Dr. Heather Short
Dr. Short was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University for 2 years and then transferred to Murray State University in Kentucky. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Agriculture and her Masters of Science there, whilst working as a veterinary assistant/technician for several practices. In 2006 she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Alabama. Following that, she and husband Dean moved to Port Angeles, and Dr. Short began working at Sequim Animal Hospital. She bought the practice from Dr. Brian Marts in 2009.
In 2008, Dr. Short welcomed her first child, Ainsley, followed 2 years later by Ian. The Short family share their home with 2 German Shorthair Pointers Fig and Fern, and cats Pickle and Cheese, though if the kids had their way, they would have at least 2 of every kind of animal! Dr. Short enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, reading, and watching Downton Abbey.
Dr. Tara Black
Dr. Tara Black was born and raised in California and immensely enjoyed her time spent working horses on cattle and dude ranches as well as roping and doctoring calves at the yearly branding's. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor Of Science Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and soon after moved with her husband to Pullman Washington for veterinary school. She joined Sequim Animal Hospital in May 2014 with the goal of expanding the large animal aspect of the clinic. Her professional interests are mixed animal practice with an emphasis on farm animal/equine medicine. Dr. Black routinely performs Coggins/health checks, brand inspections, equine dental floats, vaccinations, deworming protocols, and small ruminant medicine/surgery. She considers herself a first responder for field emergency calls and depending on the situation can medically treat and/or stabilize a large animal prior to referral to a specialty hospital. Dr. Black feels fortunate to have a wonderful close knit veterinary community on the Olympic Peninsula.
Dr. Black and her husband Pat both share the passion of a ranching lifestyle. They are in the process of completing an equine riding facility where their young children will be able to practice roping, barrel racing, and other equine events along with Pat who is a horse trainer and a farrier by trade. Dr. Black loves nothing more than riding and roping with her family on the week-ends. She enjoys the lifestyle of the Olympic Peninsula and feels blessed everyday to be apart of this beautiful area and wonderful community.