Our Bakersfield, CA Veterinarians

Stiern Veterinary Hospital Veterinarians

Bakersfield CA VeterinariansEric Bollier, DVM - Veterinarian/Owner

A 1980 graduate of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Eric Bollier grew up in a suburb of Kansas City known as Prairie Village. There, his love of animals was fostered through his many family pets – dogs, cats and guinea pigs.

"Between a love for animals, a strong interest in caring for and being around them, as well as my interest in the biological sciences, veterinary medicine was a natural fit for me," he says.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Bollier has been sharing his passion with clients and patients of Stiern Veterinary Hospital. He considers the relationships he has developed with them over the years a rewarding aspect of his career.

"Being able to effect a positive outcome in a challenging case has got to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my job," he says. "After all, keeping pets as healthy as possible is the main reason why I chose a career in veterinary medicine."

Dr. Bollier is a member of the American, California, Kern County and Sierra Veterinary Medical Associations and the Veterinary Information Network. He is a former officer of the Kern County Veterinary Medical Association and past member of the Bakersfield SPCA's Board of Directors and Advisory Board. His veterinary interests include general medicine and surgery, internal medicine and orthopedic surgery.

In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, fly-fishing, hiking, camping, snow-skiing and off-roading, as well as travel, concerts, photography, and local events. He has a smaller-than-average-sized hound dog named Ranger, who isn't very fond of cats – hence why he currently has none. He has two adult children, a son who is a firefighter and a daughter who is a horticulturalist.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansRose Rakow, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Since she was six years old, Dr. Rose Rakow knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. After hearing a veterinarian speak to her second grade class, she returned home with a clear vision.

"I went home and told my family that's what I was going to do, and I stuck with it," she says.

Dr. Rakow attended the local junior college for two years before enrolling in the Animal Science program at California State University Fresno and graduated in 1987. She attended Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1992.

In 1993 Dr. Rakow was working at our newly acquired sister hospital, North of the River Veterinary Hospital and joined the Stiern Veterinary Hospital team in 1995. She is interested in veterinary surgery, orthopedics, pocket and exotic pets, and being a general practitioner. She is a member of the American, California, and Kern County Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the Veterinary Information Network and the California Ferret Association. She is Board President of the Bakersfield SPCA and is an adjunct professor at Bakersfield College.

She says watching pets heal and return to their healthy selves is the most rewarding part of her job. She enjoys being able to witness a puppy or kitten grow up and age along with their human families, and then seeing the next pet the family welcomes after experiencing a loss.

At home Dr. Rakow has six pets. Her canines range in size and include Linus, a Dachshund; Molly, a Walker hound; and Barney, a Saint Bernard. Her three cats are named Sam, Emily and Kai. In her free time, Dr. Rakow enjoys "trying not to kill the house plants and some crafty things like candle making, crocheting and knitting." She also spends time reading, going to the movies, deep sea fishing and racking her brain with puzzle games.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansCynthia Dahlgren, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Cynthia Dahlgren has deep roots in the Bakersfield community. Born and raised here, she was the recipient of a California Scholarship Federation Gold Seal Diploma upon graduating from Bakersfield High School. While in high school and community college, she served as the president and associate advisor for Explorer Post 76 that was sponsored by Mandelyn Kennels – which is now home to the Bakersfield SPCA. Dr. Dahlgren earned her associate’s degree in Chemistry from Bakersfield College in 1978 and two bachelor’s degrees, in animal science and veterinary science, from the University of California-Davis in 1981 and 1983. While an undergraduate, she worked on many behavior research projects, completed a zoological medicine clinic, and worked as a veterinary assistant for Veterinary Emergency Services in Bakersfield which is now called Animal Emergency and Urgent Care (AEUC). In 1985, she was awarded her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. "The late state senator and veterinarian Walter Stiern encouraged and recommended me for veterinary school," she remembers fondly. "When asked, I told him I would return home after graduating."

With professional interests ranging from general medicine and surgery, to dermatology, exotics and veterinary forensics, Dr. Dahlgren joined the Stiern Veterinary Hospital team in February 2016. She is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, Kern County Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Information Network and the Humane Society of the United States. Inspired by her childhood television favorite "Sherlock Holmes," she still gets a thrill from putting clues and evidence together to solve medical mysteries. The greatest reward for her is when she can help the human-animal bond become whole again.

Dr. Dahlgren and her husband Derek share their lives with a Welsh Pembroke Corgi named Diego and two desert tortoises, Toni and Tommie. She enjoys gardening, hiking, visiting museums, and spending time at Morro Bay on the central coast. In addition to her love of mysteries, Dr. Dahlgren considers herself a trekkie – "old generation, of course."

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Southwest Veterinary Hospital Veterinarians

Bakersfield CA VeterinariansTimothy Anderson, DVM - Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Timothy Anderson was raised in El Dorado, Kansas, but it was a visit to Springfield, Massachusetts while he was in high school that inspired him to become a veterinarian.

"My uncle, who was a veterinarian in Massachusetts, invited me to spend a summer with him and his family between my junior and senior year of high school," he says. "The experience I gained working in his veterinary hospital convinced me that the vocation he had chosen was a noble and satisfying one, and a career I felt would enrich my life."

Thirty-eight years later, he is still excited about going to work every day. "I find the profession as challenging and rewarding as the first day I put on a stethoscope," he says.

Dr. Anderson graduated from Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 and joined the Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals' teams that same year. His veterinary interests include internal medicine and dermatology.

Outside of work Dr. Anderson enjoys traveling, hiking and golfing. He has one dog, a Pomeranian named Ember.

He is a member of the American, California and Kern County Veterinary Medical Associations and the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Anderson can be seen at both our Southwest and Stiern locations.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansMark Holland, DVM - Veterinarian/Owner

A 1998 graduate of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mark Holland grew up on a farm in Bucyrus, Kansas.

"At some point while growing up I realized I didn't want to sit on a tractor for the rest of my career," he says. Dr. Holland knew he wanted to stay involved with the farming industry. "Veterinary Medicine seemed like a perfect opportunity. I had no idea the journey I was about to embark upon."

Dr. Holland was hired at Southwest Veterinary Hospital right out of veterinary school. Before then he gained experience through working at a mixed animal practice, a small animal emergency and referral center, and in the Rabies department of Kansas State University's Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory.

His favorite part of being a veterinarian is in developing relationships with clients and working alongside others who share common goals. "The positive feedback and happy patients help drive us through our day," he says.

Dr. Holland is most interested in veterinary surgery and is a member of the American and California Veterinary Medical Associations and the Veterinary Information Network.

Outside of work, Dr. Holland is an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a father to two daughters, Olivia and Stella (who consistently make him proud). He has a Shih-Tzu named Mattie and enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, water sports, and skiing during the winter months.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansSherry Clark, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

A 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sherry Clark began working at Southwest Veterinary Hospital in November 1981. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine and tortoises.

Dr. Clark enjoys special clients and their pets.

At home Dr. Clark cares for a longhaired Dachshund named Betty. In her free time, she enjoys walking, wine tasting, and traveling.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansKristina C. Love, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Associate veterinarian Dr. Kristina Love joined the team at Southwest Veterinary Hospital in April of 2016. A Bakersfield native, Dr. Love has a lifelong passion for animals and was fascinated by science, physiology and medicine as an undergraduate.

She began her post-high school education at California State University, Bakersfield before transferring to Washington State University, where she earned both her undergraduate degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Love’s professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine and senior pet care.

"As our pets are living longer due to advances in veterinary preventive care and nutrition, I find it rewarding to have the ability to create a better quality of life that allows elderly pets to thrive rather than just survive," says Dr. Love. "When pet parents enthusiastically report that the increased activity of their senior pet is because of the treatments I offer, it is very satisfying."

At home, Dr. Love has a terrier mix named Gracie, a Chihuahua named Lizzy, and a cat named Tabby Cat. When not at work she enjoys gardening and landscaping her yard, taking on home improvement projects, staying fit, traveling, reading, thrift shopping, participating in trivia competitions and spending time with her daughter.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansWilliam E. Hannah, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

The enthusiasm and generosity of a local veterinarian inspired Dr. William Hannah to embark on the same career path.

Growing up in Santa Barbara, he first studied Microbiology at Westmont College, earning his bachelor's degree, and went on to study for his master's at Northern Arizona University, where he graduated in 1976. Years later, Dr. Hannah enrolled in veterinary school at Colorado State University. Before graduating in 1994, he gained experience by volunteering in a local veterinary hospital.

Joining the Southwest Veterinary Hospital staff in 2012, Dr. Hannah is most interested in internal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Information Network.

He most enjoys "eliminating a disease process and seeing the results after a surgery."

At home Dr. Hannah has three small dogs and two cats. These include Olive, a terrier; Isabell/"Izzy" a Chihuahua-Miniature Pinscher mix; and Fiona, a Chihuahua; as well as cats Joey and Thirsty. He enjoys music, reading, skiing, mechanics, and carpentry.

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