Dr. Claudia Richter of Burnaby Veterinary Hospital (BVH) has donated her business to the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. While the ownership of the BVH has transferred to the SPCA, Dr. Richter and her staff will continue to work for the hospital.
“We are extremely grateful to Claudia for this generous gift and for the opportunity to partner with her to raise the quality of health and well-being for animals in the Lower Mainland,” says BC SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell.
For Dr. Richter, the BC SPCA’s 2013 Veterinarian of the Year, the donation is the culmination of a deeply held commitment to supporting the community’s most vulnerable animals.
“When I purchased Burnaby Veterinary Hospital in late 2010, I had four goals – to modernize the hospital, to achieve a gold standard of care for animals, to create a socially responsible business by giving back to the SPCA and to create a positive work environment for my staff.”
Five years later, the hospital has achieved AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accreditation, has successfully nurtured a dynamic and positive work setting and has established a close partnership with the BC SPCA, providing support for homeless, injured and abused animals.
“Having achieved these goals I realized that I wanted to get back to my roots as a veterinarian and increase my focus on the direct care of my clients’ pets, as well as the animals under the care of the SPCA” says Dr. Richter. “It quickly became clear to me that the path forward was to donate the clinic to the BC SPCA so that, together, we could offer a high standard of care for clients and their pets, as well as ensuring BVH’s mandate of supporting the community’s animals in need continued.”
The BC SPCA has a tradition of operating veterinary facilities with existing full-service veterinary hospitals in Vancouver and Penticton as well as spay/neuter clinics in Prince George and Kamloops.
For the BC SPCA, the addition of BVH as a second Lower Mainland hospital creates new opportunities to offer high-quality veterinary care for both owned and homeless animals. “We are excited to expand our services in the Lower Mainland and look forward to working more closely with Dr. Richter and the staff of Burnaby Veterinary Hospital,” says Daniell.
The Burnaby Veterinary Hospital is located at 2210 Springer Avenue. To find out more about BVH’s services, call 604-299-0688.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.