Dr. Eric Barchas

I am a professional traveler who spends his spare time working as a full-time veterinarian; contributing to Dogster and Catster; walking, cooking, camping, and exploring the outdoors; skiing (when conditions permit); and reading Booker-shortlisted novels. In between trips I live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area with my fiancée, Denise, and my canine pal Buster. My main veterinary interests are emergency and critical care, wellness, pain management, and promotion of the human-animal bond. I have contributed to and been the resident vet at Dogster and Catster since May 2005.

Full Name (Including Embarrassing Second Names): Eric Barchas

Age: Too old, but it beats the alternative

Location: San Francisco

Where You Can Stalk Me on the Internet: Dogster, Catster, my Website, and Twitter

What I Do for a Living: Veterinarian

What I Do for Fun: Travel, camping, hiking, cooking, reading

The Furry Members of My Household Are: My pal Buster, a 7-year-old Lab mix

My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Animal welfare matters

My Pet Peeve Is: People who don't pick up their dog's feces

My Guilty Pleasures Are: Beer, except I don't feel guilty.

How I Deal with Dog/Cat Hair: I just purchased 12 vacuum bags.

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: A firefighter. Just kidding. A veterinarian.

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