Dr. Slaybaugh's interest in animals started while growing up on the family's small wheat and beef ranch in Garfield county of southeastern Washington. When strong allergies influenced a decision that farming was not to be, the variety of farm animals provided an interesting world of exposure and learning to build on.
Dr. Slaybaugh graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1978 and continued in the undergraduate pathway of pre-veterinary Animal Sciences at Washington State University in Pullman. Acceptance into WSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 led to 4 years of studies and life-learning, with a coveted D.V.M. degree occurring in 1985. After working with clinics in Sedro Woolley and Puyallup, he joined Spanaway Veterinary Clinic in 1997 making him the "newest" D.V.M. on staff (but not quite the youngest).
When not in the clinic treating patients, Dr. Slaybaugh enjoys time at home with his wife Jo Anne who he met at WSU and married in 1986. Two dogs (the whippet Kahli and German shorthair pointer Penny) and two adult children (Kathryn and Collin) along with grandson Gideon keep life busy, on top of cleaning up after a gardening fanatic wife. Whether at home or in clinic, each day provides an interesting variety of changing faces and experiences, and he looks forward to becoming part of your trusted veterinary team.