Saving the Lives of Shelter Pets
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 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.
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.
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.
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