PNW Visiting Vet was founded in 2015. Dr. Stephenson worked in private practice for almost a decade and realized that there was an alternative solution to treating pets and making their owners lives less stressful. Dr. Melissa was extremely interested in being able to provide medical care to pets in the comfort of their own home . While preventative care is extremely important, she realized that the most challenging time to get your pet to the veterinary facility is when they are sick or at another facility (boarding, doggy day care, the groomer, etc.).
So, in addition to providing routine vaccinations and wellness care, our main focus is to bring full service, progressive diagnostic capabilities, surgical procedures, and high quality digital x-rays wherever they are needed. PNW Visiting Vet will give you their complete, undivided attention during their time with you and your pet.
We serve Metro Vancouver, including Ridgefield, Battle Ground, Camas, and Washougal, and the Eastern half of the Portland Metro Area, including, North Portland, NE, SE, Gresham and Troutdale. Additional travel fees may apply.
We are available for on-site veterinary visits (at home, at work, at retirement communities, boarding facilities, hotels, RV parks, etc.)
MEET THE STAFF:
Dr. Melissa Stephenson, DVM
Dr. Stephenson received her BA in Biology from St. Louis University in 2001 and went on to receive her degree in veterinary medicine in 2008 from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Stephenson has practiced in a mixed animal practice for 10 years and especially loves challenging cases in dermatology and internal medicine.
A NOTE FROM DR. STEPHENSON:
I have always loved medicine and animals. As a child, I was fortunate to have a family who nurtured and encouraged my interest in science, while also allowing me to bring home several rescue pets!
I actively volunteer with several animal rescue groups and shelters.
My free time is spent horseback riding, endurance racing, running, gardening, and cooking. My very large furry family includes 2 dogs, 2 cats, and several horses.
Andrea Gunter is our newest family member and is transitioning from working in a brick and mortar veterinary hospital to our mobile veterinary practice. She has been in the field for 27 years and has been a certified technician for 22 years. She wouldn’t dream of doing anything else.
Andrea is especially interested in client education, pet behavior, building lifelong client relationships, and using the fear free method when interacting with pets.
Her own pet, Tater, was instrumental in teaching her patience, empathy, and how to think outside of the box when performing medical care. Tater is an 11 year old pit bull who was very timid and developed fear based aggressive tendencies. The fear free method, training, and animal behaviorist allowed him to become a confident and outgoing companion.
In addition to Tater, Andrea shares her home with 2 cats ( Jag and Turtle) and a Pomeranian/Poodle who simply wishes Tater would go away.
Outside of work Andrea enjoys bargain shopping as well as repurposing. She also is happy to spend the day spending time with her pets.
Patrice started her career path as a veterinary assistant, and grew from there to a career in managed care, supporting oncology, perinatology and genetic counseling patients.
In her spare time, she also worked with Persian / Himalayan rescue for many years until she came back home to the Pacific Northwest. She currently lives in a multigenerational household with her adult offspring and their partner as well as her rescued Persian, Jackson, and her grand-cats, Dorian and Earnest. Patrice is an avid knitter, video gamer, and artist.