A compassionate team united by a passion for caring for companion animals
From alligators to Weimaraners, animals are our thing. (Well, maybe not alligators, although we do think they’re great in the wild.) We aim to create a safe, supportive, and caring space for you and your animal companions. Our team cares about our clients, two and four-legged furry friends, and we’re trained to provide the best care and service in the business.
One of the best qualities of the Birchwood team is our honest and complete enthusiasm for our work. For us, your family is our family, and we want to be there for all of life’s adventures. We’ll be thrilled when a new puppy or kitten joins your family. We’ll look forward to watching them grow into their paws and personality. We’ll delight in hearing tales of their escapades (even when they destroy your best shoes). We’ll be there to help them through their checkups and the tough times when they’re not feeling so well. And when it’s finally their time to go, we’ll hold them close and comfort them and the family that loved them so very much. We’ll love every minute of the joy and heartbreak of your journey because this is who we are.
At Birchwood, every family and every pet is wonderfully unique, and it’s our pleasure to be your chosen care provider.
So, let’s introduce you to the Birchwood team…
Dr. BEN BAUMAN
Dr. Ben Bauman, DVM, was born and raised in Prince George. He completed his undergraduate degree at UVIC and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. After starting his career in Edmonton, Ben moved home to Prince George and practiced here for 4 years before he started working as a locum vet throughout Northern BC. This wide experience in different communities and clinical settings has informed his approach to veterinary medicine and clinical practice.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Sydney is an RVT who was born and raised in the Prince George area. She finished her Veterinary Technician Diploma at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC and has been working as a technician in Prince George for the last three years. Sydney has lots of experience with exotic animals and small animal anesthesia. Pet dental work and anesthesia have grown to be some of her passions. Sydney and her husband, Alex, have the smallest fur-family of the team, one white cat named Rozi. When not working with animals, Sydney enjoys her time, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors. Sydney has been an integral part of getting Birchwood off the ground and ready to meet all of your fur babies!
Registered Veterinary Technician
Kimi was born and raised here in Prince George. She started her career in Veterinary Medicine by volunteering at the age of 16 at a local clinic until she went to school at Fairview College, Alberta, in 2003. After graduation, Kimi worked at a variety of large and small clinics around BC, and has spent the last 9 years at the SPCA Spay and Neuter clinic. We are thankful for the extensive skill set and knowledge base Kimi’s experience has given her. Kimi enjoys all aspects of being a technician, and is looking forward to being able to learn more and implement laser therapy with us. At home, Kimi has a small zoo including, 5 dogs (2 french bulldogs, 2 boxers, and a husky/lab mix), 4 cats (two of which are bottle babies that she raised herself), and 26 miniature horses (and counting!). Outside of work, Kimi enjoys driving her horses, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her animals, friends and family.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ally was born and raised in Kitimat, BC and attended Fairview’s Animal Health Technology program right out of high school. She has been practicing across BC and Alberta for 8 years in a variety of clinics including emergency and specialty. Ally’s passions include implementing Fear Free visits, behavior, and enrichment. Outside of work, Ally teaches obedience, tricks, and puppy classes and volunteers with the local animal rescues. Ally has many pets including Zara – her favorite 11 year old mutt, Crash – a Vizsla with dwarfism, Opal – a one-eyed cat, two bunnies Olga and Baldur, and many more.
McKayla is one of our Animal Assistants / Kennel Attendants who was born and raised in Prince George. Her love for animals and her concern for their wellbeing has led her to become certified in many areas including; “Training Between the Ears”, “Beyond Obedience”, and “CanadaWest Canine Center – Master Trainer”. She has taken multiple online courses through Leerburg. McKayla has experience working at a variety of different animal kennels, daycare and boarding facilities, off-leash pet facilities, and as a dog trainer. She really enjoys puppy training, helping nervous and anxious dogs, and canine health and nutrition. These interests, and the need for a career change have led her down the path of Veterinary Medicine and thankfully to us! McKayla has 3 dogs (Lincoln – a bratty but lovable puggle, Wren – an angel of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Mugs – a gentle giant of a Pyrenees/Rottweiler/GSD) and 2 cats (Indie and Teeves).
When McKayla is not working with animals she enjoys exploring new hobbies, learning how to decrease her carbon footprint while being more sustainable and enjoying the outdoors with her pets.
Jordanna was born and raised here in Prince George. She has always enjoyed being around and helping with a multitude of animals, playing many different important parts in multiple veterinary clinics from Prince George all the way to Toronto! Jordanna is currently enrolled in upgrading to continue her education in ultrasoundgraphy and has taken the Royal Canin Nutritional Advisor Training which allows her to share her knowledge with all of our clients walking through the front door. She hopes to eventually continue her training within the clinic assisting in surgery and helping patients recover. Outside of work Jordanna enjoys camping, hiking and really any outdoor activity with her lovely boyfriend Donovan and their crazy dog Max!
Sam was born in Edmonton Alberta, but spent most of her childhood in Prince George; she is one of our team members that you will see all around the clinic! You’ll see her smiling face in reception, in our recovery suite caring for our surgical patients, and in the treatment area assisting our technicians and doctors! Sam has always had a love for animals starting when she was young spending her childhood with her best friend helping wild birds and learning as much as she could about animals. That passion has grown into her wanting to help people care for their animals to enhance the human-animal bond and to one day work alongside her best friend who is becoming a veterinarian. She currently volunteers at the Spruce Ridge Pony Club, is Fear Free Certified and has worked at Veterinary Clinics for a number of years, lending her valuable experience. Sam is excited to grow with us and learn more about different pharmaceuticals and procedures eventually leading her into training as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She and her husband Martin share two cats; a Tortoiseshell named Adelaide (Addy), and a Dilute Torti named Alice (Alli). Outside of work, she enjoys her time mountain biking, kayaking, camping, boxing and painting!
Mel (BA, BEd), Practice Manager, was born and raised in Prince George. Trained as a teacher, she has also been active in the community supporting her passions of French and dance. Mel’s goal for the clinic is to ensure clients feel welcome and their individual needs are cared for.