Welcome to 

Ellington Center Animal Clinic, P.C.
Your Local Veterinarians in Ellington, CT 

Dr. Joe Prichard

Dr. Emilie Laston

Dr. Ruth Ann M. Valli


Call us at 860-871-3064

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We are a companion animal veterinary clinic located in Ellington, Connecticut. We offer preventative health care, dentistry, general surgery, radiology, laboratory services, ultrasound, and consultations with board certified specialists.

Our mission is to provide family pets with quality, comprehensive, and compassionate medical care while strongly emphasizing communication and education about your family pet’s health care needs. Expect to receive professional, compassionate, quality care from our veterinarians and staff. We pride ourselves on being a small general veterinary practice with friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Serving the North Central Connecticut area including the towns of Ellington, Tolland, Broad Brook and East Windsor, Stafford and Stafford Springs, Somers, Enfield, Rockville, Vernon, Manchester and South Windsor.

We love pets!

We offer:

* 30-minute appointments 
so you (and your pet) never feel rushed

* Convenient office hours 
open Monday through Friday 7:30am – 7:30pm

* Reminders the way you want them
(telephone, text messages, e-mail and postcard options)

* Clean, modern facility 
with spacious exam rooms and 
state-of-the-art medical equipment

* Friendly, knowledgeable staff and doctors
At Ellington Center Animal Clinic, 
we treat your pets like family.


ELLINGTON CENTER ANIMAL CLINIC, P.C.
66 MAIN STREET - P.O. BOX 360
ELLINGTON, CT 06029
telephone:  860-871-3064
fax:  860-871-3067

Contact Us

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Joe Prichard, DVM

    Joe Prichard, DVM is a native of Ellington. Dr. Prichard earned a bachelor of arts degree in zoology from Miami University and a bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut. He also attended post-graduate studies in reproductive physiology at Louisiana State University before attending veterinary school. Dr. Prichard graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and practiced both mixed animal and companion animal medicine and surgery in New Hampshire and Massachusetts prior to returning to Ellington to open the clinic in 2000.

  • Dr. Ruth Ann Valli, DVM

    Ruth Ann M. Valli, DVM earned her DVM at Cornell University in 1989. She is a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, IN and attended UCONN prior to vet school. Dr. Valli has been practicing medicine for over 25 years. She has worked in North Haven, Durham, Manchester, and Hebron before joining our team. Dr. Valli has a Siamese cat and Lady Gouldian finches. She is an experienced beekeeper and has a special fondness for older, more experienced feline patients and all sighthounds, particularly greyhounds.

  • Dr. Emilie Laston DVM

    Emilie Laston, DVM is a native of Vermont who graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2012. Dr. Laston worked in emergency medicine and as a shelter veterinarian prior to joining our practice. Dr. Laston joined Ellington Center Animal Clinic in the fall of 2014 and has since bought a house and added a dog to her family of animals. She currently has 3 kitties, Herriot, Ivy and Lucie Lou, and her German Shorthair Pointer Henry. Dr. Laston spends her free time maintaining her house, loving her cats, and competing with Henry both in the conformation ring and in the field. She has a soft spot for geriatric patients and enjoys working closely with clients to help improve the human-animal bond and overall quality of life of her patients.

  • Chelsea Loomis
    Veterinary Receptionist since August 2017

    Chelsea is a full-time Veterinary Receptionist responsible for front-desk, telephone, online and in-person client service experiences. She is a certified Veterinary Technical Assistant (VTA) through the Animal Behavior College. Chelsea is the proud mother of two children and the family enjoys playing outside, hiking and going to the beach. They have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and an iguana. Chelsea loves all animals because they are always happy to see you. Chelsea enjoys her role as Veterinary Receptionist at a small practice because she gets to know clients and patients.

  • Erika Haynes
    Veterinary Receptionist since June 2018

    Erika has been a life long animal lover and advocate. She graduated from Bolton High School and Manchester Community Technical College. Erika has worked in small animal veterinary hospitals for over ten years in North Carolina and Connecticut before joining our team. Erika enjoys helping clients and pet patients. She has a passion for companion animals of all kinds.

  • Tina Brunelli
    Veterinary Receptionist since September 2018

    Tina is a full-time veterinary receptionist.  She has worked with animals all of her life.  She is dedicated to caring for animals of all kinds, including her own horses, dogs, a pet rabbit, sugar gliders, and rats.  Tina loves helping pets stay healthy and enjoys working in a welcoming environment.  

  • Dylan Pincince
    Technician Supervisor since May 2010

    Dylan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has been working on our team since May 2010. He was promoted in March 2018 to Technician Supervisor, providing leadership, training and supervision to our veterinary support staff. He has 2 cats (Whisper & Fenster), an Amazon parrot named Timmy, , a duck named Delores and occasional wildlife guests while they rehabilitate. He enjoys assisting the veterinarians, trying to improve and enrich the lives of the patients. “I enjoy observing and experiencing the special bond between man and animal. Every personality is unique and each animal has personal adaptations. Although not all personalities are agreeable, for the most part, animals are more agreeable than humans, at least to me, most of the time.'

  • Wendi Butler
    Veterinary Technician since May 2018

    Wendi is a Veterinary Technician who has been in the field since 2013. Wendi & her husband have 4 beloved pets, 2 dogs (a lab-boxer rescue named Cleetis and a French Bulldog-Pug cross named Riddim), 1 rescue cat named Autumn and a chinchilla named Cheech! Obviously, Wendi loves animals, but she especially loves happy tail wags and unconditional loving licks. Pets are wonderfully loyal and seem to have never-ending love and devotion.

  • Olivia Rasmussen
    Veterinary Assistant since March 2018

    Olivia enjoys her role as a Veterinary Assistant because she loves the interaction with furry patients and she is gaining a lot of experience and knowledge. Although she is a phlebotomist, she has chosen a career path working with animals. She lives with her dogs Mia and Tater, her cat Simba and a bunny named Lepus.

  • Mia Desroches
    Veterinary Assistant since December 2017

    Mia and her family have two cats, Pip & Po. She has a Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Asnuntuck College. She enjoys working with companion animals, has a special fondness for Corgis, and loves that pets brighten up your day. Mia is an avid reader and movie watcher, but also enjoys physical adventures like hiking and soccer. At Ellington Center Animal Clinic, Mia enjoys working closely with the doctors and veterinary technicians and learning something new every day.

  • Ron Caron
    Practice Manager since April 2004

    Ron is our practice manager. He is responsible for overseeing client services, human resources, community relations, payroll, inventory, bookkeeping, and website development. “We are very fortunate to have clients who view their pets as members of the family. Our staff works hard to make the experience at the veterinarian's office to be as comfortable as possible - for both people and their pets.”

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

    I cannot say enough about Dr.Prichard and staff! Having a dog with so many health issues can be heart-wrenching, and you guys are always there to help. I have never loved a vet so much, or trusted anyone more with my fur babies! Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
    Rebecca Novak
    I've been going to Ellington Center Animal Clinic since 2005 and I won't ever go anywhere else. The staff is wonderful and we love Dr. Valle. She is great with our Bentley (Cairn Terrier).
    Rosemary Surdel Pastula
    I wouldn't take my babies anywhere else, as our vet of choice is Joesph Prichard we have had to race one of my babies in for an emergency because he decided to dine on a raw bee! So the staff knowing your animals is such an asset because they were able to quickly validate to the good disposition and excellent behavior of your animal which is critical when you have such a large baby! When you come for an annual exam your baby/babies are examined from head to toe and you can get your full years of
    Susan Bush Fluckiger

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Ellington Office

Monday:

7:30 am-7:30 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-7:30 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-7:30 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-7:30 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-7:30 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed