A Unique Shelter & Teaching Hospital


High-Quality Care for Shelter Pets

Life-saving veterinary procedures take place almost daily 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.

Take a look inside one of the surgical suites via live web cam here »

More than Spay & Neuter

The care provided by the center’s 19-person medical team is a major reason why OHS has maintained a near-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 spay and neuter surgeries, veterinarians at the center perform more than 1,000 emergency and other needed surgeries each year.

Partnership with Oregon State University

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Alexis Johnson (right) during her rotation at OHS, under the supervision of Dr. Kirk Miller.
Student Alexis Johnson (right) during her rotation at OHS, under the supervision of Dr. Kirk Miller.

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.”

Related story: 500th Student Completes Rotation at OHS Teaching Hospital »

Additional information: Shelter Medicine at OHS »

Hospital Receives Top Accreditation

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Thomas Holman, Sr.

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

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