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Dr. Tanja Schnabel, DVM, MRCVS


For as long as I can remember, I wanted to become a veterinarian. I love how this profession combines caring for animals with the natural sciences and problem-solving skills, and it never seems to get boring. It is a privilege to support you and your pet during the good as well as the difficult times, and it is so rewarding to be able to make a positive difference to your pet’s wellbeing.

Though I grew up in Germany, I studied veterinary medicine at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in Edinburgh. After graduating in 2019, I decided to move to Canada because I am passionate about the snow-capped mountains and the outdoors that this country has to offer. I initially completed a 1-year internship at an equine-only clinic, before deciding to work with the smaller pets. I have a  particular interest in feline and internal medicine, as well as cardiology and ophthalmology. I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Chilliwack community.



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Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic