Welcome to Countryside Veterinary Clinic

Serving the Uintah Basin and Western Colorado since 1978!
Call us at 435-789-6697

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at 435-789-6697!


If you live in Vernal or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Countryside Veterinary Clinic has four licenced veterinarians, treating all types of pets and farm animals. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Countryside Veterinary Clinic is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. Doug Murphy, Dr. Sheila Beckstead, Dr. Beau Benson, and Dr. Jon Murphy have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, pet-friendly, and calm so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our veterinarians.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention; so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 435-789-6697. Our Vernal veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter (at no cost to you), which is created especially for pet and large animal owners.

At Countryside Veterinary Clinic, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Doug Murphy, Dr. Sheila Beckstead, Dr. Beau Benson, and Dr. Jon Murphy
Vernal Veterinarians | Countryside Veterinary Clinic | 435-789-6697

1751 South Vernal Ave
Vernal, UT 84078

  • Dr.
    Doug Murphy

    Dr. Murphy is a native of the Uintah Basin.  He graduated from Union High School (a long time ago!)  He attended Dixie State College and graduated from Utah State University with a degree in physiology.  He then received a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah in Human Anatomy (yes – Human!) 
    Dr. Murphy served in the military and spent 14 months in Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict.

    He graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1975.  He started Countryside Veterinary Clinic in 1978.  He is the immediate past president of the Utah Veterinary Medical Association.  He is also a member of American Association of Equine Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    He thoroughly enjoys veterinary medicine and loves working with animals to help them have quality care and a good life.  In his spare time he likes to work harder and longer.

  • Dr.
    Sheila Beckstead

    Dr. Sheila Beckstead grew up in Maeser and still lives on a portion of the ground that her great-great-grandparents homesteaded.  She graduated from Uintah High School as the Salutatorian in 1988 and then from Utah State University, Department of Ag Science as Valedictorian in 1992.  Her veterinary degree was obtained at Colorado State University in 1996 where she tied for second (and so thankfully did not have to speak at the graduation exercises).

    Wanting to return to the small town lifestyle that she loves, she declined to do an additional residency in a big city.  She first went to Logan, Utah to practice and after a few years made her way back to Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Vernal.  She has an avid interest in small animal internal medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  She is licensed to practice in Utah as well as Colorado.

    In her spare time she loves to hike with her adopted rescue dog, Finn, or horseback ride in the beautiful High Uinta Mountains.  “No day spent in the mountains can ever be bad.”

  • Dr.
    Beau Benson

    Dr. Benson grew up in Tremonton, Utah and graduated from Bear River High School.  He then attended Utah State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Vet Science.  He was accepted at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his DVM in 2003.  His first job was at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Vernal.

    Beau is married and has two children.  His young son wants to be a vet just like his dad. The Bensons have many personal animals at home including horses and dogs.  

    In Dr. Benson’s spare time (if he has any) he likes to play softball and hockey.He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

  • Dr.
    Jon Murphy

    Dr. Murphy graduated from Uintah High School. He
    then went on to Utah State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree. In 1994 he graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School.

    Dr. Murphy is a member is the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Read What Our Clients Say

My dog unfortunately got run over by our ATV.  I bawled!  So I called the emergency vet at Countryside.  We met him at the clinic.  My min pin is fine!  I was so impressed with how Dr. Doug Murphy worked with us.  I am ALWAYS impressed with Countryside vets!!  Thank you!!

Juli Miller

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