Dr. Hank Oliver, our lead veterinarian, graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine cum laude in 1980. He has practiced in Pasco continually since 1982. Dr. Oliver has given many talks for local clubs about issues relating to animal health and was even a guest speaker at the Jackson Hole Veterinary Rendezvous in Wyoming. He and his wife are very involved in equestrian activities and sports; Dr. Oliver previously served as president of the Tri-Cities Polo Club.
Dr. Jenna Barker-Olson grew up in Colville, WA surrounded by cattle, horses, pigs, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits. She’s the fourth generation to be born and raised in the northeast Washington area where her family farms and runs commercial crossbred cattle. Growing up, Dr. Barker-Olson was very involved in 4-H and FFA. She has competed at the Livestock Judging Competition at the State Fair and in her senior year of high school she competed at the National Competition in Denver, CO.
Dr. Barker-Olson graduated from Colville High School in 2003. In 2007, she earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Science from Washington State University. After graduating from WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2011, she moved to La Grande, OR, where she worked as an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice.
When not at work, she spends her spare time at the local gym where she is an avid weight lifter and biker. She also enjoys riding horses, trap shooting, and working on the family ranch back in Colville. Dr. Barker-Olson has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was six years old.
Dr. Kelly Hollister attained her baccalaureate in Animal Sciences in 2011 and graduated top 15 in her class from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. While at WSU she received an Outstanding Senior Award and was a member of Phi Zeta (the honor society for veterinary medicine).
When she’s not at the hospital Dr. Hollister enjoys working on the farm with her boyfriend, Jared, riding horses, hiking, dirt biking, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Jim Benson grew up on a ranch in eastern Montana. He attended Montana State University for his pre-vet, then finished up at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. When he came to the Tri-Cities he only planned to stay one year but he fell in love with the area and has been here ever since. In his spare time, Dr. Benson enjoys doing yard work and tinkering with his older cars. He and his wife Gwen love spending time with their kids and grandkids (they have 12!), particularly watching their ball games and dance recitals.
Dr. Benson enjoys getting to know people and their animals through his work and looks forward to many more years of active practice.