VCA Pacific Avenue South Animal Hospital

Carolyn Scharer, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Minnesota


Dr. Carolyn Scharer is a Washington native. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a BS in microbiology and molecular genetics. After working for 1 year at the University of Washington Medical School doing molecular genetic research, she attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where she completed her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She completed additional training in exotic animal medicine, small animal ultrasound, endoscopy and laparoscopy, small animal dentistry and small animal oncology.

Dr. Scharer has a special interest in Nordic dog breeds and sled dog medicine. She is a member of the Iditarod Sled Dog Veterinary staff, a member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association and mushes with a team of 8 Alaskan Malamutes.

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 please call our North Practice at 253-537-0241 for assistance.