VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle

Polly Peterson, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Washington State University
Certifications: DACVIM
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.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately 425-697-6106

VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is here for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what the time of day or night we have a veterinarian and vet techs here to answer your questions and provide you and your pet with care in an emergency situation. 

Our emergency service is designed to be an extension of the services provided by your primary care veterinarian. When your vet is not available, our doctors and nursing staff are here to provide the emergency care your pet needs. In addition to emergency services, we are able to provide intensive care for critically ill pets that have been referred by primary care veterinarians.

Many patients are treated as outpatients. Should your pet require ongoing care, we may recommend that you return to your primary care veterinarian when the day practice opens. For unstable patients in need of further evaluation, arrangements can be made for continued hospitalization and when needed, evaluation by one of our specialists.

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