Nicole Jameson Fritz, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Nicole’s connection and passion for animals started at an early age, growing up on a hobby farm with a variety of animal species, on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia. There were many injured wild birds cared for, babies bottle fed, sick animals to support and offer TLC, as well as general husbandry (including barns to shovel!). Career ambition growing up was always to become a veterinarian.
Nicole graduated from Thompson Rivers University as a Veterinary Technologist in 1996, to ensure that veterinary medicine was the right fit prior to committing the length of education to becoming a veterinarian. Nicole moved to Vancouver to work at a local emergency hospital for a year, and then became part of Canada West Veterinary Specialists (CWVS) opening team in 1997. Nicole has been a proud member of this hospital, watching it grow and change over the past 25 years, spending time in each of the specialty services before settling into the ICU and ER departments. Early on aspirations of becoming a veterinary were replaced by genuine pride and joy in providing hands on patient care and working with an exceptional team.
Nicole pursued and successfully completed the requirements to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2000. In 2009, Nicole joined the instructor’s team at Thompson Rivers University as a sessional instructor for the veterinary technology distance program, while remaining at CWVS.
Through the years as a veterinary technician, Nicole’s genuine passions include being able to provide attentive and tender care for her patients, patient and empathetic care for clients, and a genuine interest in supporting and developing other veterinary technicians.