VCA Crown Hill Animal Hospital

Shuna Cerrato, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Washington State University


Dr. Cerrato (formerly Klaveness) was raised in Northern California on a small hobby farm, and has always loved animals. She earned an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College in 1998 and worked in the field of neuroimaging research in Boston prior to pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She received her DVM degree, graduating with honors, from Washington State University in 2005. She did an optional year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, a world-renowned specialty referral hospital. She practiced as an emergency and critical care veterinarian at the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle from 2006 to 2010, where she worked closely with specialists and also enjoyed teaching young veterinarians who were doing their internships there. She got married in the summer of 2010, and it was a desire for a day practice schedule that led to her joining VCA Crown Hill Animal Hospital. Her specific areas of interest are soft tissue surgery, preventive care, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and diagnostic imaging. She feels privileged to be able to work with animals and the people who love them.

She lives in Ballard with her husband George and rescued French Bulldog Kerbie, and spends her free time cooking, traveling, reading, walking, and enjoying the cultural and outdoor activities that the Seattle area has to offer.


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, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.