Our Practice

We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Tacoma, WA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental suite, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve Pierce county, King county, and Vashon Island.

  • J. Travis Martin, DVM


    Commencement Bay Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Tacoma, WA. The professional and courteous staff at Commencement Bay Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

    We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Commencement Bay Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Tacoma and surrounding areas.

    Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Commencement Bay Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

  • Dr. Karen Comer


    Dr. Karen Comer earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. Prior to entering veterinary school, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. After graduation from veterinary school she continued her formal post-graduate studies with a clinical internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a clinical residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia. Concomitant with the internal medicine residency, she also completed a Master of Science degree in physiology.

    Dr Comer is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

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    Dr. Comer’s clinical interests include oncology (cancer medicine), gastroenterology (diseases of the stomach and intestines), and nutrition.

    Dr. Comer’s furry family includes a whippet named “Cricket”, a Norwegian Elkhound named “Sonic”, and two cats named “Mr. Stubbs” and “Magik”.

  • Michelle


    Michelle left the dry environs of New Mexico to experience the green views of Washington.
    She will likely be the calm voice that you encounter when you call the office or check-in at the front desk. She spent many years at the front desk of a primary care physician’s office before experiencing the furry side of the medical field. Her 4-legged family includes 2 dogs and one cat.