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A Canby veterinarian has been honored with the Veterinary Service Award by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association for her work with Project Pooch.SUBMITTED - Deborah Cochell was recently honored with the Veterinary Service Award by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.


Deborah Cochell, owner/partner of Woodburn Veterinary Clinic in Woodburn and Sequoia Veterinary Clinic in Canby was honored March 5 as part of the Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis.

The Veterinary Service Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals.

Cochell was presented with this award in recognition of her longstanding outreach to Project Pooch and to the young boys and men who participate in this program.

She serves on the advisory board of Project Pooch, a nonprofit organization that works with youth in corrections to develop personal and vocational skills they will need to become responsible, productive members of the community. Cochell is one of a handful of professionals who interact with the young men at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. In fact, every month for the past five years she has served as a mentor through Project Pooch.

She donates the necessary vaccinations for the dogs at Project Pooch. And she and her staff at Woodburn Veterinary Clinic hold various events from dog baths to nail trims as fundraisers for the program.

She was nominated for this award by her colleague and fellow OVMA member Nancy Titus, also of Woodburn Veterinary Clinic and Sequoia Veterinary Clinic.

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