Meet the Founder of Encina Veterinary Hospital

Educational Background

Dr. Roger K. Johnson grew up on a small farm in southern Oregon where he had the opportunity to work with farm animals. This experience encouraged him to obtain a job working for a veterinarian as a teenager, and eventually go to Veterinary Medicine.

After earning his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, Dr. Johnson completed a rotating internship program and then a residency in internal medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, the premier teaching environment for the nation’s top veterinarians. After finishing his advanced training, Dr. Johnson was one of the first thirteen veterinarians to complete the testing requirements to be certified as a specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine, known as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

To stay abreast of the latest advancements in veterinary medicine, Dr. Johnson attends annual educational seminars with the ACVIM Forum, California Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Critical Care Society, and monthly meetings of the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association.  In addition, Dr. Johnson has lectured and published on topics focusing on small animal internal medicine as well.

Encina Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Johnson had a vision of how veterinary medicine could be practiced at the highest level. He wanted to set the standard of excellence high by providing the best staff, technology, client and pet care. In doing so, Encina Veterinary Hospital was born.

Since its humble beginnings, Encina Veterinary Hospital moved to its current location and has grown from a two-person operation to now employing over 25 veterinarians – including 6 newly graduated veterinary interns – and over 50 paraprofessional team members.