The staff here is exceptional and their operation is a well oiled machine with each staff member performing their role with care, knowledge and professionalism. You are given all your options without pressure to have services performed if you want to wait or opt out. I had quite a bit done for my dog and found the prices to be very reasonable. Dr. Z's demeanor is kind, thorough and reassuring. He is relatable and personable, and explains things in a way that is understandable. There is nothing intimidating about him or his office. Katie expertly "directs traffic", ensuring the office runs at maximum efficiency. When I was holding for one thing she filled the gap by having me talk to someone else on another so there was no waiting. My bill was ready when I arrived and before I could blink my payment was processed so I could be on my way. Diane is skilled at acknowledging communication so that you feel heard and secure that information is being properly gathered and disseminated and explains how to administer medication in detail. All this and you never even have to get out of your car. I'm a fan, and will continue to take my dog here even though I live in Vancouver. Thanks everyone, great job! A. Cross
Meet our Doctors and Team
"Gidget" Ziegenbalg family doggie
Gidget is BVC's greeter and she loves saying hello to all our clients and their furry friends!
Dr. Brett Ziegenbalg, D.V.M. (Practice Owner)
Dr. Ziegenbalg (Dr. Z), graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Environmental Biology. After graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and served as a Naval Intelligence Officer providing support to NATO operations in Bosnia, Rwanda and the middle east. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and is a member of Phi Zeta. Dr. Z has special interests in preventative medicine, minimally invasive surgery, ultrasound and endoscopy. He loves the challenge of being proactive rather than reactive and trying to prevent problems before they happen. Dr. Z considers it a great privilege to take care of his patients, interact with and assist their owners to help provide longevity and quality of life for their pets, a.k.a family. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife Brandy and daughter Elise in the outdoors. On days off he can be found in the Cascade range north to the Coast range of British Columbia; ski mountaineering, heli-skiing and keeping up with his daughter on the mountain; who likes to jump off everything-like her dad! They have Gidget, a toy poodle and Riley a golden retriever who also like to go on backcountry ski trips.
Dr. Cameron Larson, D.V.M. (Associate Veterinarian)
Dr. Cameron Larson was born and raised in Oregon and graduated from Lakeridge High School in 2004, and is now living in West Linn. He went to Oregon State University where he received both an undergraduate degree in bio-engineering and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. When not working, he spends time with his wife, an equine veterinarian and their terrier mix Louise. They enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Dr. Larson also enjoys traveling, woodworking, skiing and scuba-diving. He joined our team in 2020.
Meet our Team
Burlingame Veterinary Clinic's team are experienced, and happy to take care of all our patient and client needs.
Brandy, Dr. Z's wife, has loved animals since she was very young. She has many years of experience in all facets of companion animal veterinary practice. Brandy attended Baptist School of Nursing in 2006 and became a surgical technician and worked in human general, orthopedic and ophthalmic surgery for 5 yrs. Brandy and Dr. Z married in June of 2006 and later had their daughter Elise in 2010. Brandy was the practice manager in their former practice in Arkansas which she and Dr. Ziegenbalg built and started in 2007. She now does the scheduling, hiring and helps manage at BVC. Brandy has enjoyed getting to know all the clients and their furry companions. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, baking, hiking, traveling and snow skiing. You might even catch Gidget (Toy Poodle) and/or Riley (Golden Retriever) in the clinic and their sweet daughter Elise, who loves to help with the patients.
Veterinary Assistant/Client Relations
Brenda moved from California to Oregon in 2001. She has been working in the veterinary field since 1999. Brenda joined Burlingame Veterinary Clinic in October 2004. She enjoys interacting with our clients and their pets. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and friends while having game nights, camping and going boating. Pictured top left is Brenda with son Tyler when he was tiny and her doggie Laila, and the other photo is her son Tyler and her youngest little one Tristan. BVC is glad that Brenda is still a part of the team.
Kristin came to work with the BVC team in February of 2016. She is a native Portlander and has been working in the Veterinary field for 19 years. Above is a picture with her late lab mix "Mark" and her kitty "Randy". Kristin has been married to her wonderful husband Martin for 21 years. She and Martin love to go swimming, hiking, camping and canoeing in their spare time. Kristin takes pride in caring for all her patients and enjoys her job. We are very happy and lucky to have her on our team!
Diana started working at BVC in May of 2017. Pictured above is her and her doggie "Dexter" and Diana's husband Bryan. Diana adopted a new cat recently as well to add to their fur family! She is a perpetual student, animal lover of course, hiker, plant hoarder, PDXer, candle maker (allburnwax.com) and she is terrified of spiders. We are so glad to have her on our team!
Veterinary Lead Technician
Christine joined the BVC team in May 2019. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University where she earned her degree in Animal Science. Christine has over 12 years of clinical experience; including ICU/Emergency shift lead at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster College pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. She moved to Portland in August of 2017. When not working, Christine likes to spend her time hiking, working in her garden and exploring PNW. She has 2 cats and a chihuahua named "Taco". We are super excited to have her at BVC!
Veterinary Assistant/Client Relations
Jocelyn lived in Kansas City for 90% of her life. She has worked with animals, big and small all of her life and doesn't see herself doing anything else. She attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas to earn her degree in Animal Science. Shortly after graduating, she decided to impulsively move to PDX with her boyfriend and her doggie Anakin (a 1 yr old husky/beagle mix) August of 2021. She plans to continue her education in the animal science field here in Oregon. In her free time she enjoys painting, hiking, road tripping and eating great food. We are proud to have Jocelyn on our team.
CLIENT RELATIONS/VETERINARY ASSISTANT
Originally from Los Angeles, Rae moved to Portland in 2018. She is a lover of all things fishy, fluffy, furry, feathered and scaled. Pre-Covid, some of her favorite past times included going to comic and horror conventions, paddle boarding, going to concerts and playing the ukulele. When she is not working, Rae is at home tending to her "mini zoo" of pets. She is the mom to a chihuahua named Baxter, a cate named Goose, a leopard gecko named Churro, a bearded dragon named Taco, a pair of poison dart frogs (Snoop Frog and Dart Vader), a hedgehog named Quill Smith, as well as a couple dozen fish, shrimp, snails and and aquatic frogs that inhabit her many tanks that take up the majority of her apartment. We are very glad to have Rae on our team at BVC.
Veterinary Technician Spencer moved to Portland from Southern California in 2021 with her fiancé and animal family. This includes their fur son Wyatt (featured above), two cats Chai and Titan, Green Wing Macaw Rose, bunny, two rats and fish. Before moving to Portland and working at BVC, she went to school and earned a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management to then become a Great Ape Zookeeper caring for Gorillas and Orangutans. She then transitioned into the veterinary field 3 years ago working with dogs, cats and exotic animals. She loves everything to do with caring for animals. On her days off, Spencer loves taking Wyatt out to explore and binge watching Harry Potter. We are very happy to have Spencer with us.