Dr. Danielle Skloven
Dr. Danielle Skloven
Dr. Danielle Skloven received her doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis in 2020. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in International Relations, she spent time working in the international nonprofit sector. Eventually, her love of serving the public and long-held passion for animal care led her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Danielle grew up in Arizona and spent time in southern California and the Bay Area before attending vet school in Davis. On a summer road trip with her husband through the Pacific Northwest, she fell in love with the region’s towering trees, delicious cuisine, and Portlanders’ unrivaled devotion to their pets! Danielle was actually introduced to Frontier by her own dog, Banjo, who was a frequent flyer long before she joined the team.
Medically speaking, Dr. Skloven’s interests include dermatology, chronic pain management, and dentistry. Having had dogs with allergic skin disease herself, she knows how frustrating repeated ear and skin infections can be for owners. Dr. Skloven gets tremendous satisfaction knowing that she’s relieving not only the patient’s pain and discomfort but also the client’s. Likewise, she enjoys working with owners of senior pets to manage chronic pain and maximize their quality of life.
When not at the clinic, Dr. Skloven enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and dog, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. She is an avid (though not always successful) gardener and spends much of her time finding ways to keep her Basset mix Banjo from getting to the fruits of her vegetable garden before she does.
Do you have any nicknames?
The only one anyone has ever given me is just “D”
In your words, what is your job at Frontier Veterinary Hospital?
As I see it, my job is to bring a holistic approach to every patient’s care. After listening to clients, performing a thorough physical exam, and obtaining additional diagnostics as needed, I build a plan that meets the needs of clients and their animals. Whether it’s a first puppy/kitten visit, an annual wellness exam, or an urgent wound repair, I’m here to help clients navigate the journey of caring for their furry companions!
Why did you decide to work at Frontier Veterinary Hospital?
I was lucky enough to get to know Frontier as a client (my dog Banjo is well known here) before accepting a position here. Even as a relative outsider looking in, I was impressed with the attention to patient care, the constant pursuit of the highest medical standards, and the respect with which team members treat each other. It’s a very special place that has clearly become an institution in the community.
Do you have any pets?
I have Banjo, a 3 year old basset hound mix. His special feature is his loooong body. His hind legs round the corner a good minute after his front legs. He uses his extra length to his advantage by standing on his hind legs and stealing tasty morsels off the kitchen counter.
Tell us a little known fact about you!
I once spent a very cold snowy night in a Buddhist temple in the Japanese Alps with a only a space heater and my host’s miniature schnauzer to keep me warm! My love of adventure was inherited from my parents, who had me and my sisters shouldering our own packs and sleeping bags through the Sierras by the time I was 8 years old.
Why did you want to become a Fear Free Certified Professional and what was your favorite/most valuable thing you learned going through the certification process?
Becoming Fear Free certified was a natural next step in my continuing education as a veterinarian. The whole idea of Fear Free veterinary care really speaks to my own belief that my job is to support my patients’ physical and emotional wellbeing. I feel strongly that each visit should be adjusted to the individual patient and his/her needs. My diagnostics – starting with my physical exam – are much more reliable and yield so much more information when I have a relaxed patient in front of me. It’s really a win-win approach to practicing medicine.