Dr. Helen Rae

Dr. Rae grew up on a farm in Flamborough, Ontario, surrounded by multitudes of cats, dogs, horses, chickens, goats and the occasional pig and sheep. Originally intending to become a horse vet, she studied Biology at the University of Guelph for two years, before transferring to the Ontario Veterinary College. During her five years at OVC the appeal of working with cats and dogs began to compete with her equine interests. Upon graduation in 1998, her experiences at her first job in Nanaimo settled the debate in favour of small animal practice, so she gave up horse work and moved to Victoria in 2001. Initially working part time at McKenzie Veterinary Services and part time as a locum (substitute) veterinarian on the south Island and Lower Mainland, Dr. Rae gained valuable experience with many different practice styles. After a few years, she became full time at McKenzie. She enjoys the variety of general practice, but has developed a special interest in ophthalmology and dentistry so far in her career. Dr. Rae lives in Saanich with her husband James and two boys, Oscar and Miles. In her private life, she wishes she were more flexible so yoga wouldn’t be so challenging. She also plays soccer and enjoys trail running, mountain biking and gardening.