Your pet’s happiness comes first.
Our mission is to provide an environment that will always nurture, preserve and celebrate the power and the spirit of the human-animal bond. It is our never-ending dedication to our community and one another that is at the heart of that environment.
Since 1991 we have been proudly certified by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Our hospital is equipped with digital radiography, ultrasound, blood analyzers, and surgical and dental facilities to help our doctors diagnose and treat most problems as quick as possible. We also maintain excellent relationships with nearby specialists should your pet need referral for specialized care.
Who are we?
Hello! We’re Oswego Vet, a full-service veterinary hospital for all your pet’s health and happiness needs. Scroll down to get to know us a little better. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We’re dedicated to your pet.
Our team understands how stressful it can be when our pets are ill, injured or aging, and they want to be there for the pet, and the owner.
Dr. Amy Tongue
Owner and Veterinarian
Amy grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and received her undergraduate degree in Animal Physiology from UC San Diego. She graduated from veterinary school at the University of California, Davis and spent the next three years at a practice in rural Northern California working on a large variety of large and small animals where she solidified her love of all things furry, including horses.
After meeting her future husband, a Lake Oswego native, and joining him in Oregon in 2002, Amy began practicing in Lake Oswego. She and her husband, Tom, have two boys, an adorable rescue dog named Piper, and random foster dogs or cats at any given time. Amy’s medical interests lie in surgery and general medicine, though she enjoys all the diversity that veterinary medicine has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Oregon trails, reading, and gardening.
Dr. Deb Ward
Dr. Ward was born and raised right here in the Pacific Northwest, in Salem. She obtained both her Bachelor degree in Veterinary Science and her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis. She moved back to Oregon to practice medicine and to raise her family.
Besides her husband and three cute kids, her family includes an Arabian horse, two dogs (a pit bull mix and a Chinese crested), one calico cat with extra toes, and a blue-fronted Amazon parrot.
She enjoys small animal medicine and has been treating small exotics and avian species for the last 16 years (those pets with fur or feathers). In her rare leisure time, she enjoys hiking, travel, kayaking in flat water, and reading. She also volunteers at a local elementary school.
Dr. Kathy Sandifer
Kathy grew up with dogs and horses on a citrus farm in central Florida. She earned a B.S. in biology from Davidson College in North Carolina and her veterinary medical degree from the University of Florida.
Upon graduation, Kathy lived in Japan for 6 months before moving to Gig Harbor, WA where she practiced on both family pets and farm animals for over 3 years. In 1992, Kathy moved to Portland with her soon to be husband, Mark and started practicing here at Oswego Veterinary Hospital.
Kathy’s family includes her husband Mark, son Austin, daughter Elle and wonder dog, Penny. Kathy enjoys living in the Northwest and in her spare time can be found hiking, cross-country skiing, or racing dinghy sailboats with her husband.
Dr. Melanie MacClanathan
Dr. MacClanathan began her relationship with OVH in 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant and it was clear from the beginning that she had a calling to be a veterinarian.
Melanie is now a graduate from Oregon State University with a special interest in surgery, ultrasonography, nutrition, and behavior. She is excited to continue the relationships she has formed with OVH clients and patients in years past, and looks forward to building many more.
Melanie lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Michael, their big man cat Max, an adorable Golden Retriever-Husky named Wall-e, and the newest addition to the family a most handsome Siamese mix youngster named Kuzco.
Jessie Merritt CVPM, SPHR
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.
Since Jessie has held almost every position in the profession, she believes it offers her a valuable insight and perspective of team life in the trenches that has enhanced building successful relationships with her team and peers. In 2009 she became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and in 2013 she earned her SPHR certification.
Jessie is active within one of the most well respected professional veterinary organizations for management called the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. 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.
Personally, she spends her time on her country property tending the garden, chickens, and turkeys as well as one Giant Schnauzer “Cajun” (an 80-pound juvenile delinquent) and “Hazel,” the Caucasian Ovcharka (the princess of the group), a herding dog mix rescue named Tucker, “Cowboy” the Australian Cattle Dog, and the baby of the group is “Dutchman” another Caucasian Ovcharka.
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!”
Lead Client Care Coordinator
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 spending time with her husband Alex walking around Portland, hiking, or just lounging around the house.
Client Care Coordinator
Amy was born & raised here in Oregon all her life. She was fortunate that her mother worked at veterinary clinics as well, so she tagged along as a young girl & got hooked.
Amy owns 12 acres where she breeds and shows her Miniature Horses. She also has an adorable Pomeranian named Glitter and the newest face to the family, Feather, a spunky and mischievous Italian Greyhound.
Stephanie grew up on a small farm in NW Washington where she was very active in the Future Farmers of America organization as well as 4-H. She moved to Portland in 2001 to attend Portland Community College for their Certified Veterinary Technician program and became a CVT in 2003.
She enjoys all the wonderful sights and sounds that the Pacific Northwest has to offer: hiking, walks, dog parks, bike riding, and snowboarding. Stephanie’s artistic side comes to life as she works with glass, photography, and crafts.
Stephanie is a dedicated mom to her two-legged child, Ash. Her family also includes a rescued Pit Bull named Eva, and the most recent addition to the family, a goofy Rottweiler called Cyrus.
Ashley was born in beautiful Palm Springs California and grew up in Las Vegas Nevada.
She studied animal science at Texas A&M and has a lifelong love of animals, which lead her naturally into veterinary medicine. Ashley is currently in school with the goal of attaining her veterinary technician certification.
Ashley has one adorable dog named Zelda, whom she adopted in College Station Texas.
In her spare time Ashley enjoys watching her stories (you’ll need to ask her about that), enjoys the Portland food scene while chasing the occasional sunshine, and she has mad crocheting skills!
Ashley’s passion for animals doesn’t stop at OVH; she volunteered at the at Maetaeng Elephant Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 6 months, The Oregon Zoo for 1 year, and has hopes to continue working with wildlife in the future.
Courtney was raised with animals and remembers them as always being an integral part of the family. Courtney currently has two mischievous kitties named “Hy -Purr” and “Spaz” and the newest addition to the family is “Davis”, her not so brave Chihuahua mix. Just don’t tell Davis since he thinks he is very brave.
Courtney came to us with a heart filled with compassion and an appreciation for the human-animal bond that we all share. She states, “It has truly been a great experience being able to work with the animals and build relationships with their human companions, our clients.”
Courtney’s main professional goal is to continue to expand her knowledge base in the field and continue to offer the excellent patient care she is known for.
Outside of work, Courtney enjoys family time with her husband Dan. She can also be found painting and drawing or relaxing with friends and family. In January of 2014, Courtney and her husband welcomed their first two-legged child into the world, and her name is Hayden.
Malissa has lots of furry company at home including Miss Julep her loyal and loving German Shepherd, Jobu the crazy prey driven Bloodhound, Skooter her sweet soul kitty, and Judge who is German Shepherd number two in the family (because every family needs two, right?).
As the photo implies, she enjoys the outdoors, including; snowboarding, biking, rollerskating, exploring the Pacific Northwest and training her pups new tricks.
Malissa has been working with animals for over 3 years, mainly in doggy daycare and boarding and has enjoyed learning the intricacies of animal behavior and body language. Malissa says that training for her current veterinary assistant position has helped her to realize her passion and she has loved every minute of this exciting new chapter of her life in veterinary medicine. Malissa loves being part of a team that is positive and patient-focused, where she can treat every animal with compassion and where she can take the time to get to know a pet before working with them.
Melissa grew up in a small town in southern Michigan and knew from an early age that she wanted to work with animals. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and then moved to Portland in February of 2017. She plans to attend a Veterinary Technician program to become a CVT.
Her favorite responsibilities at Oswego Veterinary Hospital are caring for sick patients and educating our clients.
Her furry family includes Kali, a 10-year-old lab/mastiff mix and Freyja, an 11-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new hiking spots around Portland, going to the coast, and spending time with her critters.
Animal Care Taker
In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Oregon State University. Since then, she has interned at a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Washington and at a private zoo in Missouri. She learned about and cared for many species of animals during those internships, but she is very happy to be back in Oregon.
In her spare time, Michelle likes reading, baking, crocheting, hiking, camping, and spending time with her dog, Ziggy. She also loves frequenting local antique shops and bookstores.
Eve has been grooming since 2003 and finds her work extremely interesting and rewarding. Outside of work, Eve spends most of her time with her husband and animals. Eve shares her home with two adorable cats.
When time and finances allow, Eve, her husband, Nathan, and various family members love to travel and experience new sights. They have been all over Europe several times and throughout the Western United States as well. As life moves forward she hopes to continue to explore this wonderful world and to spend time with the animals who inhabit it with us.
Kristen is a Portland native who enjoys sampling Portland’s vast options of dining and micro-brews.
She began her grooming career here at OVH many years ago and although she loves literally all dogs, some of her favorite breeds to groom include West Highland White Terriers and Cockapoos, but she really just loves helping to make adorable, happy, and healthy pets.
Kristen’s pride and joy is her Chihuahua, Chyna – more accurately “Miss Chyna Bo Byna”. Then there is the handsome “Orange Kitty”, who is, well, an adorable orange kitty ♥
Kristen enjoys competitive pool shooting and dabbling in all kinds of crafts.
Sarah was born and raised in Portland Oregon. She is a life long animal lover. She has been working with animals since 2012. She started working in a doggy daycare, then found a passion for the field of grooming. She looks forward to learning as much as she can from the talented groomers here at OVH.
Sarah and her husband Chris share their home with three fur babies: a Schnauzer mix named Elphaba, a Pug named Horace, and cat, Tamino. They also have a beautiful little girl named Wednesday.
When Sarah is not working she loves spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, and singing.
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Learn more about our services!
Oswego Veterinary Hospital is made up of three examination rooms, an operating room, x-ray room, laboratory/pharmacy, reception area, boarding suites, a grooming spa and beautiful gardens.