VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Gretchen Kuchenmeister (Sicard), DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Departments: Surgery

Biography

Gretchen Kuchenmeister (Sicard), DVM (Certificate of Residency in Surgery, Practice limited to Surgery)

Dr. Kuchenmeister received a BS in biology at Bradley University while playing Division 1 volleyball. She attained her DVM at University of Wisconsin in 1997 and moved on to a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She completed a one year fellowship in small animal orthopedic surgery before completing a three year residence in small animal surgery at the University of Wisconsin in 2002. Dr. Kuchenmiester worked in private practice for one year in Waukesha Wisconsin before taking a position as Assistant Professor in Small Animal Surgery at Kansas State University. She moved to Portland after having her first child, and finally settled at Northwest Veterinary Specialists two years later before having her third child.

Dr. Kuchenmeister has performed extensive research and published academic journal articles in kidney transplantation, idiopathic chylothorax and intraluminal tracheal stenting. She also has special training in minimally invasive surgery, specifically procedures in interventional radiology including urinary bypass techniques (ureteral stenting, urethral stenting and placement of subcutaneous ureteral bypass techniques), tracheal stenting, and treatment of portosystemic shunts. Other interests include oncologic surgery, and she thoroughly enjoys thorocotomies (surgery of the chest cavity) and the never ending intrigue of the abdominal explore.

Outside of work, Dr. Kuchenmeister is an avid runner and regularly attends crossfit and yoga classes. She enjoys single parenthood and homeschooling especially hiking, biking and camping with her three children and miniature heeler mix. Dr. Kuchenmeister also teaches veterinary medicine classes to elementary students and volunteers at the Humane Society of Southwest Washington
 

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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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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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