Introducing (drumroll please) Dr. Eric D. Belnap!
Dr. Belnap was raised in Bountiful, Utah, though he also lived in London, England for 3 years in his youth. He graduated from Bountiful High in 1976 and served an LDS mission in Florida. Dr. Belnap married his high school sweetheart, and they have 6 children. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1986 and started working at Sugar House Vet in 1987.
Q: Why did you become a veterinary professional?
A: My father was a pediatrician – I wanted to be a doctor. I worked on ranches in my youth and always wanted to be a veterinarian. From the time I was 16 I chose the animal world.
Q: In your role as a veterinary professional, what kind of cases do you like?
A: In veterinary school, I took many electives in dentistry. I have also taken a lot of continuing education in dentistry. I enjoy internal medicine also and soft tissue surgery.
Q: How many people are in your family and what are their interests? What kind of pets do you have and what are their personalities?
A: My wife Laura and I have six children. We love the outdoors. My children all played high school sports. We have six horses that we dearly love and have ridden all over the West. We have had many great pets, dogs as well as cats. Currently, we have our best cat ever. His name is Jinx. He is part of our family.
Q: What are some of your personal interests and achievements?
A: I love riding my horses. I also love cycling and log hundreds of miles a year. I am a past president of the Salt Lake Veterinary Association and the Utah Veterinary Association. I am Vice President of the Humane Society of Utah and I have served on their board for over five years. I have also worked in my community at church and scouting all my life.
Q: How long have you been working with animals?
A: I have worked with animals most of my life.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about your job at Sugar House Vet?
A: Veterinary medicine is certainly about helping care for pets. It is also about their owners. People who love animals are great to work with. I love our staff here at Sugar House Veterinary Hospital and love the constant challenges of veterinary medicine. I’m a dentist, surgeon, eye doctor, skin doctor and everything else.
Here are a few other things that Dr. Belnap wants you to know about him:
- I also use veterinary care. My horses’ medical needs are mostly taken care of by my colleagues at South Valley Large Animal Hospital.
- I am an animal health and welfare advocate in my role at the Humane Society of Utah, which transfers over to what I do at Sugar House Veterinary Hospital.
- I understand the financial challenges and constraints of veterinary care. We have a high standard of practice and try to be fair and helpful to our client’s needs and resources.