VCA Animal Medical Center

Veterinary Support

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Benita Altier, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

    Benita is the senior lead technician at VCA Animal Medical Center where she has been employed since March, 1998.  In 2008 she qualified for the designation of VTS (Dentistry).  Benita is a member of the Technician Development Team for the Pacific Northwest and mentors technicians at five of Washington States' VCA hospitals as well as helps to coordinate continuing education events.  Benita provides continuing education to veterinary professionals through lecture and wet lab events across the United States and Canada through her own business, Pawsitive Dental Education.  She has also authored a chapter of the book "Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses."  Benita is the newly elected secretary for the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians in 2014.  She would like to advocate for the advancement of veterinary technicians in VCA hospitals and world-wide in the area of dentistry as well as all areas of veterinary technology.  In her spare time Benita enjoys running, skiing, cycling, swimming, hiking, camping, motorcycle trips with her husband and spending time with her young adult daughters as much as possible.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Leslie Jo Pease, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Yakima Valley Community College

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Amie McKenna

    Amie has been working at VCA Animal Medical Center since April 2014.  She worked at a dog boarding kennel for four years before coming to AMC.  Amie currently attends WSU Tri Cities where she is majoring in Biological Sciences.  She wants a career in wildlife management in the future.  Amie's favorite part of working at AMC is interacting with the clients and helping to educate them on what is best for their pet.  Amie has 3 cats, 2 rabbits, a miniature poodle named Lightning, and a horse named Tinkerbell.  In her free time, Amie enjoys riding her horse, reading novels, and baking.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours call us immediately at  (509) 943-5671.

In case of an emergency AFTER HOURS call Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service at (509) 547-3577 -  8913 Sandifur Parkway, Pasco, WA