When moving to the Tri-City area, many families will arrive with family members of the feline or canine type! Just like finding that new family doctor, you may need to find local veterinarians for your animals. The Tri-Cities has an excellent reputation for animal care, along with connections to specialists at the one of the best veterinarian schools in the state, located at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.


In Richland, pet lovers can find care at the southern end of the city at Desert Veterinary Clinic at 42 Goethals Drive, across from Mister Car Wash. They offer online scheduling and are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They can be reached at (509) 946-4138. Like Desert Veterinary Clinic, the VCA Animal Medical Center has been in business for more than a decade. The VCA is located in the more central part of Richland at 1530 Jadwin and can be reached at (509) 943-5671.


Pasco offers excellent animal care at several locations. The Pet Medical Center of Pasco is located at 8823 Sandifur in the west part of Pasco. Directly across the parking lot is an emergency hospital for pets. You can reach the Pet Medical Center of Pasco at (509) 545-4931 and they offer longer business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the week and are also open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., offering convenience for those with busy work schedules. Besides health needs, this center offers a connecting animal food and supplies store (Blylee’s Pet Food Store). In addition to providing services for cats and dogs, they can help birds, reptiles, and small exotic mammals. At 1912 N. 4th Ave. on the other side of Pasco, customers can find the Blue Cross Animal Hospital. They can be reached at (509) 547-1781.


Kennewick boasts several veterinarian clinics. The Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care is located at 4309 W. 27th Place, Bldg. C, Suite 104. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, including weekends. They can be reached at (509) 581-0647. At the far other end of Kennewick is the VCA Meadow Hills Animal Hospital at 8802 W. Gage. They can be reached at (509) 783-0399 and their hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the week and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Additional Information

Animal care is expensive but there are some opportunities to save money and keep up with preventative care for your pets. Pre-Covid, Paws, Claws, and Hooves visited local Ace stores to offer walk-up vaccinations and chipping at very affordable prices. Since they have not yet been able to offer these services again, they offer drive-up to the back of their brick and mortar about once a month. Vaccinations and chipping are extremely affordable if you attend one of these events. They are located at 4900 Paradise Way #100 in West Richland in the shared parking lot of Yoke’s. They can be reached a (509) 578-1729. The Fix-It Machine Animal Health Clinic at 3030 W. Clearwater Ave. #130 in Kennewick also offers affordable vaccinations. Their hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and appointments are readily available.

Finding a veterinarian that is a good fit with your expectations for your animal’s healthcare can be challenging, but the Tri-Cities offers many clinics to fit your needs.

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