Board-certified Internist

Dr. Geert Paes


My Commitment To You

To our referring partner veterinarians, my commitment is to work together with you and the owner, as one team, to provide the best possible care to your patients. To keep you up to date and to provide you timely with thorough reports.

To my clients, my commitment is to take care of your animal as if it were my own, to be open and honest with you, to listen to your concerns and to work together towards the best possible diagnostic and treatment plan for you pet.

– Dr. Geert Paes
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Geert Paes is originally from Belgium, where she graduated as a veterinarian in 2006 and completed her specialty training in small animal internal medicine. She is a European specialist of the College of Small Animal Internal Medicine (ECVIM-ca). She worked at the University of veterinary medicine in Ghent, Belgium until 2012.

Because she was also passionate about exploring the world, she combined her job at the University with working as a certified travel guide. In 2011, while on a trip in Nepal, she met her Canadian husband and followed him to Vancouver. She worked as a locum veterinarian in several clinics (general practice and emergency medicine) in the Lower Mainland, before finding her home at BBVSH at the start of 2017. She has also worked as a telemedicine consultant and teacher for a Belgian veterinary laboratory as well as for Evidensia Netherlands. She also started an online learning platform for veterinarians and veterinary assistants.

Geert is passionate about her job. She loves to figure out challenging cases, to find the missing pieces of the puzzle, to be able to provide the owner with answers and to create a connection with the animal as well as the owner.

In her spare time she loves to be active outdoors together with her husband and 6-year old. She is an avid hiker and loves to climb. As a family they continue to have a close connection with Europe, by traveling back and forward regularly. She also loves the calming effects of yoga and meditation.


Board Certification
  • European college of veterinary internal medicine – companion animals (ECVIM-ca)
  • University of Ghent (Belgium): Bacehlor and Masters in Veterinary Sciences (2006)
  • University of Ghent (Belgium): Small Animal Rotating Internship (2007)
  • University of Ghent (Belgium): Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine (2010)
  • Certificate of Qualifications of the North American Veterinary Medical Association (July 2013)
  • Diplomate European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – companion animals (March 2017)
  • European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-ca)
  • European Board of Veterinary Specialists (EBVS)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC)
  • The use of the rapid osmotic fragility test as an additional test to diagnose canine immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. G. Paes, D. Paepe, M. Campos, E. Meyer, A.T. Kristensen, S. Daminet Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 2013; 74.
  • Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in cats – part 1: a review. G. Paes, D. Paepe, J. Veldeman, M. Campos, S. Daminet. Vlaams diergeneeskundig tijdschrift. 2010; 79: 415-423.
  • Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in cats – part 2: case report. G. Paes, J. Veldeman, D. Paepe, J. Saunders, S. Daminet. Vlaams diergeneeskundig tijdschrift. 2010; 79: 425-429.
  • Contrast harmonic ultrasonographic appearance of focal space-occupying renal lesions. Haers H, Vignoli M, Paes G, Rossi F, Taeymans O, Daminet S, Saunders JH. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2010 Sep-Oct;51(5):516-22.
  • Effect of recombinant human TSH on the uptake of radioactive iodine ((123)I) by the thyroid gland in healthy beagles. Campos M, Peremans K, Duchateau L, Dobbeleir A, Vandermeulen E, van Hoek I, Paes G, Daminet S. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2010 Nov;39(4):215-21. Epub 2010 Jun 30.
  • Short-term effect of recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone on thyroid volume and echogenicity in healthy beagles. Campos M, Saunders JH, Duchateau L, Paes G, Van der Vekens E, Daminet S. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2010 May-Jun;51(3):331-4.
  • Screening of ragdoll cats for kidney disease: a retrospective evaluation. Paepe D, Saunders JH, Bavegems V, Paes G, Peelman LJ, Makay C, Daminet S. J Small Anim Pract. 2012 Oct;53(10):572-7.
  • Congenital extrahepatic portoazygos shunt in combination with hepatic microvascular dysplasia in a Yorkshire Terrier. N Devriendt, D Paepe, E Vandermeulen, G Rybachuk, HEV de Cock, J Saunders, T Bosmans, G Paes, H De Rooster. Wiener Tierarztliche Monatsschrift. 2014; 101(3-4):58-65.
  • Treatment of canine acute renal failure with ω-3 fatty acids and fermentable fiber supplementation of commercial adult diet. E. Stock, G Quist-Rybachuk, G Paes, M Hesta. Abstract at the AAVN Clinical Nutrition and Research, 12th Annual symposium, 30th May 2012 – New Orleans – USA
  • Complex nutritional advice for a hypothyroid Golden Retriever with glomerulosclerosis, hypertension, proteinuria, hypertriglyceridemia and atrophic temporal muscles. S Dupont, G Paes, M Hesta, R Szymeczko, Iben C, Burlikowska K, Sitkowska B. Proceedings of 16th congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition – 13-15th September 2012 – Bydgoszcz – Poland

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