Dr. Jessica Larson has been an associate veterinarian at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic since July 2020. With interests in hospice care and internal and geriatric medicine, Dr. Larson enjoys educating clients about their pets’ medical issues and helping them come up with the best treatment plans.
Dr. Larson grew up in Pennsylvania, often working at stables in exchange for riding lessons. At 16, she moved with her family moved to Orlando, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida, where she received a BS in liberal studies in 2004 and an MS in Mathematics in 2006. As an undergraduate, she worked for the Wildlife Advocacy Project, a non-profit wildlife and environmental conservation organization. She traveled across the state of Florida doing community outreach and grassroots organizing to help protect manatees, a federally listed threatened species.
While she has always loved animals, she didn’t realize she wanted to be a vet until after she graduated from her masters’ program. The job opportunities available to her meant sitting behind a computer all day. When her horse got sick and the vet came to treat him, she realized this was what she wanted to do. She spent two years working as an equine technician and one year working as a small animal technician before going to vet school.
She attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2015. As a recipient of the Merial Veterinary Scholarship, a research scholarship for first-year veterinary students, she worked on a project in equine reproduction.
She was a member of Team Vet Med, a cycling club that took part in the Horse Farm Hundred, a 100-mile bicycle ride through the picturesque horse farms of Ocala, FL, and she received the Kevin Anderson Team Vet Med Scholarship.
When she lived in Portland, she volunteered for PAW Team (Portland Animal Welfare), a non-profit organization providing veterinary care for low income and homeless populations.
Dr. Larson isa life-long equestrian who loves trail riding and dressage. She enjoys watching classic movies, dancing, riding her bike and hiking. She plays the piano and is learning how to play the guitar. Dr. Larson and her husband Dan, a software engineer, have a thoroughbred horse named Lance and a Nubian goat named Basil. They are looking forward to getting a dog once they buy a house.