Dr. Brent Fawcett is a veterinarian and the practice manager of Agwest Veterinary Group. Brent grew up in the Comox Valley, BC. He studied at the University of British Columbia where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. In 2003 he graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College. In 2004, Brent cofounded the Agwest Veterinary Group with the goal of providing a progressive bovine and equine practice for farmers and horse owners in the Fraser Valley. Brent enjoys providing a wide range of veterinary services in a busy private practice, but he has a particular interest in preventative health care. Within Agwest, he specializes in herd production medicine, farm business economics, and animal care & welfare. In addition to his role at Agwest, Brent is a director and the current president of XLVets Canada – a network of independent Canadian veterinary practices that work together collaboratively, and a director of Proventus Agri Solutions – a national agri-business consultancy company. When he’s not at work, Brent can be found living a rural life with his wife, Stef and kids, Will & Grace on their small acreage. He enjoys mountain-biking, hiking, and riding/driving his Clydesdale gelding, Laddy.
Agriculture has always been a root of inspiration in Benjamin Potvin’s life. Growing up in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Ben had the opportunity to learn from an early age the ins and outs of farming while working on his family beef farm and a neighbouring dairy farm. He headed west to Ontario where he attended the University of Guelph to complete both his Bachelor of Science degree as well as his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017. With a love for travel, during his years of study Ben had the opportunity to work with cattle on dairy farms in 3 Provinces, various regions of the United States, and New Zealand.
Dr. Lisa McCrea is a veterinarian and the manager of the bovine department at Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd. Lisa grew up in rural New Brunswick and has always had a love for dairy cattle. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1998 and then spent the next ten years practicing in large animal clinics in Orangeville and Navan, Ontario where she specialized in dairy production medicine and reproduction. Dr. Lisa furthered her education in 2004 by completing the two-year Dairy Health Management Certificate Program at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. In 2007 Dr. Lisa joined Agwest as a bovine veterinarian and business partner. Currently, Dr. Lisa specializes in Advanced Reproduction technologies including Embryo transfer and In Vitro Fertilization, Herd Production medicine, Calf Health Management and Nutrition, and Cow comfort and Lameness. In addition to her role at Agwest, Dr. Lisa is a director and vice-president of the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association, and a director of XLVets Canada and Proventus Agri Solutions. Most recently, Dr. Lisa has been appointed as the CVMA and practicing veterinarian representative to the Animal Care Technical Committee for Dairy Farmers of Canada ProAction. Dr. Lisa and her husband, Phil Hemphill, live on an acreage in Abbotsford where they enjoy farm-life; raising purebred Holstein cows and heifers and gardening. In their spare time, they enjoy travelling, golfing and riding motorbikes.
Steve is originally from Sydney, a small town in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. After completing pre-vet studies at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, he attend the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, graduating with Honors in 1995. During this time he gained valuable experience at a large veterinary hospital in Alberta while assisting with various clinical research projects and all aspects of rural veterinary medicine. Steve has been living and working in veterinary practice in Abbotsford since 1995, and together with Dr. Fawcett co-founded Agwest in 2004.
Lauren was born and raised in Delta, BC, where she was an active member of the equestrian community. Prior to veterinary school, she completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia with a major in Animal Biology. Lauren graduated with great distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in June 2015. She then completed a oneyear internship in equine medicine and surgery where she gained invaluable skills in both specialty and general equine practice. Lauren’s main veterinary interests include reproduction, sports medicine, and field surgery.
Jackie was born and raised in Chemainus on Vancouver Island. She had a love for animals from a young age, and her passion for dairy cattle and the industry was immediate when she started working at a local dairy farm after high school. She completed 3 years of her Bachelor of Science at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, after which she headed to the prairies and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM in 2014. Jackie worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Sundre, Alberta before being able to come home to the island and work as a large animal vet in 2016. In 2019 she became a Certified Embryo Transfer Veterinarian and continued as the sole veterinarian performing this role on the island. Jackie grew up being involved in multiple sports and continues to play ice hockey and rugby outside of work. When not exploring the island, Jackie and her partner Bas can also be found working on projects around their house in Shawnigan Lake.
Dr. Nareela Lupton is an associate veterinarian at Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd. Nareela grew up in North Vancouver, BC and received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2015. Following graduation, she spent two summers working at the UBC Dairy Research and Education Centre in Agassiz, BC. Nareela graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. During her final year of veterinary school, Nareela spent 6 weeks at the University of Wisconsin participating in their Core Skills and Advanced Skills in Dairy Medicine courses. She has special interests in reproduction, calf care, and equine dentistry. Nareela spends her free time riding her two horses, hiking with her dog Riata, and painting with her cats.
Yvonne has lived in Abbotsford for all of her life. She has been involved in the agricultural community in the Fraser Valley for over 25 years, providing management services in farm equipment, dairy parlour equipment, and now in animal health services. She has 3 grown children and a Border Collie “ Rosco” who keeps her very busy. Yvonne joined Agwest in 2006 and enjoys meeting and talking to all of our clients. Her cheerful voice is likely your first point of contact for anyone calling or coming in to the clinic. Yvonne excels at the challenging task of co-ordinating all of our appointments spread throughout the Fraser Valley. Please don’t hesitate to give her a call with any questions you may have.
Andrea was born and raised on her family’s chicken farm in Yarrow, BC. Having Agricultural background, she discovered her huge passion for the bovine and equine industry. Obtaining her first horse at age 7, she has been riding and show jumping ever since! Andrea recently completed her Equine Massage Therapy Certification and continues to use that knowledge in the horse performance world. With many years of previous bovine experience, Andrea likes assisting the Veterinarians on farm and is not afraid to get her boots dirty. Outside of the barn, she enjoys boating and wake surfing with family and her friends.
Jessie was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. She grew up riding horses and graduated from Douglas College Registered Veterinary Technician Program in 2015. After spending a few years in general practice and emergency critical care medicine, she has joined the Agwest team to pursue her true passion of working with horses. Jessie’s skill-set has been a tremendous addition to Agwest in the opening of their new onsite facility for sports medicine and medical cases. When not at work she spends time at the barn with her horse and two goats, or competing in flyball with her dog.
Elizabeth has lived in Mission for most of her life. She has extensive working experience in the equine industry for over 13 years, ranging from cleaning stalls to Assistant Barn Manager at a very large facility. She is a Certified Riding Instructor and loves to teach recreational lessons to young kids. She has 3 horses, a cat “Kelly” and other small critters that keep her very busy. Most of her free time is spent at the barn or volunteering with various children/youth groups. She is always wanting to expand her own knowledge and pass that knowledge on to anyone who wants to learn.
Stefanie has spent most of her life living in Mission BC on a small hobby horse farm. She has owned horses for over 20 years and spent time competing locally, attending clinics; continuously learning and upgrading riding and horsemanship skills with new and trusted techniques. Previous to joining Agwest Veterinary Group and their team, Stefanie spent 10 years as a commercial truck driver traveling through Canada and the United States. She hauled everything from horses to liquid sugar to coffee-running the Coquihalla was her favourite. Stefanie and Dr. Brent Fawcett got married in Mission during the summer of 2015; they share their home with Brent’s two children; Grace and Will. Stefanie joined Agwest in the summer of 2015 as their Inventory Technician. She cares for all of Agwest’s veterinarian’s needs in supplies, medications an special equipment needed for surgeries and procedures.
Born in the Lower Mainland, Shannon had her most memorable years as a child living on the family’s farm in the Okanagan where her love of animals grew. Working with 200 head of sheep, as well as cows, pigs, goats, chickens and a mischievious horse, kept her in touch with what she loved. Prior to joining Agwest, Shannon assisted in managing her family’s Industrial Filtration Company for 20 years. She currently resides in Abbotsford with her husband where they raised their 2 children, now away at university. In her spare time she can be found outdoors on long walks and hikes as well as waterskiing, mountain biking, golfing and gardening. Her love of horses and cows drew her to Agwest and she looks forward to getting to know clients and patients of the Agwest community.
Paige grew up in Abbotsford BC on her family's beef hobby farm. She attended Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta where she obtained her Animal Science Technology diploma. Paige then joined the Agwest team in June of 2018. She enjoys assisting our vets and clients with preventative health measures for their calves. She was actively involved in the 4-H program in the Abbotsford 4-H Beef Club for 11 years. Paige has excelled at many Junior beef shows and has worked at major cattle shows throughout Western Canada. She continues to assist her dad, mom, and sister on their family farm where they raise commercial steer and heifer prospects.
All the staff pets are special, but these 3 make the team because they will greet you at the clinic."CC' our clinic-cat, hit the jackpot a few years ago when she was abandoned at our back door. Between her heated window-bed, Christmas sweater, and eating, she is "filling-out" her role very well."Maisie", with all due respect to other K-9s, is probably the smartest dog you will meet. Dr. Ben's co-pilot on some days, and herder of the other 2 when she's in-clinic. Ask for some tricks when you come in, or teach her a new one in ~30 seconds. Just no laser pointers!"Molly" is the senior of the group. While she won't win any math contests, she makes up for it in cuteness and companionship. Her favourite things are Yvonne, boyfriend "Roscoe" from Yvonne's critters, and any 7 year old kids visiting Agwest.
Katie grew up and still lives on her family farm in Pitt Meadows. After completing the Veterinary Office Assistant and Animal Care Certificate Katie worked as a Veterinary Assistant for a year before going back to school. Katie attended UFV and got her Livestock Production Certificate. Katie has enjoyed many years of horse back riding and working at the horse barn where she kept her horse. Katie continues to milk the cows at her family farm on the weekends. She has two rabbits, three dogs and loves to go kayaking and hiking. Katie is a black belt in karate and is currently practicing Jujitsu.