For as long as I can remember, animals have been an important part of my life. Like many people, I have been blessed with some amazing pets over the years. It comes from this that I appreciate the very strong relationship one can have with these wonderful creatures. In Grade 7, I started to more seriously think that I would like to become a veterinarian. I have always had a keen interest in biology and problem solving. This, combined with my love for animals, made veterinary medicine seem like the perfect job for me. In my high school years I was enthralled with baseball and music, but my interest in science and animals persisted. My parents were put to the test with some of the pets I adopted, but they showed me that love, compassion, patience, and responsibility were the necessities of being a good pet owner.
When I graduated from high school, I took a job working in a local business. The year my father passed away, I decided that it was time for me to follow through with one of my long-standing dreams. Since the Blue Jays were not knocking down my door, (just joking…I turned them down!), I decided to go back to school and see if I had what it takes to be a veterinarian. I knew it was very tough to get into the veterinary program, but I thought that if I just kept working at it and following through, they would see I was worthy (a lot like a baseball saying). And it worked!! In 1995, I graduated with a background in medical microbiology, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
I started work with Blue Cross in the spring of 1995, right after graduation, and have been here ever since. In my early years at Blue Cross, I also worked some part time shifts at our local emergency clinic, gaining critical care experience and getting a true appreciation for what clients and veterinarians go through during a crisis.
Over the years I have met many wonderful people and their pets. I sometimes feel I get “grandfather” privileges, getting to enjoy their pets when they come to visit. Although I look after the health of thousands of peoples’ pets, I feel that I treat each person and their pets as individuals. Getting to know the owners and their pets has been part of my mandate and is just good medicine. I spend countless hours (actually counted) on continuing education to help hone my skills. Off-hours I spend time with my wife and family. I enjoy home improvements, playing with my pets (not much different than when I was a child), and hanging out at hockey arenas. My hope is that through my knowledge and experience, I can help pet owners ensure that their animals live long and healthy lives as loved members of their family.