Our Veterinary Service Team

We are home to a team of veterinarians who are devoted to helping animals. Together, our 5 doctors have over 95 years of combined experience and offer a wide range of medical, surgical, and preventive services.

Dr. David MacDonald

Dr. David MacDonald grew up in Nova Scotia and attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, obtaining his DVM in 1998. Dr. MacDonald began his career in mixed animal practice working in British Columbia and a short time in northern California. Currently, Dr. Dave has a special interest in small animal surgery, including orthopedic procedures, and canine reproduction. He also provides regular veterinary services to the communities of Gold River and Denman Island where Comox Valley Animal Hospital has satellite clinics. Outside of work he enjoys his blue heeler dogs Shroo and Spartz, raising sheep on his farm, and riding his horses with his wife Dr. Edgell.

Dr. Sacha Edgell

Dr Edgell, also a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, has special interests in diagnostic ultrasound, looking after critically ill patients and helping pet owners better understand their animal companions. Outside of work Dr. Edgell spends most of her time on the trails with her horses and her blue heelers Shroo and Spartz. Dr Edgell particulary enjoys competing in endurance riding on her horses and has completed the Tevis Cup twice on her mare Gabby.

Dr. Faye Briggs

Dr. Faye Briggs grew up in Thornhill, Ontario and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2000. After moving to the Comox Valley in 2009 she joined the team at Comox Valley Animal Hospital. Dr Briggs is devoted to her two dogs, Secura and Soloman and spends her free time pampering them.

Dr. Erin Manson

Dr. Erin Manson grew up in Victoria and after completing a Biology degree at UVic relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she met her husband, Chris. She attended vet school at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England, then spent several years working as a vet in Stirling, Scotland. She has now returned to the Island with Chris and their 2 dogs, Poppy and Fergus. 

Dr. Bergin Tam, DVM

Dr. Tam was raised in the San Francisco Bay area and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley followed by veterinary school at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine (class of 2009).  Upon graduation, Dr. Tam has worked at several hospitals in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.  His interests include internal medicine and ultrasonography however he finds it rewarding to be a well rounded practitioner.

After 10 years practicing in California, he met his Canadian girlfriend and decided to make the big leap and move to British Columbia.  After a lifetime of living in metropolitan areas, he is happy to live closer to nature and enjoy the slower pace of life on Vancouver Island.  In his spare time, he is fly fishing often and goes on hikes with his partner and friends.