Doctor Brian Buckton was born and raised in Porterville, CA. He graduated in 1997 from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Animal Physiology and Neuro-science and a minor in Studio Art. Dr. Buckton received his Veterinary Doctorate from University of California, Davis in 2001. While training to be a veterinarian, Dr. Buckton attended internships at the San Diego Zoo as well as abroad in Bali and Costa Rica.
After graduation, he moved to Truckee, CA to work as an associate veterinarian at Sierra Pet Clinic. Dr. Buckton then worked for a stint at Ponderay Veterinary Service in Sand Point, Idaho. The beauty of the Sierras and the excellent clientele and patients of Lake Tahoe eventually lured him back to the area.
In 2008 Doctor Buckton purchased North Lake Veterinary Clinic in Tahoe City and changed the name to Burton Creek Veterinary Clinic. In the hospital, Dr. Buckton has interests in general medicine and preventive care, dentistry, surgery, ultrasonography and wildlife/ exotics.
When he isn’t practicing veterinary medicine, he is typically outdoors snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding and camping. He also loves to keep up his musical interest, playing saxophone and guitar. Dr. Buckton plays saxophone with the legendary local Tahoe band, Horsemouth. His family includes 2 teenage boys, Rory and Kyler, a Golden Retriever named Emma, 2 Geckos named Crystal and Amber, as well as many aquarium fish.