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 in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has guest-lectured in undergraduate and professional courses. He has also lectured at regional and national conferences including the 2010 Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, 2010 American Animal Hospital Association, 2011 Midwest Veterinary Conference, and the 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association.
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 is 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.