Dr. Duane Schnittker started Brentwood Veterinary Hospital way back in 1976, at the corner of Brentwood Blvd and Sycamore Ave. When Dr. Schnittker started the practice, BVH saw both large and small animals. In 1990 Dr. Schnittker broke ground on our current location on O’Hara Ave. Dr. Schnittker hired and mentored many great veterinarians over the years including Dr. Debbie Sharp way back in 1996. Dr. Odom and Dr. Sims were also hired and mentored by Dr. Schnittker and eventually purchased the practice from Dr. Schnittker when he retired in 2009. Dr. Sharp worked part-time throughout the years while she raised her family and worked with her horses and ranch. In 2013, Dr. Sharp purchased the practice from Dr. Odom and Dr. Sims.
Obviously, a lot has changed since the humble beginnings of Brentwood Vet Hospital 40 years ago! Changes in staffing, advances in veterinary medicine, and our understanding of animals’ needs have grown, along with the community of Brentwood. BVH has reflected these changes both inside and out. What started as a small one-doctor practice in the shadows of Mt. Diablo, has blossomed into a five-doctor, AAHA accredited practice that tries to stay on the cutting edge of medical advancements and treatments. What hasn’t changed is our never-ending love of animals and our commitment to their comfort and health.
It is that dedication that keeps us striving to improve ourselves and will continue to in the years to come. By constantly reinvesting in our services, equipment, and staff education, we hope to continue to serve the community we all love so much.
There are many memories and exceptional moments from our past, from new puppy and kitten exams to touch-and-go surgeries, too many sorrowful, sweet goodbyes….. Those are the moments that have made us who and what we are; a team of loyal, animal-loving people who strive to make our clients feel welcome and trusting of the care that we provide.
As the saying goes, “we’ve come a long way, baby!” But, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing clients and their fur-babies. Your support, loyalty, and love – are the heart of what we have done for 40 years here at Brentwood Veterinary Hospital, we hope to continue for at least another 40 more.