Dr. Al Longair B.Sc., D.V.M.
Dr. Longair was born and raised in the lower mainland of B.C. and completed a BSc. at Simon Fraser University then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1977. After graduation, Dr. Longair joined the Prevost Veterinary Clinic. At that time, the clinic was a mixed animal practice so he performed farm calls as well as small animal practice in the clinic. He enjoyed all the work and got to know our amazing Cowichan Valley by visiting farms, large and small.
In 1981, the senior partners in the practice decided to leave the small animal clinic and divided the farm animal work between them. Dr. Longair and Dr. Wiren took over the small animal hospital. Since then, there have been two additions to the building as the practice has grown.
Outside of the practice, Dr. Longair became involved with the local SPCA and then the provincial body, sitting on the BCSPCA committee of management for many years and served as the President for 4 years in the early 1990s. He also served on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee, chairing it for four years.
After over 20 years working in animal welfare, Dr. Longair moved over to working with children by becoming a youth soccer coach. For the last 19 years, he has enjoyed coaching boys’ soccer because he finds it so rewarding to be able to assist our youth.
Dr. Longair is a founding member of the Society of B.C. Veterinarians. Shortly after formation, the SBCV members voted to align with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and become a self-directed chapter of the CVMA. He has had the privilege of serving on the Board of the CVMA-SBCV Chapter for 8 years and currently serves as the president.
Personally, Dr. Longair has been married to his wife, Jan, for 40 years. They have two children and one grandchild. His wife is addicted to horses so they live on a small acreage with three horses and currently three dogs.