Welcome to Ellington Center Animal Clinic, P.C.

Your Local Veterinarians in Ellington, CT 
Dr. Joe Prichard
Dr. Ruth Ann M. Valli
Dr. James Clevenger 
Dr. Kristel Pawlowski
Call us at 860-871-3064

Please note:    

COVID-19 Considerations

Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility.   

If you are sick, or experiencing any respiratory illness, we request that you stay home and refrain from coming into the clinic.   We are always happy to mail prescriptions to you, or you can order from our online pharmacy.  We can always bring your pet's food or prescriptions out to your vehicle if you choose not to enter our facility.  (Simply call us from your vehicle when you are in the parking lot!)  

 Thank you for your kindness and consideration.  Please continue to be patient with us.   Our staff has been working hard to accommodate and we are seeing as many appointments as we possibly can.  

Please be assured that our staff remains healthy at this time and that any staff member experiencing signs of illness will self-quarantine.    We continue to sanitize and disinfect all surfaces, door handles, pens, clipboards and computer screens / keyboards throughout the workday.   

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.

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We offer:

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

* Convenient office hours 
open Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

* 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.

telephone:  860-871-3064
fax:  860-871-3067

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Joe Prichard, DVM
    Dr. Joe Prichard

    Joseph 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.

  • James Clevenger DVM
    Dr. James Clevenger

    James Clevenger, DVM earned a bachelor of science from The Ohio State University before earning his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois.  He is originally from Ohio, but now lives in Connecticut with his wife and 2 children (and 2 cats and a dog).    He has more than 17 years experience working primarily with dogs and cats.   

  • Dr. Ruth Ann Valli, DVM
    Dr. Ruth Ann Valli

    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.

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    Dylan Pincince
    Technician Supervisor

    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.'

  • Kristin Morrison
    Kristin Morrison
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kristin is a certified technician and graduate of the Becker College Vet Tech Program.   She is married and a mom of 2 teenage boys.   She has been involved with breeding and showing dogs for well over 30 years.   Her family has a cat named Waldo and many, many Schipperke dogs - all with their own unique personalities.  Kristin believes that animals have a way to see your soul and know what you need instinctively - whether that be a quick cuddle or a full embrace or even that sweet look from across the room.  Kristin is an important part of the Ellington Center Animal Clinic team and enjoys working in the team / family environment. 

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    Jeffrey Sandone, Jr
    Veterinary Technician Trainee

    Jeff and his family have 2 dogs (Polly and Lil Ricky) and a turtle named Hank.    He earned his veterinary assistant certificate from Asnuntuck Community College and joined our team in January 2020.   Jeff's favorite thing about animals is their lack of judgement and their ability to live in the present.   Not surprisingly, Jeff enjoys meditation and yoga as well as juggling, cycling and music.  

  • Katelyn Daniels
    Katelyn Daniels
    Veterinary Assistant

    Katelyn has been a Veterinary Assistant with our technical team since September 2020.   She is friendly and enthusiastic about pets.  She has worked in puppy day care and veterinary kennels since 2014.  

  • Tracy Livingston
    Tracy Livingston
    Client Relations Supervisor

    Tracy has lead our front desk team since January 2019.  She is a long-time Ellington resident with a lot of community experience and a great love for animals.  In addition to work, Tracy enjoys camping and loves the seasonal camper community at a local campground.  She lives with a beautiful husky x lab mixed breed dog named Piper that she refers to as her 'grand-pup'.   

  • Maria Phelps
    Maria Phelps
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Maria joined our reception team in March 2019 with more than 25 years experience in the veterinary field.   She has been a technician and worked in a variety of hospital settings.  She has a lot of knowledge and experience, but mostly enjoys helping people with their beloved pets.  

  • Melissa Pratt
    Melissa Pratt

    Melissa works hard to keep our clinic spotless!  She has her own cleaning business, but works with us part-time and is an important member of the team, as we strive to maintain a healthy and clean environment.  

  • Ron Caron
    Ron Caron
    Practice Manager

    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.”


Read What Our Clients Say

  • 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

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  • 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 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

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