Dr. Lucas Budden received his DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after graduating from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences. He chose to pursue veterinary medicine as a career because of his love and fascination with animals as well as his desire to help people have the strongest bond possible with their furry loved ones.
Lucas originally grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where all the land was flat and corn could be seen for miles and miles outside of the city. He developed a love of the outdoors and after finishing his DVM degree in Wisconsin decided to move to Las Vegas, Nevada to enjoy the easy access to nature in the area. After a couple years he decided to move up to Portland because he missed greenery and felt he needed a lot more rain. He joined the Frontier Veterinary Hospital team in October 2021.
His main medical interests include internal medicine, behavior, ultrasound, neurology, and pain management. Ophthalmology is a slowly growing area of interest for him as well.
In his free time, Lucas enjoys rock climbing, hiking, cooking, reading, and basically any other outdoor activity. He has a 17 year old domestic long-haired black cat named Lance at home that seeks out any available human lap to curl up and sleep on.
Do you have any nicknames?
All of my nicknames have just been played off of my last name. Not sure if that makes me cool or boring?
In your words, what is your job at Frontier?
My job at Frontier is to do everything to keep all pets as healthy as possible which includes constantly learning to give better care, creating the most comfortable visit for each and every pet, and getting to know pet parents better to understand their individual needs and special bonds with their pets to name a few. I am the newest doc at FVH and so my main project right now is settling in and getting to know the community.
Why did you decide to work at Frontier?
When I first was introduced to the team I felt like I really connected with the clinic, pet parents, and staff. It is an upbeat team that has made a ton of changes during COVID to make sure they are caring for pets and people as best as possible. The team practices really high-quality medicine and I wanted to be a part of the change that Frontier is making in the community.
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