Our Staff

We are proud of our family at Forest Valley Veterinary Clinic. We take patient care very seriously and we want you to know your pet is in good hands. Our Licensed Technicians (‘Nurses’), Receptionists and Assistants have decades of experience between them and they also understand what it feels like to be in your shoes. We know you like to see a familiar face when you come through our door, and someone that is genuinely interested in helping you care for your pet.

Our Doctors

Dr. Bruce Behrends

Dr. Bruce Behrends

Dr. Bruce Behrends grew up in Oregon, went to school in Oregon, and never thought twice about living anywhere else.  He started his career working at the Veneta Veterinary Hospital back when they saw ‘all creatures, great and small’.  If you catch him on a slow day, he has some great stories to tell about those middle of the night farm calls.  Over the years, he decided to focus his energies on small animals and creating a veterinary hospital that serves the needs of our community.  He is now part owner in the Forest Valley Veterinary Clinic and Veneta Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Paul Schiffgens

Dr. Paul Schiffgens

Paul Schiffgens graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2012.  But before joining us, he took some well-deserved time off to travel with his two sons and wife.  Their destination was his wife’s hometown in southern France.  Though he would prefer to have family living much closer, it does make for a great cultural and family experience with every visit.  Paul’s own family lives on the east coast where he grew up before moving to Oregon in 1996 to attend the University of Oregon.

Before veterinary school he spent seven years working on and managing an organic vegetable farm.  His experiences raising and caring for animals, as well as children, inspired him to become a veterinarian.  It has been a long road with many challenges as Vet school was not designed for students with families, but at the end of the day those hurdles hardest to pass are those we value the most.  Paul is glad to be back in this community, helping to improve the lives of pets and their owners.

Dr. Schiffgens has been with Forest Valley Veterinary Clinic since 2012.

Dr. Amanda Profita

Dr. Amanda Profita

Dr. Profita was born and raised in coastal New Jersey. Prior to vet school, she spent a majority of her time working on a friend’s farm, caring for their animals, and horseback riding whenever the opportunity presented itself. Dr. Profita also worked as a veterinary technician in New Jersey for many years, prior to vet school. Dr. Profita graduated from OSU in the Spring of 2015. Since moving to Oregon with her husband, Dr. Profita has enjoyed many of the outdoor activities and the beautiful landscape that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. In her spare time, Dr. Profita and her husband often enjoy hiking with their two dogs, fishing, snowboarding, and exploring many of the other exciting opportunities that Oregon has to offer.

Dr. DuWayne Penfold

Dr. DuWayne Penfold

In 1970, Dr. Penfold graduated from Michigan State University and moved his family to Eugene to start life as a veterinarian.  Since then, DuWayne has seen the community grow and change in many ways, but has maintained a philosophy of compassion and service to pets in need.  He has given his time as President of the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, and as State Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association. There was even a time in the ’80’s, when he travelled to Salem to help save OSU’s veterinary school who’s funding had been cut from the state budget.  There are many veterinarians in our area that have been mentored by Dr. Penfold, and many graduating classes of veterinarians that may never have been without him.

Dr. Ryan Frome

Dr. Ryan Frome

I am a born-and-raised Oregonian, so I never realized how great the people were here until I moved away. We spent a few years in Eastern Pennsylvania after school, and enjoyed our proximity to the history, culture and diversity of this country.  But suburban PA wasn’t sure what to think of rhubarb instead roses, and laying hens in the backyard.  One day, a reporter called me to get comment on a new city law to ban poultry.  It was then I found out we were the only permitted owners of chickens (in a city of 75,000).  They were gracious enough to ‘grandfather our birds in’, but I could tell I didn’t quite fit in.  I must say that Oregon has been more understanding since we’ve been back.”