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Serving the North Olympic Peninsula Since 1930

Sequim Animal Hospital has served patients in Sequim, WA, and the surrounding areas for nearly 100 years. Our doctors and staff are devoted animal lovers, determined to provide all of the animals in their care with exceptional veterinary services.

Meet Our Team

Our Doctors

Dr Heather Short, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Dr. Heather Short

Dr. Short was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University for two years and then transferred to Murray State University in Kentucky. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and her Masters of Science there while working as a veterinary assistant/technician for several practices.

In 2006, she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Alabama. Following that, she and her husband, Dean, moved to Port Angeles, and Dr. Short began working at Sequim Animal Hospital. She bought the practice from Dr. Brian Marts in 2009.

In 2008, Dr. Short welcomed her first child, Ainsley, followed two years later by Ian. The Short family shares their home with two cats, Pickle and Cheese, and Yorkie, Bella. Though if the kids had their way, they would have at least two of every kind of animal! Dr. Short enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and reading.

Dr Tara Black, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Dr. Tara Black

Dr. Tara Black was born and raised in California and enjoyed her time spent working horses on cattle and dude ranches as well as roping and doctoring calves at the yearly branding. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor Of Science Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and soon after moved with her husband to Pullman Washington for veterinary school.

She joined Sequim Animal Hospital in May 2014 with the goal of expanding the large animal aspect of the clinic. Her professional interests are mixed animal practice with an emphasis on farm animal/equine medicine. Dr. Black routinely performs Coggins/health checks, brand inspections, equine dental floats, vaccinations, deworming protocols, and small ruminant medicine/surgery.

She considers herself a first responder for field emergency calls, and depending on the situation, can medically treat and/or stabilize a large animal prior to referral to a specialty hospital. Dr. Black feels fortunate to have a wonderful close-knit veterinary community on the Olympic Peninsula.

Dr. Black and her husband, Pat, both share the passion for a ranching lifestyle. They are in the process of completing an equine riding facility where their young children will be able to practice roping, barrel racing, and other equine events, alongside Pat, who is a horse trainer and a farrier by trade. Dr. Black loves nothing more than riding and roping with her family on the weekends. She enjoys the lifestyle of the Olympic Peninsula and feels blessed every day to be a part of this beautiful area and wonderful community.

Dr Kenneth Cox, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Dr. Kenneth Cox

Born in San Bernardino, California, Dr. Kenneth Cox was raised on a chicken ranch with 20,000 chickens that laid 10,000 eggs per day. After high school graduation, he joined the Army. After serving, he attended San Bernardino Valley College and then transferred to the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1968.

Dr. Cox began his career at Valley Animal Hospital in Rialto, California, and eventually bought and owned the practice for 40 years. Moving to Sequim in May 2019, he joined our team in June and quickly acquired many loyal clients. Dr. Cox loves helping people with their dogs and cats and has no plans to retire.

He married his wife, Diane, in 1968, and together they have one daughter and four grandchildren. He and Diane love traveling and the outdoors and plan to continue exploring the Olympic Peninsula.

Dr. Heather Short

Dr. Short was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University for two years and then transferred to Murray State University in Kentucky. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and her Masters of Science there while working as a veterinary assistant/technician for several practices.

In 2006, she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Alabama. Following that, she and her husband, Dean, moved to Port Angeles, and Dr. Short began working at Sequim Animal Hospital. She bought the practice from Dr. Brian Marts in 2009.

In 2008, Dr. Short welcomed her first child, Ainsley, followed two years later by Ian. The Short family shares their home with two cats, Pickle and Cheese, and Yorkie, Bella. Though if the kids had their way, they would have at least two of every kind of animal! Dr. Short enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and reading.

Dr. Tara Black

Dr. Tara Black was born and raised in California and enjoyed her time spent working horses on cattle and dude ranches as well as roping and doctoring calves at the yearly branding. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor Of Science Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and soon after moved with her husband to Pullman Washington for veterinary school.

She joined Sequim Animal Hospital in May 2014 with the goal of expanding the large animal aspect of the clinic. Her professional interests are mixed animal practice with an emphasis on farm animal/equine medicine. Dr. Black routinely performs Coggins/health checks, brand inspections, equine dental floats, vaccinations, deworming protocols, and small ruminant medicine/surgery.

She considers herself a first responder for field emergency calls, and depending on the situation, can medically treat and/or stabilize a large animal prior to referral to a specialty hospital. Dr. Black feels fortunate to have a wonderful close-knit veterinary community on the Olympic Peninsula.

Dr. Black and her husband, Pat, both share the passion for a ranching lifestyle. They are in the process of completing an equine riding facility where their young children will be able to practice roping, barrel racing, and other equine events, alongside Pat, who is a horse trainer and a farrier by trade. Dr. Black loves nothing more than riding and roping with her family on the weekends. She enjoys the lifestyle of the Olympic Peninsula and feels blessed every day to be a part of this beautiful area and wonderful community.

Dr. Kenneth Cox

Born in San Bernardino, California, Dr. Kenneth Cox was raised on a chicken ranch with 20,000 chickens that laid 10,000 eggs per day. After high school graduation, he joined the Army. After serving, he attended San Bernardino Valley College and then transferred to the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1968.

Dr. Cox began his career at Valley Animal Hospital in Rialto, California, and eventually bought and owned the practice for 40 years. Moving to Sequim in May 2019, he joined our team in June and quickly acquired many loyal clients. Dr. Cox loves helping people with their dogs and cats and has no plans to retire.

He married his wife, Diane, in 1968, and together they have one daughter and four grandchildren. He and Diane love traveling and the outdoors and plan to continue exploring the Olympic Peninsula.

Receptionists

Jackie Anderson, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Jackie Anderson

Jackie, our office manager and receptionist, is a staple here at SAH after being part of our team since 1994! She is part of a Sequim Pioneer family.

Jackie has been married to her husband, Fred, for 16 years. She has one daughter, four stepsons, and one stepdaughter. Jackie and Fred share their home with a cat (Woody), dogs (Emma and Jax), a horse (Forest), and three barn kitties. She enjoys numerous outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, and horseback riding. One of her favorite adventures was an eight-day tour of Ireland on horseback in 2003.

Amy Plasch, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Amy Plasch

Amy joined the SAH team as a receptionist in January 2014, after moving to Sequim from Rancho Cucamonga, California. She has an A.S. degree in Business Administration.

Amy has been married to her husband, Alan, since 2001, and together they have two children. The Plasch family also shares their home with two dogs and two cats. When not here helping clients, she enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities, such as camping and hiking.

Sierra Heyward, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Sierra Heyward

Kelli Phipps, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Kelli Phipps

After being a stay-at-home parent for many years, Kelli enrolled at Peninsula College to pursue a degree specializing in medical front office systems. When the reception position became available here in October 2017, it seemed the perfect fit — especially given her love of animals.

A lifelong resident of Sequim, Kelli is married to husband, Troy, and they have three terrific sons, Trenton, Logan, and Marshall. The Phipps family shares their home with two dogs, Ginger and Sprocket, two cats, Sunny and Zelda, and a Ball Python named Zadok. In her spare time, Kelli loves to cook and bake. This has transitioned into creating and blogging about her own recipes, and she would love to one day write her own cookbook.

Jackie Anderson

Jackie, our office manager and receptionist, is a staple here at SAH after being part of our team since 1994! She is part of a Sequim Pioneer family.

Jackie has been married to her husband, Fred, for 16 years. She has one daughter, four stepsons, and one stepdaughter. Jackie and Fred share their home with a cat (Woody), dogs (Emma and Jax), a horse (Forest), and three barn kitties. She enjoys numerous outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, and horseback riding. One of her favorite adventures was an eight-day tour of Ireland on horseback in 2003.

Amy Plasch

Amy joined the SAH team as a receptionist in January 2014, after moving to Sequim from Rancho Cucamonga, California. She has an A.S. degree in Business Administration.

Amy has been married to her husband, Alan, since 2001, and together they have two children. The Plasch family also shares their home with two dogs and two cats. When not here helping clients, she enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities, such as camping and hiking.

Kim Graham

Kim is a retired Navy veteran who moved to Sequim after almost 30 years working for the Department of Defense. She joined our team in 2014, working as part of our kennel staff, and, in 2016, she moved over to reception.

When she isn’t working at the clinic, Kim likes to pursue learning in both formal and informal settings. She explores a variety of pursuits ranging from computer programming to aquaponics. She also enjoys the outdoors and likes to hike, camp, and fish. Kim loves spending time with friends and family. She lives with her two cats, Pikachu and Harley.

Kelli Phipps

After being a stay-at-home parent for many years, Kelli enrolled at Peninsula College to pursue a degree specializing in medical front office systems. When the reception position became available here in October 2017, it seemed the perfect fit — especially given her love of animals.

A lifelong resident of Sequim, Kelli is married to husband, Troy, and they have three terrific sons, Trenton, Logan, and Marshall. The Phipps family shares their home with two dogs, Ginger and Sprocket, two cats, Sunny and Zelda, and a Ball Python named Zadok. In her spare time, Kelli loves to cook and bake. This has transitioned into creating and blogging about her own recipes, and she would love to one day write her own cookbook.

Technicians/Assistants

Roni Waller, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Roni Waller

Roni (LVT KPA-CTP) began working at Sequim Animal as a licensed technician in 2013. She was born on the Olympic Peninsula; however, she spent most of her childhood in Juneau, Alaska.

Roni earned an Associate in Applied Science Veterinary Medicine from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado, and has been in general practice since 2009. She has been a licensed technician since 2013, and is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, working with our patients on positive reinforcement training. She continues to pursue her Veterinary Technician specialty in behavior.

She and boyfriend Steve welcomed their son, Cole, in May 2018. They share their home with a rambunctious German Shorthair pointer, Gibbs, and little orange rascal kitty, Nacho. In her spare time, Roni loves to quilt, weld, and many other crafts.

Emily Cecere, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Emily Cecere

Emily began her career at Sequim Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant in 2009, and in September of 2010, changed positions to become a Veterinary Assistant.

A native of Sequim, Emily, and husband, Phil, welcomed their son Finnegan (Finn) in July 2017. They share their home with their two dogs, two cats, and a little flock of chickens. She has always enjoyed working with animals, having participated in FFA and other related programs, and she especially loves large animals. In her free time, Emily enjoys the beach, crafting, and spending time with family.

Jennifer Allman, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Jennifer Allman

Jennifer started her career in animal medicine as a kennel assistant at another local clinic in 2006 and was promoted to kennel manager the following year. She came to Sequim Animal Hospital in 2010 as an assistant and is our Ms. Fix-It all around the clinic.

She moved to the Sequim area in 1993, where she currently lives with kitty, Ugo, and husky, Essky. She is originally from Bakersfield, California, where she grew up with large and small animals.

Adin Terrill, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Adin Terrill

Desiree Stanning, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Desiree Stanning

Michaela Dooley, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

Michaela Dooly

Roni Waller

Roni (LVT KPA-CTP) began working at Sequim Animal as a licensed technician in 2013. She was born on the Olympic Peninsula; however, she spent most of her childhood in Juneau, Alaska.

Roni earned an Associate in Applied Science Veterinary Medicine from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado, and has been in general practice since 2009. She has been a licensed technician since 2013, and is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, working with our patients on positive reinforcement training. She continues to pursue her Veterinary Technician specialty in behavior.

She and boyfriend Steve welcomed their son, Cole, in May 2018. They share their home with a rambunctious German Shorthair pointer, Gibbs, and little orange rascal kitty, Nacho. In her spare time, Roni loves to quilt, weld, and many other crafts.

Emily Cecere

Emily began her career at Sequim Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant in 2009, and in September of 2010, changed positions to become a Veterinary Assistant.

A native of Sequim, Emily, and husband, Phil, welcomed their son Finnegan (Finn) in July 2017. They share their home with their two dogs, two cats, and a little flock of chickens. She has always enjoyed working with animals, having participated in FFA and other related programs, and she especially loves large animals. In her free time, Emily enjoys the beach, crafting, and spending time with family.

Jennifer Allman

Jennifer started her career in animal medicine as a kennel assistant at another local clinic in 2006 and was promoted to kennel manager the following year. She came to Sequim Animal Hospital in 2010 as an assistant and is our Ms. Fix-It all around the clinic.

She moved to the Sequim area in 1993, where she currently lives with kitty, Ugo, and husky, Essky. She is originally from Bakersfield, California, where she grew up with large and small animals.

Adin Terrill

Desiree Stanning

Michaela Dooly

Our History

Dr John Stevens, veterinarian, Sequim WA

1.

Dr. John D. Stevens holds a few patients in front of his clinic’s second location at 205 W Spruce St.
vet clinic, Sequim WA

2.

Dr. Stevens moved the practice and his family’s home to this property at the west end of town in 1940.
Dr Stevens, veterinarian, historical vet clinic, Sequim WA

3.

Dr. Stevens and son Jack stand in front of the clinic in 1943.
Dr George Bell, veterinarian, Sequim WA

4.

New Veterinarian in town! Dr. Stevens sells his practice to Dr. George Bell.
Dr George Bell, 1972, Sequim WA

5.

The original clinic and home of Dr. George Bell, circa 1972.
new vet clinic, Sequim WA

6.

Dr. Bell builds a new clinic in 1970.
veterinarian, Sequim WA

7.

Recognize that sign? It still stands in front of the hospital today.
veterinarian procedure, canine health, Sequim WA

8.

Dr. George Bell and Dr. Brian Marts perform a procedure on a patient.
vet appointment, canine health, Sequim WA

9.

Dr. Bell examines a young patient.
Dr Bell, Dr Marts, veterinarian, Sequim WA

10.

Dr. Bell’s retirement in 1989; shown here with Dr. Marts.
Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

11.

Our current building; shown here at its opening.

Our History

Dr John D Stevens, Sequim WA

1.

Dr. John D. Stevens holds a few patients in front of his clinic’s second location at 205 W Spruce St.
Dr Stevens, veterinarian, Sequim WA

2.

Dr. Stevens moved the practice and his family’s home to this property at the west end of town in 1940.
Dr Stevens, veterinarian services, Sequim WA

3.

Dr. Stevens and son Jack stand in front of the clinic in 1943.
Dr George Bell, veterinarian, Sequim WA

4.

New Veterinarian in town! Dr. Stevens sells his practice to Dr. George Bell.
Dr George Bell, new veterinarian clinic, Sequim WA

5.

The original clinic and home of Dr. George Bell, circa 1972.
Dr George Bell, 1970, Sequim WA

6.

Dr. Bell builds a new clinic in 1970.
Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

7.

Recognize that sign? It still stands in front of the hospital today.
canine surgery, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

8.

Dr. George Bell and Dr. Brian Marts perform a procedure on a patient.
canine health, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

9.

Dr. Bell examines a young patient.
Dr Bell, Dr Marts, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

10.

Dr. Bell’s retirement in 1989; shown here with Dr. Marts.
Dr Bell, Dr Marts, Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA

11.

Our current building; shown here at its opening.

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Promoting Wellness for All Pets

Sequim Animal Hospital, Sequim WA
Sequim Animal Hospital
202 N 7th Ave
Sequim, WA 98382
Call: 360-683-7286
Text: 360-504-2957
Fax: 360-681-3503
Email: sah@sequimanimalhospital.com
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed