Animal Hospital of Parkland PLLC

12212 Pacific Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98444


Our Doctors

Dr. Ernest P. Petersen, DVM, PhD, DABVP

Dr. Ernest P. Petersen, veterinarian and medical director of the hospital grew up in Washington state. Undergraduate schooling at The United States Military Academy at West Point, and military service 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 achieved Board Certification and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Feline Specialty. 

Dr. Mark A. Peterson, DVM


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 after graduating and took a position at Animal Hospital on Midway, a small-animal clinic on beautiful Whidbey Island. Wanting to relocate to the South Puget Sound area, we convinced him to join our practice as a full-time associate in June 1998. His professional interests include Internal Medicine, and computer applications in Veterinary Medicine.