Dr. Barchard’s interest in science and medicine, combined with a deep love of animals and their well-being drew him to the veterinary field. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in 1989. Working in general practice for over 17 years, in 2006 he decided to pursue his interest in emergency medicine here at AECC. He believes his experience as a primary care veterinarian helps him work more effectively with veterinarians who refer their patients to our facility.
When providing emergency care, Dr. Barchard relies on the in-house testing and imaging equipment to speed up the diagnosis process. Knowing that he will get an answer quickly helps him stabilize and relieve pain as soon as possible. He also understands his clients hope for the best possible outcome for their pets. He also recognizes that there are times when those hopes and the pet’s needs may be different. He counsels his clients through those challenging times.
Dr. Barchard shares, “Seeing the successful recovery of a sick or injured patient and the thankfulness of their owners is the most rewarding aspect of my work”.
Dr. Barchard’s medical talents do not end with emergency treatment. In 2011 he completed his Certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Acupuncturist. He performs many of the Advanced Recovery Therapies offered at AECC and supervises treatments, like underwater rehabilitation, which assist in the complete recovery of patients from surgeries, easing health issues related to aging canines and more much.
“I enjoy the pleasure of helping the pets and their owners, as well as seeing those around me doing the same.”
His relaxed demeanor and decisiveness have made him a trusted professional to pet owners throughout Central Florida. He truly enjoys the shared approach to treating patients at AECC. Dr. Barchard is a loving pet dad to a pug named Smoochie and three short hair domestic cats named Jack and Ashes.