Meet The Doctors

  • 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.

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