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Dr. John H. Berends

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John H. Berends, DVM

Dr. John H. Berends graduated from Michigan State University’s school of veterinary medicine in 1978. Prior to that time, Dr. Berends earned his Master’s degree from Central Michigan University in education. While attending CMU, John was awarded a Rhodes scholarship, played four years on CMU’s national finalist varsity basketball team and earned All-American status. He was the player/coach of the Grand Rapids Tackers semi-professional basketball team during the early 1970’s, and also taught high school advanced math and coached high school varsity basketball, prior to returning to veterinary school. In 1997, John was given the extreme honor of being inducted into CMU’s athletic Hall of Fame. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Berends was the partner in charge of the equine portion of a muli – veterinarian practice in southwest Michigan. At this time, Dr. Berends was one of the first equine practitioners to begin using a portable ultra sound to diagnose pregnancies in mares, while on the client’s farm, and to be allowed to inseminate mares with frozen semen sent from Europe. John was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 1991, and resigned from that practice to undergo surgery and chemo-therapy on his left femur. After a successful treatment for bone cancer, John began his own equine specialty veterinary practice where his focus has been on providing the best possible care for horses in this area, at an affordable price. The cane he uses to walk, is a result of the surgery, but he says it hasn’t slowed him down, just made him practice veterinary medicine in a smarter way. Dr. Berends took a three year leave of absence from private practice to assume a newly created position offered to him by MSU. His official title was equine veterinary specialist where he oversaw the day to day veterinary duties of running Merillat Equine Faciltiy (owned by MSU) as the equine, veterinary reproductive specialist, he acted as an equine extension specialist for MSU’s school of Animal Science, and was on the faculty of MSU’s school of veterinary medicine. Due to financial cutbacks by the state of Michigan, MSU decided to close the Merillat facility, and Dr. Berends resumed his role as private equine practitioner by offering his services to you, Michigan’s equine owning public, through his veterinary practice.

Today, Dr. John Berends is a full service equine veterinarian – specializing in equine reproduction. He is licensed in Michigan and Georgia, and is an adjunct professor at MSU’s school of veterinary medicine. Dr. Berends’ practice offers 24 hour emergency coverage, and appointments can be made by calling (269) 795-4430. For more contact information click here.


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