VCA Salem Animal Hospital Staff

VCA Salem Animal Hospital

Phone: 503-581-1438
Fax: 503-581-5477
4053 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
Business Hours
44.897825<--lat long-->-123.038274

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

Completely renovated in 2001, VCA Salem Animal Hospital is a state-of-the-art, award-winning facility.

Almost everything in our hospital will be a pleasant surprise to you and your pet. You will drive through beautifully landscaped grounds to a covered portico so you can take your pet from the car into the medical center without getting rained on.

Walking through the front doors you enter a soft, gentle spa-like environment with muted colors, cathedral ceilings, designer chandeliers, soothing classical music, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and gourmet chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven. Your children can watch a family movie on flat-screened monitors in a special, secure play area while you surf the net during your pet's appointment.

You and your pet will be greeted by staff members who are chosen for their love of both pets and their owners. Compassion is the most important ingredient to great health care. To guarantee that your pet

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We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet's life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.

Our services don't end at our hospital doors.  As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 2,000 VCA veterinarians.

And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  These twenty-eight clinics provide state-of-the-art care in orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, advanced oncology, and even such cutting-edge treatments as stem cell therapy.

Formerly known as Pet Medical Center, the veterinary hospital located at 4053 Commercial St. SE has changed its name to VCA Salem Animal Hospital and is under new ownership. The caring professional staff strives to offer the latest technology, and every convenience

imaginable. Our aim is to provide your pet with care and compassion second to none!

VCA Salem Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association therefore, meeting the highest standards of excellence in care for your pet. Our staff understands that our pets are like our children and that's our motivation in providing the

best medical care possible. Even more importantly, we treat all pets with great care and


Our Mission

"Where your pet's health is our top priority and customer service is our goal."

� At VCA Salem Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to making your pet's health our top priority, provided through quality, professional care and genuine personal service.

� We pledge to instill in our clients trust and confidence that their pet will always receive compassionate, gentle care, as well as the highest standard of veterinary medical service available.

� We promise to provide the finest personal service and facilities for our clients and their pets.

� We will inspire ourselves, and those we work with, to act responsibly and with care. We will work towards creating an enjoyable work environment in which strict ethical and moral behavior is adhered to, leading us to strive to do our best always -- personally and professionally.

Dr. Liz Beesley
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Beesley is originally from Mount Vernon, Iowa. She was awarded a bachelor of arts in Biology at Hanover College in southern Indiana. Dr. Beesley

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Dr. Melissa Wood
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Oregon State University

Originally from Southern California, Melissa Wood relocated to Oregon, for school, and fell in love with the area.  Dr. Wood graduated from

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Beyond Our Expectations
Earnest Sowards from Salem


My name is Ernest. My wife and I have recently moved our animal care responsibilities... to your hospital. We have never made a wiser choice for our pets! No more waiting for hours, being treated as if we should be "honored" we've brought our pet to them for care and sitting in an ill-designed waiting area waiting to be seen, while technicians chit chat at the counter! All the while, our pet is suffering.

The level of care you've thus far provided has been beyond our expectations and very assisting and professional every step of the way. Your technicians are kind, understanding and sympathetic to the animal, the pet owner's pain and our emotional attachment. Regardless of the reasons for stopping by, every one we've been in contact with has shown us kindness and understanding throughout our visit. Their smiles put us at ease.

Your professional medical staff has been knowledgeable, compassionate and caring for both the animal's situation as well as the owner's pain and discomfort. Their diagnosis is simple, concise and informative to give a person a complete picture of their animal's health. It is a relaxing comfort for us to have faith in those we've chosen to help our pets in their time of need. These doctors display the knowledge and manners to properly deal with emotional pet owners, while maintaining a human connection with the owner as well. They do not present themselves as better than everyone else and are pleasant to talk to and discuss medical situations with. No question goes unanswered and they go out of their way to provide comfort to the pet and it's owner. Phone calls following a visit further show their personal touch and caring for our pets.

My wife and I hope this e-mail will either be posted in a place where all can read it, or circulated so that each of your staff knows others DO recognize their efforts and contributions; we thank them for going the extra mile for the pets and clients alike. Their personal touch is very much appreciated.

We are so very fortunate to have such a facility and staff to care for our pets! You've relaxed our fears and have given us hope and piece of mind as well.

Thank You! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to each of you.


Ernie and Debbie ...and Alexander, Thomas, Samantha, Charles, William, Andrew, Dink, Sobe and the unforgettable Napoleon!