Our Practice

We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in University Place, WA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental suite, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve Lakewood, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Fox Island and Anderson Island.

  • Dr. Catherine Morrow

    Doctor

    Dr. Morrow grew up on a small hobby farm outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Surrounded by animals her whole life, becoming a veterinarian was her childhood dream. She went Allegheny College for her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.

    After graduation Dr. Morrow moved to the Pacific Northwest and has been practicing in the area since that time. Her special areas of interest include surgery, internal medicine and cardiology. She enjoys getting to know her clients and understands the important role pets have in a home. She is very excited to join the University Place team.

    Outside of work, Dr. Morrow enjoys kayaking, supporting the Seattle Sounders and spending time with her Australian Shepherd Eddie.

  • Dr. Paulette Santonacita

    Doctor

    Dr. Paulette grew up on a 7 acre farmette in Marengo, Illinois where she enjoyed caring for a variety of animals ranging from hamsters to cows. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences as well as her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois.

    After vet school, Dr. Paulette followed her love of the outdoors and relocated to the Pacific Northwest. She joined the University Place Veterinary Hospital team in July 2016 and is very excited to be part of such a wonderful team! Her special interests include small mammal exotic medicine, reptile medicine, preventative medicine and internal medicine.

    In her free time, Dr. Paulette enjoys rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with friends. But most of all, Dr. Paulette enjoys spending time with her rabbit Tilly, cat Lenni, and three snakes.

  • Dr. James Boutette

    Doctor

    Dr. James Boutette, originally from Ontario, Canada, moved to the United States in 1993 to start an undergraduate program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He graduated in 2002 from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and went on to pursue both an internship at the Ontario Veterinary college in Guelph Ontario Canada, and residency program at the University of Pennsylvania, both concentrating on avian and exotic species. His interest in wildlife medicine developed during veterinary school, and he worked during the summers for the American Eagle Foundation, caring for and training many raptor species as well as participating in their educational programs. He even developed an interest in aquatic animal medicine and attended an intensive summer course called Aqua Vet at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Ma. An internship at the University of Guelph/Ontario Veterinary College included direct supervision of the hospital’s wild bird clinic. He was also very active in both national and international organized student medicine association under the Student American Veterinary Medicine Association.

    Dr. Boutette joins University Place Veterinary Hospital after working more than ten years in a primarily exotic animal hospital in South New Jersey.

    In his personal life Dr. Boutette enjoys travel and spending time with his family hiking, boating and regular adventures with his 4yr old border collie/husky/lab mix named Nokie who can usually be found by his side. He has a variety of more exotic pets and is an avid aquarist and naturalist.

  • Bridgette

    Hospital Manager

    Bridgette grew up always knowing she wanted to work with animals and started working in the Veterinary Field in 2002 were she started out as a kennel assistant and continued to grow within the hospital and its many positions. She decided to go to school to become a Veterinary Technician, and graduated from Pierce College with a degree in Veterinary Technology and then obtained her Veterinary Technician License in 2007. In April 2018 she received her Fear Free Certification to help make visiting the veterinary hospital less stressful on the pets.
    She joined the University Veterinary Hospital team as the Hospital Manager in August 2018 and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great team.
    In her personal life Bridgette likes to spend time with her family, husband Ryan, daughter Peyton and son Parker. She also has six pets, four cats (Thomas, Jasmine, Marty McMittens and Elliot) and two Golden Retrievers Moose and Dodger. In her free time, she also enjoys crocheting.

  • Lian

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Lian moved to the Pacific Northwest from Texas because of her love of nature. Lian is an avid hiker and explorer of all that the PNW has to offer. She has been in the veterinary world since 2011. In her youth she was in 4H (Livestock) and FFA (Future Farmers of America). Lian loves the relationship between people and their pets and as such helps UPVH as both a receptionist and as an assistant. At present there are two large fur babies in her house; Archer who is a Belgian Malinois, and Katana who is a German shepherd. In her spare time Lian likes to sky dive and cook amazing Mexican food.

  • Jazzlyn

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Jazzlyn is a licensed veterinary technician who received her license in the spring of 2016. She has 2 crazy dogs at home (Milo, a 2 year old lab mix and Buddy, an energetic heeler/shepherd puppy). She has a particular interest in animal behavior and how it relates to veterinary medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, staying up to read a good book and most importantly spending time with her 1 year old daughter, Alexis Rose!

  • Kelly

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Kelly is a veterinary assistant who joined our hospital in April 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Georgia and obtained her veterinary technician license in 2013. She has a 12 year old rescued orange tabby, Gizmo, and Maxine, the leopard gecko. Outside of work she enjoys teaching fitness, trail running, hiking, cooking healthy foods and spending time with friends and family.

  • Angelica

    Assistant

    Angelica is a veterinary assistant who joined our practice in April 2018. She has 1 chocolate lab and enjoys taking him on adventurous trails around the Pacific Northwest. Outside of work she also enjoys baking and has shared many delicious goodies with her coworkers!

  • Jennifer

    Assistant

    Jennifer is a veterinary assistant who joined our hospital in February 2018. She is currently enrolled at Pierce College pursuing her veterinary technician license. She has 5 rats, 1 beagle and 1 malamute mix. Outside of work she enjoys hiking in the Olympic National Park and North Cascades.

  • Tiffany

    Assistant

    Tiffany is a veterinary receptionist and assistant. She comes to us from California but loves Washington! She has a herd of dogs, cats, leopard geckos and fish at home. Outside of work she likes to hike, go to the dog park and play video games.

  • Sarah

    Receptionist

    Sarah is a veterinary receptionist who joined our practice in April 2018. She has enjoyed over 20 years working in the veterinary industry and feels that it is her calling to help animals. She currently has 3 cats and 3 dogs. She enjoys planting flowers and herbs, crafting and spending quality time at home with her children and all the pets!

  • Briana

    Receptionist

    Briana is a veterinary receptionist who previously worked as a licensed massage therapist and is now learning the veterinary field. She has 2 dogs (Watson and Koda), 1 cat (Nala) and a Russian tortoise (Edward Torton). When she isn’t at work, she has her hands full with her 4 kids at home!

  • Maritza

    Receptionist

    Maritza is our newest receptionist and joined our practice in May 2018. She has 1 rescue dog, 1 savannah cat and 2 snakes at home. Outside of work she likes to hike, eat, travel and play with her animals. She also volunteers in Mulegé Mexico at PAWS of Mulegé every spring where she, along with other with local Washingtonians, provide care for local animals including vaccines, spays and neuters.