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VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital

VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital

2238 NW Bucklin Hill Rd Suite 100 | Silverdale, WA 98383

Call 360-536-4284
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • Acupuncture (Alternative Medicine)
  • Advanced Dental Care
  • Bone & Joint Surgery (Orthopedics)
  • Chemotherapy (Cancer Treatment)
  • Digital Radiology
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

We're more than an animal hospital! We're the place where pet parents know they can bring their pets for superb veterinary care that sets new standards for quality and kindness. For pets and pet parents alike, a trip to our clinic is an opportunity to see how our neighborly, welcoming staff cares for your pet as if it were their own, and treats you with the friendliness and respect you'd expect from an industry leader. We provide 24 hour emergency care services.

Additional Services/Information:
24-hour emergency service available
AAHA accredited
Appointments available: Mon-Fri
Board certified internist
Doctor on site nights, weekends and holidays
Endoscopy
Health exams
Intensive care
Internal Medicine
Oncology
Serving the community for over 30 years


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Our Treatment Room! Our Treatment Room!
VCA is committed to continuously improving its standard of care. VCA is committed to continuously improving its standard of care.
Welcome to VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital! Welcome to VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital!
Welcome to VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital! Welcome to VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital!
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Dr. Suzanne Cook Olson - DVM, DACVIM, Internal Medicine Specialist and Medical Director
Dr. Suzanne Cook Olson - DVM, DACVIM, Internal Medicine Specialist and Medical Director

Dr. Suzanne Cook Olson was born and raised in Minnesota. She received her B.A. from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1987. She completed a 1-year small animal medicine and surgery internship in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan, and a 3-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee in 1991. (Yep, that is a lot of school!) Dr. Cook practiced in specialty hospitals in Santa Cruz, CA (1991-1995) and Chicago (1995-2003) before relocating to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She established the internal medicine referral service at VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital in 2003, and has served as Medical Director since 2011.

As a board-certified internist, Dr. Cook has the opportunity to partner with the doctors at VCA Central Kitsap as well as the regional veterinary community to help dogs and cats with challenging diagnoses, using advanced tools such as ultrasound and endoscopy. Dr. Cook can measure her adult life in Golden Retriever lifespans, and is happily raising the latest two in this series, Garth and Campbell. Loki the cat does his best to accept that there will always be Goldens. In her free time, Dr. Cook enjoys supporting her kids in their various endeavors (near and far), walking the dog, reading, hiking, and running. She lives in Poulsbo with her family, and is the mother of three young adults, including an active duty Army paratrooper, and has one granddaughter. Dr. Cook is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Cerissa Blair - DVM
Dr. Cerissa Blair - DVM

Dr. Cerissa Blair is a Kitsap County native. She was born and raised in Port Orchard, Washington. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class at South Kitsap High School in 1998. She subsequently moved to Pullman, Washington, where she pursued both her undergraduate and professional training. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences through the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences in 2002. Dr. Blair received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine through the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After nearly a decade on the Palouse, Dr. Blair happily moved back to the Kitsap Peninsula and joined the emergency and primary care practice team at VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital in May of 2006.

Dr. Blair truly believes our pets are family members and that their health and happiness are essential for long happy lives. Common sense, education and commitment to pursue and proactively provide proper care are necessary for this to occur. To achieve this end, Dr. Blair’s practice focuses on the importance of preventative care medicine, early disease detection practices, internal medicine case management, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. Outside of work, Dr. Blair loves spending time with her family. When not chasing around her 2 legged and 4 legged kiddos, she also enjoys aquarium keeping, gardening, and motorcycle riding. Dr. Blair is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Grace Marcus - BVetMed
Dr. Grace Marcus - BVetMed

Dr. Grace Marcus was born and brought up in Gloucestershire, England. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2015 and also has a degree in Agriculture from the Royal Agricultural College. She started her career in mixed practice in Cornwall, enjoying seeing all creatures great and small!

In 2017 Dr. Marcus took a break from clinical practice to complete a masters degree programme in One Health. This is the study of optimising health for humans, animals, and the environment through the cooperation of many different disciplines. Through this she developed special interests in zoonotic diseases (those which pass between humans and animals) and antibiotic resistance. She is excited to bring some of this knowledge to her new job. Dr. Marcus is also passionate about nutrition, both preventing our fur babies from becoming overweight and developing weight loss programmes.

Outside of work Dr. Marcus is enjoying exploring her new home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She loves hiking with her dog, kayaking, and trail running.

Dr. Marcus is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Amelia Gould - DVM
Dr. Amelia Gould - DVM

Dr. Amelia Gould grew up in Rapids City, a small town in Illinois. She completed her undergraduate training at Illinois State University and studied abroad in Scotland. She graduated with highest honors, earning degrees in Biology/Chemistry and Communications, and completed research looking at nesting stress in freshwater turtles. Several years of graduate school instilled a love of teaching, a passion that has continued to shine during interactions with colleagues and clients. Dr. Gould earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois. She managed the Wildlife Medical Clinic, working intensively with raptors, passerines, native mammals, and reptiles. During vet school, she also worked as an ER technician in clinical pathology and completed research examining the effects of ultraviolet light on leopard geckos. After graduation, Dr. Gould completed a rigorous small animal rotating internship in San Diego. She comes to us after finishing a twelve-month fellowship at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia for advanced training in marine mammal and aquatic animal medicine. A love of the Pacific Northwest brought her just a few hours south to Kitsap County to join our emergency team. She enjoys the variety and clinical challenge of emergency medicine and strives to ease the emotional stress of an unexpected ER visit. In her free time, Dr. Gould enjoys hiking, reading, playing piano, and riding motorcycles. She has the best German Shepherd named Kato who is her constant shadow. Dr. Gould is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Emily Purbaugh - DVM
Dr. Emily Purbaugh - DVM

Dr. Emily Purbaugh is originally from the Pacific Northwest. After graduating with a B.S. in Animal Sciences from Washington State University in 2007, she worked as a zookeeper at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, providing husbandry and care to multiple species, including helping to raise tiger cubs. In 2009, Dr. Purbaugh headed off to the island of St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After her clinical year at Oregon State University School of Veterinary medicine, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2012, and began practicing in Oregon where she met her now husband Alex. After four years in Portland they moved down the coast to Santa Barbara, California where she worked for another three years in small animal practice.

Dr. Purbaugh and family recently returned to Gig Harbor to be closer to her extended family.

With a keen interest and formal training in soft tissue, orthopedic, and ocular surgery, Dr. Purbaugh joined VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital in 2019 to continue to provide quality care for our companion pets. She also has training in abdominal ultrasound and cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram).

Dr. Purbaugh looks forward to making her home here at VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital and working with families to provide optimum care for their pets through a fear free and teamwork atmosphere. Dr. Purbaugh is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Johnathan Kuo - DVM
Dr. Johnathan Kuo - DVM

Dr. Jonathan Kuo recently moved to this area from Denver, Colorado, where he practiced for the last two years. Prior to that, he practiced in Anchorage, Alaska for four years. He received his veterinary degree from Tufts University. Dr. Kuo completed his undergraduate work at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he studied microbiology and philosophy. His interests include preventative medicine, internal medicine, and surgery. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, jogging, and fishing. The Kuo family recently welcomed their first child to the world in January! They also have a rescue cat and dog, Babou and Merci. Dr. Kuo is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Jeff Popowich - DVM
Dr. Jeff Popowich - DVM

Dr. Jeff Popowich was born in Canada and grew up in Washington. He has lived all along the West Coast, and also lived in southern Utah for several years. While in Utah, he worked at an animal sanctuary, where he oversaw the daily operations of the care of 1700 animals. He also managed the emergency response team, including deployments to hurricane Katrina, the rescue of 22 of the Michael Vick dogs, and regular trips to the Navajo Nation communities to provide free veterinary care. Dr. Popowich also appeared on the National Geographic television series “Dogtown”, as spokesperson for the animal sanctuary. In his free time he became certified and volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician, providing pre-hospital care in rural southern Utah.

In 2011 Dr. Popowich moved to Corvallis, Oregon to pursue both undergraduate and professional training, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a strong interest in shelter medicine, cardiology, animal behavior and soft tissue surgery.

At home, Dr. Popowich’s current pack of animals includes 3 rescue dogs and an aquatic turtle that mostly keeps to himself. His free time is often spent hiking with his dogs, riding motorcycles and snowboarding. He also enjoys spending time at the beach in the middle of winter digging clams with his family and friends.

Dr. Popowich is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Tabitha Fletcher - DVM
Dr. Tabitha Fletcher - DVM

Dr. Tabitha Fletcher obtained her Bachelors of Science in Zoology from the University of Washington in 2002 and continued her studies and graduate from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Upon completing her internship at VCA Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynnwood, WA, she spent 2 years as a resident at the University of Minnesota specializing in Radiology and Ultrasound before launching her career. Her joy and respect for the outdoors has brought her from the bustle of Seattle to the Kitsap Peninsula. In Tabitha’s free time, she enjoys painting, reading and hiking through the Northwest. She enjoys spending time with friends, family and her 2 cats, Salem and Pippin.

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Dr. Addie McBane - DVM
Dr. Addie McBane - DVM

Dr. Addie McBane grew up in Montana, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Organismal Biology from the University of Montana in Missoula, minoring in Spanish. She completed veterinary school at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and has completed training in acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida. Dr. McBane’s interests include emergency and critical care medicine, soft tissue surgery, endocrinology, hematology, and feline medicine. She also enjoys shelter work and outreach, and has volunteered with the Humane Society Rural Area Veterinary Services, helping run high-volume spay and neuter and wellness clinics in under served areas. When not working in the ER, Dr. McBane can be found hiking, kayaking, running, doing yoga, traveling, or spending time with her dog and cat. Dr. McBane is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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Dr. Emily Saunders - DVM
Dr. Emily Saunders - DVM

Dr. Emily Saunders is originally from Oregon by way of Iowa. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Oregon State University and graduated with honors from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Following veterinary school, Dr. Saunders completed a rigorous small animal medicine and surgery internship at a larger referral hospital in Sacramento. She subsequently returned to the Pacific Northwest to join the emergency team at VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital. She enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine with special interests in shock and sepsis, trauma, feline medicine, toxicities, surgical emergencies, and gastrointestinal emergencies. In her down time Dr. Saunders enjoys many outdoor activities, especially hiking and exploring the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula with her dog Henry, reading a good book while cuddling with her cats, gardening, baking, and traveling. Dr. Saunders is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the national veterinary honor society, Phi Zeta. Dr. Saunders is proud to be a Fear Free Certified Professional, and pledges to hold each pet's emotional as well as physical well-being in mind at all times.

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