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In 1998, Bethany Family Pet Clinic opened in a small leased space in a developing area with one veterinarian and three employees. Fast-forward to the present day, and this Top Dog–winning practice touts a roster of around 45 employees and a new facility specifically designed for veterinary care.

Bethany Family Pet Clinic is located in the heart of the charming Bethany community, and head doctor and proprietor Mark Norman says, “As we have grown, we’ve worked hard to maintain personal relationships with our patients and their families.”

The hospital won 2017 Top Dog awards for Veterinary Practice, Cat Boarding, and Veterinarian (Dr. Norman). Voters ranked the clinic and staff top 10 in numerous categories, including Cat Medical, Home/Mobile Veterinary Care, Holistic Practitioner, Specialty Veterinary Medicine, Emergency Veterinary Care, and End of Life Services.

Norman attributes the high praise from local pet parents to the synergy between staff, doctors, and clients. “Ours is a personable, compassionate clinic, and that is recognized and appreciated,” he says.

Founders Norman and Dr. Bob Merrill were both raised and educated in Iowa, and they also share a love of Oregon’s great outdoors. “And we don’t mind the snow,” Norman says with a grin.

Bethany Family Pet Clinic is driven by family and community, and the clinic proudly contributes to local schools and charities. For 17 years running, the clinic has hosted summer dog washes in support of Indigo Rescue, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness for unwanted pets.

On the Top Dog wins, Norman says, “We are very honored to know that our clients support and believe in us.”

Vonnie Harris is a freelance writer, and operator of Pet Stop Pit Stop pet sitting services in SW Washington.  She resides in Vancouver with Jessie (a yellow Lab), and Pedro & Grey Bird (parrots). Vonnie is “the face of Spot” at many Portland-area pet-related events, and the voice of Spot in social media outlets.