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VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital

VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital

10234 Pacific Ave | Tacoma, WA 98444

Call 253-948-5016
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • 24 Hour Critical Care and Emergency
  • Orthopedic Surgeries
  • Spay and Neuters
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Plans
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

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 your pets.

Additional Services/Information:
AAHA accredited
Complete radiology
Exotic medicine
High tech medical/surgical facility
Internal Medicine
Orthopedic and soft tissue surgery
Serving the community for over 25 years

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Tim Gintz, DVM, Hospital Director
Tim Gintz, DVM, Hospital Director

Medical Director.

Washington State University.

Orthopedic surgery and cancer treatment.

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Carolyn Scharer, DVM
Carolyn Scharer, DVM

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.

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Lisa Christensen, DVM
Lisa Christensen, DVM

Associate Veterinarian.
Oregon State University.
Geriatrics, dental disease and dermatology

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Krisha Salmon, DVM
Krisha Salmon, DVM

Dr. Salmon was born in Auburn, WA but predominantly grew up in the Spokane area. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After spending time in the biotechnology field, she attended veterinary school at Washington State University graduating with honors in 2000. Dr. Salmon enjoys soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and parisitology.

In her spare time she raises 2 kids, 2 furry kids (Mimi the Jack Russel Terrier and Crabby the Cat), and enjoys reading and beach combing.

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Emily Truckenbrod, DVM
Emily Truckenbrod, DVM

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 and internal medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Truckenbrod enjoys outdoor activities, such as running, hiking, and skiing, as well as travel, reading and cooking.

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Eugene Rivers, DVM
Eugene Rivers, DVM

Dr. Eugene Rivers attended veterinary school at Washington State University. He has special interests in animal reporudction and oral health care. Dr. Rivers is an AKC judge and has been exhibiting and breeding English Springer Spaniels for many years. He is very active in local dog training activities and also in judging canine performance events. He also enjoys fly fishing.

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Joeseph Richter, DVM
Joeseph Richter, DVM

Purdue University.
Preventative medicine and orthopedics.

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