Erik was born in raised in Belleville, Ontario, and has wanted to work with animals from a young age. After graduating from high school, he worked as a customer service manager at Michaels for two years before attending St. Lawrence College in Kingston. He graduated with distinction from the Veterinary Assistant program in June of 2016. He moved to Ottawa shortly after graduation to join The VSCAN team and expand his horizons. He briefly worked with the OSPCA caring for shelter animals. He currently shares a house with 5 roommates, plus his cat Lucy. He has a strong desire to travel across Europe and hopes to do so in the near future.