Dr. Ali Clark’s love of animals started very young. She decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at age seven. She spent her childhood surrounded by animals of all kinds. Cats, dogs, rats, frogs, geckos, bearded dragons, and snakes are just a few of the critters she took care of growing up. As a teenager, she developed a love of science, further cementing her path to becoming a veterinarian. She got her first job at a veterinary hospital at age 19 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from WSU in 2004. She then went on to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from WSU in 2008. So, as you can see, Dr. Ali is a Cougar through and through, Go Cougs! Huskies beware, she might poke some fun at you, especially during football season. She loves internal medicine, dentistry, preventative medicine, geriatric medicine, and client education. Along the way, she was also a competitive gymnast for eight years during her pre-teen and teen years. Through her love of gymnastics, she discovered her love of teaching which developed into coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics intermittently over the past 20 years. Because of her love of coaching/teaching, she loves to teach anyone she works with about the things she knows and loves to teach her clients how to best take care of their pets. When Dr. Ali is not in the hospital, she loves spending time with her husband and young daughter outside exploring the State Parks in the area from the beaches to the mountains and everything in between. She loves Star Trek, action flicks, spy movies and books, all of the NCIS shows, and going to veterinary CE. When she is not snuggling critters here at the hospital, she loves snuggling with her furry and not-so furry family members including Spencer her old man pitty mix; three cats – Simon, Roxy, and Zelda, and Hoggle the cranky 22-year-old western hognose snake.