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John Carr, DVM

Dr. John Carr and his wife Cathleen, along with two youngest children Caitlin and Marie, began their move to Bend from Santa Cruz, California with the purchase of a rural property near several of their relatives in 2003.  Having enjoyed Bend’s great outdoors, and wishing to live nearer their extended family, a decision was made to sell Dr. Carr’s mixed animal veterinary practice in Santa Cruz and make the move.

Indeed, moving is something Dr. Carr is familiar with; he was born in Panama, a third generation American in the old Panama Canal Zone, whose great-grandfather worked

on the canal during construction. After living in various places across the U.S. as a child, he attained a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1971.  A period of work and travel landed him in Western Australia for eight years, where he completed veterinary school at Murdoch University.  A move back to the States followed, and a two-year residency program in Equine Reproduction at the University of California at Davis.

“I have lived and traveled in many beautiful and wonderful places, but have never felt quite so at home as in Bend”, says Dr. Carr. “The great natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor activities here are of course major attractions, but there is something about the combination of traditional rural life with a small but cosmopolitan city that is especially appealing to me.  This is the sort of environment I want for my family, and is ideal for the practice of personalized, mixed animal veterinary medicine that I love.  It was a stroke of luck that Dr. Oddo and I became reacquainted here a couple of years ago, after first meeting in 1985.  High Desert Veterinary Hospital is a wonderful practice, and I look forward to working with Dr. Oddo and his staff, and expanding our reach into the rural community.”