Dr. Chris Hovenden was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree from Oregon State University in 2001 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. His professional focus has been emergency and critical care and he has been practicing emergency medicine in Salem for the last nine years. He lives in Salem with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and four cats. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, and archery.