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Pacific Northwest Pet Emergency & Specialty Center (PACWVETS)

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About Us

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Our Vision

Our hospital mission statement at PacWest is to offer passionate expertise in emergency and specialty care through teamwork, collaboration, and direct communication.

Our Purpose

To increase the quality of life of pets, their human families, and veterinarians.

Our Core Values

Patient care, communication, respect, teamwork, integrity, and kindness.

Our Mission

Pacific Northwest Pet ER & Specialty Center is a place that dedicates itself to recognizing the sanctity of the human-animal bond. We accomplish this by creating a state-of-the-art facility that is recognized as a leader in veterinary medicine in the region. Our success is achieved by providing rewarding careers to all our team members, and by being a compassionate, competent, and ever-present resource for our referring community.

Our Accreditations

VECCS Level I Certified Facility

To raise the standard of care and increase public and professional awareness, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) offers a certification program to veterinary facilities that provide emergency and critical patient care. Through this program, VECSS recognizes hospitals, such as ours, that meet and exceed minimum standards and guidelines. This certification program identifies three levels (I through III) based on facility operating hours, equipment, and personnel. Pacific Northwest Pet ER & Specialty Center is proud to be ranked as a Level I facility, the top level awarded, due to our staffing, continuing education, emergency capabilities, facility, and in-patient support skills.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our high-quality patient care, and the dedication of our doctors and staff,” said Andrea Oncken, DVM, DACVECC, one of two criticalists practicing at Pacific Northwest Pet ER & Specialty Center. “We are excited for the opportunity to continue providing top-level care to patients in the Pacific Northwest.”

ACVECC-Provisional Veterinary Trauma Center

The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care’s (ACVECC) Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) has a vision to create a network of lead hospitals that seed the development of trauma systems. These hospitals will work collaboratively to define high standards of care and disseminate information that improves trauma patient management efficiency and outcome. Veterinary Trauma Centers (VTCs) will contribute to a trauma registry that allows for the continued advancement of trauma patient care.

The four aims of the trauma initiative are:

  1. Enhancement of trauma patient care

  2. Enhancement and promotion of research collaborations

  3. Expansion and formalization of education on veterinary trauma

  4. Enhancement of the visibility of veterinary specialty colleges