VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital Staff

VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital

Phone: 253-537-0241
Fax: 253-535-3587
10234 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98444
Business Hours
Open 24 Hours for Emergency, Critical Care, and All Appointments
47.164454<--lat long-->-122.434361

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

Here in Tacoma, VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital's ten doctors and 40 staff members, each of whom have endeared pets of their own, are the type of warm, caring people you can trust giving medical attention to your beloved pets. Each member of the hospital's extensive team of professionals keeps up to date on all the latest advancements in veterinary care through continuing education classes and by consulting with their VCA peers across the country.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, VCA provides a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments for dogs, cats and smaller "pocket pets."

VCA is active in its community, too. Last year the hospital donated $250,000 in services, products and sponsorships such as the Humane Society's annual Dog-athon, which VCA staff attends every year to provide services like microchipping and registration for adopted dogs. Through city and county partnerships, Good Samaritans can bring

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New to VCA?

We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet's life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.

Our services don't end at our hospital doors.  As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 2,000 VCA veterinarians.

And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  These twenty-eight clinics provide state-of-the-art care in orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, advanced oncology, and even such cutting-edge treatments as stem cell therapy.

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and staff and learn more about them. Our doctors and staff have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

Dr. Christine Cane
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Washington State University

Dr. Cane grew up on a wheat farm in Eastern WA and exhibited a passion for animals very early on. WSU was the logical choice of college so she got

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Dr. Krisha Salmon
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Washington State University

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Miss Bentley the Blue Weimaraner
Cherrise from Tacoma

I am new to the Tacoma area and took Bentley to a local dog park on Christmas Eve where unfortunately another dog bit her through the end of her ear. Everyone that knows a weim knows that they have long ears that are of course filled with blood vessels. After 10 mins of trying to get the bleeding under control and no luck, a kind woman at the park let me follow her to her vet (the VCA) and also called the VCA to let them know a hurt/bleeding dog was on its way in. As soon as I entered the vet I was met with the most caring staff I have ever met at a vet. They immediately took Bentley back and wrapped her ear to try to stop the bleeding and so Dr. Christensen could take a look at it. It was determined that Bentley would have to have surgery to stitch up her ear. After surgery was done Bentley then had to start the road to recovery, being a weim that was just over a year old and full of energy it was not easy to keep her calm so her ear could heal. After many trips back to the vet because Bentley would not let her ear heal, in the end the vet had to stitch her ear to the top of her head to heal, Bentley is now back to her normal self. Through this whole ordeal the staff and Dr. Christensen were so caring and nice, and made both Bentley and I feel comfortable. I really felt like the whole staff went above and beyond to help take care of Bentley. To make me feel even more, that they truly care for Bentley. I called about 3 months after the whole ordeal to ask about boarding her, and the woman on the phone remembered exactly who Bentley was and was so excited that they will be able to watch Bentley while I am out of town. I know she will get the best care in VCA's hands.

Convenient, Affordable Wellness Plans

Membership includes:

  • Convenient monthly payments
  • 5 visits to VCA each year
  • Doctor-recommended vaccines
  • Prevention and early detection tests for serious diseases
  • Routine dental care for your pet
  • Peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your pet

To enroll in VCA CareClub®, call us at
253-537-0241 or request an appointment.