Shamrock Vet Clinic

1896 Guthrie Rd
Comox, BC V9M 3X7


Shamrock Veterinary Clinic - Comox, BC - Our Doctors



Dr. Pawel Palkiewicz


1997 Graduate of Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon

Dr. Pawel joined the veterinary team at Shamrock Animal Hospital in 2012. He bought the hospital together with his wife Dr. Judith in 2015.

Dr. Pawel's previous veterinary experience includes a decade of working in one of the largest referral practices in Calgary where he gained extensive experience in emergency medicine, surgery, and critical care. Dr. Pawel's special interests include internal medicine, surgery, and ultrasound. He also has advanced training in dentistry for dogs, cats, and rodents.

Pawel and his family fulfilled their dream of living in the Comox Valley where they can kayak, canoe, and camp for an extended season as well as snowshoe and cross country ski in winter. 


Dr. Judith Hilger

Veterinarian/Medical Director

2003 Graduate of Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon - Graduated with Distinction

Dr. Judith has worked in emergency and referral hospitals as well as primary care clinics in Calgary and the Okanagan. Her special interests are preventative care, internal medicine and diagnostics, as well as senior pet medicine and palliative care.

When not working, Dr. Judith enjoys exploring the ocean and mountains with her husband and their young daughter. Their tough little terrier cross Uzi enjoys the outdoors as much as his family. 2 cats, 2 rats, 3 chickens, and an aquarium full of fish complete their family!


Dr. Joan Gillies


1988 Graduate of Ontario Veterinary College

Still-thrilled-to-be-a-vet, Dr. Joan started Shamrock over 20 years ago and still loves this place! Her passion in veterinary medicine is rehabilitation medicine (physiotherapy for pets).

When not at the clinic, she can be found hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing, or quietly sitting by a fire jamming with friends on her fiddle.

Dr. Linda Mattsson


2010 Graduate of Royal Veterinary College, London, U.K.

Dr. Linda is originally from the countryside of southern Sweden. After working for a couple of years at a busy veterinary hospital in England, she decided to move to Vancouver , where she fell in love with the grandiose West Coast. After a temporary move back to Scotland, she was delighted to return to B.C.  and raise her children in the Comox Valley. Dr. Linda loves all aspects of her profession, but is especially passionate about internal medicine, dentistry, and her feline patients. 

When not working, Dr. Linda is busy exploring the great outdoors with her family. 


Dr. Michelle Hughes


2017 Graduate of Western College of Veterinary Medicine - Graduated with Great Distinction

Dr. Michelle joined the Shamrock Veterinary Team  in 2017 and has since loved working with all the wonderful patients, clients, and staff.  Originally from Campbell River, Dr. Michelle is thrilled to be back home on Vancouver Island, appreciating the beauty of the Comox Valley. Dr. Michelle enjoys the many aspects of veterinary medicine, especially getting to know her patients and clients. When not in the clinic, Dr. Michelle likes to spend time with family and friends, bake delicious treats, walk in the woods, practice yoga, and travel.


Dr. Pam Wood

Veterinarian - Feline only

1988 Graduate of Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon - Graduated with Honors, Recipient of Feline Practitioner's Award

Dr. Pam started in small animal practice, but quickly realized she wanted to focus entirely on cats. She opened Comox Cat Clinic in 1995. After ten years of running the practice, she decided to join Shamrock Animal Hospital and continues to care for cats only. 

Dr. Pam, her husband Wayne, and daughter Jenna have 4 cats, 1 dog, 2 guinea pigs, and 5 wonderful ducks. To top it all off, they also run Cozy Cats Cottage boarding facility. It is a full and joyful life!