Dr. Burtch received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 1993. She completed an internship at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital in 1994. In 1996 she completed an ACVIM SAIM approved residency in internal medicine at the same facility, which included out-rotations at UC Davis. In 1999 she achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and founded Pacific Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service along with four veterinary colleagues. She is the past President of the Monterey Bay Area Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Burtch is the Founder and President of the BirchBark Foundation and spends her leisure time with her family—which includes her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and 3 cats. She actively supports animal welfare organizations along the Central Coast. She enjoys her garden, hiking and sports.