Dr. Tracy Plough was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She has always had a passion for horses as well as science. Therefor it was just natural, for her, to combine these two passions into veterinary medicine. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College.
Following graduation Dr. Plough returned to BC where she worked as an associate and completed an internship in equine reproduction. In 2008 Dr. Plough traveled to Austria and worked as a resident at the University of Vienna with a focus on equine reproduction. Tracy later returned home to private practice, where she worked as an associate veterinarian and continued her advanced reproductive training. She took an opportunity and traveled to Australia in 2013 where she worked with several large TB breeding operations as well as a large volume embryo transfer facility.
Dr. Plough qualified and became board a certified specialist in equine reproduction and a Diplomate of The American College of Theriogenologists in 2014. She went on to establish her own practice, Plough Equine Veterinary Services in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia Canada, which she owned and operated, until joining the Team at Pioneer Equine hospital in Oakdale CA in 2017. During her time in California Dr. Plough ran the daily operations of the stallion center as well as managed the ART mare programs for that hospital.
In 2019 Tracy returned home to BC and joined the team at Meadow Lane Equine Clinic, brining with her, the opportunity to expand the current breeding services and offer advanced reproductive technologies.
Outside of work you will find Tracy hanging out with her husband Kevin and their dog Penny or enjoying time with her horses.
Dr. Maia Aspé is an equine veterinarian. She joined our practice in June of 2018 after completing an extensive 1 year internship in equine medicine and surgery at a local equine referral hospital. Dr. Aspé graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 with a strong focus in the equine field. Prior to veterinary schooling, Dr. Aspé attended the University of British Columbia and was an avid competitor in show jumping. She was raised in Langley, and competed throughout the western United States and Canada. This experience inspired her passion for equine veterinary medicine and devotion to the horsemen and women of the Fraser Valley. Dr. Aspé is experienced in all aspects of general equine practice, but is especially keen to advance her skills in sports medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Kopala.
Lauren grew up in North Vancouver and got hooked on horses at an early age. She studied at Olds College in Alberta and graduated in 2007 with honours and diploma’s in Equine Science Business Management as well as Equine Production and Breeding Management. Following graduation Lauren was invited to apply for a position and was subsequently hired as an instructional assistant in the Equine Science program at Olds College. She worked at the College developing the curriculum and assisting with practical courses for 5 years before finally returning home to Vancouver. Lauren then enrolled in and graduated with honours from Douglas College’s Veterinary Technician program and passed her board exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 2014. That year Lauren was lucky enough to find one of the few positions as an RVT in an equine only veterinary practice. The rest is history as she has been working in Equine practice with Dr. Kopala ever since and can’t imagine working anywhere else! Lauren also enjoys riding, photography and traveling when she can find the spare time!
Hanna is an Abbotsford resident who grew up 3-Day Eventing, skiing, and playing competitive volleyball. After graduating from high school, she spent 2 years attending UBC Okanagan and working as a polo groom for a family of veterinarians. When she wasn’t loping thoroughbreds at the Okanagan Polo Club, Hanna was at the veterinary clinic helping out, or hiking local trails with her dog.
The Douglas College Veterinary Technology program brought Hanna back to the Lower Mainland, which enabled her to ride her own horses while attending school. Now that she has graduated veterinary technician college Hanna has joined the team at Meadow Lane Equine.
Donna has been working in the equine medical field since 1996. Prior to this she was a contract bookkeeper for 10 years. In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and working on her golf swing.