We love our community!
We have been a part of our community since 1981, and we strive to give back to our community through various outreach activities. Gladstone Veterinary Clinic’s location makes us convenient to families in Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Clackamas, Southeast Portland, as well as the surrounding areas. Below are some of the ways we support our community, near and far.
Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
Dr. ten Broeke joined the PVMA Executive Board in 2012 and has served as the Executive Board President from 2014-2018. The PVMA is a membership organization for approximately 600 area veterinarians. It is dedicated to our veterinary community and the advancement of the profession. The PVMA’s mission statement is to inspire and elevate the Portland veterinary community through personal and professional connections. For more information, go to www.PortlandVMA.org.
Canine Companions for Independence Coffee Creek Puppy Raising Program
Gladstone Veterinary Clinic is proud to be a puppy sponsor for Canine Companions for Independence. CCI is a non-profit organization that provides disabled individuals with highly trained companion dogs. CCI partners with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, the state women’s prison located in Wilsonville. The puppies spend their first four months with puppy starters, then they are raised by selected inmates at Coffee Creek, where they learn basic skills. The Canine Companions prison puppy raising program not only benefits the puppies but the inmate program participants as well. They have the opportunity to learn communication skills, responsibility, dependability, problem-solving techniques, work ethic, and teamwork skills. The women involved in this program at CCCF consistently they express their gratitude for the experience and the opportunity to give back to the community. Of the handlers released, none have returned to state custody making the recidivism rate for this program 0%.
Gladstone Veterinary Clinic provides all veterinary care for a sponsored puppy for his first 18 months of life until he is transferred to CCI’s training center in Santa Rosa, California. After 2 years of training, the service dogs are matched for free with an individual in need. We are proud to have sponsored Pioneer, Inzo, and Stefan, and are waiting impatiently for our next puppy to sponsor.
Find out more here.
International Veterinary Volunteer Work in Central and South America
Dr. ten Broeke began her veterinary volunteer work on Navajo and Zuni Reservations in New Mexico and Arizona with Rural Area Veterinary Services as a veterinary student in 1999, and she was immediately hooked. She also traveled to Guatemala to care for horses, cows, dogs, cats, and whatever else was brought to the 3-week field clinic. She loved the idea of pairing her love of veterinary medicine with her love of travel, and continued to participate and lead many trips in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru, with a primary focus on working horses in those communities. The rewards that come with one-on-one teaching experiences with students, connections made with people all around the world, and the visible difference it can make to both animal welfare and human quality-of-life is incredible. The program provides valuable training and experience for hundreds of future veterinary professionals, from both developed and developing countries, that goes far beyond anything they could learn in a classroom alone while instilling a long-lasting sense of responsibility to help these underserved communities. Sadly, Rural Area Veterinary Services has suspended their involvement in Central and South America due to funding cuts, but Dr. ten Broeke and others are involved in developing a sustainable program in the Peruvian High Andes and Nicaragua to fill the immense need in those areas.
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