Our veterinary professionals and team of support staff care for the physical and emotional needs of your animals and you.
With expertise across multiple disciplines of veterinary practice, from routine and preventative care to surgical treatments (including orthopaedic surgeries) and advanced procedures, your pet’s health is our priority.
Dr. Victoria Cruz-Mendez
Dr. Victoria Cruz-Mendez received her veterinary accreditation from Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of the University of Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom, where she also did post-graduate studies. She has worked extensively with small and exotic animals as well as in pathology and dermatology. Before completing her studies, she was a wildlife care assistant with the Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. and she was involved in animal organizations on and off campus. She lives in Vancouver and has three cats (including two rescues) and two ferrets (one who is a rescue). In her free time, Dr. Cruz-Mendez plays soccer and takes the ferrets out for walks. (Follow their adventures on Instagram @chorizotheferret).
Dr. Satveer Dadrwal
Dr. Dadrwal holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, in India, and has practiced in India, Australia and Canada. He has extensive experience in animal welfare and public education, including in rural development settings. Dr. Dadrwal performs surgeries, dental procedures, emergency care and a full range of veterinary procedures on cats, dogs and exotics such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and hedgehogs.
When not working, you can find him hiking and exploring the new country and spending time with his world explorer cat, Tintin and mischievous puppy, Maple.
Dr. Alex Maldonado
Dr. Maldonado obtained his veterinary degree in 2006 and worked in mixed and rural animal practice before joining the RAPS Animal Hospital. After working in small animal hospitals in Ontario, Dr. Alex moved to the Lower Mainland, which he is now proud to call home.
Dr. Alex’s main interest is the wellbeing of the patient, practicing integrative medicine consultation encompassing conventional, complementary and alternative therapies. His veterinary interests are wellness and preventative health care, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, nutrition, immunology, and behaviour, though he enjoys all aspects of general practice.
Being part of a not-for-profit vet hospital allows Dr. Alex to focus on what he loves best: Caring for animals and their people.
Dr. Joseph Martinez
Dr. Joseph Martinez is a well-established and respected veterinarian and Richmond resident for over 30 years and is leading the new team at RAPS Animal Hospital. He has extensive veterinarian experience and is one of British Columbia’s leading exotic animal veterinarians. He brings a wealth of knowledge in surgical, dental, emergency medicine, geriatric pets, soft tissue surgery and cardiology to RAPS Animal Hospital. He has a holistic approach to animal care and is excited to be joining the RAPS Animal Hospital, which is home to Canada’s only veterinary hyperbaric oxygen treatment facility. Dr. Martinez is assisting RAPS to expand its practice beyond dogs and cats, treating exotic animals, especially rabbits. Dr. Martinez has been active over many years giving back to the community and sees his involvement in RAPS as a continuation of improving and enhancing his community service to the people of Richmond and the Lower Mainland.
Dr. Alberto Schlicht
Dr. Schlicht developed a connection with animals during his childhood – spent among howler monkeys and silent sloths in the jungle of Venezuela. This unusual start encouraged him to work with animals and he developed such an ease of care with our furry friends that even the most timid become calm in his presence. Dr. Schlicht is passionate about veterinary dentistry and it has become the focus of his professional development. He has accumulated extensive dental training with veterinary dental specialists and continues to attend conferences, lectures and wet laboratories on a regular basis. Dr. Schlicht lives in the Lower Mainland with his wife Michelle and their son Oliver who share his love of travel, spontaneous road trips and the sport of rugby.
Dr. Regan Schwartz
Dr. Schwartz graduated from the St. George’s University – DVM Program and also has a previous Master’s degree in Public Health. Dr. Schwartz brings a strong interest in preventative medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and dentistry as well as community outreach with a One Health approach. She has extensive experience working internationally with organizations such as: Veterinarians Without Borders and World Vets, having organized One Health One Medicine community clinics in Grenada, and volunteers monthly with the BC SPCA offering free veterinary care to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents. Dr. Schwartz brings a compassionate, strong personal and professional commitment to helping animals and owners in need.
Suite 205 - 13340 Smallwood Place
Richmond, BC V6V 1W8
Regional Animal Protection Society
Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) is a no-kill animal services agency that operates what is now Canada's largest cat sanctuary.
Charitable Registration No. 89073 3777 RR0001
The RAPS Animal Hospital is a program of the Regional Animal Protection Society.
Regional Animal Protection Society is not overseen by Government or a Crown corporation and is in no way similar to provincial health authorities and their regional facilities.
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