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.”

Dr. Hannah Moloney


Dr. Moloney graduated with distinction from Murdoch University Veterinary School in Western Australia and completed a one year general practice internship training under Dr. Burstyn.  She has become known to our clients who appreciate her thoughtful and insightful style of practice and is staying on as a staff doctor for Arbutus West Animal Clinic as well as Vancouver East Vet.  Dr.  Moloney shares her house with her beautiful cat, who traveled with her from Australia.

Dr. Kevin Shura


Dr. Shura has been working in Vancouver for over 20 years.  During this time he built-up one of Vancouver’s busiest high-quality veterinary practices.  Having sold it he took some time off to travel, but his love of veterinary medicine and of working with people has brought him back to active practice.  After locuming for a few years,  including time spent working at Arbutus West, he joined us as a part-time staff doctor in the fall of 2015.   Clients love his friendly and gentle manner and pets benefit form his experience and clinical insight.


Head Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

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.


Veterinary Office Assistant

Bio coming soon!


The Boss

After an eventful career which began in the back alleys of Vancouver and spanned a number of VOKRA foster homes Lancelot – or Lance, as he is known to his friends – settled on the Arbutus West Animal Clinic as his permanent place of residence/employment. He currently performs the role of front office supervisor, although he occasionally moonlights as a mop. His duties include: sleeping in the former mailbox, knocking things off the front counter, and accepting treats. Lancelot has one pet, Angel, whom he keeps behind the reception counter during working hours. In his spare time Lancelot enjoys developing feline obesity and leading a rich inner life.