Dr. Steve Callahan was a General Practitioner and owner of Willamette Veterinary Hospital from 1987 until 2016.
Asked who or what influenced him to become a veterinarian, Dr. Callahan says, “Quite simply, it was both of my parents. We always had pets—dogs and cats—when I was growing up and they were considered family members well before that terminology became common usage. My mom and dad strongly encouraged my academic and professional inclinations and when I graduated from veterinary school, they couldn’t have been more pleased.”
After graduating from high school in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Callahan entered Tulane University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1972. He then spent the next four years as an officer in the United States Navy. After serving out his enlistment he entered the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. During his veterinary studies Dr. Callahan was awarded membership in Phi Zeta, the veterinary honors society. In 1982, he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Callahan said, “I have been at this hospital for almost 30 years and have seen many of my clients for years and consider a significant percentage of them friends. Helping them take care of their pets is a daily source of joy and fulfillment for me.”
Dr. Callahan is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, Willamette Valley Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Callahan has three sons: Ty, born in 1991, Clay, born in 1993, and Travis, born in 1995. They live in the Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco areas respectively and are a constant source of pride, joy, company, and laughter for him.
Dr. Callahan’s interests include keeping up with his boys’ current lives—and personal joys, which include travel- especially with his 4 siblings-,fishing, coffee and the occasional beer with his friends.