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Dr. Mark Steinebach


Education: Dipl. T. (Medical Laboratory Sciences): BCIT 1988 B.Sc.(Biology): SFU 1989 D.V.M.(with Distinction): University of Saskatchewan 1994

Dr. Steinebach truly is your local veterinarian in Chilliwack, BC. He was born and raised in Chilliwack, graduating from Sardis Secondary School returning to Chilliwack in 1994 to found Valley Veterinary Services. He has a keen interest in animal welfare issues and has given a great deal of his time to animal advocacy groups. He is called upon on occasion to provide his expertise with respect to animal welfare issues during SPCA investigations and in court as an expert medical witness.

Dr. Steinebach is often found at continuing medical education courses learning and honing skills. His “gadget” nature always has him on the lookout for a new piece of diagnostic or treatment equipment to add to the arsenal at our hospital. Dr. Steinebach has particular interests in Orthopedic procedures and has performed advanced surgical procedures for repair of Cruciate Ligament injuries, including TTA and TPLO, since 2007. He truly enjoys being part of the solution that sees dogs in chronic pain progressing to near normal function and alleviation of that pain following surgical repair. In the past, treatments for his own medical issues lead him to employ Therapeutic Laser treatment in post-operative care for his patients.

While Dr. Steinebach’s number 1 priority is providing quality care to his patients and good service with an optimal degree of integrity to his clients, he also has a strong sense of pride in his profession. He has served for five years as a member of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia’s Practice Accreditation Committee and served in the capacity as Chairman of this regulatory committee for two years. In this role, he oversaw all regulatory issues surrounding inspection of practices to ensure that they were adhering to Practice Standards and Regulations. He has also acted in the capacity of an examiner in setting questions for the licensing exam for veterinarians seeking licensure in British Columbia.

Dr. Steinebach and his wife share their home with one persnickety cat, “Penny,” and from time to time, four not-so-persnickety but highly energetic grandchildren. Dr. Steinebach enjoys time in the forest and on the water and has served in a number of capacities over the years in advocacy for outdoor recreational pursuits, including mountain biking, cycling and skiing, including as the founding and past president of Vedder Mountain Trails Association (2004- 2014). In his past life, he was a silver medalist in the BC Cup Cross-Country Mountain Bike Championships. When the weather contributes to keeping him off his bicycle, he can be found on a virtual Zwift world and cycling on a stationary trainer in his basement and watching Dr. Who episodes.


What's the Role of an RVT?

An RVT's (registered veterinary technician's) day does include belly rubs … but it’s also a lot more. RVTs are educated and trained professionals who practice animal health care alongside veterinarians. By performing diagnostic procedures, administering treatments and monitoring patients, the RVT allows the veterinarian to provide a higher level of care to all of our patients. The role of an RVT is often overlooked due to many of their tasks occurring “ behind the scenes.” RVTs are an integral part of a veterinary hospital. They are responsible for anesthesia during surgeries, taking and processing radiographs (x-rays), and preparing and administering medication and other treatments to hospitalized patients. But it doesn’t stop there! They’re also the voice on the phone giving you updates on how the procedure went, giving home care instructions and ensuring your pet has a restful recuperation time following their procedure at home. Our RVTs play a pivotal role at Valley Veterinary Services and are vital in our promise to provide quality pet care to all of our patients

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