Our Story

Founded in 1958, Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic was the first large animal care facility in Abbotsford under the leadership of Dr. Trevor Clarkson, and colleagues Drs. Lon Goodale and Dave Lightfoot. Animal care excellence earned this team a trusted reputation creating the infrastructure of Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic.

In 1991, Dr. Rich Vanderwal, a dairy veterinarian as well as a dairy producer, became the principal leader of the Clinic. Dr. Vanderwal's vision and passion to provide a more comprehensive scope of food production animal care led him to create programs designed for herd health visits with the pro-active goal of improving overall cow health and performance, producer satisfaction and ultimately profitability.

Over the last number of years, Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic has developed into the trusted team of veterinary leaders that you see today.  Our team has provided resources towards research and development initiatives that have proven instrumental for the industry. Their expertise includes innovative work in embryo transfer and optimal herd production management in Canada and globally.

With 35 years of veterinary animal care excellence, the team at Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic understands the complexity and intricacies of large animal care for conventional and organic farms large or small. As veterinary leaders, they are committed to delivering the highest standards of animal care supporting safe and sustainable food production.


Our Veterinary Team


Dr. David Dykshorn

Dave comes from rural NW Iowa, where he grew up working on his family's dairy farm. This experience fostered an interest in ag business and production animal medicine which he actively pursues today. These areas of interest led him to attain leadership roles in 4H, showing cows at the World Dairy Expo, and completing various research projects while studying at Dordt College.

Dave graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, with honours, in May 2011 and has been working at the Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic since. His focus is on production animal medicine, particularly dairy medicine, dairy reproductive management, large animal surgery, and the welfare of animals through AVC's animal health and well-being initiatives. He enjoys working in beautiful BC and serving the large animal clients of Canada.

The geography of BC has a lot to offer as Dave enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the countryside in his free time with his wife Heidi (Arends). If he's not working or traveling, you can find him fishing or doing anything that involves football.

Dr. Jared Lyzenga

Dr. Lauren Lyzenga

Dr. James Patterson

Dr. Rich Vanderwal

Dr. Michael Walker


Our Front Line Support

Our committed team of specialists in client care and service, embryology and genetic marketing supports all that we do in the delivery of animal care excellence.



The embryology lab is where all embryos go for evaluation and processing.

Embryologists specialize in evaluating embryos and oocytes for viability and preparing embryos for transfer or freezing. In addition, we provide embryo biopsy for sex determination and embryo splitting.

Our team of Embryologists, Christine, Nicole and Vanessa, are committed to excellence in the delivery of consistent and reliable results. Our team is export certified permitting export qualified embryo storage and facilitating our ability to ship embryos around the world on behalf of our clients.



Veterinary Care

Production Management

Embryo Transfer