TRENTON — Dr. Daryl Burmeister, a veterinarian who specializes in caring for dogs and cats, has opened a new practice here.
His Oceanside Animal Hospital is just off Route 3 adjacent to the Wild Acadia Fun Park.
Dr. Burmeister has practiced for 15 years, the past 12 with the Small Animal Clinic in Ellsworth.
“We still have a great relationship with them,” Dr. Burmeister said. “It was just time to break out on my own. We decided to stay locally because we really like it here; we like the people.”
Dr. Burmeister’s wife, Pilar, is the nurse at Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor. She also is the office manager for the new animal hospital.
“We really want to be customer friendly and family friendly,” she said.
Dr. Burmeister said he had wanted to be a veterinarian since he was in elementary school, but his career path took a detour. He majored in math and computer science in college and, after graduation, went to work at NASA in Houston.
“I did project management for the scheduling of the (space shuttle) simulator,” he said. “The astronauts would all go through the simulator and practice with the payloads that were going to go up (to the International Space Station).
“But I guess it just wasn’t what I was destined to do,” he said of his job at NASA.
He went to veterinary school at Texas A&M University and then practiced for three years in Illinois before moving to Ellsworth, where he and his family still live.