South Whidbey Animal Clinic

Are you looking for quality, compassionate Veterinary care for your pets in the South Whidbey Island community? South Whidbey Animal Clinic is a progressive animal care facility and full service Veterinary Hospital serving the Clinton, Langley, Freeland and Greenbank communities for over 30 years.

Dr. Eric Patrin is a licensed veterinarian in Washington serving our community since 2006.  Dr. Patrin is an experienced veterinarian ready to handle both routine and emergency services. Our veterinary staff is ready to handle preventative care medicine, emergencies, small animal surgery, dental disease management and prevention, and geriatric care.

In addition to a great doctor, the entire South Whidbey Animal Clinic team is dedicated to providing every client with top quality and compassionate veterinary services in a professional environment that inspires trust and confidence from its clients.
Upon your visit you will meet a kind; friendly and knowledgeable support staff. Our clinic strives to create a comfortable & calm environment so your pet can relax.

SWAC offers high quality care and diagnostics for its patients.  Our clinic offers digital radiography (including digital dental radiography), ultrasound, in-house blood diagnostics, glaucoma testing, pulse oximetry and blood pressure monitoring.

Come visit our Zen inspired relaxation & consultation room featuring a dog lounge couch, comfortable seating & a saltwater fish tank. This is where we will soon be offering Laser Therapy & Canine Massage Therapy services.

SWAC also offers boarding services for cats & dogs with medical needs. Our boarding patients are routinely monitored by our medical staff and doctors during their stay here at SWAC. We insure your pet gets the highest veterinary care available in addition to providing them a clean, quiet and comfortable place to stay

Vet check-up with client and her dog
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Saturdays: 9:00AM-1:00PM
  • Dr. Patrin, DVM, Owner

    Dr. Patrin is a native of Shelburne, Vermont and followed a winding road to Whidbey Island. He received his B.A in International Relations with a minor in Russian language and literature from the University of Minnesota in 1996.  After a short stint in the "real world", Dr. Patrin left Minneapolis for San Diego, CA to pursue the biology courses needed for entry into Veterinary school.  After completing a B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University in 2002, he was admitted to Iowa State University's college of Veterinary Medicine. He convinced Lisa (his California fiance) to give up the beaches and palm trees of San Diego for the blustery winters and corn fields of central Iowa.  After graduating from Veterinary school in 2006, they agreed on a move to the West Coast.  It was a promising opportunity that surfaced in Oak Harbor, WA which brought the Patrins to Whidbey Island.  Their daughter Sophia and son Evan were born in 2006 and 2008 respectively.  While on Whidbey, Dr. Patrin became familiar with the South Whidbey Animal Clinic (SWAC) as a relief veterinarian for Dr. Robben Jones.  Dr. Patrin, wanting to own his own clinic pursued an ownership opportunity in Vermont in November 2008.  But, fate brought the family back to Whidbey Island in May 2010 to purchase SWAC.

    The Patrins have two dogs, an eight year old Great Dane named Maggie and an 11 month old Mastiff named Enzo.  They also have an 11 year old Abyssinian mix cat named Abby and Peanut the hamster.  The Patrins are happy to be back on Whidbey and look forward to getting involved in the community and becoming a staple for veterinary care on the south end.

    Dr. Patrin's passion is to serve his clients with compassionate, thorough, and individual veterinary care.

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 27, 2006
    Education:
    University of Minnesota, San Diego State University, Iowa State University
  • Lisa Patrin

    Lisa was born and raised in southern California.  Being close to her extended family was always the most important factor that kept her in California and decided to attend college at San Diego State University to study biology. While in San Diego she met her future husband Eric who was attending the same program.  Lisa graduated in 2001 with her B.S. in Biology and started working as a research technician in both Neuroscience and Cancer Research in LaJolla, California. Lisa also enjoyed teaching mathematics to high school students and pursued her teaching credential at National University.

    Falling in love with research, she decided to put teaching math and science on hold and continue working in science at Iowa State University. Lisa worked as a research associate at ISU in Biochemisty/Molecular Biology Cancer Research prior to having their two children, Sophia and Evan in 2006 and 2008.  Like many mothers, Lisa put her career on hold to stay at home with her two young children for two years.  Once life felt "normal" again, Lisa went back to work in Asthma Research at the Univeristy of Vermont, Dept. of Pulmonary medicene.

    The Patrin's decision to purchase South Whidbey Animal Clinic has turned Lisa's career objective once more.  Lisa is currently the office manager/bookkeeper of SWAC.  Lisa believes we have a wonderful clinic and staff, and enjoys the constant enviromental changes working in a veterinary office has to offer.

    Education:
    San Diego State University
  • Pia Carruth, LVT

    Pia is a Licenced Veterinary Technician at SWAC.  She is originally from Germany and moved to Whidbey Island in 2001 with her husband Gregory.  Pia worked many years in the field of administration as a translator and liaison specialist.  Once on Whidbey Island, she turned her passion for animals into a profession.  She has worked in the veterinary healthcare field for ten years, graduating from Dallas Community college with a degree in veterinary technology in 2005.  Pia has known Dr. Patrin and his family for many years, and was thrilled to join the SWAC team in the summer of 2010.  Pia and her husband Greg live in Greenbank with a menagerie of cats, dogs, rabbit and a guinea pig.  Pia absolutely loves the people and pets of Whidbey Island.  She enjoys wildlife rehabilitation and photography, and when time allows she enjoys vegetarian cooking and reading.

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 27, 2010
    Education:
    Dallas Community college
  • Lisa Smith

    Lisa Smith started working at SWAC in January of 2009.  She fills multiple roles here at SWAC and is as competent helping you at the front desk as she is providing hands-on assistance to the doctor with your pet.  Lisa has had a lifelong love of animals and finds working at a veterinary clinic to be both challenging and fulfilling work.

    She began her career as a receptionist at a large mixed animal practice in Southern Oregon in 1999.  She gained 10 years of experience working with dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, reptiles, birds, and pocket pets.  In 2008 Lisa and her family relocated to Whidbey Island.  She and her husband and daughter enjoy living on the island and stay busy with their small farm and an assortment of pets including dogs, cats, horses, and chickens.

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 27, 2008
  • Megan R.

    Megan has been a receptionist here at SWAC since November 2009.  She is an asset to SWAC for her technical diversity, ability to multitask in a demanding environment, and her excellent communication skills.  She has a natural ability to comfort both animals and clients with her professionalism and charm. She is originally from New York and moved to Illinois at age thirteen.  She learned early on that she had a natural love of both domestic and small exotic animals.  Megan started her professional career as a Veterinary Technician in a small animal 'cat' clinic in Illinois.  She soon discovered that her true passion is not only with one type of pet, but many. In 2007 she moved permanently to Whidbey Island where she found her place here at the South Whidbey Animal Clinic.

    Her special interests in veterinary medicine include canine massage therapy in which she will complete her certification in 2011.  Megan and her fiance reside in Freeland with their two companion animals: Guinevere (a Siberian Husky) and Penelope (an Alaskan Malmute).

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 27, 2009
  • Heather Eve Conrad

    Heather has resided on the south end of Whidbey Island intermittently for over 20 years.  She graduated from the Evergreen State College in 1988 with a B.A and has a strong background in office management and human resources.

    Her love for animals and care for their well being has brought her here to SWAC.  She has been part of the SWAC team for over a year and finds working with animals and their people her most rewarding work thus far.  "I learn something new almost every day and enjoy helping educate clients about the best care for their pets.  I love to make people smile and dogs tails wag, and especially enjoy having a front row seat at the daily animal parade!"

    Heather resides in the Scatchet Head community with her husband Gary, daughter Ruby, cat Tiki, turtle Sparkles and an Olde English Bulldogge puppy, Alice.
    Years in Practice:
    Mar 27, 2009
    Education:
    Evergreen State College
  • Dr. Alina McClain

    Dr. McClain completed her Bachelors in Science from Notre Dame University and

    her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in St. Kitts. in 2006. She is originally from North Carolina and moved to Washington with her husband John, who is a naval pilot. Her special interests include ultrasound, soft-tissue surgery, pain management and client education. She lives in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island with her husband, her daughter Sydney, Cera the island mutt, Lauri the great dane and Simba the cat. In her free time she enjoys taking Cera and Lauri to the off-leash park and snow skiing with John.

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