Ted Burghardt MS, DVM
Dr. Ted Burghardt was born and raised in Denver, CO. As an outdoor enthusiast he always appreciated nature and animals. From a young age he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. One of his draws to San Diego was the great weather and ability to play tennis outside year-round. He was a starter for the USD Toreros men’s tennis team for his four years there, traveling and competing at the Division 1 level.
After college he worked at Scripps Research Institute in the Immunology department for 2 years. He took a break for 6 weeks to travel to Australia and volunteer at the Australia Zoo in Brisbane, where he was fortunate enough to meet Steve Irwin on a couple of occasions and watch him perform with his beloved crocs.
The experiences at Scripps Research Institute prepared him to enter a Master of Science program at Colorado State University with a focus in anatomy. Immediately following, he was accepted to the Colorado State University Veterinary Medical School. He was President of his class for 2 years, and Vice President for 2 years, and graduated in 2009.
He then went to work for a small animal practice in Las Vegas, NV. He learned some advanced surgical procedures there, including multiple knee and hip orthopedic surgeries, laparoscopic spays and biopsies, and other abdominal, ocular, and cutaneous soft tissue surgeries. As the second veterinarian hired on at his first veterinary job, he played a role in growing the practice to 5 veterinarians before he left in 2013. Looking to move back to the city he is most passionate about, he found a fantastic job opportunity at a 24-hour emergency clinic in San Diego.
At the 24 hour emergency Mission Animal and Bird Hospital in Oceanside, Dr. Burghardt was one of the emergency doctors attending to trauma, surgery, internal medicine, and a variety of other emergent cases. His long-term goal was always to become the owner of a veterinary hospital. After much diligence he found Companion Pet Care, and is ecstatic to be part of this amazing team. With the support of Dr. Gerry Soifer and Dr. Nancy Bushnell, he was fortunate to be accepted as the buyer of the clinic. The opportunity to be involved with such an established, beautiful, historic veterinary clinic is rare and highly sought after, and Dr. Burghardt is incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
Dr. B wants to continue to add on to the high quality services offered at CPC. He has always been fond of orthopedic surgery, and after specialist training the doctors at CPC are now proud to offer cruciate (ACL) repair surgery for all size dogs, and cats. Specifically, providing the TTA procedure for medium and larger dogs has become a passion. Dr. B also feels strongly that with the included PRP treatment during the surgery, and rehabilitation sessions starting one week after surgery, that all the elements for a comfortable, successful recovery and return to function are in place.
Luli the cat
We rescued Luli 5 years ago and quickly became one of our beloved family members. You can find her up front at the desk ready to greet you with kisses. Luli loves afternoon naps and lots of TREATS!
Nugget the chihuahua
Nugget was rescued by Dr. Ted Burghardt 7 years ago in Las Vegas. She loves to take naps with her best friend Luli and can often be found sneaking treats around the clinic! She may act “tough” when she comes to greet you at the door, but Nugget is the biggest love, and would love to lounge with you in the sunshine.
Angela Montanez – Veterinary Assistant
Angela was born and raised in Carlsbad, CA and has worked at Companion Pet Care for 13 years. Angela has a very big heart and is extremely passionate about rescuing animals. She has 4 dogs and 1 cat. If it was up to her she would adopt them all!
Makayla Somohano – Veterinary Assistant
Makayla was born and raised in San Marcos, CA. In 2014 she started working in the veterinary field and quickly fell in love with helping animals. Before her current position, she worked in emergency and discovered her passion with exotic animals. On her days off she enjoys staying busy expanding her veterinary knowledge and spending time with her two cats, Oliver and Jackson.
Kate Cusick – Veterinary Assistant
Kate grew up in Encinitas and has always had a strong passion for working with animals. After many years of volunteering at local animal shelters when she was younger Kate began working in the Veterinary Field in early 2017. Kate joined the Companion Pet Care Team in April of 2019. Kate has recently just finished schooling to become an RVT and is preparing to take her national board exam in March of 2020. Kate takes a special interest in creating a fear free environment for the patients here at CPC and is a fear free certified professional. Kate currently has 3 pets; 2 dogs named Charlie and Guinness; and one crazy cat named Kahlua. In her free time, you can find Kate hiking, horseback riding, or getting coffee with friends.
Glen Barnes – RVT, CVPM
Glenn Barnes is the newest member of the family here at Companion Pet Care. He has spent about forty-five years of his life in small animal hospitals, and began his career by cleaning cages at 6:00 every morning. From there, Glenn learned so much over the years and eventually became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 1979 at an animal hospital in El Cajon. He then moved with his family to Orange County and expanded his skills by working at a busy emergency clinic. All of this landed him a wonderful position at Mission Animal and Bird Hospital in Oceanside, where he was able to expand his knowledge even more, caring for exotic animals as well. Soon he was promoted to Hospital Manager and aided greatly in growing the hospital to a twenty-four-hour facility with fourteen doctors – fives times the size it was when he started.
At forty-five years old, he went back to college to keep up with the ever-growing practice and became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), becoming part of only a handful with that combination of medical and business knowledge in the animal profession.