Meet Our Vets
We offer a warm, family-like experience of exceptional vet care.
All of the veterinarians at Sunrise Veterinary Clinic are committed to creating a positive experience for both you and your pet. Whether you’re visiting us for wellness care for your healthy pet, for a safe anesthetic experience for your pet to receive dental work, or in a time of deep need during a distressing emergency – we will ensure that your concerns are addressed, and your pet's needs are met. We believe in patient comfort: be it in the form of cozy blankets, slip-free mats, pain prevention, abundant supply of cookies when possible, and gentle animal handling techniques.
Dr. Alberto Ruiz
Dr. Alberto treats mostly cats and dogs, but also sees hobby farm animals including horses, llamas, alpacas, sheep and goats. He studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), graduating in the year 2000. He also completed post-graduate studies in Canada, completing an internship at the Ontario Veterinary College, and a residency program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. His special interests are internal medicine and preventive care.
Drs. Carly and Alberto met at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and were married in 2012. They decided to team up together professionally and started AgaveVet Mobile Veterinary Care in 2016, and took on Sunrise Veterinary Clinic in 2019.
Dr. Alberto shares a very special bond with his German Shepherd Dog named Astra. She is the most loyal dog in the world, and follows Dr. Alberto like his shadow. When he’s not around, she stays content by laying in the shadow of a scarecrow dressed up in Dr. Alberto’s clothes.
Dr. Alberto is a proud father of 3 young children and homeschools them on his days off.
Dr. Carly Ruiz
Dr. Carly treats mostly dogs and cats, but is happy to see the odd rabbit, guinea pig, lizard, parrot, potbelly pig or chicken in need. She studied at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, after earning her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science. Dr. Carly graduated in 2012, and now is co-owner of Sunrise Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Alberto. Her special interests are soft tissue surgery, dentistry and dermatology.
Dr. Carly shares a special connection with her rescue cat Picasso, who was supposed to be euthanized but joined the Ruiz family instead (with the previous owner’s permission.) Picasso shares Dr. Carly’s love of the outdoors, but steers clear of dangers by being contained in a PetStop pet containment system. Picasso gets his name from his asymmetrical facial markings and his crossed eyes, which give him a rather unique appearance, like one of the artist Picasso’s masterpieces.
Dr. Carly homeschools her children when she’s not working, and she particularly loves going on field trips and adventures with them in the wilderness.
Dr. Emma Derocher
Soon-to-be-Dr. Emma is in her final year of veterinary school at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She attended the University of Alberta at the French campus before starting vet school in Saskatoon and is fluent in French. Emma will join Sunrise Veterinary Clinic this June as a practicing veterinarian. She will be a familiar face for many of you, as she took part in the veterinary student work experience program at Sunrise Veterinary Clinic. Emma has lots of family on Vancouver Island and is looking forward to living close to them, as well as getting to know new friends in the Comox Valley.
Emma shares her student apartment with her loyal study buddy: a black cat named Almond. She plans to expand her furry family, but Almond will always have a special place in her heart, lap, and cat backpack. In her spare time, Emma enjoys kayaking, camping, baking, swimming, team sports, piano, and languages.