From the young age of four, Dr. Shane Reno has been immersed in the world of veterinary care. “My father, Dr. Lynn Reno, purchased the Mt. Vernon Veterinary Hospital clinic in 1968, and I basically grew up in the building. We always had animals and being a veterinarian was always something that I knew I wanted to do.”
When it came time for Dr. Shane (as he is called to differentiate himself from his father) to bring his dream to fruition by stepping into the world of higher learning, he put in 11 years at various schools. “As an undergrad I went to BC, CSUB, and UC Santa Barbara, amongst others. I then studied veterinary medicine at Ross University in the Caribbean and completed my education at Mississippi State.”
Dr. Shane returned to Bakersfield to work side-by-side with his father at Mt. Vernon Veterinary Hospital. His first 17 years, he mostly worked with large animals, focusing mainly on surgeries while his father did more of the office visit work. As Dr. Lynn Reno became less involved in the company due to health issues, the large animal part of their services dropped off and they shifted focus to dogs and cats. “I had to step up into the office responsibilities more,” Dr. Shane detailed. “When my father passed away in 2014, I took over the Hospital.”
This doesn’t mean that their services are at all limited, though. Within their facility, you can have physical examinations, vaccinations, spaying and neutering, soft tissue surgeries, ultrasounds, dental procedures, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and even laboratory work done
Dr. Shane speaks fluent English and Spanish, and maintains that while their quality of service is superior, the prices are definitely fair and reasonable. This is just one way that they show their love of the pets and owners who they serve. “The people that come here have a lot of animals, and they love them.”
And so does Dr. Shane. His journey through veterinary medicine has definitely instilled a deep love and sense of compassion for the animals that he treats. “When I was a kid, I never thought of myself as the typical animal lover. They were just a part of my life,” he said. “I began to realize in time how much I really do love animals. I love to see them respond to treatment and get better. It used to be more of a challenge when I was younger, which motivated me. But now, seeing the animals improve and how happy their owners are is what makes me passionate about what I do. I’m definitely emotionally attached.”
As for the future, it seems incredibly bright, with Dr. Shane’s son getting into veterinary medicine, as well. This will make for three generations of excellent service to our community. With an extra associate by his side, Dr. Shane and his staff will be able to increase their caseload even more.
Though he hasn’t had too much time these days to indulge in hobbies (like writing the next best selling thriller!), Dr. Shane always has time for doing what he loves, and that is tending to the medical needs of local animals.
Mt. Vernon Vet Hospital
2120 E. California Avenue