Dr. Donald Myrtue is a 1967 graduate of Iowa State University. In 1969, following two years of practice in Coos Bay, Dr. Myrtue purchased Lebanon Animal Clinic From Dr. Ensley Story. He built the existing clinic in July of 1980. Along with raising his three children here and being active in the community, many people have memories over the years of Dr. Myrtue meeting them at all hours of the day or night to provide care for their pets.
Dr. Vickie Murdoch has been with the Animal Clinic for 27 years. She was born and raised in the Willamette Valley and was in Oregon State University’s third graduating class. (Of ’85.) She has been blissfully wed to her husband Jim for 39 years in October.
Vickie took Colorado State’s Acupuncture course in 2008, motivated by the profound relief acupuncture provided dogs with intervertebral disc pain when pharmaceuticals were not fully effective. Acupuncture remains a small but rewarding part of her practice.
What Vickie likes best about the clinic she has devoted almost all of her professional life to is the sense of caring that dominates everything they do. From receptionist to kennel helper, the staff is driven by the need to give the best care possible to every pet in their charge.
Dr. Steven Hiett is a 1991 graduate of Washington State University. Along with his wife, Dr. Kim Stender, he has worked with both large and small animals in Southern Oregon, the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, and the country of Cambodia prior to their move to the Lebanon/Sweet Home area in 2005. They have two high school children (Jakob & Dana) who add a lot of spice to life, and if that is not enough they have an assortment of goats, horses, dogs, cats, ducks, pigeons, and a rabbit. In addition to enjoying the medical and surgical aspects of making pets healthy, Dr. Hiett also serves on the Board of Advisors for the organization Christian Veterinary Mission; facilitating veterinarians and veterinary students to integrate their faith, passion, and profession in a variety of settings both in the United States and internationally. (If interested follow the link to http://cvmusa.org
Dr. Stender grew up in SW Washington surrounded by a menagerie of animals her parents graciously accepted. She received her bachelor’s degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and attended Washington State University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, which is where she also met her amazing and talented husband, Dr. Steven Hiett. She has practiced in Grants Pass, Oregon and Oakhurst, California and spent 6 years in Cambodia with Christian Veterinary Mission doing community development work. Dr, Stender enjoys hiking, gardening, and almost anything in the outdoors. She is happy to be living in the lush beauty of the Willamette Valley and working with such a motivated and caring crew at Lebanon Animal Clinic.
Dr. Thielen graduated from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She started as a mixed animal practitioner in Molalla, Oregon. She lives in Corvallis and started working at Lebanon Animal Clinic in August of 2013. She is a member of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT). She has volunteered for the Humane Society of the United States, teaching veterinary students to perform spays and neuters. Her teenage twin daughters are active in volleyball, La Crosse, softball, and water sports. Her oldest daughter is attending college in Texas. Dr. Thielen has dogs and horses and enjoys hiking and riding.