Dr. Barry Burtis received his DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in 1969. After spending 3 years at a small animal hospital in Mississauga, Dr. Burtis joined his classmate Paul Winslow in founding Bay Cities Animal Hospital. Dr. Burtis has devoted much of his time to his profession. He is a member of the Hamilton Academy of Veterinary Medicine and has served in each capacity of its executive. He is a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, has served as Chair of its Public Relations Committee and was President of the OVMA in 1992.
Dr. Burtis is a member of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and was a member of its Quality Assurance Task Force. He is a member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and served as Chair of its Public Relations and Communications Committee. He also has been a member of the CVMA Advisory Committee.
Barry has received the Purina and Pets Magazine Veterinarian Appreciation Award of Honour, given "in recognition of exceptional veterinarian service, above and beyond traditional standards". In 2001 Barry was the recipient of the OVMA Award of Merit. This award is given "to recognize distinguished public service to the profession of veterinary medicine".
For over twenty years, Barry produced and hosted an animal related program on local Cable TV, called Pet Tales. He continues to be a regular guest on the CTS Network program, On The Line, with Christine Williams. Since 1999, Pet Tales, a bi-weekly newspaper column written by Dr. Burtis, has appeared in the Burlington Post.
Barry has also been active in a number of community organizations. He is a member of Appleby United Church, serving as a member and past Chair of the Outreach Committee and as a member of the Church Board, including a term as Chair. He is a past Board Member on the Burlington Social Planning Council and past Chair of the Burlington Volunteer Bureau. He was a member of the founding Board of Directors for William Shackleton Place, a subsidized housing development in Burlington. He has twice traveled to Guatemala as a member of a humanitarian mission to support the indigenous Mayan Chorti people in the Merendun Mountains, organized by the Canadian-Central American Relief Effort. Each year since their return from their trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp in 2006, Dr. Burtis and Dr. Fox have organized the collection and shipment of used textbooks, donated by Ontario veterinarians, to a veterinary school in Nepal. Currently, with assistance from Veterinarians Without Borders/Veterinaires Sans Frontiers, they are attempting to raise funds in order to develop a computer lab for that veterinary school in Nepal.
Barry lives in Burlington with his wife Donna. They enjoy spending time with their two adult sons, their wives and a young grandchildren. When not practicing his profession, Barry spends time jogging, reading, working on genealogy and in pursuit of adventure travel around the world.