Puget Sound specialty, emergency veterinary hospital joins BluePearl

TACOMA, Wash., –  Puget Sound Veterinary Referral Center (PSVRC) and Animal Emergency Clinic (AEC) in Tacoma, Wash., merged last month with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a national leader in specialty and emergency medicine for pets. PSVRC is the third BluePearl hospital in the Puget Sound region. Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services (ACCES), with hospitals located in Renton and Seattle, joined the company earlier in 2014.

“We’re pleased to welcome the team at PSVRC to BluePearl,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “They are a good fit with BluePearl, both clinically and culturally. Like PSVRC, all BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care and most offer 24/7 emergency care, and their services in the Tacoma area are a good complement for those offered in Renton and Seattle by ACCES.

“As importantly, the team at PSVRC is dedicated to providing remarkable care for pets,” said Dr. Kobi Johnson, formerly an owner of PSVRC.

“Dr. Johnson will remain as hospital administrator, while Dr. Sheppard Thorp and Dr. Daniel Hicks, also former owners, will continue to practice at the hospital. This is common when a hospital joins BluePearl,” Welser added.  “The reason PSVRC has been successful is because of their team, and we want to keep that in place. What BluePearl adds to the equation is a national network of clinical and administrative resources to help the local team as needed.”

AEC was founded in 1978 by more than 20 area veterinarians as the state’s first 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital. PSVRC was added in 1999 to bring specialty services like avian and exotic medicine, critical care, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology and surgery to the area. The hospital will continue to operate as PSVRC for a period of time.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 1,800 team members throughout the U.S., including more than 450 specialists and emergency veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.