12212 Pacific Ave South, Tacoma, WA 98444

Open Monday - Friday: 7:30am-7:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: Closed

Open Mon-Fri: 5PM to 10PM, Sat: 12PM to 8PM, Sun: 12PM to 6PM

Animal Hospital of Parkland Online Pharmacy 253-536-1505

Our Team

We are committed to excellence in all areas of service to the client by treating each patient’s medical needs with the highest level of care, skill, judgment and compassion.


Our Team

Our Doctors

Dr. Ernest P. Petersen

Dr. Ernest P. Petersen, veterinarian and medical director of the hospital, grew up in Washington state. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point followed by military service that kept him away from this area for a number of years. He returned in 1979 to attend Washington State University earning the degrees Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. in Veterinary Comparative Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology. After working for a time in Puyallup, he purchased and reopened Animal Hospital of Parkland.  In 2009, he earned board certification and is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Feline Specialty. 

Dr. Jennifer Renner

Dr. Jennifer Renner as Medical Director has been interested in working with animals since a young age. Her mom enrolled her in “Zoo School” at the Fort Worth Zoo in kindergarten, where she made the decision that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She got her start in her veterinary career by joining the Boy Scout Explorers in high school, which led to a job as a kennel technician at what is now Animal Hospital of Park Glen in Fort Worth. Later, she worked at the BioAquatics Facility at Texas A&M where she cared for fish, sea turtles, and invertebrates. She was also a laboratory animal technician for the year before veterinary school at Texas A&M, which resulted in many years of being involved in fancy rat rescues.

Dr. Renner earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science in 1999 at Texas A&M. She loves internal medicine and thoroughly enjoys getting to know her clients and their pets.

When Dr. Renner is not at work, she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and writing letters. She also likes to spend time with her husband Dennis, their tuxedo cat Doreen, their corn snake Friend of Jack, and their three dogs: Cooper, Dellmar, and Yedra. Dr. Renner is a member of the League of Extraordinary Penpals and is a National Daylily Society Exhibition Judge.

Dr. Mark A. Peterson

Dr. Mark A. Peterson, associate veterinarian (no relation to Dr. E. Petersen), graduated from Texas A&M University in 1997. He moved to the Puget Sound area and took a position at Animal Hospital on Midway, a small animal clinic on beautiful Whidbey Island. He relocated to the South Puget Sound area where he joined our practice as a full-time associate in June 1998. His professional interests include internal medicine, and computer applications in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Perez

Dr. Perez is a gifted doctor with a passion for senior pets and orthopedic rehabilitation. At one point she considered becoming a zoo veterinarian thanks to her love of wildlife, including sloths, alligators, and sea otters. Luckily for us, she opted for private practice once she realized how much she missed dogs and cats during a month long zoo internship.

Passionate about dentistry and promoting education about this often overlooked aspect of pet health, Dr. Perez says, “I love dentistry even though some extractions make it challenging. I find it interesting and very rewarding. I also love rehabilitation and I’m working on my Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Certification which should be obtain in December 2022- January 2023. My main interest within rehabilitation is orthopedic medicine and geriatric medicine.”

Most recently, Dr. Perez has developed an interest for mental health in the veterinary profession and is applying for the Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program from the University of Tennessee. Humans are an important part of the human-animal bond after all!

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