Dr. Dan Lewer joined our medical team at Willamette Veterinary Hospital in April 2013 as an Associate Veterinarian.
A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Lewer grew up with many different pets of both the domestic and exotic type. Even as a child, he always knew that one day he would work with animals. Dr. Lewer attended Cretin-Derham Hall, a college preparatory high school in St. Paul and then later attended college at Gustavus Adolphus College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 2002. While attending college, Dr. Lewer won the prestigious Paul Magnuson Award for Leadership and Service. Throughout his undergraduate career, Dr. Lewer maintained his dedication to service and volunteered at the Kind Veterinary Clinic and the Minnesota Zoo.
He continued his education at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. He was recognized for his excellence in leadership while in veterinary school and was the recipient of the college’s Veterinary Award for Student Leadership and Community Outreach Award; he was also recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with its Excellence in Science Award.
Dr. Lewer attributes Dr. Steven Brown, his mentor, as his inspiration for becoming a veterinarian and for teaching him to be a veterinarian for all animals. “The human animal bond is something so special that helping pets through preventive care, emergency care and/or end of life care rewards me because I am helping and serving both the pet and the human attached to the pet,” he said. “Thus, it is double rewarding!” He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and the American Animal Hospital Association and his professional interests include emergency and critical care, surgery, laser, ultrasound, and exotic animal veterinary medicine.
Dr. Lewer has a natural affinity and genuine skill for caring for exotic pets. As a veterinarian, Dr. Lewer has taken care of all the mammals and birds at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for the past five years. He has worked on every critter from a wallaby to pythons, chameleons to sea lions, otters to parrots and welcomes any exotic patient that needs veterinary care. His gift for treating “unusual” pets spurs pet owners to travel for miles to bring him their exotic friends.
One of the most memorable experiences in Dr. Lewer’s veterinary career was when he helped resuscitate and operate on a dog that had jumped off the Depoe Bay bayfront wall into the ocean. “The dog was rescued by the Coast Guard, brought to the clinic by the fire department and his heart stopped in transit,” Dr. Lewer said. “The best part was sending the dog back home to its owners who thought they would never see their beloved pet again.”
At home, Dr. Lewer has two boxers named Achillese and Apollo, a cat named Monkey and “lots of chickens and bees”. He enjoys participating in his local community and competing in local road race events with his wife. Together, they look forward to participating in local running, mountain biking and triathlon events.