Greenbelt Veterinary Services Ltd. is a farm animal practice that has provided reliable veterinary care to the Fraser Valley since 1973. We started as McFee Veterinary Clinic, a single veterinarian practice run by Ron McFee, before forming Greenbelt Veterinary Services in 1982.
We have grown from that single doctor to our current team of nine veterinarians, offering health services in dairy production and embryo transfer, swine production, and to an extensive list of farm animals including horses, beef cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas.
Our mission is to provide the food production/equine/hobby animal community with exceptional preventative and emergency health care. Through co-operative and professional leadership, we strive to offer innovative animal health education, and production and research services at competitive prices.
Meet Our Veterinary Team
He has maintained an enthusiasm for “improvement through education” and enjoys working with progressive dairy producers that have a desire to lead the industry in cow comfort and milk quality.
During his free time, Dan enjoys bagpiping, astronomy and cycling.
His prime interests are dairy production and preventative medicine. Special veterinary interests include calf raising, pharmacology and preventative vaccine protocols. John is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and frequently attends continuing education conferences. His non- veterinary interests include hiking and horseback riding.
He is still actively involved with the family farm, Brooknook Holsteins, run by his brother Mark and his father John. Jason’s love of farming and the Holstein breed translates well into his everyday work as a veterinarian. His wife Carli is also in veterinary practice at the Sardis Animal Hospital in Chilliwack.
They have 4 beautiful children: Isaac, Desmond and a set of twins, Alistair and Juliet, who keep Jason running when he’s not busy at work or on the farm.
They fell in love with the community, scenery and bountiful options of year-round outdoor activities, and lost any desire to move back east. Phil is enthusiastic about working with all types of farm animals from large dairy herds to performance horses to backyard goats and pigs. He served on the Board of Directors for the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners for three years, and has sat on the Advisory Committee on Certified Technicians for the College of Veterinarians of BC.
The Chris family grew in 2010 with Aveline, and in 2013 with Oliver, and are excited to continue to be involved in this great community.
In the late 1990’s Josh and his family took an extended sabbatical from veterinary profession to explore some of this world via sailboat. At the beginning of 2000, after some fantastic travel experiences, he returned to work at GVS, balancing the week with a contract veterinary position with the Food Safety and Quality Branch of the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, which he continued to blend until 2008. Since that time Josh has focused his attention on production areas integral to animal welfare, food safety, and ultimately farm profitability. In 2017 Josh stopped working on dairy cattle to focus his veterinary time solely on swine production.
Josh is married to Leslie, his wife of 29 years, and they share 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Josh’s passion and enthusiasm for veterinary medicine has obviously rubbed off on his children, as 2 of them have chosen to pursue careers in the veterinary profession.
Dr. Darrow earned both his Masters of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of California, Davis, and his work in embryo transfer over the past 35 years has carried him around the globe both teaching the technology and carrying out programs.
Returning to North America in 1998 he introduced embryo sexing to the region and has sexed over 20,000 embryos. He served 6 years on the board of the local Multiple Sclerosis Society, five of which as Chairman, enjoys training dogs in agility and can be frequently found biking or hiking around the Chilliwack area.
In addition to being a big baseball fan, Elad enjoys boxing and self defense training. His wife, Tara, a veterinarian too, is originally from BC and is practicing at Sardis Animal Hospital. Together they are looking forward to providing quality veterinary services to the Chilliwack area and being a part of our growing community.
After weathering 6 Saskatchewan winters, she is excited to be moving back to the Fraser Valley with her husband Craig. She is looking forward to start working with all types of farm animals. Outside of Veterinary Medicine, Beverly enjoys hiking, camping and fishing.
Meet Our Office Team
Upon graduation, Ron spent a year and a half with Dr. Gordon McKenzie in Williams Lake, BC, before he was given the opportunity to take over Dr. Harry Brewster’s full spectrum veterinary practice in his hometown of Chilliwack.
As the practice grew and became very busy, the focus was increasingly on farm animals and dairy practice, and Ron let the other veterinary clinics in town take over the small animal work. Dr. Chris Byra joined Ron in 1981, and one year later they formed Greenbelt Veterinary Services Ltd. working out of the first office on the corner of Chilliwack Central and Young Rd. Ron stepped away from veterinary practice in 2008, and fully retired about a year later.
Ron and Jackie have been happily married since 1968, and spending time with their three children and numerous grandchildren joyfully occupies much of their retirement time.
Primarily involved in dairy medicine, he also has experience with horses, goats and sheep. Dick has a special interest in strategies to reduce dairy cattle lameness. Dick also has an avid interest in raptors and the preservation of the local barn owl population, and holds a master banding license. He sets up and monitors owl boxes around the upper valley.
His community involvement also includes counseling first time youth offenders in the Restorative Justice Program. Dick enjoys working with wood, and prefers the wilderness over pavement. Dick and his wife, Daphne, have three sons: Dan, Steve and Eric. The family hobby farm boasts a variety of colorful pet cows and critters.