Polly Peterson, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist
Departments: Internal Medicine
Dr. Peterson is a native of the Seattle area and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in cell and molecular biology at the University of Washington. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, graduating summa cum laude. She completed a small animal internship at North Carolina State University and an Internal Medicine residency at Texas A & M University.
She became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2003. She has published articles and book chapters on topics including chronic intestinal disease, infectious disease, and endocrine disease. Since her residency, Dr. Peterson has worked at the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Lynnwood. She also participated in a faculty locum position in Urology at Purdue University in 2008 where she refined skills with cystoscopy including cystoscopic removal of small bladder stones and voiding urohydropropulsion, a non-invasive treatment option for dogs with recurrent bladder stones.
Dr. Peterson works in an adjunct faculty role with the Internal Medicine department at Washington State University for Internal Medicine resident training. Dr. Peterson is available for referral appointments on Mondays-Thursdays and is available on call for emergency endoscopic procedures and phone consultation by the emergency doctors at VCA Veterinary Specialty Center.
Her professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, minimally invasive diagnostic procedures (ultrasound and endoscopy), and endocrine disease management (particularly Cushing's disease and diabetes mellitus). She is proficient in endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract (gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, foreign body removal), respiratory tract (brochoscopy, rhinoscopy), and urinary tract (cystoscopy, vaginoscopy). Dr. Peterson also performs laparoscopic evaluation of the liver including liver biopsies and bile aspiration.