Dr. Christine Murdoch
Lead Veterinarian and Clinic Owner
Dr. Christine Murdoch started the business from grass roots as a mobile practice in 1991. She later built a physical facility in 1993 and expanded in 2003. She wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was 6 years old and has always loved dogs, cats and horses. The best thing about working with animals is that they are pretty forgiving and accepting of the things that we do with and for them. Seeing the bond between animals and their human caregivers and being able to help maintain and strengthen that bond is very rewarding for her.
Dr. Murdoch knew she was in the right profession the first time that she splinted a broken leg and could see the relief in the dog’s eyes. Her decision is reaffirmed every time she diagnoses an illness that she can alleviate, perform a surgery that saves a life, or provide preventative care that will prolong the life of her patients. The wonderful clients that she gets to meet every day that have been bringing their pets to see me from the time that she opened my doors and whose sons, daughters, or in some cases grandchildren are now bringing their pets to her practice confirm that she had made the best career choice for herself.
Her professional interests are pretty broad. She enjoys doing surgery and the challenges of difficult medical cases. She likes to learn new things and have taken an interest in Sports medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Murdoch is a member of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, the Canadian Veterinarian Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Murdoch is married and has a teenage daughter. They enjoy outdoor activities, camping, family gatherings, ride horses – competitive show jumping. She also enjoys watching her daughter play basketball, compete on her horse and train her German Shepherd dog.
Dr. Jennifer McConnell
Dr. McConnell grew up on a beef farm in Ontario and graduated from the University of Guelph in 2005. She practiced mixed animal medicine in Northern Ontario before relocating to PG and joining our team in May of 2011. Dr. McConnell is passionate about soft tissue surgery. She is also keen to develop her orthopedic surgery, ultrasound skills, apiculture, soft tissue surgery, and zoonotic disease.
She loves all animals… except spiders! Dr. McConnell really enjoys working with horses and cats.
In the warmer months she enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing and riding horses. During the winter she enjoys skiing and painting. Dr. Jenn has two cats, a quarter horse named Rush and a miniature horse named Bones.
Dr. Janelle Merritt
Dr Janelle Merritt was born and raised in Prince George. She grew up racing sled dogs and has always had a passion for helping animals. She loves being able to enrich the lives of the animals she treats and fostering relationships with her patients and their families.
She graduated from UNBC in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr Merritt graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and returned to Prince George to work. Dr Merritt has been in small animal practice in Prince George for the past 10 years. Dr Merritt has a keen interest in Orthopedics and has taken specialized courses in fracture repair and TPLO surgery. After 10 years in practice, she still feels so lucky and excited for her work which reminds her every day how fortunate she is to be following her passion.
Growing up with sled dogs resulted in a keen interest in sport dogs and is currently pursuing more education in Sports Medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Merritt loves surgery, especially orthopaedic surgery. She also enjoys breeding.
She shares her home with her husband, Dan and their two boys. They also have 4 dogs, Jersey an 11 yr old Boston Terrier, Riggs a 10 yr old Boston Terrier, Boothe a 10yr old Boxer x Bullmastiff and Malik a 9 month Cane Corso and 2 cats, Sirachi and Diamond. She enjoys the outdoors and in the summer will be found enjoying camping and Kayaking in the wilderness surrounding Prince George.
Dr. Lauren Bonnell
Dr. Bonnell has been with Murdoch Vet since 2019. She grew up on Vancouver Island and has a Bsc from the University of Victoria and DVM degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She recently traveled to Costa Rica with the Equitarian Initiative project to help provide veterinary services in underserved areas to working equines.
In her free time, Dr. Bonnell enjoys hiking with her dog, reading, and gardening.
Dr. Paige Borrett
Dr. Paige Borrett joined Murdoch Vet in June 2019. She is originally from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. She studied at the University of Victoria and graduated with a bachelors degree in biology 2014. Following her bachelors degree, she attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated Spring 2019. Dr. Borrett worked at a Ranch in Prince George for calving seasons prior to and during veterinary school. Prince George was therefore on her radar because she already spent some time here. After graduating, she was drawn to come back to Prince George because of the opportunity to work in a mixed practice (dog, cats, and horses) in a rural environment.
Aspirations to become a veterinarian began at a very young age as she has always had a strong interest in animals. Growing up, Dr. Borrett had numerous pets (dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes, fish) and animal related entrepreneurial endeavors (pet sitting, guinea pig breeding). She has always had a passion for horses and had found ways to ride other peoples horses for the last 15 years or so. In her undergraduate, she was exposed to a more diverse range of career opportunities working with animals and initially tended towards a career in marine biology (due to her love of the ocean and adventure). Dr. Borrett enjoys helping people and animals. Additionally, she enjoys problem solving and the diversity of the profession.
As a young veterinarian, Dr. Borrett expects her interests within the profession to continue to evolve. At this time she has taken an interest in small animal dentistry and equine colic work-up and have attended additional training on both topics.
Dr. Borrett owns a young horse that will begin his training this spring. Outside of work, she enjoys participating in the outdoor activities that Prince George has to offer (skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and hiking) and looks forward to exploring more of Northern BC. She has enjoyed connecting with the arts community here and enjoys attending concerts and comedy shows that frequent the city.