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Posted on 09-12-2017

Compass is excited to announce that Dr. Erica Lipanovich has joined the team.  Dr Lipanovich will significantly enhance our capabilities with exotics and pocket pets, including rabbits.    Dr Lipanovich is one of the premier exotic and small animal veterinarians in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Erica Lipanovich is passionate about caring for exotic animals.

How much?

Let’s put it this way, in addition to being the staff veterinarian at Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary in Scotts Mills, OR, she used her vacation time each year to help rare birds on Guam. 

The love of exotic animals is in her DNA.  Dr Lipanovich grew up around exotics.  Her father, Charles Wilson, is the former director of the Memphis Zoo, one of the nation’s top zoos.

“Zoos are what I’ve known my whole life,” she said.  “They are a very comfortable setting. My dad instilled a good foundation in me of the purpose of a zoo. He helped make Memphis Zoo a big success. He got the pandas there. He did Cat Country, the children’s area and a new entrance.”

Dr Lipanovich recalls her dad sometimes bringing animals from the zoo home if they were needed for an early morning TV interview.

“My mom is deathly afraid of snakes,” Dr. Lipanovich said. “So the first area my dad sent me to was the reptile area, so that I wouldn’t be afraid of them. One night he brought home a snake. He hid it in my closet and said, ‘Don’t tell mom.’ But mom knew there was a snake. That night she said, ‘I know there’s a snake in this house, I just don’t want to know where it is.’”

By the age of 14 Lipanovich knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and was already working at an animal clinic. After veterinary school, she followed in her father’s footsteps and became the staff veterinarian at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO.   After six years at the zoo, she relocated in 2014 to be near her family in Oregon.  She brings a wealth of experience in exotics and small animal medicine, having been a staff veterinarian at Dickerson Park Zoo, the Denver Zoo, and the Oregon Zoo.   

We are blessed that Dr Erica has chosen to join the Compass team!

Dr Erica is available for appointments beginning September 28.   Not only is she one of the premier exotics veterinarians in Oregon, she is also an expert in the veterinary care of dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets.

(some content courtesy of Keizer Times).

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