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.
Meet Our Veterinarians
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 in 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 in international competition. 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.
In 2018 Nick completed specialized training in the clinical management and rehabilitation of sport horses and became a diplomate of the ACVSMR.
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.
Meet Our Hospital Staff
Kiyomi is a veterinary assistant both in the clinic and out on the road. After being a client of Kleider Veterinary Services for many years, she has now stepped into the vet assistant role. She and her horse Puzzle have competed at the advanced/3* level since 2012 and were long listed to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 2013.
Tina Goodwin keeps track of our inventory and bookkeeping. She has been at our clinic for a long time and has worn many hats. Ask her to show off pictures of her grandponies!
Beth Blanche is our operations manager. She has previously managed endocrinology medical practices. She has now decided to move into the equine medical field. She has a passion for horses and health care. She is an avid rider and has competed in the hunter/jumper circuit up to the Grand Prix level. Beth enjoys spending time riding at her family's equestrian facility.
Meet Our Office Staff
Nick Kleider DVM, DACVSMR, ISELP Cert.
Sarah Squinus DVM
Dr. Sarah Squinas has long had a fascination with horses. Prior to pursuing her career as a Veterinarian, Dr. Squinas worked as a veterinary assistant and as a groom at the Fraser Downs.
Dr. Sarah Squinas graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Her veterinary career began at Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital, an equine general practice and referral hospital. In addition to practicing general medicine, Dr. Squinas developed her skills in colic surgery, neonatal medicine, and intensive care. Dr. Squinas has also worked in small animal companion medicine.
Dr. Squinas is passionate about education and the sharing of knowledge. She developed and instructed the Veterinary Assistant Program at the University of the Fraser Valley and published a case report in the Canadian Veterinary Journal, “An unusual case of urinary retention and ulcerative cystitis in a horse, sequelae of pelvic abscessation, and adhesions.” Dr. Squinas is a member of the Delta Equine Seminar Committee who organizes a local, annual continuing education meeting for equine veterinarians. Dr. Squinas has also hosted various 4-H and Pony Club education nights as well as given numerous lectures to horse owners at the Mane Event.
Dr. Sarah Squinas has a special interest in colic, equine dentistry, and is a miniature horse enthusiast. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, horses, and other furred and feathered creatures.
Sarah Squinus DVM