Staff Highlight

Tara Jeans, CVT

I grew up in central Missouri. After obtaining a degree in Anthropology, I decided I wanted to work in the veterinary field. Then, in 2003, that desire brought me to Portland, where I obtained a degree from PCC’s Veterinary Technology Program. After working for several hospitals and taking a brief break when my first child was born, I started working as a relief CVT at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital. I instantly knew the staff members at NWNVH were something special. In 2012, after much waiting, a CVT position opened, and I joined the crew permanently! With the arrival of my second child, my hours at the hospital have decreased. But during the time I do spend here, I not only relish in providing the best clinical care to our patients, but also in making them as comfortable as possible.

My husband, Jon, and I share our SW Portland home with our children, Jack and Sadie along with our crazy zoo of animals: 4 dogs (Oz, Bruno, Bowie, and PJ), 4 cats (Newt, Sampson, Fig, and Zuzu), 3 chinchillas (Teddy, Loki, and Wicket), 2 snails (Burpy and Banger), our beta fish (Dynah), and a partridge in a pear tree… In addition to our own animals, we have recently started to foster shelter/rescue dogs. We’ve also successfully fostered a bunny and a feral kitten. I love continuing to contribute to the animal field while mostly staying home with my kids. I enjoy sharing with them some of my biggest passions, rescuing animals and the proper way to interact with them in the midst of different temperaments. I am proud to say they have certainly grown into animal-savvy individuals. My goal for the future is to venture into schools, teaching classes that provide animal and pet education to children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing games, yoga, camping, and exploring the NW with my family and friends.