Our Staff

We are proud of our family at Veneta Veterinary Hospital. 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. 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. Elizabeth Hoffmann

Dr. Hoffmann did her undergraduate work at OSU and received her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1980 with the intention of going into equine medicine.  Upon graduation she married Andy, a fisheries biologist, and moved to Alaska (where there are a lot of fish but not many horses).  Dr. Hoffmann became a small animal veterinarian and mother of 3 children.  In 2004 the family relocated to Oregon to escape 8 months of winter and so Dr. Hoffmann and her 2 girls could better pursue their equine interests.  Her daughters and she continue to train and compete in the equine discipline of eventing.

Dr. Hoffmann’s other passion is Christian Veterinary Missions.  She has gone on a number of short-term mission trips and currently makes regular trips to Uganda, Africa and some native Eskimo communities in Alaska.

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.”

Dr. Ryan Frome has been with Veneta Veterinary Hospital since 2008 and now keeps his chickens permit free.

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 Veneta Veterinary Hospital since 2012.

Dr. Tessa Maggiulli

Tessa was raised on a family farm in the beautiful Willamette Valley. She enjoyed many 4-H projects as a youth including horses, dairy goats, sheep, rabbits, and poultry. She attended Oregon State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in Tillamook and Canyonville, Oregon before relocating to Veneta. She has a herd of dairy goats that she manages whom consist of award winning LaManchas, Saanens, and Alpines. Tessa enjoys working with her dairy goats, enjoying the great northwest with her dog Titan, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Dr. Maggiulli has been with Veneta Veterinary Hospital since 2014.