Brita grew up in Seattle, with an enthusiasm for all animals and the outdoors and has worked at Northshore Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian since 2002, and has practiced veterinary medicine since 1995. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science.
Brita achieved a long-term career goal by becoming a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (AVBP) in canine and feline practice in 2012, after an extensive application and examination process. This is one of the specialty areas recognized by the AVMA. Brita has a special interest in canine and feline behavior, internal medicine, oncology, and diagnostic imaging. She offers behavioral consultations and attends a myriad of canine and feline behavior continuing education opportunities. She is Elite fear free certified, and was instrumental in helping Northshore Veterinary Hospital become Feline Friendly, and AAHA certified.
Brita finds it rewarding to volunteer for the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association on their Diversity, Inclusion and Equity committee. Additionally, she continues to volunteer as the ABVP Outreach chairperson and helps mentor veterinarians applying to become ABVP diplomates. She also volunteers for the Whatcom Land Trust and the City of Bellingham helping maintain public lands.
When not at work Brita loves to be outside, skiing and hiking with her family. She has been married to Peter for more than 30 years, and together they are proud parents of two children, Conlon and Juliette. Of course no family is complete without pets; two cats (Kelso and BamBam) , a timid Chihuahua (Waldo) and the party animal (Poodle-Chihuahua mix) named Luna.