Our Large Animal Doctors
Mylon Filkins, DVM
Dr. Filkins graduated from Iowa State University with a DVM and an MS in Veterinary Physiology. He has been with Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital since 1965, and is a Director and Partner. He has been a part of many professional organizations, including the Kern County Medical Association (Past President), CVMA, AVMA, the American Association of Equine Practitioners Public Policy Committee and the American Horse Council (Chairman). He is heavily involved in the community, as he is a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, has taught classes at Bakersfield College (Equine nutrition, health and physiology), and has been the President for the Back Country Horsemen of California. Dr. Filkins and his wife Patricia have four children (Michelle, Susanne, Darren and David) and they have a large group of grandchildren that keep them busy! Dr. Filkins breeds, raises and shows cutting and reining horses, backcountry mules and pack stock. He enjoys back country pack trips, big game hunting, and is a native plant and cactus collector.
John Tolley, DVM
Dr. John Tolley came to Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital in July of 1983 as a graduate of University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and became co-owner in 1988. He has his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from the University of Arizona. His professional affiliations are as follows: member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, California Veterinary Medical Association, Kern County Veterinary Medical Association, and Back Country Horsemen of California. He currently serves as a Legislative Delegate to the California Veterinary Medical Association. He has been married to Michelle, a retired teacher, since 1996 and has a beautiful daughter Chrissy, a bright and active college student. His professional interests are in Equine dentistry and lameness. Personal interests include travel, cooking, reading, hunting, guns, pleasure riding, working with his hands building and working on his 70 acre Glennville Ranch.
Laura Blanton, DVM
Dr. Blanton was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1998, with an Animal Science degree, then spent the next two years traveling around the country gaining experience working with livestock. She joined the BVH team immediately after graduating Veterinary School at UC Davis in 2004, and she enjoys general large animal practice. Dr. Blanton and her husband Chad have several 4-legged children including Pete the lab, Critter the cat and two horses. In her (very limited!) spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, back country horseback riding, baking and knitting.