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I knew at a young age that animals would always be a huge part of my life — I’d already surrounded myself with all types of 4-legged friends. In kindergarten I wrote about wanting to be a veterinarian, and by 15, my first job was indeed working with animals: bathing dogs at a groomer. At eighteen I started a grooming service for a veterinary hospital in San Diego, which quickly earned me a front desk position. Over time I tried my hand at many aspects of animal care, from grooming to pet sitting, as well as technical work. I ultimately settled into client care, as I came to realize my people skills and ability to help pet parents were strong assets in the field. While I’d tried other professions such as HR and event planning, veterinary medicine was where my heart found its home. After numerous years in a day practice I moved to Portland and embarked on some of the most exciting years of my career, working in emergency medicine. I loved the excitement, the experience I gained, and the connections I made, and it all prepared me to become Executive Director of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association.
A few years later the greatest adventure of my professional life began: opening Cascade Veterinary Referral Center. Six months before opening day I began finalizing what would turn out to be one of the most professional, experienced teams of veterinary professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. As a graduate of The American Animal Hospital Association’s “Veterinary Management School” and Purdue University’s “Veterinary Management Institute” I had an idea of what I wanted to see in a hospital, but to this day I continue to be humbled and amazed by the dedication and expertise I see here daily. CVRC is a true collaboration of everyone who has played a role on our team, and it would not be what it is today without the dedication of each and every one of them.
In my free time I chase the sun, spend as much time as possible on or in the water, and enjoy life with my children of both the two- and four-legged variety.
Elisabeth Cadman BS, CVT
I have been passionate about animals and nature since childhood. I have Bachelor’s of Science in wildlife management and conservation biology from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in New York. After graduation, I moved to Oregon and worked for five years at the Oregon Humane Society as a supervisor and staff trainer in the Animal Care Department. During that time I became very interested in animal behavior, particularly canine aggression. In 2004 I decided to pursue veterinary medicine, and worked at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital for over 2 years before joining CVRC when it opened in 2006. I became a CVT in 2008, and have been supervising the CVRC Treatment Team for the last several years. I truly enjoy all aspects of nursing (particularly respiratory and cardiac care), transfusion medicine, and technician education. I feel very fortunate to work alongside the talented doctors and technicians at CVRC and being able to bond with both my patients and their owners. I share my heart and home with rescued shelter animals.