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    Since 2007, the caring, compassionate staff of University Place Veterinary Hospital has been serving the people of the Tacoma, WA area, providing superior veterinary care to our patients and exceptional service to our valued clients. We are a full service veterinary hospital that provides a wide range of comprehensive services to our feline, canine and aviary clients. Our highly skilled staff is ready, willing and able to meet all of your pet’s healthcare needs, whether it’s routine wellness care or complex orthopedic surgery. At University Place Veterinary Hospital, our patients and clients are a part of our family. We look forward to seeing you and your animal companion in our office soon!

    Controlling those Pesky Fleas

    My first job out of vet school was in a small but disproportionately well-known town on the Olympic Peninsula.  For the first six months of my time there, I lived … Read More »

    Birds for Beginners – Helping You Choose Your First Avian Companion

    Almost anyone can be a successful bird owner. Let Dr. Shafar and the avian staff at University Place Veterinary Hospital get you started on a successful relationship with a feathered … Read More »

    The 12th Man controversy: Is it legal for the Seattle Seahawks and the fans to use the term “the 12th man”? This article explores the fascinating origin and history of “the 12th man”!

      If we all had a nickel for every time we’ve heard “the 12th man” this year, we would all be very wealthy!  This has been a great football season … Read More »