New veterinary facility the Wickiup Animal Hospital is set to open on Skidgel Road in La Pine on June 18. The practice will be run by native Pacific Northwesterner Dr. Lindsey Bohard, DVM, cVA, who was born and raised in Oregon. A lifelong love of animals and science inspired Dr. Bohard to pursue veterinary medicine, with a particular passion for horses. She attended Eastern Oregon University where she received her Bachelors in Molecular Biology, while playing volleyball and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University.
She is also certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for both large and small animals. Dr. Bohard was most recently residing in Washington, but said the new practice opportunity, which will be the second such veterinary option in the La Pine area, offered a welcome return to her Oregon roots.
She said, “I am from the Willamette Valley area originally, but have family in the Bend and La Pine area and am excited to be back here and to get involved with the community.
“I developed an additional specialty in acupuncture which I studied in veterinary school, and see it as a modern approach that is evidence-based and helps provide additional treatment options, in particular in helping with arthritis and chronic pain rather than just giving a pill
“This kind of approach is being more understood as part of the level of medicine we are able to provide every day and is gaining a higher profile particularly in the equine industry, where people are seeing the beneficial effects.”
Dr. Bohard said the new clinic will treating small animals such as dogs and cats to start with but the goal was to build up to offering the same services to larger animals like goats and horses in the La Pine, Sunriver and general Southern Deschutes County area, additionally meaning less need for people to travel to Bend.
The animal hospital will also be offering “new clinic specials” such as spray and neuter initiatives. When she’s not helping animals in need, Dr. Bohard loves to read, play the piano, stay active in sports, watch the Seahawks, and spend time with her family. She has a fluffy cat named Miss Priss, a “naughty pony” named Porter and a “sweet little lab mix”
Wickiup Animal Hospital, 52407 Skidgel Road, La Pine at Wickiup Junction