VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital

Lisa Christensen, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, 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 University and Oregon State University. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Oregon State University. She has been a practicing veterinarian at Pacific Avenue Veterinary Hospital from 2000 to the present.

Dr. Christensen has specific interests in Geriatric Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Dermatology, Dentistry and Behavior. She was nominated to attend the 2009 North American Veterinary Institute where she attended a Dermatology and Ear therapy intensive educational course. She has also attended numerous continuing education courses and laboratories in Dentistry and Periodontal Therapy.
Dr. Christensen has been training her dogs in canine citizenship, competition obedience, and agility for 8 years. She loves working with difficult or rescued pets and their families. This year she will offer a puppy socialization course at the hospital for new puppy owners.
Dr. Christensen enjoys the company of her dogs Ronan and Carmen, 3 lovely kitties, and 2 horses. While Dr. Christensen considers veterinary medicine to be one of the most diverse and rewarding careers on the planet, she has many other interests when she is not practicing. She loves hiking, caring for her horses, training her two awesome dogs, painting, and gardening.

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.