabin in the interior of British Columbia, one of her favourite places in the world!

Alyssa

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Alyssa joined us at Guildford Animal Hospital in 2015, having recently graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. She is a Registered Veterinary Technologist who is very passionate about the dental health and dietary needs of companion animals, especially when it comes to getting your pet to lose those few extra pounds.

Alyssa has two family cats: Harley and Pixie, and most recently adopted a FIV positive cat Shadow. Although, if it were up to her, she would have many more fur babies! When she's not busy at the clinic, Alyssa enjoys going to yoga classes, playing tennis, reading and watching movies.

Tessa

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Tessa has always had a passion for animals and knew she wanted to work with them from a very young age. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2014. When not at work she also volunteers for BC and Alberta Guide dogs as a puppy raiser and boarder. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, and going for ice cream.

Her Fur Babies include a 5 year old ball obsessed retired guide dog named Royal, a 3 year old guide dog drop out named Princess Kelsey, and a feisty 12 year old rescue kitty, Maggie. One day she would like to add a goat to her family!

Tessa's favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are Behaviour, Rehab and Surgical assisting-monitoring. She is always working to keep your pets safe and comfortable during our procedures.

Jordan

Animal Care Assistant

Jordan has worked at Guildford Animal Hospital since 2007 and is a key member of our team. If you are an existing client we are sure you have had the chance to enjoy talking with her in reception or have her care for your pets in our hospital. Her extended family of pets include: Jake, a Border Collie adopted from the SPCA, Ollie, a Yorkie mixed with a Shih Tzu, Trixie, a Chihuahua mix from California, Tessa, a retired herding Australian Shepherd from a farm in Langley, sibling cats Roo and Bella who were bottle-fed fosters from our clinic and Forest, a rescue kitty who was found in the Cultas Lake area and then soon rescued by Jordan. If Jordan has time between work and caring for all of her pets, she likes going for trail rides and going for walks in Tynehead Park.

Kayla

Animal Care Assistant

Kayla graduated from the Douglas Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate program in 2016. She started working at Guildford Animal hospital right after graduating. Her passion for animals started at a young age as she chased down the neighbourhood strays and hid them in her room until her parents caught her.

Kayla loves learning the many different aspects of Veterinary Medicine and you will often see her in our reception area helping all of our pets and their human friends:) During her time off Kayla can be found working out, baking, or hiking with her 2 Miniature Pinschers, King and Karma.

Lily

Animal Care Assistant

Lily graduated from Douglas College with a Veterinary Office Animal Care Certificate in 2010 and has been working at Guildford Animal Hospital ever since! Lily is a very important part of our team and enjoys making everyone laugh.

Lily loves working closely with all of the pets that visit our hospital and has a knack of catering to even the most finicky of eaters amongst our patients.She has 3 pets: a 19 year old Pomeranian named Marc, an extremely spoiled orange tabby named Alani and a fun-loving rescue cat named Kea. In her spare time, Lily enjoys shopping, cooking, fine dining and partaking in makeup artistry.

Miranda

Animal Care Assistant

Miranda graduated from Douglas College with a Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate in 2014. She joined the Guildford Animal Hospital in 2015.

You can often see her with a smile on her face, greeting clients in our reception area.

She recently adopted a 10 year old Husky mix named Holly from a rescue group on Vancouver Island. In her free time, Miranda enjoys going for hikes, horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Steph

Animal Care Assistant

Steph has been working at Guildford Animal Hospital since 2013 and has quickly become an important part of our team. She has been in the Veterinary industry since January 2008. Her love for animals and interest in Veterinary Medicine started as far back as she can remember.

She has always been passionate about animals, and animal health in general, and loves learning new things about Veterinary Medicine. As a young girl she loved taking her pet rabbits to the Vet and would come up with as many questions as she could to ask the attending doctors.

She now has a 14 year old male Sheltie named Sage and a 6 year old male cat named Pocket who are the best of friends. Often you will find Pocket sitting atop a chair waiting for Sage to walk past so that he can swat him on the head...when this happens, much barking and chasing ensue! On her days off, you will find Steph either hiking a mountain, reading a good book, or doing various forms of arts-and-crafts.