VCA East Mill Plain, located in Vancouver, WA is an animal hospital which provides veterinary care to a wide range of small animal species---including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits, and of course chickens and other poultry. The hospital has five full time veterinarians with a wide range of expertise and skillsets.
Dr. Alayson joined VCA EMPAH in July 2009 and became Medical Director in July 2010. She has a special interest in integrative medicine, behavior, exotic medicine, and still enjoys emergency and critical cases. Recently, Dr. Alayson became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). In her free time, she enjoys exploring Oregon, working on various DIY projects around her home, and sampling all the excellent local beer from the Pacific Northwest.
Clifton Hashimoto, DVM
Dr. Clifton Hashimoto studied Bio Medical Science at Texas A & M University, where he went on to obtain his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, graduating Summa Cum-Laude. He completed a small animal externship in Louisville, KY before settling in Oahu. For the past 15 years Dr. Hashimoto has been a general practitioner at a large specialty hospital in Hawaii, treating both critical cases and emergencies as well as routine wellness care. Dr. Hashimoto has a special interest in Exotic Animal Medicine, treating turtles, rodents, and exotic birds of all species, as well as dogs and cats. He also enjoys Soft Tissue Surgery in all species. Dr. Hashimoto served for 2 years as the President of the Hawaiian Veterinary Medical Association as well as serving as the Chairman of the Ethics and Peer Review Board in Oahu. Dr. Hashimoto joined VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital in November 2015 after relocating from Hawaii to Vancouver, WA to be closer to his family. He shares his home with his wife and young daughter and an adopted a stray cat, Milton, who has his own notoriety for being one of the rare cats to perform tricks. When he has time, Dr. Hashimoto enjoys surfing, rock climbing, and working in his vegetable garden.
Kate Hooper, DVM
Dr. Kate Hooper received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University in 2012, graduating with highest honors and receiving the Dr. E.E. Wedman award for most outstanding senior student. After graduation, Dr. Kate completed an intensive internship in emergency medicine and critical care at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, OR. Dr. Kate's professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care, integrative and holistic medicine, cardiology, and avian/exotic species. She is now a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), a distinction awarded by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2015. Outside of work Dr. Kate volunteers with the Oregon Humane Society, Pro-Bone-O Veterinary Clinics, and is an executive board member of the Whole Dog Academy. She enjoys running, camping, and cooking. She is a native of Portland, Oregon and is very excited to be practicing in the Pacific NW, where she shares her home with her two adorable kitties, Bucky and Milo."
Kristina Raum, DVM
Since as early as she can remember Dr. Kristina Raum has had a deep fascination with all creatures great and small. As a child in southeastern Virginia her animal companions came feathered, furred, scaled and creepy-crawly. After earning degrees in Biology and Corporate Communications, she worked in a variety of fields including marketing, biological research, field ornithology and wildlife rehabilitation. In 2015 Dr. Raum graduated from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she was president of the Zoo, Wildlife and Exotics Medicine Club. Dr. Raum has a special interest in avian medicine and is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). She is honored and excited to join the excellent medical team at East Mill Plain Animal Hospital and serve the wonderful pets and clients of this community. In her spare time, Dr. Raum enjoys hiking, climbing, paddling and generally exploring the mountains and rivers of the Northwest with her canine companion, Twila Jean. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Audubon Society of Portland as well as the Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team.
Lynn Spolek, DVM
Dr. Lynn Spolek graduated from Washington State University in 1980, cum laude. She also has a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in 1976 and a B.S. in Animal Science from Washington State University in 1978. Dr. Lynn has been an integral part of VCA EMPAH for over 20 years and has a special interest in geriatric medicine and internal medicine.