East Gate Veterinary
Veterinary House Call Practice
Serving Greater Victoria, BC, Canada
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About Dr. Julia Harrison, B.Sc., DVM, L.Ac.

Dr. Julia Harrison
Dr. Julia Harrison
I was born in Victoria and graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Zoology before attending Saskatoon's Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

By graduating in 1985 as a veterinarian, I thought I had achieved my childhood dream of becoming someone 'who would be able to help animals.' However, I feel it was only through my subsequent studies in less mainstream medical fields such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Homeopathy and Veterinary Chiropractic that I was able to more completely realize that commitment.

In 1998, after studying acupuncture on my own for several years, I decided to enroll in Canada's oldest school of TCM, Victoria's Canadian College of Oriental Medicine and formalize my training. In 2002, after four years, I completed my training in acupuncture, tui na, food therapy and herbology and wrote the BC licensing exam to become a human acupuncturist (L.Ac.). While in my final year at the college, I completed Dr. Richard Pitcairn's professional course in veterinary homeopathy. I further expanded my training with the Healing Oasis Course in Veterinary Chiropractic which I completed in 2010.

While accepting that learning is never finished, in 2012 I felt that the time was right to start my integrated veterinary practice, East Gate Veterinary Services.

Qualifications, post-secondary training and affiliations:
  • Completed her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK
  • Trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for 4 years at the oldest  TCM College in Canada "The Canadian College of TCM" in Victoria, graduating in 2002
  • Wrote the B.C. acupuncture board exams and became a licensed human acupuncturist is the Province of B.C. in 2004
  • Completed Dr. Richard Pitcairn's Professional Veterinarian Course in 2001
  • Completed the Healing Oasis Wellness Centre of Canada Chiropractic Veterinary Course in 2010
  • Member of the IAAHPC - International Association of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Member of CTCMA - College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of British Columbia
  • Member of IVAPM - International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management

Meet Our Staff

Pi - The Office Manager
Pi - The Office Manager

Pi is a native of Sooke BC and received his early veterinary training at Saseenos Veterinary Clinic.

His current career choice has involved a move to Victoria and the more relaxed environment of a house call practice.

Behind the scenes, he works tirelessly in a managment position at the office of East Gate Veterinary Services. His role includes reception, security, morale and food inspection.

His hobbies include bird watching, meditation and gardening.

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