VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle

Tori McKlveen, DVM, DACVR, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: DACVR
Departments: Diagnostic Imaging, Interventional Radiology


Dr. McKlveen received a B.S. degree in Microbiology in 1992 and a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude, from Colorado State University in 1997. She was in small animal private practice in Albuquerque, N.M., before pursuing board certification in radiology/diagnostic imaging. Her residency was at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 1998 to 2002, where she completed a Master of Science degree and a four-year residency in Diagnostic Imaging. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) in 2002. Before joining the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle in 2004, Dr. McKlveen was a staff radiologist at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas.

Dr. McKlveen has received several awards including the D.C. Academy Resident Teaching award and ‘Top Vet’ from Seattle Met magazine. Her publications and co-authored publications have appeared in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, and Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. Dr. McKlveen has presented at numerous professional seminars and CE courses and taught in a faculty locum position. She has advanced her MRI interpretation skills by completing an MRI fellowship in 2008. She is currently serving her third year as an examiner for the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

In addition to companion animal patients, Dr. McKlveen is a consultant for PAWS Wildlife, NOAA, SEADOC, several Zoos and Aquariums around the country including the Seattle Aquarium, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She and her husband are active supporters of local animal rescue groups and shelters including Purrfect Pals and the Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH) and have many special needs cats in their own home. Personal interests include road biking and training for long distance bike races (sights set on the Seattle to Portland), and playing the piano.

Dr. McKlveen works closely with the doctors at the Veterinary Specialty Center and referring veterinarians to diagnose patients and assist with treatment plans and follow up monitoring. Her professional interests include ultrasound (abdominal, thyroid and non-cardiac thoracic studies), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).


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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