Dr. Phil Andersen
My interest in helping animals started when I was a kid during my visits to my Grandparents’ farm in Mission, B.C.
I loved learning about all the different types of animals, and even thought that one day I’d have my very own farm with each type of cow, duck, chicken, pig, sheep, etc. that I had researched. Wow, how impractical! But, that’s where it all began for me.
My interest in animals and the desire to help them, along with a lot of time spent hitting the books, landed me in veterinary school at the University of Saskatchewan.
I studied intensely and was fortunate enough to gain an externship in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was given recognition for my outstanding achievements.
I graduated from veterinary school with Great Distinction, meaning I was near the top of my class, and I also won awards in correlative medicine (fancy way of saying that I looked at the animal as a whole and not just at the part that was the owie), and in pharmacology.
Now was to come my real education. The stuff the books could not teach me. Practicing veterinary medicine in the real world without a net.
I began my illustrious career in a very small town in Saskatchewan. Lucky for me I didn’t need an alarm clock because the trains ran right outside my front door, never allowing me more than an hour or two of uninterrupted sleep at any one time. Time to move.
I settled in Langley and practiced there for many years before the pull of wanting to move on gripped me once again.
I decided to try my hand at being a traveling vet— also known as a locum—moving from clinic to hospital as needed. I learned a lot, and I met a lot of interesting pets and their human companions. But, the interest in starting my own practice intensified, especially over the past two years.
I am excited to announce that I have opened my own practice at The Shops at Morgan Crossing.
All Creatures Animal Hospital is now my permanent home. I bring to it everything I have learned; all my experiences, skills, knowledge, and expertise in medicine and in surgery to make your pet as healthy and happy as he/she can be.
Phil Andersen, DVM
And the answer is, “Yes!” to those of you who are wondering if the name came by way of the James Harriot books: All Creatures Great and Small. I loved reading them as a kid, and can say that the stories in these books also inspired me to become a veterinarian.