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.

  • Paula

    Hospital Manager

    After graduating from Pierce College Technician Program, Paula completed a year-long internship in New York at the prestigious Animal Medical Center. After New York, she went to Michigan State University to study anesthesia and pain management. She worked several years at one of the local Specialty and Emergency Clinic, 3 of those years in the Oncology department. During her years in emergency medicine, she completed extra training and obtained her Veterinary Specialty Certification in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Paula recently decided to further her career to become a Hospital Manager. She has a special interest in providing the best patient care possible, specializing in breeding, reproductive, and Brachycephalic breeds. In her spare time, she loves to visit the outdoors, read, spending time at confirmation dog shows, and spending time with her boxers and French bulldogs

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shyla

    Veterinary Assistant

    Shyla began working with dogs at her first job and realized she wanted to build a career utilizing her lifelong affinity for animals. In 2018, she began working in the veterinary field with a desire to expand her knowledge and get to work with different species. She shares her home with two cats, and two dogs, a Border Collie and an Australian Shepherd mix. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outside with her dogs, trick training, painting, and reading about animal behavior.