Williamette Conference Rooms
After completing her undergrad, Dr. Girens worked in research and received her masters degree. During her work in research she found a niche in working with the laboratory veterinarian and after shadowing in the clinic she knew that was what she wanted to do with her life.
Her journey in the veterinary field started with her thinking her focus would be in laboratory animal veterinary field. However, during coursework and clinical rotations she fell in love with cardiology, and her former resident mates in Florida helped solidify that love. Throughout residency, she enjoyed treating heart failure patients to give them the best quality of life in addition to the relationships developed with both patients and their owners. She enjoys connecting with owners to help them understand their pets disease and how to manage cardiac conditions, medically or surgically
She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during an externship with a cardiologist in Seattle and excitedly joined the Summit Veterinary Referral team after her residency in 2022.
The Golden Retriever Foundation is once again combining its ongoing DNA blood collection project. There is no charge for the blood draws or shipping. GRF also absorbs the OFA CHIC fee for Goldens. For donating blood to the GRF projects with OFA and Broad Institute, please download and print the DNA Repository form located on the OFA website. Since these forms require extensive information, we strongly prefer this step be done in advance of the clinic, which will save you time on the day of the clinic.
Blood will also be drawn for the Golden Retriever DNA panels listed below.
GRCA will cover the cost of shipping.
$90 preregistration (normal fee $130), $100 walk-ins
This test panel may be useful to breeders who wish to track and increase genetic diversity of their breed as a long-term goal.
$50 (normal fee $80)
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with Dr. Niels C. Pedersen and staff, has developed a panel of short tandem repeat (STR) markers that will determine genetic diversity across the genome and in the Dog Leukocyte Antigen (DLA) class I and II regions.
Dr. Wendy Townsend, a primary researcher into PU, will be performing ultrasounds of Golden Retriever eyes. This non-invasive procedure is free of charge, is not painful or uncomfortable and has the potential to provide critical information for continuing research into this disease. Dr. Townsend will examine any Golden Retriever – healthy eyes or otherwise – 6 years and
older. Goldens without pedigrees or those from a rescue situation are more than welcome to become a part of this research project. Dependent on the interest in this year’s clinic, the age requirement is subject to change.
Dr. Townsend is strongly encouraging Golden Retrievers 12 years and older and those previously seen at PU clinics to participate in this year’s clinic. The clinic is limited to 125 dogs. Appointments will be arranged once judging schedules are announced.
This clinic is free but requires pre-registration.
Questions can be sent to: GRCAHC@gmail.com
8:00AM – 4:00PM
Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates, Springfield, Oregon
Dr. Sarah Maxwell is board-certified in veterinary ophthalmology and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology. She has lectured throughout the region on eye diseases in small animals, and she has provided ophthalmology services to Oregon State University’s teaching hospital, caring for horses, llamas and other large animals with eye diseases. Dr. Maxwell received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California-Davis in 1986. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University and a residency in veterinary ophthalmology and a Master of Science degree at Kansas State University in 1991, when she came to practice in Oregon. She has lectured throughout the region on eye diseases in small animals, and she has provided ophthalmology services to Oregon State University’s teaching hospital, caring for horses, llamas and other large animals with eye diseases.
Pre-registration appointments ($45) are available and walk-ins ($55) will be taken, time permitting.
Questions can be sent to: GRCAHC@gmail.com
Pacific Northwest Pet ER and Specialty Center, Vancouver, Washington
Dr. Nora Sheehan is a Midwest native who completed her undergraduate, veterinary, and cardiology residency training at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has a special interest in interventional cardiology and chronic heart failure management. Outside of cardiology, Dr. Sheehan likes to spend her time paddle boarding, cooking, and spending time with her partner and furry family.
Appointments are available for pre-registration (ECHO/Auscultation: $275.00, Auscultation only: $65.00).
If available, walk-ins will be accepted (ECHO/Auscultation: $300.00, Auscultation only: $75.00).
|Tuesday (9/12)||Wednesday (9/13)||Thursday (9/14)||Friday (9/15)|
|PU Clinic (8:30AM-4:00PM)||PU Clinic (8:30AM-4:00PM)|
|DNA/CHIC (8:00AM-4:00PM)||DNA/CHIC (8:00AM-4:00PM)||DNA/CHIC (9:30AM-3:00PM)||DNA/CHIC (8:00AM-4:00PM)|
|OFA Eye Clinic (8:00AM-4:00PM)|
|OFA Cardiac Clinic (8:00AM-4:00PM)||OFA Cardiac Clinic (8:00AM-4:00PM)|