Meet Our Team

We are a group of passionate, motivated, and dedicated individuals here to help you and your family. Meet the Breadner Veterinary Team!

Dr. Shelley Breadner


Shelley Breadner has faithfully served her patients as a veterinarian since 1983. She has learned every being, human and animal, has a reason for being here, and she is grateful for the opportunity to support them when they are in need.

Shelley’s philosophy has always been to provide care, all the while minimizing stress and anxiety in her patients. This is now recognized in the profession as “Fear Free” veterinary practice, and our practice has taken the initiative to become accredited in this designation. Shelley extends this further by extending this philosophy to the pets’ guardians, as well as to the employees at Breadner Veterinary Services.

Shelley’s medical interests extend across a wide range of topics. For many years she practiced equine medicine alongside small animal medicine and surgery. Currently under her guidance, the practice attends to dogs, cats, small mammals, birds and exotic pets such as reptiles and amphibians. Even the little wall lizards in the gardens receive admiration and shelter under the care of the Breadner Veterinary team.

Beyond veterinary medicine, Shelley holds a keen interest for the wilderness, with involvement in hiking and back country camping. Shelley can be seen hiking or cycling about the peninsula, with canine companion Gincee in tow. If you see her rolling about on the roadways, be sure to wave!

Shelley has also become well known for her artistry. Several of her art pieces bestow the walls at Breadner Veterinary Services. Friends also await her stories and cluster of photos that follow her many adventures into the wilds.

Dr. Emma Cope


Emma was born and raised in Vancouver, and while attending kindergarten made up her mind that the only career she wanted was that of a veterinarian. Her father, now retired, was a prominent OBGYN and gave her the love of surgery and medicine, although she found animals more endearing to fix! Dr Cope’s path followed a degree from UBC and then Saskatoon for veterinary medicine. With her car pointing west after final exams, she found herself at Breadner Veterinary Services. With two kids, her dog, Plum and many years later she is still passionate about her chosen career and her role at Breadner Veterinary Services. When Emma is not working or chasing her girls you’ll find her galloping and jumping her other love, Carma, her Holsteiner gelding.

Dr. Melanie Conard


Dr. Conard grew up in Alberta but fell in love with Victoria while completing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria. After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatoon) in 2002, she began her career in Calgary but soon found her way back to Vancouver Island.
Dr. Conard joined the team at Breadner Veterinary Services in March 2004. Working as a Veterinarian is a dream come true for her as it combines her love of animals with her passion for medicine. Dr. Conard has a special interest in internal medicine, dentistry and cardiology as well as the medicine of birds and other exotic species. While not at the office, Melanie is a fierce competitor and highly ranked in outrigger paddling. Melanie and her partner share their lives with the intensely handsome and debonair Boone.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Michelle has enjoyed being an employee of Breadner Veterinary Services for an uncountable number of years now. Michelle loves a challenge and working with a wide variety of species is always exciting. Her favorite areas of veterinary care are anesthesia, dentistry and emergency medicine. She also loves the technical aspect of her job: blood collection, iv catheter placement, advanced nursing care, client education and the multifaceted maintenance of all our equipment. Did we mention Safety? Michelle is our number one Super Safety Tech.

Michelle is currently a part-time tech and a full time mom to her beautiful son. Happily married to Glen, they share their home with a crazy but lovable Indy, a Welsh Springer Spaniel, and beautiful Golden Retriever Ere. Life is never dull when Michelle is involved!


Veterinary Technologist

Poch rounds out our Veterinary Technologist team, in a positive way. He has a wealth of knowledge about products, and is great at sourcing whatever we need. He provides quiet, gentle care to the animals, and helps our doctors in many areas. Anaesthesia, diagnostics and laser therapy are a few of his countless strengths.

Poch and his wife have a busy life with their two girls. Creativity and joy are a big part of their world.


Registered Veterinary Technologist

Jody has been a wonderful addition to our veterinary care team. Jody has a great interest in behaviour, nutrition, anaesthesia and medicine. She makes sure to cover every aspect of a patient’s care and assists the doctors in countless ways. Jody is very approachable, always supporting clients and their pets, and ever aiming to maximize their pet’s well being.

Jody shares her active life with her husband and two children, along with a flock of happy chickens, her Cane Corso, Leroy, Tiger the mischevious cat, and a host of foster cats that become majestic Domestics in no time!


Client Care Specialist

Cait has an amazing way of making everyone feel welcome at Breadner Veterinary Services. Her melodic voice and friendly smile are always present, making it a joy to work alongside her. Cait has many hidden talents, and we have learned about a fair number of them. She is the main contributor to our Facebook page, and can whip up anything on the computer in a flash.

Cait shares her life with her husband, as well as their dog, Zelda the beautiful, and their Tuxedo cat Link. Gardening, outdoors along with family and friends are a big part of her life.


Client Care Specialist

Lindsay is a steady hand in the reception area. She wakes us up early Monday morning with the coffee brewed strong. Lindsay plays a key role in keeping our inventory stocked, and our team organized. She is quiet yet confident, and is always willing to provide support to clients and patients. We love her laugh and presence at Breadner Veterinary Services.

Lindsay has a keen interest in health and nutrition, and is involved in studies outside of her work. She shares her life with her partner, and her rescue dog Lupe. Lindsay and Lupe have made great strides with positive reinforcement behaviour methods, and we have seen Lupe grow to trust us more and be more at ease in her Canadian life, all thanks to Lindsay.


Client Care Specialist

Shea is a wonderful addition to our reception team. She recently made the move to Victoria from Texas with her husband and two fur-kids, Meow Meow the tripod cat, and Freya a beautiful Catahoula. We are so excited to have her as part of our team!


Veterinary Practice Manager

Laura has an uncanny ability to know what needs to be done, who needs care and attention, and which doctor needs assistance, all before they know it themselves. Laura has many responsibilities as our Office Manager, and she shines doing all of them!

Laura can calm animals like no other ( including Dr. B? ) and their trust in her allows many procedures to be done without stress to all involved – people AND pets!

When she is not at the climbing gym, Laura can usually be found with a good book in hand. Laura shares her family dogs, Teddy and Willow with, who else? Her family! Laura and her partner are close to permanently fostering (aka adopting) the elegant feline, Dexie.


Veterinary Assistant

Kim LOVES her job! And it shows! She strives to do her best every day, assisting our clients and patients. Kim has a tremendous memory, and is our go to person to track things down for us. Kim’s compassion for the pets is paramount, and she endears herself to each one that visits us.

Kim is an avid athlete and is devoted to health and well being in her life. She shares her home with her partner and her adorable British Shorthair cat, Angus. Unfortunately, Angus could not join Kim in the forest to have his picture taken with her. However, you may spot Kim and Angus out for their daily walk around the neighbourhood!


Veterinary Assistant

Diana joined our team last August. She has the sweetest smile, and is always there to assist and help make your pet comfortable during their visit here. She leads an active life outside of work, and enjoys spending time with her sweet lab Juliette, riding horses, and snowboarding.