VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital

Tacoma Veterinarians

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

  • Timothy Gintz

    Medical Director
    Veterinary School: Washington State University


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  • Denise Woods

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Kansas State University


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  • Emily Truckenbrod

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Cornell University

    Dr. Truckenbrod is originally from the Midwest and went to veterinary school at Cornell University in Upstate New York. Her interests in the veterinary field include preventative health care, behavior ...
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  • Joseph Richter

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Purdue University


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  • Kelly Hageman

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Washington State University


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  • Lisa Christensen

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Oregon State University

    Lisa Christensen Biography

    Dr. Lisa Christensen fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian in 2000 after earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine jointly from Washington State ...
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  • Carolyn Saylor

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Minnesota

    Dr. Carolyn Saylor 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 ...
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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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 253-537-0241. We are located at 10234 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98444.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.
 

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