Lighthouse Veterinary Hospital

6030 Island Highway West
Qualicum Bay, BC V9K2E1


Our Doctors



Dr. Hanna Saefkow (Practise Owner)

Is a British Columbian since birth, having grown up in Pemberton, Prince George, Victoria, and Smithers.  She is an Honours Biology Graduate from UVIC, and an Honours Graduate (1990) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). She received awards in Nutrition and Pharmacology. After practicing in Northern British Columbia and Courtenay, she established Lighthouse Veterinary Hospital in 1995.  Her plan, in starting her own facility was to keep an atmosphere where clients and patients don’t feel like they’re just a number, where compassion for both patients and clients remains uppermost.



 Dr. Roberta Templeton (Locum Veterinarian)

Dr. Roberta is excited to be joining the team at Lighthouse Vet. She moved to the island in 2018, and lives outside of Qualicum Beach. She enjoys the variety that private practice affords, and welcomes your challenging cases. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture. Her husband, Jared, is also a veterinarian and you may see him popping in to spell her off from time to time. They are busy raising two young boys, and they love getting out into the woods together. When the weather is not cooperating, she likes to knit, quilt and make pottery. 

Dr. Christine Kirby (Locum Veterinarian)

Dr. Christine Kirby graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. She spent the first part of her career doing mixed animal practice in the interior of British Columbia. Then focused solely on small animal medicine and surgery in 2012, owning a small animal practice in Whistler for years before moving to Vancouver Island in 2021. She enjoys general practice medicine and surgery and building relationships with her patients and their owners. She spends her free time with her husband and 2 daughters on their acreage riding horses or exploring the trails on Vancouver Island.  Her pets also include a Labrador Retriever named Morrie and 2 barn cats Porsche and Prince and a bunny, Cinnamon.