When I was 14 years old (1976), my family moved from The Netherlands (where I had spent most of my early years) to 100 Mile House, B.C.! This was indeed quite a culture shock but I absolutely loved it there as I had always dreamed of being a cowboy. I certainly obtained quite some experience with horses up there and, initially, planned to become a horse veterinarian.
I did become a veterinarian at the tender age of 23 and entered into a mixed animal practice in Langley where I worked until 1989. That year, my wife and I decided to move to Kelowna. The first few years in Kelowna, I did horse work as well as small animals. However, as the small animal practice grew busier and we had more children, eventually I focused my attention on small animal practice. I started a practice called Central Valley Vet Hospital which I had till 2011 when I finally sold after about 20 years. Since then, I have been doing what’s called “locum work”, which means I work at different practices to help out where needed. Burtch Animal Hospital is one of the main practices I’ve settled into on a part-time basis in the last 2 years.
The owners and staff at the Burtch Animal Hospital are lovely people and I enjoy working with them. The atmosphere at this hospital is very welcoming and friendly and an effort is made to make veterinary care as easy and convenient as possible!