Dr. Joe Snyder, a native of the Pacific Northwest, was raised on a farm near Molalla, Oregon. He received an A.B. in Architecture from Princeton University in 1969, but changed course after a few years and graduated with degree in veterinary medicine with the pioneer class of the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. From that time until 2010, Dr. Snyder practiced veterinary medicine and was the owner of the Myrtle Veterinary Hospital during the majority of these years. He is currently retired from practice, although he still does occasional large animal work and teaches at the Portland Community College Veterinary Technology program.
Dr. Snyder is past president the board of directors of Oregon Tilth (Organic Certifier), and of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (Sheep, goat, llama, and deer doctors). He currently serves on the Animal Welfare Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association as chair-elect. In addition, Dr. Snyder has been active with the Coos County Livestock Association, County Extension, 4H, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the SMART program (a volunteer literacy initiative) in local schools, the Sawdust Theater in Coquille, his local church (The Religious Society of Friends) and more. He is married with three daughters.