Dr. Hendrik DeZeeuw, also known as Dr. D, has been working in the veterinary industry for over 34 years!

Dr. DeZeeuw grew up in the Annapolis Valley and graduated from Central Kings High School. He attended Mt. Allison University, then Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph.  He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Working on dairy farms and reading the tales of James Herriot steered him away from human medicine into animal medicine. He was drawn to how he cared for animals and the humans attached to them.

Dr. DeZeeuw worked for 2 years in Prince Albert, SK, before purchasing a veterinary practice in Mount Pearl, NL. He worked as a veterinarian and the owner of Sunrise Animal Hospital for 32 years. Surgery was his special interest, but he enjoyed all of aspects and all species of veterinarian medicine.

Dr. DeZeeuw has been married nearly 38 years to Rita, and has 3 daughters and 1 granddaughter. His children and granddaughter currently occupy most of his time. He enjoys bicycling and windsurfing, and he moved to NS in the fall of 2019.  Dr. DeZeeuw and his wife currently have no pets as they are still grieving their little yorkie, Lazer. Yet they have always had several dogs and cats underfoot their entire marriage, and he has had pets his entire life, including dog, cats, rabbits and calves.

Dr. DeZeeuw is still known as Dr. D, likely because his name is too hard to say. 😊