Philipp was born in Germany in 1965 and came to Canada as a one-year-old with his family. He grew up in Saskatoon where he was fascinated with animals from a young age. Philipp first did a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Saskatchewan before deciding to go into veterinary medicine there. Philipp met his wife, Lorraine, at the veterinary college and when they graduated in 1990 they moved to Winnipeg, Lorraine’s hometown. He has been at Birchwood ever since then. Lorraine now works part-time at Academy Spay and Neuter Clinic.
In 2019 Philipp’s first book, ‘The Accidental Veterinarian’ was published by ECW Press. It became a local best-seller, and has been translated into Polish, Russian and Hungarian! It is available for purchase at McNally Robinson, Chapters and on Amazon. An audiobook version is available as well.
Philipp and Lorraine have two children, Isabel and Alexander and two cats, Lucy and Gabi, as well as Orbit, a Shetland Sheepdog. In his spare time Philipp loves to travel, read, write, ski, cycle and hike, among other things!