Darla Bair joined the Vale Veterinary Staff in 2016. She was raised in Yamhill, Oregon where she participated in volleyball, basketball and track. Spare time was spent on the back of a horse, riding on the local logging roads. She received an Associate’s Degree in General Education after attending college at BYU, Idaho. At 21 she left for Chile where she lived for 16 months becoming fluent in Spanish. Since marrying Robb Bair and moving to Vale Darla and her husband have enjoyed raising their kids Tyrel, Hunter, Brogan and Grant. The Bair family operates a small cow/calf operations and they have several pets. Darla’s hobbies include horseback riding, sewing, reading, cooking and spending time with the family. Darla looks forward to serving you as part of the Vale Veterinary Team.
We are happy to add Shandra Eldred to our staff as a Veterinarian Technician. She graduated in 2013 from Payette High School and in 2016 with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Brown Mackie College in Boise. Shandra was born and raised in Fruitland, Idaho and recently moved to Oregon with her newlywed husband. While growing up Shandra spent most of her time at her grandfather’s dairy, and helping her family farm. She was very active in 4-H and FFA with dairy and leadership projects. Shandra enjoys traveling, camping, riding, spending time with family and summertime! Shandra and her husband have four calves along with three dogs. Shandra enjoys the mixed practice for the variety of animals you see.
Ruth Hart joined the clinic staff the fall of 2008 as office manager. Her background in marketing, management and retail has prepared her well for the challenges of the veterinary business. She grew up on a farm/ranch right here in Malheur County and has enjoyed the rural life nearly all of her life. She graduated from high school in Nyssa and took business training at Treasure Valley Community College as well as management training in the business community. Ruth has 3 grown children, Cassie Zimmerman, Dustin and Matt Fulleton. She enjoys singing and playing piano in her spare time and is active in her church. She enjoys water sports with her kids and an occasional round of golf. Ruth’s dog Scrappy is the resident greeter here at Vale Vet.
Brandi Bond is the smiling face at the front desk of Vale Veterinary and that friendly voice on the phone. She spent her high school years in Richland, Oregon and went to college at University of Arizona in the Pre-vet program for 2 years before marrying Russ Bond (yes, Nate’s brother). They spent time working on ranches before settling in Vale in 2005. They have 2 children, Lauren & Wade, who keep them busy. They also have several horses, a couple 4-H steers, a hound dog Ellie, a cat, Panther, and a bulldog, Curley. Brandi’s active in her church and loves to golf, garden, play her guitar and sing.
Stephanie was born in Pocatello, Idaho and moved to Hermiston, Oregon in 1993 where she was raised. She and her husband moved into our area in the summer of 2010 with the military. She started working at Vale Vet in 2006 as kennel assistant and vet assistant and is now the clinic groomer. In April of 2011, she became a licensed veterinary assistant through Animal Behavioral College. She enjoys working with both large and small animals. Stephanie has 2 dogs and a cat of her own. She and her husband have two children, a daughter born in 2011 and a son in 2015. They are enjoying every minute of being parents.
Nate Bond joined us in 2010 as a Vet assistant. He brings experience as an EMT on the human side and growing up on a cattle operation on the animal side. He works primarily with the large animals here at the clinic, but is good help inside with small animals when the need arises. Nate spent his early years here in Vale, moving to Richland, Oregon while still in his elementary years. He went to Pine Eagle High School and continued his education with EMT training and worked with the Vale Ambulance Department. Nate has one young son, Parker, who gives him great joy.
Dino Martinez is one of our veterinary assistants and joined Vale Vet in 2005. He has 15+ years of experience working with and rehabilitating companion animals and wildlife. He has worked in several small animal hospitals in Denver, Colorado as well as The Denver Zoo as a curator for the “Big Cat Exhibit.” From Denver, Dino moved to Caldwell and worked in a small animal hospital as the raptor rehabilitator. Dino then moved to Portland and worked in a small animal hospital as the head technician and dental tech. He has volunteered many hours at the Audubon Society in wildlife rehab and at the Feral Cat Society. In his free time Dino enjoys Frisbee golf, weight training and walking his dogs.
Dr. Katrina Hartman has been with Vale Vet since her graduation from Washington State University in May of 2013. She grew up in the rural farming and ranching community of Highwood, Montana where she helped with the family wheat farm and neighboring cattle ranches. Katrina received her undergraduate degree in Fish and Wildlife Management and Animal Science from Montana State University in Bozeman. Katrina's interests are equine and bovine medicine and reproduction but she enjoys the wide range of animals that walk in the door. Outside of the veterinary clinic, Katrina enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor photography.
Dr. Sheree Hughes-Irwin has been a small animal veterinarian at Vale Vet since 2006. She graduated from Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. She moved to Bakersfield, California to practice in a mixed practice and eventually bought her own practice in 1989. As owner of Olive Drive Animal Hospital, Sheree and her husband Gary managed a very busy small animal practice with 10 employees. After 15 years of ownership, they sold their practice and moved to Weiser, Idaho in 2005. Along with many horses and 3 dogs both Sheree and Gary are enjoying the rural Idaho life. Sheree brings with her many interests in veterinary medicine such as surgery and reproduction to our practice.
Dr. Jim Boyle is the previous owner and founder of Vale Vet Clinic. We are privileged to have him continue practicing with us as he brings a wealth of large animal knowledge and experience to the table. Jim was raised in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from the veterinary program at Washington State University in 1979. He has been married to his lovely bride, Ruth since 1982. They have three grown children, Mariah, Lee and Virinda. Jim is an avid runner and you will frequently see him running the streets of Vale early in the morning. He has participated in countless marathons in Portland and other Oregon locations, Washington, Idaho as well as the Boston Marathon. He is enjoyed his lessened work load to pursue travel. Recent trips include Nicaragua and a several European countries.
Dr. Angie Allum has been with Vale Vet Clinic since graduating in 2009 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. She was born and raised in Burns, Oregon. Angie completed her undergraduate degree in West Texas and at Washington State University with a rodeo scholarship. Angie has a special interest in large animal medicine -- especially equine practice but enjoys the variety of patients in a mixed animal setting. She has been heavily involved in rodeo from a young age and still competes in her spare time. Angie loves living in a rural community and getting to spend time outdoors. She purchased the clinic from Dr. Boyle in 2010.