Firgrove Veterinary Hospital

Firgrove Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA accredited, full-service veterinary medical and surgical facility, located in Puyallup, WA. The professional and courteous staff at Firgrove Veterinary Hospital seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Firgrove Veterinary Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Puyallup, WA and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Firgrove Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Our Mission
We strive to provide quality pet health and wellness services. Our goal is to assist your pet in living a longer, happier and healthier life.

In addition we provide our clients with access to leading edge technology, products and educational materials. We focus on enhancing the human animal bond.
Vet check-up with client and her dog
  • Mon - Fri: 7:00AM-6:00PM
  • Doctors Begin At 8:00AM
  • * NO DOCTOR ON SAT*
  • Sat: 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sun: CLOSED
  • **Closed most Holidays**
  • Susan M Shirley, DVM, Practice Owner


    Dr. Shirley graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1976.  She has owned Firgrove Veterinary Clinic since 1979. 

    She currently enjoys the company of three dogs, Captain Beagador (Beagle Lab mix), Phoenix (Pitfall) and LuLu (Boston Terrier) as well as, 2 cats, Angel and Ginny.

    In her spare time Dr. Shirley enjoys spending time in her garden.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1979
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University
  • Matthew Barber, DVM


    Dr. Barber joined our team in 2005.  He obtained his DVM at Michigan State University in 2004 and completed his internship at Washington State University. 

    Dr. Barber shares his home with one cat, Bear (domestic short hair) and a dog, Paige (golden doodle).

    Outside of work Dr. Barber enjoys spending time with his wife (Dr. Kos), daughters and pets; hiking and traveling.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 06, 2005
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State Universtiy
  • Heidi Kos, DVM


    Dr. Kos joined our team in 2006.  She received her DVM at Washington State University with honors in 2005.
     
    Dr. Kos shares her home with one cat, Bear (domestic short hair) and a dog, Paige (golden doodle).
     
    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband (Dr. Matt Barber), daughters, family, and pets; hiking and reading.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University
  • Tracy, LVT, BBA, BS - Practice Manager

                   

    Tracy joined our team in July 2011. She currently works as the Practice Manager as well as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and trainer with the practice. She is a graduate of Bellingham Technical College as well as Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and has extensive experience as a member of the technical team in both Idaho and Washington. Tracy has a special interest in emergency and critical care as well as neonatal care.

    Tracy shares her home with two cats, Kaiya (savannah) and Sarah (siamese mix) as well as two dogs, Latte (pitbull) and Gibson (pitbull).

    In her spare time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband, son & daughter, family, friends and pets; cleaning, sewing, gardening, fishing, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and fostering animals in need.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    Washington State University, Bellingham Technical College
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  • Malinda, BS in Zoology, Inventory Manager


    Malinda joined our team in 1982 and is currently our Inventory Manager.
     
    Malinda shares her home with 2 cats, Smokey (Domestic Long Hair) & Mai Tai (Siamese mix), as well as 2 dogs, Bunco (Border Collie) & Bandit (Australian Shepherd).
     
    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at her children's school, reading and camping.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1982
  • Aliah, LVT

                   

    Aliah joined our team in April 2013.  She graduated from the  Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College in 2013. Prior to attending the technician program, Aliah volunteered an veterinary clinics. 
     
    Aliah shares her home with one dog, Danny (maltese), and a cat Kyla (DSH).

     Outside of work Aliah  enjoys reading, hiking and camping.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    Pierce College
  • Jodi, LVT

                   

    Jodi joined our team in February 2015.  Jodi has been a licensed technician since 2003 and brings 21 years of prior veterinary experience to our staff. Jodi has a special interest in emergency and critical care medicine.


    Jodi shares her home with three french bull dogs, Zafira, Vinny and Fiona.

    Outside of work Jodi enjoys reading, wine tasting and spending time with friends and family.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2015
  • Sarah, LVT


    Sarah joined our team in August 2015.  She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College in July 2015 and obtained her license in August 2015.

    Sarah shares her home with two dogs Kuri (corgi mix) and Teddy (maltese).

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2015
    Education:
    Pierce College - Licensed Technician
  • Mellina, LVT


    Mellina rejoined our team in 2014. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College and obtained her license in 2012.

    Mellina shares her home with two dogs Samwize (Chihuahua mix) and Sookie Rose (maltese mix), as well as a cat named Alley.

    In her spare time, Mellina enjoys making, reparing and playing hand drums; rockhounding and flint knapping.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Pierce College - Licensed Technician
  • Nicole LVT

    Nicole joined our team in June 2019 after completing her externship with us in May. Nicole is a recent graduate of Pierce College's Veterinary Technician Program. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 25, 2019
    Education:
    Pierce College Veterinary Technician Program
  • Erica, LVT

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2020
  • Jackie, Assistant


    Jackie joined our team as a kennel assistant in 1993. In her many years with us Jackie has transitioned from kennel, to grooming and is currently one of our assistants.

    Jackie shares her home with two dogs, Lacy (Japanese chin) and Abby (Rottweiller).

    Outside of work, Jackie enjoys fishing, horseshoes and volleyball.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1993
  • Tina, Assistant


    Tina joined our practice as a Veterinary Assistant in August 2015 after completing a her Veterinary Assistant externship at our hospital.  She is a graduate of Pima Technical Institute's Veterinary Assistant Program.

    Tina shares her home with three dogs, Bride (dachshund), Tiny (dachshund) and new puppy (dachshund).

    In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her granddaughter. 

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2015
    Education:
    Pima Medical Institute - Veterinary Assistant
  • Belinda, Assistant

    Belinda joined our assisting team in May 2018 after completing a 240 hour PIMA Veterinary Assistant externship with us. She has a long history of experience in customer service and salon staff management.

    She shares her home with two dogs Ellie (malamute mix) & Kilo (pitbull) as well as Harvey, her mini lop rabbit.

    In her spare time, Belinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 08, 2018
    Education:
    Pima Medical Institute - Veterinary Assisting
  • Bobbie, Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 18, 2021
  • Jessica, Assistant

    Jessica joined our team as an assistant in 2019 with previous veterinary reception experience.
    Years in Practice:
    Mar 07, 2019
  • Rachel, Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 15, 2019
  • Dobbins, Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 15, 2019
  • Lucinda, Assistant

    Lucinda joined our house keeping team in 2019 bringing extensive experience with animals through work with the ASPCA. In 2020, Lucinda completed her training as a Veterinary Assistant and now works as our Practice Owner's exam and surgical assistant. Lucinda keeps her hand in house keeping as a house keeping team lead to help train others who want to follow her path up.
    Years in Practice:
    Mar 07, 2019
  • Kayla, Receptionist / Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 18, 2021
  • Milly, Client-Patient Coordinator / Receptionist

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
  • Cari, Client/Patient Coordinator


    Cari joined our team in August 2016, bringing over 17 years of customer service experience. In 2019, Cari took on an additional role in the practice as a Client/Patient Coordinator.

    Cari shares her home with three dogs, Maxwell (pictured - maltese), Charlie (affenpinscher mix) and Clover (pictured - pitbull/lab mix); two cats, Dean & Sam, as well as one rabbit, Cadbury.

    In her spare time, Cari enjoys photography, photoshop, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


    Years in Practice:
    Oct 05, 2016
    Education:
    Clover Park Technical College
  • Kristina, Reception

    Kristina joined our team in June 2016 with 10 years prior experience working as a Veterinary Receptionist and Assistant. She participated in 4-H, FFA and pony club during middle and high school.

    She shares her home with two dogs, Kiera (lab/boarder collie) and Wiggles (pekingese); four cats, Abigail (tonkingese), Mya (DLH), Spooky (DSH), Mario (DSH); as well as an Arabian Horse, Kareem.

    In her spare time, Kristina enjoys horseback riding, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, running, line dancing and spending time with friends and family.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 05, 2016
  • Siniy (Sin), Receptionist / Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2019
  • Lindsay, Receptionist

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2020
  • Annita, Receptionist

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2020
  • Megan, Receptionist

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 10, 2021
  • Bri, Receptionist Parking Attendant

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 15, 2021
  • Jess, Receptionist Parking Attendant

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 15, 2021
  • Jessie, House Keeping / Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 15, 2019
    Education:
    Pierce College - Veterinary Technology (In Progress)
  • Michelle, House Keeping

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2020
  • Sam, House Keeping

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 10, 2021
  • Sarah, House Keeping

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 10, 2021