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

Call us at 860-871-3064

Please note:    

COVID-19 Considerations

 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!)  

Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility.   Face masks are required when you enter our facility.   We also ask that you use hand sanitizer as you enter.   We are limiting the number of people in our reception area.  When you arrive for an appointment, please call and we will invite you and your pet into a sanitized room as soon as a room is available.    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.   


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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 8:00am – 6:00pm

* 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

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • 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.  

  • 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.   

  • 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'.   

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.'

  • Wendi Butler
    Veterinary Technician

    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 Technician

    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

    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

    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 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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8:00 am-6:00 pm


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