OUR TEAM

Lifting Stars Pet Homecare Veterinary Team

…who will take care of your pet with professionalism, kindness, and compassion.

Lifting Stars Pet Homecare

Compassionate In-Home End-Of-Life Care For Your Beloved Companions

We at Lifting Stars Pet Homecare in Vancouver BC have assembled an expert team of veterinary professionals and support staff to bring you the best possible end-of-life care for your pet.

Dr. Berkshire

Dr. Jeff Berkshire

Veterinarian

Dr. Jeff Berkshire is originally from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He fell in love with Vancouver when studying for his MSc in Animal Science at the University of British Columbia. After completing his Masters in 1999, Dr. Berkshire worked in the Education Department at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He then enrolled at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island where he graduated in 2005.

Dr. Berkshire has practiced small animal veterinary medicine in both Canada and the United States since 2005. He started his career at Westminster Veterinary Group in Southern California. Five years later, he moved to North Vancouver and worked at Highlands Animal Hospital for two years, before moving to Granville Island Veterinary Hospital in 2012. Lifting Stars Pet Homecare opened in April 2015, and now Dr. Berkshire works exclusively as a house-call veterinarian.

Dr. Berkshire is an animal lover. He has a Percheron horse named Jethro, a Dalmatian named Lola, a Bichon mix named Squirrel, and a small pond with koi and fancy goldfish. Pictured is Jeff with his dearly missed cat named Squeak. In his free time, Dr. Berkshire enjoys spending time with his horse and dogs, gardening, traveling, exercising, eating good food, taking naps, and spending time with his partner, family, and friends.

Years in practice: 17

Education: Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown, PE

Dr. Berkshire’s Professional Memberships:

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
  • International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement

Dr. Lucy Blondel

Veterinarian

Dr. Lucy Blondel truly loves animals, and veterinary medicine and an animal’s well-being are her biggest priority. Dr. Blondel treats every animal as her own, and she has a passion for making sure they are pain-free, comfortable, and happy. This is especially important in our geriatric pets. It can be very difficult to decipher how much pain they are actually experiencing due to their stoic nature and subtle differences in behavior.

Dr. Blondel fully understands the intense feeling of the loss of a pet. It is so difficult to watch your pet suffering, and this is what drew her to work for Lifting Stars Pet Homecare. She understands there comes a time when surgery, medications, and supportive care can no longer help, and it is the most humane thing to say goodbye. As devastating as the loss of a companion animal can be, the process of euthanasia is a kindness we are afforded as veterinarians to end suffering in animals arising from incurable pain or disease. Your pets deserve peace and dignity in the end, and Dr. Blondel’s aim is always to help make the process as smooth and stress-free as it can be.

Dr. Blondel shares her spare time with her two most amazing kitties, Peanut and Pickle, her husband, and her three motorcycles. Her passion outside of work is motorcycle riding/racing and travelling, especially to Europe. During the racing season, you can find her on track days around Canada and the USA.

Years in Practice: 15

Education: University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Blondel’s Professional Memberships:

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
  • International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Dr-Lucy-Blondel
Dr. Berkshire

Dr. Jennifer Boterf

Veterinarian

Dr. Jennifer Boterf is originally from Sacramento, California. She has been fortunate to have had experience practicing both emergency and general medicine, which has provided her with the knowledge to help families navigate emotionally vulnerable moments. Through her experiences, she has also learned that end-of-life care is incredibly important to families and their companions. Dr. Boterf takes pride in using her skills as a veterinarian, along with her compassion for pets and their owners, to help guide them through their pet’s end-of-life experience in the peace, warmth, and comfort of their home.

Dr. Boterf has a senior cat named Munchkin and a freshwater fish tank. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family going to parks, hiking, swimming, biking, or relaxing with a movie. She is learning to speak French, and she loves baking at home.

Years in Practice: 7

Education: Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia

Dr. Boterf’s Professional Memberships:

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
  • International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care