It is our philosophy that a veterinarian's first duty is to be an advocate for the animals. The welfare of your pet is our first concern. Every member on the Vancouver East Veterinary team is here because they are dedicated to caring for animals and the people who love them. We try to create a clinic environment that has all the warmth and support of a local, family practice, and also functions on-par with university and specialist hospitals.

Several years ago, while working on a research project with some human orthopaedic surgery residents, I got into a discussion on patient welfare. One surgeon from Glasgow told me that in school they're told to treat every patient "with the same care as you would want your dear old gran' treated." I believe that this is no less true in veterinary medicine, and I try to apply this attitude to every patient entrusted to our care.

Dr. Uri Burstyn


Dr. Burstyn graduated from the University of British Columbia, and went on to graduate with first class honours from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, Australia. He worked as a veterinary technician in the emergency room of a specialty hospital while studying to become a veterinarian. After graduation Dr. Burstyn worked as an emergency/critical care doctor, pursued advanced training through a rotating internship in internal medicine and surgery, and was a research scientist with an orthopedic surgery laboratory at UBC. Dr. Burstyn’s clinical interests are focused on surgery and feline medicine. As a veterinarian passionate about cat welfare, he is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and regularly attends the American College of Veterinary Surgeons symposium. Dr. Burstyn has published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has presented at the annual society for neuroscience meeting.

Always an innovator, Dr. Burstyn was the first veterinary surgeon to offer minimally invasive surgery on a routine basis in Western Canada.  Having started offering this option exclusively to our clients in 2010, Dr. Burstyn now provides a province-wide referral service for minimally invasive surgery, and is still the only veterinarian in BC to routinely perform a wide variety of procedures using minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Burstyn lives with 2 cats: Mr. Pirate, whom he raised from a 5 day old kitten, and Trinity, a cat who lost her leg after being hit by a car and was subsequently adopted by Dr. Burstyn when her owners refused to care for her. His professional approach can be summarized as “Kindness, Compassion, and Evidence Based Medicine.”

Luciana Barella

Veterinary Technician

Luciana is a veterinarian in her home country of Brazil. She is working with Arbutus West Animal Clinic as a technician while studying to obtain her license to practice Veterinary medicine here in Canada. We are excited to have her working with us both because of her positive personality and the sound technical skills that she brings to our practice.