VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital

Lynn Shanks, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Ohio State University


Dr. Shanks received her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 1992. She completed an internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey in 1993. She practiced in New Jersey before moving to Portland in 1994. She has been with us since 1997. She is an avid swimmer and enjoys participating in triathlons. She also enjoys camping, hiking, snowshoeing and gardening. She lives with her partner Pat and son Tom along with dogs Polly and Darwin and cats Fiona, Isabella and High Ho Silver. Dr. Shanks really enjoys surgery, orthopedics, and reproductive medicine.

Appointment Schedule
Tuesdays – surgery and afternoon appointments
Wednesdays – appointments
Thursdays – morning appointments
Fridays – surgery
Saturdays – appointments (once monthly)


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:


See all VCA Animal Hospitals >


Emergency Care

In case of an emergency, please contact us immediately. When we are closed, you should call or go to one of the following emergency veterinary hospitals:

Dove Lewis - 503-228-7281
1945 NW Pettygrove
Portland, OR 97209

Columbia River Veterinary Specialists - 360-694-3007
607 NE 84th Street, Suite 109
Vancouver, WA 98665

VCA NorthWest Veterinary Specialists - 503-656-3999
16756 SE 82nd Drive
Clackamas, OR 97015