Dr. Mark McConnell joined the BHC team driven by his passion – the role veterinary medicine has in our society and culture, including the human-animal bond. He is passionate about creating healthy hospital cultures in which all team members are given opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Veterinary medicine is in his blood (his two older brothers are veterinarians and have been successful practice owners themselves) and Dr. McConnell’s journey began as he studied Zoology at the University of Idaho and earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1986. He traveled to Scotland to continue his studies at the University of Glasgow’s College of Veterinary medicine, where he was awarded his degree and membership into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1992.
From Scotland, Dr. McConnell moved back to the States and carved out a niche for himself as a co-owner of The Emergency Veterinary Hospital, a 24/7 AAHA-accredited facility located in Springfield, Oregon.
Dr. McConnell is involved in numerous professional organizations and feels that giving back to the profession makes one a better veterinarian. In 2005 he was appointed by the governor to serve on the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board. He served nine years, the last two as chair. He is past-president (2017-2018) of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). In addition, Dr. McConnell serves on the committee for the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) associated with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). He serves on the advisory panel for the Portland Community College Veterinary Technician Program and is a strong proponent of promoting veterinary technicians within the profession.
A three-time Ironman competitor, ultra-runner, and all things related to outdoor fitness keep he and his wife Mary Beth constantly on the move and looking for new challenges.