Dr. William Rausch, DVM,
Diplomate ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology

Dr. Rausch received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and graduated from veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin in 1999.  He then completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and then went on to pursue three years of specialized residency training in Small Animal Cardiology at North Carolina State University under the mentorship of three cardiologists.  He became board-certified in cardiology in 2003 and made Portland his home that same year.

Dr. Rausch has authored and co-authored papers in the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  His clinical focus is on maintaining the best possible quality of life in dogs and cats with heart disease.  In his free time he enjoys cycling, cooking and eating, and he can also be found playing in a local bluegrass band.


Dr. Courtney Smith, DVM,
Diplomate ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology

Dr. Courtney Smith grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Cellular Biology. Following her passion for animals, she then went on to graduate from the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.

Following graduation from veterinary school, Courtney completed a one year rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego followed by a three-year residency in cardiology at Oregon State University. In 2016, she successfully completed all requirements of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and became a board-certified cardiologist as well as completed a Master’s degree in veterinary science. Her research focus was in congenital heart disease in French and English bulldogs called valvular pulmonic stenosis and minimally invasive treatment options.

Courtney enjoys managing congenital and acquired heart disease in all animals as well as developing close bonds with her patients and their families. When she is not working, Courtney enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her husband and children, as well as their four-legged family members— a French bulldog who was diagnosed and treated for pulmonic stenosis and two Sphynx cats.

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I'm a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for pit bulls, vegan food and the outdoors. I grew up in a home that was always full of animals of all kinds, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Now I'm down to one spoiled-rotten pit bull, Goliath. He likes peanut butter, nylabones and digging holes on the beach.


I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the team at Portland Veterinary Cardiology and I’m so excited to meet your furry family member(s) and treat them as my own.



My career in veterinary medicine began in in 2003. At that time I was still in my home state of Connecticut where I lived, worked, and went to school until I moved to Portland in 2010. I was raised around animals and have always felt a connection to them; I feel a very similar connection to humans and plants. Oregon has been great for me, my grandfather (my mother’s father) was raised in Silverton, so perhaps I’m drawn to this place naturally. I love gardening, and many of the other things the Pacific NW has to offer. I enjoy growing both flowers, and vegetables.

In addition to growing things and being around animals, I like art (photography in particular), literature, films, cooking, thrifting, and going out with friends. My sidekick is Lulu, a two year old chihuahua-terrier mix who weighs six pounds and has a huge personality. I also have a handsome and funny cat called Blueberry. I adopted both of them after settling into Portland. Currently I am working towards a bachelor degree in sociocultural anthropology, with a special interest in medical anthropology.

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After a lifelong obsession with animals, I started veterinary technician school in the Boston area in 2005. I’ve been a CVT since 2009, and have worked in multiple specialities in veterinary medicine but have truly found my happy place in Cardiology. My career eventually brought me out here to Oregon, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! In my spare time I love music, cross-stitching, yoga, doting over my menagerie of animals (cats, dogs, snake, tarantulas, fish, etc.) and houseplants, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two dogs, Tater and Kora.


Don Fritto

The newest member of our team is Don Fritto - a 1-year-old mutt who drops in occasionally whenever someone on our team is in desperate need of a hug.