Rogue Equine Hospital offers compassionate, personalized equine medical care in southern Oregon and northern California. We are dedicated to improving the lives of horses and their owners by providing exceptional client service and offering horse owners and other equine professionals ongoing education on cutting edge healthcare issues.
Our veterinarians at Rogue Equine Hospital collectively represent over 80 years of clinical experience in equine medicine and surgery. This experience combined with a caring, well trained staff enable us to provide exceptional client service. Three equine veterinarians and four support staff provide 24 hour intensive care in our 6000 square foot hospital. See more about our facility below.
Our Vision for Rogue Equine Hospital’s Services
We improve the lives of our equine patients and their owners by providing individualized, expert, and compassionate care. We take the time to listen and customize our services to meet the individual needs of both our patients and their owners. We keep abreast of new developments in the equine medical field, updating technology as well as pursuing advanced certifications in such innovative treatment modalities as chiropractic and acupuncture. We offer the most advanced and well equipped facility in the southern Oregon and northern California area, the only equine facility offering surgical and advanced reproduction services. We lead the way for equine owners and other equine professionals by offering cutting edge, local equine educational opportunities. Our online services offer rich public informational resources, purchase of prescription medications and health supplies, quick client access to medical records, newsletters, and webinars on a wide variety of educational topics. We engage in topical and relevant community awareness campaigns on issues important to the health of equines.
Meet the Doctors and Staff
William W. Ferguson, DVM
Dr. Ferguson grew up on a farm in the Tri-Cities area of Central Washington and in a small New England town. Undergraduate studies were done at Yale University, Washington State University, and the University of Washington. He received a bachelor of science in zoology from W.S.U. in 1975, and his DVM from W.S.U. in 1980. Dr. Ferguson became certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2001. Areas of professional interest include equine chiropractic, dentistry, and lameness. Outside interests include golf, travel, and raising horses with his wife, Birte on their farm in Eagle Point.
Thomas R. Timmons, DVM
Dr. Timmons is a native Oregonian, originating in the Pendleton area. Undergraduate studies at Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bachelor of Science from Eastern Oregon College – 1987. Professional training at Oregon State University, Washington State University, University of Idaho and University of Tennessee, DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University – combined program – 1991. FEI Licensed Veterinarian – Endurance. Specific areas of interest include acupuncture, lameness, reproduction, surgery and medicine. Outside interests are fly fishing, horse and back packing, warm water diving and travel . Dr. Timmons travels internationally for veterinary assignments at FEI level endurance rides.
Mitchell K. Benson, DVM
Dr. Benson originated in Durham CA. Undergraduate studies were at Cal Poly, majoring in dairy science until 1976. Dr. Benson’s DVM degree is from UC Davis, obtained in 1980. He practiced in Sonoma County, California for 25 years until he moved to the Rogue Valley in 2005. In March 2006, Dr. Benson joined our veterinary practice. Areas of interest in practice include dentistry, reproduction and lameness. Areas of personal interest include wilderness packing with horse and mule. He is also widely known for his colorful shirts – about two dozen of them – custom made for him by his wife, one of which is shown in his photo, left.
Julie Bernier, DVM
Dr Julie Bernier originates from Quebec, the French part of Canada, and earned her Veterinary Medicine degree at University of Montreal.
Dr Bernier trained reining horses in North Carolina and Texas, studied 3 years of Agronomy and finally reproduction science at Laval University before attending veterinary school.
Raised by 2 veterinarian parents, she accumulated experiences throughout her life, which enhanced her curriculum with several clinical rotations in Canada, The United States, Morocco, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Dr Bernier’s areas of professional interest includes equine reproduction, surgery, medicine and lameness with side interest wildlife medicine.
Dr. Tish Chism lost her battle with cancer November 2014. She will be so missed by her family, friends, colleagues and clients.
Kelly Powell, originally from the Rogue Valley, lived in Texas for 25 years. Kelly was a vet assistant in Liberty Hill Texas with an equine practice, and also holds an insurance license in general lines. Kelly started with us in May 2011 as front office receptionist and vet assistant.
Kelly was involved with 4-H and FFA, also has shown her horses on a national and world level.
Shannon K Van Dyck grew up in Santa Clara, California. She spent several years as a zoo keeper in the Bay Area. In 1993, Shannon moved to Oregon to pursue a career in the veterinary field working in a small animal practice as an assistant. She started at REH in 1999 as an assistant and became a licensed tech in 2002. Shannon left REH in 2003 to have a family and came back to work in 2014 as a licensed tech. Shannon enjoys camping, trail riding with her horses Banjo and Lilly, and spending time with her family.
Our facility is the most full-service veterinary hospital in the northern California and southern Oregon area. We provide 24 hour intensive care in a 6000 square foot facility.
We have two large indoor exam areas, seven treatment stalls, one isolation stall, and a surgical suite with a separate induction/recovery stall. A separate reproduction barn is dedicated to stallion and mare services. The reproduction facility is USDA certified. All are supported by a full service laboratory.
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