VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Doctors Overview

We invite you to learn a little bit more about our specialty teams here at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists. Our team of doctors are highly-trained and experienced veterinary professionals, who are ready to assist you and your pet whenever a health problem arises. As you will see in our biography section, the staff has a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, but above all, they are all dedicated veterinary professionals who share a genuine love of animals and a desire to provide the very best care for them. As pet owners ourselves, we understand how difficult it is when a pet becomes ill. It’s our mission to help in every way possible with expertise and compassion. Please don’t hesitate to call upon us whenever we can be of assistance to you and your pet.

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  • Stephanie Wan

    Veterinary Specialist
    Certifications: DACVIM
    Departments: Internal Medicine

    Dr. Stephanie Wan received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation from veterinary school Dr. Wan completed a rotating internship at

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  • Sonja Zabel

    Veterinary Specialist
    Certifications: DACVD
    Departments: Dermatology

    Dr. Sonja Zabel is a 1998 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine (TiHo) in Hannover, Germany. During her rotating internship in private practice in Germany, she discovered her passion in veterinary

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  • Shana Downes

    Associate Veterinarian
    DVM, University of California, Davis
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care, Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Downes started at NWVS in 2008 after completing an internship in Emergency and Critical Care. Her interests include critical care, trauma and toxicology. Dr. Downes also offers acupuncture to

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  • Cindy Galbreath

    Associate Veterinarian
    DVM, University of California, Davis
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Galbreath received her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. Following veterinary school, she completed a one year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

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  • Malia Goodell

    Associate Veterinarian
    DVM, Colorado State University
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Goodell received her veterinary degree from Colorado State University. She performed her Internship at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists and elected to stay on as Staff ER doctor in 2016.

    Originally

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  • Amy Haraway

    Associate Veterinarian
    DVM, Michigan State University
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Haraway started emergency medicine the very first year of veterinary school under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Beal, who instilled in her a life-long love of ER and critical care. She graduated

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  • Heidi Houchen

    Associate Veterinarian
    DVM, Washington State University
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Heidi Houchen received her Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College and then graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University Veterinary School in 1992. The following

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  • Derek Howell

    Associate Veterinarian

    Biography coming soon.


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  • David Kim

    Associate Veterinarian
    DVM, University of California, Davis
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. David Kim received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Literatures of the World at UC San Diego before realizing he wanted to become a veterinarian. He then went back to school and worked

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  • Robyn Kirkwood

    Associate Veterinarian
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Kirkwood's special interests include emergency medicine, toxicology and wound management. When not at NWVS, Dr. Kirkwood enjoys gardening, exploring the Pacific Northwest and hiking with her

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

FOR PET MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL OUR HOSPITAL AT (503) 656-3999 OR TRANSPORT YOUR PET IMMEDIATELY TO OUR FACILITY (NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED)

VCA NORTHWEST VETERINARY SPECIALISTS IS LOCATED AT:

16756 S.E. 82nd DRIVE
CLACKAMAS, OR 97015
TEL: (503) 656-3999
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Pet Emergency Handbook for Download

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists is ready to provide emergency and critical care for your beloved companion around the clock every day of the year. Our Emergency Service is staffed by 4 board certified emergency and critical care specialists -- more than any other specialty hospital in the Pacific NW! Our ER/CC team works collaboratively with all of our specialty departments as needed to provide the most diverse and comprehensive specialty care in Portland. If your pet is having an emergency, please come immediately to our hospital - we are ALWAYS available, any time, day or night! You may speak with an ER/CC team member if you have questions/concerns by calling (503) 656-3999.

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