Team

Kleider Veterinary Services has one common bond; a passion for horses. You can expect that your horse will be handled with the competence that comes with experience. We know that the veterinary procedures can be frightening for many horses. We emphasize minimal restraint techniques and our staff works with patience and confidence to gain the trust of your horse.

Our Team

  • Dr. Nick Kleider

    Dr. Nick Kleider’s interest in horses and sports medicine related problems grew out of his own competitive experiences with sport horses. Nick grew up with horses and developed a major interest in eventing which culminated being long listed for the Canadian Equestrian team in 1974. Since then, he has trained and competed multiple horses up to intermediate and advanced levels and competed internationally. In 2014, he was the Horse Trials British Columbia’s preliminary champion on Garrow’s Law.

    Instinct and intuition, honed by nearly four decades working with race and sport horses, enables Nick to evaluate many subtle performance issues and take on a variety of locomotor puzzles. Academic curiosity and the drive to challenge himself has cultivated an interest in diagnostic imaging and he became the first veterinarian in Canada to receive internationally recognized ISELP certification in 2012.

    In 2013, Nick documented a technique for how to inject the stifle joint using ultrasound guidance and published the paper that was presented at the American Association of Equine Practitioners conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Always furthering his education, he frequently attends international conferences and workshops as well as often being invited as a guest speaker.

  • Dr. Billy Hodge

    Dr. William Hodge graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in England in May 2007. Upon graduation, he quickly turned his focus to the equine athlete. In the UK, he worked on pleasure horses and sport horses of all backgrounds under the supervision of several diplomats and experienced clinicians before joining a referral equine clinic. There he worked with eventers, show jumpers and pleasure horses evaluating lamenesses using digital imaging (bone scan, ultrasound, radiography and MRI) with a focus on therapy and regeneration of injuries.  When he returned to North America, he spent several years working predominantly with race horses and sport horses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

    Dr. Hodge is the author of a novel technique of alcohol-fusion in the lower hock joint as a therapy for chronic lameness in horses.  His interest in poor performance and equine medicine has also been a large focus of his career carrying out emergency medicine/care, colic management, anaesthesia, gastroscopy, abdominal and thoracic ultrasound and routine dentistry.  He also spent several years at a large stud farm in the UK providing reproductive services.

    However, his focus has remained largely on lameness, diagnostics and return of the equine athlete to previous performance. He continues to search for novel techniques and rehabilitation regimes for horses with soft tissue injuries of the distal and proximal limb. He will sit the ISELP certification exam in 2016.  In his spare time he enjoys biking, riding and listening to music.

  • Tina Goodwin

    Tina Goodwin is the secretary at the clinic. With her wide range of knowledge she is your first line of communication. Ask her to show off pictures of her grandponies.

  • Sarah Bruce

    Sarah Bruce is a vet assistant at KVS. When she’s not caring for the patients at the clinic, she is training green horses and eventing or galloping on beaches with her horse Sambucca.

  • Elizabeth Kleider

    Elizabeth is our anesthetist and also a registered nurse. She loves working with horses and appreciates her time training and competing in the sport of eventing.

  • Christina Bonnyman

    Christina Bonnyman is an animal lover and has been a dedicated KVS employee for more than 8 years.  She has 2 adorable rabbits, Ike and Joey, and her hobbies include snowboarding, surfing, hiking, camping, personal training and working out.

  • Leila Lucas

    Leila Lucas is a vet assistant at KVS and an avid eventer on her mounts Othello and Riverdance. When not at the clinic, she is busy with her young horses from her previous intermediate mare, Mandolin’s Tune.

  • Lexy Mills

    Lexy is mom to Cassie, a Rhodesian Ridgeback cross, and Faye, a Thoroughbred mare.  When she is not at the clinic she enjoys camping, hiking, and watching her favorite sports, hockey and football.