Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon Provided Continuing Education to Veterinary Professionals on Food and Environmental Allergies

Over fifty veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants, and client care specialists attended.  The event started out with Dr. Dujowich presenting an overview of treatment options for hip dysplasia in dogs.  We are excited for Dr. Dujowich to be starting a total hip replacement program at Veterinary Referral Center.  Please e-mail if you are interested.

Our dermatologist, Dr. Bentley presented a concise and systematic approach to a common problem – allergies.  She then explained the importance of utilizing intradermal testing to formulate allergy specific immunotherapy (allergy vaccine) instead of serum (blood) testing. 

Special thanks to Royal Canin for sponsoring this event.

Allergy Season is in Full Effect with Grass Pollen Counts Very High in Bend

Recurrent skin and ear infections, and itchiness (scratching, biting, chewing, licking) are very common signs of environmental allergies in both dogs and cats.  These are very different than the symptoms humans experience with allergies - sneezing, congestion, and runny noses. 

There are many medications that can be used to alleviate the symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats such as Apoquel, Cytopoint, and steroids.  Although, these medications are effective it is important to remember that these medications are just “band-aids” and do nothing to treat the underlying cause.  Our dermatologist as well as the American College of Veterinary Dermatology recommends intradermal (skin) allergy testing to pin-point which environmental allergies are causing a problem and then develop allergen specific immunotherapy (allergy vaccine) to treat. 

At Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon we have over fifty allergens specific to central Oregon that we use to test for.  This allows us to make a tailored made immunotherapy protocol for your pet.

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon Invites Public and Veterinary Professionals to Celebrate the Completion of the Building with an Open House on May 12

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon is in the final stages of construction and will be throwing an Open House on May 12.  Visitors will be able to tour the hospital, learn fun facts about advanced veterinary equipment, and meet the VRCCO team!  Veterinary Referral Center will also be providing drinks, appetizers as well as gift bags to the first 100 visitors. Dogs are welcome.

Please stop by to check out your new advanced veterinary specialty and emergency hospital!

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Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon Invites Renowned International Speaker Dr. Andre Shih To Provide Continuing Education on Anesthesia To Local Bend Veternarians

Dr. Andre Shih, who is double boarded in critical care (emergency medicine) and anesthesia, gave an informative and entertaining lecture to local Bend and Central Oregon veterinarians on anesthesia, emergencies, and analgesia.  His lecture focused on anesthesia in the critical patient and emergency situations and how to develop the ideal anesthetic protocol from start to finish.  Scenarios ranged from operating on severe trauma cases to heart failure patients.  Given the feedback from his lecture we will be looking to bring Dr. Shih back again later this year.  A huge thanks to our cosponsor, the Central Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, for helping us provide continuing education credits to attendees.


Veterinary Referral Center to have Central Oregon’s First and Only Animal Dedicated 16 slice CT (Computerized Tomography)

Computerized Tomography (CT or CAT scan) is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic tool for our veterinary specialists to detect a variety of diseases and conditions.  A CT produces images and 3D pictures of bones, vital organs, and even blood vessels.  Here is a partial list of the benefits of CT scanning:

  • Surgical planning for oncologic surgery to help improve margins
  • Surgical planning for complex fractures
  • Identification of internal organ damage after severe trauma
  • Identification and localization of disc herniations
  • Neurosurgical planning
  • Early identification of hereditary conditions such as elbow dysplasia
  • Improving cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Guiding treatment plans for a variety of conditions including ear infections

The high slice count (16) reduces the scanning time – which means less time under anesthesia for your pet.  Additionally, the 16 slice CT has a superior image resolution when compared with lower slice CT’s.

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon is excited to be bringing this advanced technology and give our patients the best treatment options! 


Dr's Dujowich, Vaughan, and Bentley standing in a pit where concrete will be poured to support the weight of the CT.

Dr's Dujowich, Vaughan, and Bentley standing in a pit where concrete will be poured to support the weight of the CT.

A huge success on our first technician continuing education event

We had over 40 people attend Veterinary Referral Center's continuing education event on bandaging and wound care.  Our veterinary specialist, Dr. Mauricio Dujowich, DACVS gave an informative lecture on wound care and bandaging.  After which, the technicians proceeded to practice bandaging techniques on each-other.  Due to the success of this event our specialists will be providing more continuing education for veterinary technicians in the future.  We also hope to provide continuing education credits at our next event.

A special thanks to Beth from Central Oregon Community College's veterinary technician program for coordinating and providing space for the event!  Thanks to all our sponsors: Heska/Cuattro, MWI, and Merck for providing food and bandaging materials! 


Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon Helping the Community

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon is excited to help and support the veterinary community.  One of our veterinary specialists, Dr. Mauricio Dujowich, will be lecturing to veterinary technicians on bandaging techniques and wound care this month.  These topics are extremely important in emergency/urgent care situations and veterinary technicians are often relied upon to help perform wound care and bandage patients.

Our specialists are hoping to play an important role in promoting and providing continuing education to the veterinary community.  We hope to provide many more continuing education events not only to veterinary technicians, but also to veterinary client care specialists, and local veterinarians.

Exciting News and Opportunities for the New Year


Good news!  Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon's city permits have been approved.  Demo and framing of VRCCO will start next week!  We will keep you up to date on the veterinary specialty hospital building progress in future posts, but we are on track to open Spring, 2018.  We hate delays just as much as you do! Our Bend veterinary specialists are chomping at the bit.

If one of your New Year's goal is greater job fulfillment than please check out the opportunities tab.  Our veterinary specialty and emergency hospital is looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals who will enjoy learning and growing their career in the veterinary field.  We are currently hiring emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and customer service representatives to join our team.


Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon's First CE

Last week we held our very first continuing education program for our veterinarians in Central Oregon.  The Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon's specialists were our featured speakers.  Dr. Matt Vaughan (internal medicine) spoke about Cushing's disease.  Dr. Jennifer Bentley (Dermatology) spoke about exciting new medications available for dogs with skin disease, while Dr. Mauricio Dujowich (Surgery) spoke about advanced surgical options for dogs suffering from urinary incontinence. 

The event held at McMenamins in Bend, Oregon was a huge success with veterinarians from 21 different veterinary hospitals attending.  Our specialty doctors would like to give a huge thanks to all those that were able to attend.  We had a fantastic night and can't wait to do it again!

Thank You For The Wonderful Welcome!!!

A little over a week ago we took to the road and visited all the local Bend veterinary clinics and a few outside of town.  It was a lot of driving, but also a lot of fun meeting everyone. We hope everyone enjoyed the gourmet cupcakes and is excited about Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon coming opening in a few months.  We admit there might have been a clinic who got a few less cupcakes then planned because we broke into a box of cupcakes during a lapse of weakness.  It was a really warm welcome from everyone and we really appreciate all the vets and staff for taking a few minutes out of their busy schedule to say hi.  For those of you we missed we are excited to meet you soon and we are sure we will.  We are excited to be working alongside all of you at our Bend Specialty Hospital!