CHRISTOPHER PACHEL, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Pachel graduated from veterinary school at the University of Minnesota in 2002. After working as a general practice veterinarian for two years, he completed one year of residency training in veterinary behavior at the University of Minnesota and then an additional 3.5 years of supervised mentorship with Dr. Jacqui Neilson at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR. Dr. Pachel passed the board certification process to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. Prior to relocating to Portland and joining the Animal Behavior Clinic in the summer of 2010, he ran a successful housecall behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. During that period of time, he has assessed and treated more than 1,200 individual patients.
His approach to behavioral therapy combines learning theory, medical training and experience with compassion and effective communication to create a balanced treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Pachel’s approach emphasizes the importance of the human animal bond and the role that companion animals play in the lives of their families.
Dr. Pachel has published an article entitled “Comparison of feline water consumption between still and flowing water sources: a pilot study” in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior; Clinical applications and research. He co-taught the core veterinary behavior curriculum at the University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2010 and has guest-lectured in undergraduate and professional courses. He has also lectured at regional and national conferences including:
- 2010 Minnesota Veterinary Medication Association Conference (Minneapolis, MN)
- 2010 American Animal Hospital Association Conference (Long Beach, CA)
- 2011 Midwest Veterinary Conference (Columbus, OH)
- 2011 Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association Conference (Regina, Saskatchewan)
- 2011 Poodle Club of America (Salisbury, MD)
- 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association Conference (San Diego, CA)
- 2012 Oregon Veterinary Conference (Corvallis, OR)
- 2012 Vet Lectures (Moab, UT; Santa Barbara, CA)
- 2013 Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association Symposium (Duluth, MN)
- 2013 International Veterinary Social Work Symposium (Knoxville, TN)
- 2013 Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Fall Symposium (St. Paul, MN)
- 2013 Poodle Club of America (Salem, OR)
- 2013 Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association Conference (Regina, Saskatchewan)
- 2013 Vet Lectures (Bend, OR)
- 2014 Midwest Veterinary Conference (Columbus, OH)
- 2014 Portland Veterinary Medical Association Symposium on Behavior (Portland, OR)
Upcoming lectures include:
- 2014 Association of Professional Dog Trainers (Hartford, CT)
- 2014 American Veterinary Medical Association Conference (Denver, CO)
- 2014 Society for Theriogenology Conference (Portland, OR)
- 2014 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference (Yakima, WA)
Dr. Pachel also teaches an elective course in behavior to students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine every other year, as well as annually teaching the veterinary behavior portion of an ethology course at the same institution.
JENN FIENDISH, CVT
In 1992 Jenn turned her love of animals into a career. Since then she has enjoyed many roles in veterinary medicine in general practice, emergency medicine, and even teaching. She joined the Animal Behavior Clinic in July 2012 after working as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Rose City Veterinary Hospital for a number of years. As Rose City’s Behavior and Training Advisor, Jenn was able to use her knowledge to educate staff and clients about behavior and give ways to peacefully and thoughtfully communicate better with animals. Jenn is passionate about animal training and behavior and is currently fulfilling requirements to receive specialty certification for veterinary technicians in Behavior.
A member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, Jenn serves on the Continuing Education Committee and has been the SVBT Oregon state representative since 2011. Her involvement with the organization has allowed her to network with other veterinary technicians interested in behavior and has opened many opportunities for her to learn new techniques and teach others.
In her free time, Jenn performs with The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, volunteers at the Oregon Zoo, and is an avid crafter and crocheter. Her ‘pack’ includes three hairless dogs, a horse, a snake, and one very patient husband.
Maren can’t remember a time when her life wasn’t all about animals. She joined the Animal Behavior Clinic in August 2013, after spending two and a half years working as a Client Care Representative and Media Specialist for Rose City Veterinary Hospital. She harbors a long-standing passion for understanding the way animals think and the many intricacies of the human-animal bond. Over the years, she has fostered kittens, volunteered for the Multnomah County Animal Shelter, and worked as a dog and cat groomer before shifting to the veterinary field. She takes great joy in helping others, and always strives to provide the best information and assistance possible to our clients and colleagues.
She has Bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Russian Studies from the University of Oregon, and spends a fair portion of her time reading or trying to pen the next great American novel. She is active with wildlife conservation, particularly with the gray wolf and more recently, the cheetah. Her other free time is divided between traveling (near and far), playing in her rock band Spookies, watching bad movies with friends, and cuddling her furry children Saxafrax (an Australian Shepherd), TeeVee Cat, Esteban, and Harlow (three felines).