Introducing the Support Staff at Deschutes Animal Clinic. Each member of our team is dedicated to making sure you and your pet are getting the best quality of care we can provide.

Attached is a video of just some of our amazing staff members. More photos coming soon!


Dr. Michael Murray

Veterinarian

Dr. Murray brings with him a wealth of diverse veterinary experience, having worked in emergency medicine as well as general practice for nearly 26 years. He stays busy with his two young pups Quill and Rocket, enjoys cycling (completed the STP!), and is part of the Mason County Search and Rescue team. Dr. Murray has a special interest in soft tissue surgical procedures, orthopedic diseases, bully breeds, and hunting breeds.

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

We have a great team right now!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Pitbulls (obviously) and any dog with a squished nose.

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

Somewhere in the mountains camping with the dogs. A nice cruise through the Caribbean would be a close second.



Dr. Victoria Smith

Veterinarian

Dr. Smith was born and raised in Seattle. She attended Seattle Pacific University for her undergraduate degree and was then commissioned in the US Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. She spent years on active duty before entering veterinary school at Texan A&M University. While in Texas, she worked at a mixed animal practice before returning to the PNW where she worked in emergency care, shelter medicine, and at a small animal practice. In 2010, Dr. Smith switched services to the US Army Reservices as a veterinary officer. She was then deployed to the middle east in 2019. She returned from deployment in 2020 and joined the team here at DAC in January 2021! She received her Master’s in Veterinary Forensic Science in April of 2021. She will be retiring from the Army Reserves next year as lieutenant colonel. Her special interests are geriatric medicine, working dogs, forensic veterinary medicine/animal cruelty investigations, and golden retrievers.

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Joking with Dr. Murray and the vet staff, having my mini Diet Coke fridge fully stocked, and treating my patients – especially Golden Retrievers!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Golden Retrievers and Labradorks

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

Hiking with my husband and dogs (especially my Golden Retriever!)


Alyssa

Assistant Practice Manager

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Building relationships with our clients and having a strong team that has great knowledge on patient care.

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Longhaired Dachshunds and Maine Coons

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

Driving up into the mountains and staying at a secluded little cabin by the river. I’d spend my time making home cooked meals with my husband, enjoy having no cell services, and of course explore nature with our pup Tato!


Jocelyn

Licensed Veterinary Technician

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

The team atmosphere and connecting with patients throughout their life stages.

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Orange cats

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

Going to the beach with no plans!


Heidi

Licensed Veterinary Technician

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Caring for patients when they are away from their family. I try to make them feel comfortable until they can see their people again. I also love helping fix critters teeth so that they aren’t in pain anymore and feel a whole lot better!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

I really love Manx kitties and all other kitties too! For dogs, a good mixed breed pup!

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

I love camping with my horses. Beach, mountains, desert… anywhere is good.


Jasmine

Veterinary Assistant

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Being able to provide my skills and knowledge to the clients and assisting our doctors with patient care.

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

American Bulldog and any herding breed

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

A relaxing and quiet weekend away with my family.


Nissa

Veterinary Assistant

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Being able to help sick patients get back to feeling their best and creating bonds with pets and their families!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Pointers, Golden Retriever, Vizsla, any wire-haired pup, Egyptian Mau and any orange kitty!

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

Anywhere where there is a waterfall! I love walking around and exploring new trails with my family.


Sam

Veterinary Assistant

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Being a part of a caring, positive, healthy, and hardworking team that has the collective goal of providing top notch medical care for our patients.

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Chihuahua or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

A cabin in the mountains with a calm river nearby. Nothing beats good company around a fire!


Liz

Customer Service Representative

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

I love helping pets and people. Working with my awesome co-workers and doctors is also a plus!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Golden Retriever and Maine Coon (and of course my black DSH Gail <3)

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

I would love to take an ancestral trip across Europe.


Emily

Customer Service Representative

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Working with amazing team members!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Chow Chow and any black cat

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

A month traveling through Europe


Kate

Customer Service Representative

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Getting to work with all the amazing staff members and seeing all our adorable patients!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Tuxedo cats, Rottweilers, and Golden Retrievers

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

A trip to Greece to see all the beautiful beaches and eat lots of Gyros!


Shawn

Kennel Assistant

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Making my co-workers laugh!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Siberian Husky

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

A trip up to Leavenworth, WA!


LeAnne

Kennel Assistant

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Learning something new every day!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Norwegian Forest Cat and Labrador Retriever

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

Traveling to Mexico


Jordyn

Kennel Assistant

What is your favorite aspect of working at DAC?

Having great co-workers!

What is your favorite dog or cat breed?

Rottweiler

What is your ideal vacation/weekend getaway?

Going to the beach!