Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Howard City Veterinary Services in Howard City, Michigan! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 231-937-4396 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Ryan Buitenwerf, DVM

Hello all! My name is Dr. Ryan Buitenwerf (Bite N werf) but I go by Dr. Ryan at work because it is easier. I am a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, and a 2001 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I have been practicing for the last nineteen years in a small mixed animal practice in northeast Iowa. While in practice I spent more than 50% of my time treating all the small animals in the practice and split the rest of my time between beef, dairy, swine, exotic, and horses. I also taught as an adjunct professor at the local Veterinary Technician school for the past 6 years.

I married my wife in 2003 and we have four children. They range in age from 14 all the way down to 4. We enjoy being involved in our church and this has lead to us getting to travel the world serving others. I have been to Mongolia twice where I helped teach Mongolian veterinarians more modern medical procedures. I have been to Ethiopia three times, once to adopt, and twice to serve under privileged widows in a remote village. I treated their sick livestock and educated them in preventative medicine. Finally I have traveled to Kosovo, formerly part of Yugoslavia, four times where I have done some Biblical teaching, taught English, and just some humanitarian relief.

My family and I are looking forward to our time here in Howard City. We are excited to get involved in the school and local community. We enjoy kayaking as a family, along with watching movies and reading.