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OHS Animal Medical and Learning Center, attached
to the main OHS shelter on NE Columbia Blvd. in Portland.

Dr. Kris Otteman, Director of Shelter Medicine, with patient.


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The OHS Animal Medical Learning Center (AMLC) helps thousands of pets each year through veterinary and behavior programs.


Life-saving veterinary procedures take place almost daily inside the AMLC at the OHS Holman Medical Center, a state-of-the-art animal hospital that averages more than 12,000 surgeries annually.

The 4,000 sq. ft. medical center includes three surgical suites, a digital x-ray unit, a laboratory, a pharmacy and recovery rooms for cats and dogs. Every pet adopted by OHS is spayed or neutered at the hospital. Thousands of additional pets are spayed or neutered for little or no fee as part of the area-wide Spay & Save program serving low-income families.


The care provided by the center's 19-person medical team is a major reason why OHS has maintained a zero euthanasia rate for pets who arrive at the shelter in need of the level of medical care a typical owner would want for their own pet. In addition to spays and neuters, veterinarians at the center perform more than 1,000 emergency and other needed surgeries each year.


Doctors at work in the
new medical center at OHS.


The hospital is also a one-of-a-kind teaching facility. In partnership with the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary students complete a three-week primary care rotation at the hospital under the guidance of a full-time OSU faculty member.


Upstairs are dormitory rooms for the students. "Having students so close by is exceptionally convenient," said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS director of shelter medicine.


"We put them to work," said Otteman. "This is exactly the kind of experience that will make students into better professionals – learning about high volume, high quality medicine and surgery in a state-of-the-art facility."


In 2013, the hospital once again received top marks from the nation’s leading accreditation organization, making it just one of 12 humane societies in the nation to meet the exacting standards of the American Animal Hospital Association.


Thomas Holman, Sr., whose $1 million gift was instrumental in completing the AMLC fundraising drive.





The new center also houses the shelter's animal learning programs. Tanya Roberts, OHS behavior manager, uses a large indoor "arena" (Called Manners Hall) to conduct behavior classes for pets and their owners.

"Behavior problems are a major reason why dogs are admitted to the shelter, and with this facility we have the training space needed to offer help to shelter pets and conduct classes for the general public," said Roberts.

Manners Hall is also used for the OHS Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program, which helps pets and their handlers gain the skills to be certified therapy animals for hospitals and nursing homes. The OHS program was the nation's first prep school for AAT animals.

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