From an early age Dr. Els Slurink knew that caring for animals was her life's passion. She knew that it would not be easy, but with diligence and perseverance she accomplished her goals and received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Rijks Universiteit te Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1979. After practicing for over 10 years in the Portland, Oregon area, Dr. Els Slurink was ready to take the next step and established her dream hospital, Cleveland Pet Hospital & Health Center in 1996. A general veterinary practitioner at Cleveland Pet Hospital & Health Center, Dr. Slurink's professional interests include preventive health care, medicine, surgery (general and orthopedic) and pain management. She also has a special interest for skin and ear problems. Interested in continuing education, as learning is a lifetime commitment, Dr. Els Slurink is a long time member of the A.V.M.A., I.V.M.A. and attends major conferences to keep her knowledge up to date.Dr. Els Slurink enjoys reading, spending time outdoors gardening, and swimming.