We are currently performing advanced orthopedic and soft tissue procedures at Bayshore Animal Hospital. Our surgeon, Dr. Jim Belknap, is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has over 30 years of experience performing complex surgeries on a referral basis. Jim started as an equine surgeon at referral surgical centers at both Auburn and Ohio State University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine before transitioning to small animal surgery. He enjoys working with referring veterinarians and emphasizes to the owners that our practice will only treat the pet for items related to the surgical procedure and will send the pet back to the original practice for all further care. Jim performs all preoperative consults with the owners-laying out the different surgical and non-surgical alternatives-applying no pressure to the owners in making their decision. In patients which go to surgery, Jim puts a great emphasis on continued personal follow up communication with the owner until the animals have fully recovered.
Orthopedic Surgery: We perform a wide variety of orthopedic surgeries including;
· TPLO for cranial cruciate ligament rupture
· Corrective surgery for medial (and lateral) patellar luxation
· Internal fixation for fractures
· Joint arthrodesis (i.e., pancarpal arthrodesis) for severe osteoarthritis and injuries
· Corrective surgeries for limb deformities
Soft Tissue Surgery: We also perform a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries including:
· Surgeries of the head and neck including:
o Entropion, eyelid masses, etc.
o Total ear canal ablations with bulla osteotomy (TECABO)
o Corrective surgery for brachycephalic airway syndrome
o Resection of oral tumors (hemimaxillectomy, etc)
· Abdominal surgeries including:
o Exploratory surgeries of the abdomen
§ Splenectomy, liver mass resection
§ Surgery of the gastrointestinal tract
· Foreign body removal, resection/anastomoses
· Biopsy for diagnostics o C-section
· Tumor resections-including advanced/complicated tumors with reconstructive
and plastic surgery
Jordan is one of our Veterinary Assistants/Receptionist and joined the Bayshore team August of 2016. Born and raised in Astoria but loves to travel and see new places. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and painting. Growing up with dogs and cats, and having had volunteered at the animal shelter, Jordan has a passion for working with animals, and would like to pursue a career in the veterinary technician field. Jordan currently shares her home with three spoiled cats, Mabel, Shamu, and the mischevious Skellington aka Skelly.
Hailey is one of our veterinary assistants who joined the Bayshore team November of 2019, but has been working as a veterinary assistant since 2017. Born and raised in the PNW, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, and taking her dogs on adventures. One of her favorite parts of working in veterinary is helping educate owners about animal care. Hailey shares her home with her boyfriend Josh, their three dogs Sheila, Charlie and Hash, their two cats Nala and Willow, and two leopard geckos.
Ellison is one of our Veterinary Assistants and joined the Bayshore team in February 2019. Born in Portland and raised in Astoria, she spent most her childhood raising a variety of pets and volunteering at local animal rescues. Ellison is interested in working in wildlife rehabilitation and education; one of her favorite parts of working at Bayshore is getting to help animals recover and transform into healthy, happy critters. When she is not working, she enjoys writing, drawing, exploring the outdoors, and reading anything she can get her hands on. Ellison currently lives with her two spoiled cats, Marie and Wybourne.
Kristina is one of our receptionists who joined the Bayshore team in July of 2019. She lives in Astoria with her husband Hank, her 3 kids(Evan, Emelia, and Eli), her 4 cats and 1 dog. She also has a side business selling Color Street nail polish! In her spare time, she loves to spend time outdoors with family and friends.
Diana is originally from Snohomish, WA where she worked in kennels and dog daycares. After managing a dog daycare for 4 years, she moved into a veterinary receptionist/assistant position in WA before moving to Astoria at the beginning of this year. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her old man dog, Barkley.