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Through his 20 years of experience working at Companion Pet Clinic, our Klamath Falls veterinarian, Dr. Dean Michael Wilson knows there is nothing routine about being a veterinarian. "It's a challenging job every day," he explains. "The science industry is constantly changing and so is veterinary medicine." As a result, I am always learning something new and passing this on to my patients."
Dr. Wilson's childhood was spent on a farm in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he raised sheep, an experience that influenced his desire to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. Wilson has always admired Dr. Karen Bird, who he names as his inspiration for attending veterinary school. He spent holidays, weekends, and vacations following her around and learning all he could. Dr. Wilson and Dr. Bird now work together at Companion Pet Clinic.
Dr. Wilson earned his bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1988 from Oregon State University and attended both Oregon State University and Washington State University for veterinary school. He graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, and Veterinary Information Network. Dr. Wilson has professional interests in internal medicine, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Wilson volunteers his services at the local Humane Society as well as humane societies in three adjoining counties.
Growing up in the California cities of Upland and Anderson, Dr. Karen I. Bird's childhood was filled with horses, dogs, cats, and pocket pets. She has also volunteered at veterinary hospitals in Redding and in Cottonwood CA.
One of the most memorable events early in her professional career involved her role as onsite veterinarian for the first National Sheepdog Championship. The event was filled with "amazing dogs and amazing partnerships," she said. But one night, in particular, stands apart from the rest. On that night, Dr. Bird performed three Caesarian sections on cows.
There is no doubt that Dr. Bird has answered a calling. "It is very satisfying to get to know my clients and become part of their relationships," she explains. "I know the people who belong to a Jack Russell terrier nominated to the Duck Hunting Hall of Fame; I sat and cried with the owner of a three-legged Scottie that died after taking a rattlesnake strike for her person; I rejoiced with the owner of an Australian cattle dog that was able to finally compete in an agility trial after treatment for a torn cruciate ligament. Their stories have become my stories."
Dr. Karen I. Bird graduated from the University of California, Davis, and received her bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1975. After earning a Master of Science degree, Dr. Bird was admitted to the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She has been an integral part of Companion Pet Clinic since March of 2010, bringing with her a professional interest in stem cell therapy.
Dr. Bird is a member of Oregon Veterinary Medicine Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Information Network, and PennHip (University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program).
Dr. Bird has a son Justin, and two grandsons, Ethan and Troy. Over the years, her home has been enriched by four boxers—Toot, Dottie, Cher, and Luna. She enjoys baking and gardening and along with her husband Clint (a retired contractor), she participates in archery, hiking, searching for petroglyphs, and gold panning.
Dr. Kari Hill grew up in Mount Shasta, Ca., and caring for animals are a big part of her earliest memories. "If one of our animals was sick I was always the one who was ready with bandages and medications to help treat our pets," she recalls.
"My motivation to become a veterinarian was a process that developed over time," she adds. "It started with a love of 'all creatures great and small,' grew with a love of science and medicine, and is now a passion to care for people and the animals they love."
Dr. Hill earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from California State University, Chico. She graduated summa cum laude with honors in general education and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she was a volunteer coordinator at Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless.
"My greatest satisfaction as a veterinarian comes from the knowledge that I am in a profession that grows, changes, and improves with each coming year," she says. "I am eager to learn and share as new treatments and cures for disease become available and I am excited to offer high quality care for our valued companions."
Dr. Hill joined Companion Pet Clinic in January 2014, although she has been working in animal hospitals since she graduated from high school. She has held every veterinary hospital position, from receptionist and kennel attendant, to veterinary assistant and veterinarian.
Dr. Hill is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include internal medicine and ultrasound. When not at work, Dr. Hill and her husband Chris care for three cats, Mace, Holden, and Cleo; a Border Collie named Buck; and a horse named Feather. She also enjoys skiing, horseback r
iding, and hiking.
Dr. Sheena Haney was born and raised right here in Klamath Falls. She spent her childhood playing softball, enjoying Southern Oregon’s endless outdoor recreation activities, and of course caring for animals. “I’ve always had my hands in a little bit of everything – from tending to family pets to branding and vaccinating cattle. I’ve even been intensely involved in wildlife rehabilitation throughout the state.”
Dr. Haney earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 2005. She then moved to Pomona, California, where she completed her veterinary degree at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
After completing veterinary school, Dr. Haney moved to Pocatello, Idaho where she worked as a small animal veterinarian for 5 years. During this time, she enjoyed building relationships with her patients and their humans. “The bond between a pet-owner and their pet is always a remarkable thing - whether that animal has been in the family for a few days or over a decade. One of my favorite parts of this job is being in a position to help pet owners maintain that precious connection with their furry family members,” she says.
After the birth of their second child in June, 2015, Dr. Haney and her husband, Royse, decided it was time to move their family back to Klamath Falls. Dr. Haney then joined Companion Pet Clinic in October, 2015. Being so familiar with the area’s beautiful landscapes and people made coming back to work in her hometown an easy decision. Dr. Haney adds, “I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from a great many of this town’s wonderful residents – from educators and researchers, to public service volunteers and farmers – and am proud to be back as a part of the area’s veterinary community.”
Dr. Haney is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. She is also accredited with the United States Department of Agriculture. Her professional interests include dentistry, wound management, and dermatology. Dr. Haney has two children, Henry and Esme. The family also shares their home with a pit bull terrier named Lily, who is a retired blood donor.
We offer Free Rechecks within the first 30 days of you visit.
We want to check and see how your pet is doing after any procedure they have at our clinic. Your pet's continued good health is our number 1 priority.
Did you know we now accept appointments for those clients that are on a tighter schedule?
Walk-in clients are also always welcome.
Due to the nature of walk-in clinics, there can be extensive wait times. We will do everything possible to minimize your wait time and apologize in advance if your wait time is too long. Clients with an appointment will be seen as close to their appointment time as possible. Walk-in clients will continue to be seen in the order they arrive
Due to the recent outbreak of H3N2 in Washington State this past month we are now carrying the canine vaccine to provide preventative measures for your pets.
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This is by far the best pet clinic in Klamath Falls. We have always been treated with respect and our pets have been well cared for. If you are looking for a good vet you found it.