Meet Our Veterinarian and Team
Welcome to Blue Door Veterinary Services! Our dedicated team is committed to providing the very best care to our patients. Learn more about us here:
Dr. Meridith Dawson
Veterinarian and Owner
I started dreaming of being a veterinarian at the age of 7. I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida among the beaches and the seagulls, but one horseback riding lesson later, I was hooked. Horses were my passion growing up, but I loved all animals. I am guilty of bringing home the stray cat now and then and promising my parents “it followed me home.” When my family moved to central Ohio, I was able to realize my dream of having a horse (two in fact!), and I competed in 4-H all through high school and in IHSA in college. I even focused my Girl Scout Gold Award project on helmet safety. I have always had animals around the house—dogs, cats, chickens, horses, a goat named Edger – and I have loved every minute of it.
I went to a small college in northwest Georgia named Berry College for undergraduate and earned my BS in Animal Science. I returned to Ohio for veterinary school, earning my veterinary degree at The Ohio State University. Wanting to get away from the cold winters, I returned to Florida and began my career as a mixed animal practitioner, working with many different species. I even had the opportunity to work with elephants, camels, and alpacas that were part of a traveling circus! I found that my favorite aspects of veterinary medicine though are being witness to the strong human-animal bond and helping to keep people and their animals together.
After meeting my husband, George, and living in Florida for a couple years, we knew we wanted more from our environment. We decided on Portland because I have some family here, and we love that we can get to all of our favorite outdoor places for day trips. George and I have 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses, and a fish! They keep us busy—hiking, riding, and playing at the coast. I do like to dabble in tennis and when it’s rainy, we love to visit the wineries and breweries and taste what Oregon has to offer!
I cannot wait to meet all of you and your wonderful pets and share my love of animals with all of you!
Certified Veterinary Technician
I have always been passionate about animals and caring for them. Having grown up in Northeast Indiana, I had lots of exposure to quite a variety of animals, including small pocket pets, exotic animals, wildlife, and large animals. I decided at a young age that I wanted to work with animals and be the voice they did not have.
My path has not been traditional. I graduated from high school, became a carnie and traveled all over Indiana and Ohio. I also worked in several manufacturing factories and even did a stint in the Navy, but because none of these jobs satisfied my passion for caring for animals, my home was open to a wide assortment of pets. I raised orphaned squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and opossums. I also started my family during this time, and my children have grown up in a home with reptiles, birds, cats, and dogs.
In 2005, International Business College of Fort Wayne, IN opened up a vet tech program. I was able to devote myself to attending school full-time and graduated in 2007 with my Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. My family and I then moved to Jacksonville, FL to begin my career as a C.V.T. Since then, I have worked in Emergency medicine and general practice with a special interest in exotic pet care and husbandry.
My family—including my husband, Jason; 3 children, Caitlin, Cheyenne, and Chance; and our 3 dogs and 3 birds—moved to Portland this year. We all enjoy hiking, camping and participating in mud runs. I look forward to meeting all the Portland area pets and continuing to be their voice.