Harvest Pointe Animal Hospital, located in Edmonton, AB, is veterinary clinic that is locally owned by a team of veterinary professionals with a wide range of backgrounds in small animal and exotic medicine. They offer professional and quality pet care for domestic and exotic pets (includes pet chickens, ducks and other backyard poultry).
Dr. Daren was born and raised in North Eastern Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta, where he met his wife. He then completed veterinary school, along with her, at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Dr. Daren knew he wanted to be a veterinarian when he was in high school and realized how much joy he got out of spending time with his family dogs. At the time, he had two Rottweilers named Thor and Bear. Dr. Daren's professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry and exotic animal medicine. He is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. He is also a councillor for the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Daren often describes himself as a 'bird nerd' and is always happiest when examining or treating a patient of the feathered variety. He has a particular interest in implementing fear free avian techniques to try and decrease the stress of providing medical care to these special patients. If you stop by the clinic on a Friday you will likely find him wearing one of his flashy trademark “bird shirts”.
Dr. Daren's interest in exotic pets began when he was working at the Edmonton Valley Zoo (where he and Dr. Ogle became friends). He further developed his love of birds through his involvement in wildlife medicine. Dr. Daren still volunteers with WildNorth to help injured wildlife. These experiences transformed into a passion to provide high quality medicine to pets that are sometimes considered strange or difficult such as birds, pocket pets, amphibians and reptiles. Dr. Daren believes that if we can do it for a person, a dog, or a cat, we should try to do it for an exotic animal as they deserve the same level of care.