Burton Patrick started his career as a fish hatchery biologist for the state of Michigan in 1967. He has a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Illinois and graduate level work at three universities in biology and fishery management. In 1970 he went on to build, own and manage trout farms and specialty livestock for the next 19 years. In 1989 he retired from farming and became the operations manager of the Detroit Zoo. Then in 1993 he opened the Pittsburgh pet supply stores that would become Burton’s Total Pet.
For five years, Burton hosted the KDKA Pet Supplies “Plus” Hour before going on to thost the TV show dedicated to pet care called “Pets and Their People” on PCNC.