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Malte Schwartz, DVM, DACVIM


Veterinary College

Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover in Germany



One-eyed Chihuahua mix, Jack

Senior terrier mix, Chula


Skiing, traveling, cozy evenings by the fireplace with a nice glass of red wine

A bit about Dr. Schwartz

Dr. Malte Schwartz was born and grew up in Northern Germany. Tacoma actually reminds him a lot of his hometown Kiel, which is located on the Baltic Sea. The sound and the port look very familiar and even the weather, for better or worse, is quite similar! He grew up around pets and always envisioned adding to the list. At one time, this even included a pet monkey, which, fortunately and thanks to his parents, never came to fruition. This love for animals also manifested in an early career goal to become a veterinarian. 


Dr. Schwartz’s veterinary training began at the veterinary school Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover in Germany where he obtained his veterinary degree in 2006. He then stayed on to complete a PhD program studying immunologic factors involved in a certain type of meningitis seen in dogs. In 2009, his career path took him for a 1-year rotating internship to the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK and subsequently he moved to the US for a 3-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. He completed the program in 2013 and the same year became board-certified as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of neurology. Dr. Schwartz then moved to the West Coast and has worked in a veterinary specialty hospital in the Bay Area and then in Los Angeles. Missing the greenery and the seasons he grew up with, Dr. Schwartz then decided to head North and he is excited to have joined Summit Veterinary Referral Center in summer 2021. 


Dr. Schwartz enjoys all aspects of neurology and it is the diversity of the specialty with neurosurgery, medical neurology, and neuroimaging that continues to fascinate him. 


Dr. Schwartz lives with his partner Gretchen and their two dogs, Jack and Chula, in Tacoma. Both dogs were adopted along the way from rescue organizations. Jack is a one-eyed Chihuahua mix and hails from Berkeley, CA and Chula is a senior terrier mix from the west side of Los Angeles. 


In his free time, Dr. Schwartz loves skiing and traveling and he certainly enjoys a cozy evening on the couch at the fireplace with a nice glass of red wine. 

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