Veterinary Medical Referral Service

P.O. Box 65061
University Place, WA 98464


Dr. Karen Comer and "Sonic"

Dr. Karen Comer earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis.  Prior to entering veterinary school, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.  After graduation from veterinary school she continued her formal post-graduate studies with a clinical internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a clinical residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia.  Concomitant with the internal medicine residency, she also completed a Master of Science degree in physiology.  

Dr Comer is a member of the
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine

She also is a member of: 


Dr. Comer's clinical interests include oncology (cancer medicine), gastroenterology (diseases of the stomach and intestines), and nutrition. 

Dr. Comer's furry family includes a whippet named "Cricket", a Norwegian Elkhound named "Sonic", and two cats named "Mr. Stubbs" and "Magik".





Jenny started her animal centered career working at Emerald Downs racetrack. Eventually she decided to enhance her career and attended the Pierce College Veterinary Technician program. She graduated in 2012. Jenny interned with Commencement Bay Animal Hospital during her final semester at the program. Because of her outgoing personality she was offered a position with our hospital. She worked for us until adding to her family with (human) twins. After some time off with her sons, she returned to work for us part-time. In addition to her sons, she and her husband are rehabilitating property outside of Roy. Their farm includes 3 cats (Chaos' sisters), a senior Doberman pinscher, ducks, chickens, alpacas and pigs.



Michelle left the dry environs of New Mexico to experience the green views of Washington.
She will likely be the calm voice that you encounter when you call the office or check in at the front desk. She spent many years at the front desk of a primary care physician's office before experiencing the furry side of the medical field. Her 4-legged family includes 2 dogs and one cat.



Kaytlynn was working for a local corporate pet store before starting to work at Commencement Bay Animal Hospital. She has a menagerie at home that includes several dogs, cats, birds, snakes and lizards. She works all areas of the hospital including the front desk when she fills in for Michelle, taking initial vital signs on patients during their examination, monitoring patients under anesthesia and assisting with inventory control.



Taylor is the newest assistant to join the staff at Commencement Bay Animal Hospital. She participated in 4-H for nine years, showing her cats. In her senior year of high school she raised cattle and hogs through FFA. She was a student at SOTA (Tacoma's School of the Arts) and interned at Jones Animal Hospital as part of the SOTA internship program. The internship piqued her interest in working in a veterinary clinic. Her animal family includes 3 cats and 2 dogs. You may meet Taylor in the examination room as she checks in patients for an examination.