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City's oldest veterinary hospital celebrates 100th year

Portland's oldest veterinary hospital, Rose City Veterinary Hospital, celebrates its 100th birthday this year with games, pet costume contests and a pair of llamas.

From noon to 4 p.m. on July 24, Rose City Veterinary Hospital, 809 S.E. Powell Blvd., opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of activities for furry friends and their owners. The staff said pets may come dressed in costume, but costumes from the early 1900s, when Rose City opened, are encouraged.

Dr. Gus Huthman founded the hospital in 1911. It was the city's first veterinary hospital.

Hospital Practice Manager Jasmine Bachrach attributed the hospital's success to the clinic's quality of care and the technician's attention to clients.

'All of the doctors go to continuing education, we adapt and change medical protocols as more research comes out,' said lead technician Becky Smith who has been with the hospital for nine years.