Meet The Doctors

  • 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.

  • 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.
    Kristel Pawlowski

    Kristel Pawlowski, DVM is a 2007 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine - University of Minnesota.   She is an experienced veterinarian who brings excellent patient care, diagnostic abilities and a commitment to client communication to our practice.   With over 10 years of experience in clinical settings, Dr. Pawlowski is a welcome addition to our team.  When not caring for patients, Dr. Pawlowski enjoys hiking with her family, Pelaton cycling and reading.   

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