Oswego Veterinary Hospital
Nurturing the Human-Animal Bond
Jessie Merritt CVPM SPHR -
Practice Manager with OVH since 2002
Jessie was one of those children who seemed to gravitate to animals from the day she was born. Bringing home "stray" animals and nursing injured wildlife was a routine part of her childhood. Jessie's first position in the veterinary profession was in the late 1980's as a kennel attendant in a large hospital in a New Jersey suburb.
But it wasn't until 1988, when she was hired as a veterinary assistant in a wonderful practice in Pleasanton, California that she truly began to understand the compassion, skill, goodness and dedication of the people in her profession.
Since those years Jessie has been proud to carry the title of Kennel Assistant, Technician, Receptionist, Office Manager and finally, after 2 years of studying, became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in September 2009. Ms. Merritt is active within one of the most well respected professional veterinary organizations for management called the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association as both a participant on the Membership Committee as well as a Mentor in the formal Mentorship Program. Jessie also enjoys participating in various veterinary social networks in addition to helping facilitate the monthly meeting and general organization of a group of local Practice Managers whose insight, wisdom and wit she greatly admires.
In 2011, she was selected Veterinary Practice Manager of the Year by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association!
Personally, she was recently married to a wonderful man named Jeff. In their spare time they enjoy music, hiking, their grandsons, camping, mother nature, gardening and working on their new home. Jeff and Jessie have one Australian Cattle dog named Ringo (The World's Smartest Dog), one Giant Schnauzer "Cajun" (an 80-pound juvenile delinquent) and their newest edition "Hazel," the Caucasian Ovcharka puppy (the princess of the group). You can see their pictures under our photos page!
If you ask Jessie about life, she will say, "One of the things that will always bring me my greatest sense of fulfillment is spending my days working side by side with people I truly admire, that share the goal of helping our clients take the best possible care of their much-loved pets. All of that and puppy breath too - it doesn't get much better than that!"
Anne - Lead Client Care Coordinator with OVH since 2011
Not only does Anne manage our entire front end of the hospital but she also is our Volunteer Coordinator extraordinaire and has been instrumental in introducing a number of passionate and curious young people into the world of veterinary medicine.
Though she's lived for short periods in other locales, Anne was born in Oregon and is happy to be here.
A graduate of Western Oregon and Portland State Universities, she's returned to her first love - working in the field of veterinary care. She first began working in a veterinary hospital when she was 17, and never lost her love for it. Because she loves both people and animals, her position on OVH's client care team is an ideal fit for her.
When she's not spending her day at OVH, Anne enjoys as much time as possible with her husband, Michael, and her German Shepherd sidekick, Sigrid.
Brandy - Client Care Coordinator with OVH since 2013
Brandy grew up in Arizona and always dreamed of having her own pet. Her father granted that wish with a blue parakeet, Birdie, who became her best childhood friend. The arrival of Birdie sparked an interest in Brandy that led to diligent research and a desire to know more. She has since owned several birds.
After moving to Oregon in 2008, she began working as a kennel attendant at a small veterinary hospital next door. Around this time, she also got her first puppy (a crazy doodle named Gilbert) and started spending a lot of her free time outdoors. Throughout high-school, she kept a busy schedule of working before class and having fun afterwards hiking and exploring with Gilbert.
Brandy is now graduated and spends her days enjoying her job forging relationships with people and their beloved pets. She spends her weekends taking Gilbert on adventures and spending time with her loved ones. She is a free-spirited artist who cherishes the little things and the special moments that make people, animals, and relationships grow to be happy and healthy.
Stephanie B. - Client Care Coordinator with OVH since 2013
Stephanie grew up in Southern Oregon and acquired a love of animals from her father who is now a retired wildlife biologist. Stephanie began working with animals before she was out of high school, pet-sitting for neighbors, working with horses and goats, and volunteering at a local animal shelter. After high school, she moved on to the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor's degree in Women and Gender Studies in 2008. While in Eugene, she took up horseback riding on the UO Equestrian Team.
Upon moving to Portland in 2005, Stephanie started working at a local doggie daycare facility as well as entering a working student program with a horse trainer at a hunter/jumper equine facility. After a couple years, she entered the veterinary field and fell in love with the opportunity to develop relationships with pet owners and their companions.
If she's not at work or at the barn, she is most-likely with her two rescue dogs Patrick and Huckleberry Finn. Together, they spend a lot of time playing at the dog park, hiking, walking around Portland, or just lounging around the house.
Oswego Veterinary Hospital
590 SW Third Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034