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.
Now that he is a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Callahan says, “I have been at this hospital for more than 26 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 is married to Jean Hall, a practicing veterinarian and faculty member of Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine since 1990. The couple has three sons: Ty, born in 1991, is a 2nd year law student at New York University School of Law; Clay, born in 1993, is a senior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wa.; and Travis, born in 1995, is a sophomore at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wa.
The family has a Jack Russell Terrier named Birdie, a Great Pyrenees named Emma, a domestic short-haired cat named Mango, and 25 sheep (“Many have names, but too numerous to list,” he says). Dr. Callahan’s interests include following his boys’ college and graduate school exploits—and personal joys, which include travel, gardening, and fishing.