Our Team

We are a full-service practice offering all aspects of veterinary care, from wellness/preventative health to critical care to surgery. Our hospital has been caring for pets in the Anchorage community for over 25 years, and our doctors have over 25 years of combined education and experience. In addition, our extremely well trained support staff complements our outstanding veterinarians.

Our team includes two veterinarians, four veterinary technicians, two technician assistants, three boarding/kennel staff, groomer, as well as a client relations team with advanced training in customer care. Every member of our staff is truly dedicated to the health and care of your pet. We also run a boarding facility for cats and dogs, and offer dog grooming services onsite with Mary, who has been making pets beautiful for over eight years.

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Get to know us. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Tara Rees
DVM Medical Director

Dr. Tara Rees was raised in the Seattle area and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Seattle University in 1998. In Fall of 2018, she moved back to South Central Alaska, after a decade of practicing veterinary medicine in Silverdale, WA. Tara has loved Alaska deeply, ever since she set foot in Juneau back in 1998. 

At that time, Tara was working in Washington as a marine mammal trainer in zoos and aquariums. She was eager to work with these animals in the wild and relocated to Juneau, where she worked as a whale watching naturalist, observing Humpback whales, Orcas, Stellar sea lions, Harbor seals and Bald eagles. In 2001, she moved north to Seward, to become a member of the first marine mammal team at the Alaska SeaLife Center. She and members of her team trained the captive Stellar sea lions and Harbors seals to participate in both their own health care and environmental enrichment, as well as ongoing research projects. Operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training allowed the animals to voluntarily provide blood and saliva samples, position themselves for radiographs and ultrasound exams, as well as other husbandry behaviors. As part of the rescue and rehabilitation program, she worked with otter, walrus and seal pups. 

Tara’s natural curiosity led her to a career in veterinary medicine.  She received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2007. Dr. Rees’s dedication to animal training and low-stress handling has never diminished. She really likes helping her patients with socialization and basic training, as well as treatment of behavioral problems. Dr. Rees’ free time is spent with her two Pit Bull terriers, Homer and Kiska. She enjoys yoga, kayaking and hiking. 

 

Stacie W.
Hospital Manager
Stacie has been with VCA over a decade and is passionate about the well being of animals and the sacred  place they reside in our hearts. She strives for exceptional patient care and customer service. She was born and raised on the South Side of Anchorage. She showed horses and later competed in dog shows.  She raised and bred English Mastiff's for ten years.  Nowadays, she has cattle dogs and enjoys agility. She also resides with two feline foster failures that won the hearts of her  two daughters. 

Veterinarians

Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.

Administration

The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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