About Northwest Veterinary Surgical Services LLC
Dr. Belknap is a board-certified veterinary surgeon; he and his team are committed to excellence in veterinary care.
Northwest Veterinary Surgical Services
Serving the pets of Washington and Oregon, we go above and beyond for our patients to ensure the best possible experience.
Meet Dr. Jim Belknap
Dr. Belknap received his DVM (and a PhD) from Colorado State University, performed an internship at University of Georgia, and a surgical residency at Michigan State University. He practiced as an equine surgeon at referral hospitals at both Auburn University and Ohio State University before transitioning to small animal surgery. Dr. Belknap feels very lucky to be in a profession where he has fun every day both performing surgeries on dogs and cats and working with the owners and their veterinarians.
He worked at a practice in Redmond, Washington many decades ago when he finished his surgical residency and absolutely loved it out here and always wanted to come back. Although he and his wife had wonderful jobs at the veterinary and human medical hospitals at Ohio State University, he talked her into moving out here! He gets to be a Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Surgery at Ohio State University while enjoying a career as a veterinary surgeon on the coast of Washington.
During his spare time, Dr. Belknap enjoys fishing, crabbing, kayaking, etc. His favorite pastime is fly tying and fly fishing. He also loves to take their 12 yo lab, Chloe, on walks on the beach most evenings.
He enjoys working with referring veterinarians and emphasizes to the owners that his practice will only treat the pet for items related to the surgical procedure and will send the pet back to the original practice for all further care. Jim performs all preoperative consults with the owners-laying out the different surgical and non-surgical alternatives-applying no pressure to the owners in making their decision. In patients which go to surgery, Jim puts a great emphasis on continued personal follow-up communication with the owner until the animals have fully recovered.
Dr. Belknap’s dog, Chloe, a 13-year-old lab mix, heading for her evening swim. The combination of TPLO surgery and elbow joint injections has allowed her to maintain an excellent quality of life!