Our team is committed to educating our clients on how to keep your pets healthy year round with good nutrition and exercise. Animal Care Center stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure and surgery.
DR ANGELA GOSSOM
A northwest native; she grew up on San Juan Island and still loves going home. Angela gets in her recreation playing with her pets including a small mixed dog (from her first surgery rotation in vet school), two cats, and two guinea pigs! A hard worker with high energy Angela enjoys working on her house, landscaping, hiking, kayaking, and numerous other outdoor activities when she can. At WWU she was co-captain and Commodore of the sailing team going to nationals 3 of 4 years!
Western Washington University; BS in Environmental Science, minor in Chemistry
Washington State University Veterinary School; DVM 2019. Go Cougs!
Dr. Jessica Lipstate
Dr. Jessica Lipstate joined our team in August 2021. She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. After graduation, she attended The University of California Merced where she received her bachelor’s degree in human biological sciences with an emphasis in molecular biology. There she co-authored a research paper on carbon nanotube scaffoldings and its application in human nerve growth. After graduation she decided to pursue her passion and attended veterinary school at St. Matthew’s University on the beautiful island of Grand Cayman. During her studies she received numerous awards such as the Pfizer Anatomy and Physiology Awards. She finished her clinical year at the University of Minnesota Veterinary College. Dr. Lipstate graduated at the top of her veterinary class as the valedictorian. Upon completion of her final year of veterinary school she was selected for internship in small animal internal medicine and surgery at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Erin Horn
- Erin was born and raised in Ocala, Florida (horse capital of the world). She was a member of the FSU marching and pep bands. Go ‘Noles! After veterinary school in Massachusetts, she returned to the south east to be closer to family, where she practiced veterinary medicine in Atlanta Ga. In June 2022, she relocated to Whidbey Island to be with her significant other. Dr. Horn is ecstatic to enjoy the peaks and craft beers of the PNW. Currently, she does not have any pets, but is hoping to change that after getting settled into her new home.
Florida State University: BS in Biology; minor in chemistry and sociology
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; DVM 2021
Destiny joined ACC in 2016 and has enjoyed working in various parts of the hospital to further her passion for learning and animal care. In her free time, she enjoys her time with family, friends and her 4 dogs!
Licensed Veterinary Technician Candidate/Shift Lead
Haley recently graduated from Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program and is planning to take the VTNE this spring! She has been working in the field since 2015 from reception to assistant to shift lead where she now heads up our nursing team helping train everyone with invaluable skills and monitoring anesthesia. Along with Chloe, she is one of our main surgery nurses. So, when you see you’re pet’s shiny teeth after a dental cleaning you can thank her good work. She also has a passion for corgis – owning 3! (with a 4th on the way) The corgis along with her cat, rabbit, hedgehog, and leopard gecko make up her household where lounging on the couch and binge-watching TV shows is the ideal night.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
My name is Sarah, I have been in the veterinary industry for 8 years now. I started as a kennel attendant and have worked my way up to be a licensed technician. I graduated from Penn Foster College in November of 2020. I currently own two dogs: an Australian shepherd mix and a dachshund. When I’m not working I spend my time hiking, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, paddleboarding or anything else that involves being outdoors. I’m an avid reader and book nerd and can be found in my own library at home most evenings.
Veterinary Technician Student
Chloé is one of our Veterinary Assistants here at ACC. She is currently attending Penn Foster to earn her Veterinary Technician Degree. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and playing with her pup Annabel.
Reception and Veterinary Assistant
Kaitlyn is a Reception and Veterinary Assistant with completion of the Veterinary Assistant Program at Northwest Career and Technical College. As a Bellingham local, she loves the outdoors. In her free time, you can find her hiking, camping, spending time with her family, and crafting.
Hello! My name is Taleah and I have been with the Animal Care Center since August of 2020. I was born and raised here in Skagit County all my life and specifically live in Concrete! Growing up, I lived on a farm with many different animals and participated for many years in the Skagit County 4-H program which gave me my love for animals and helped prepare me for the field I am in today. After graduating 4-H and High School, I attended the PIMA Medical Institute of Seattle where I attained my certification as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. After I finished attending college, I married, got a couple of dogs, cats, and Sierra my 31-year-old Quarab mare. We all love exploring the beautiful land we are surrounded by, specifically, walking along the Skagit River where we spot lots of squirrels, deer, elk, and Bald Eagles! I love being a member of the Animal Care Center team, assisting the amazing doctors, and helping all the dogs and cats that come into our care.
My name is Melody and I’ve been a receptionist for a few years coming up and am glad to be a part of the ACC team. In my free time I am being a mom and I enjoy watching movies.
Hello! My name is Mackenzie and I am thrilled to be a part of the Animal Care Center team! I went to Central Washington University where I studied in the BFA musical theatre program. I moved here with my husband a few years ago from the east side of the mountains and have worked in many different fields including bridal, teaching theatre, and working as Cinderella with Enchanting Events. I love all things, music and Disney! When I’m not working, you’ll find me snuggling with my corgi, Arthur, and my cat, Susan, or performing in a show. I can’t wait to meet your fur babies!
When your pet deserves the very best…
Turn to the Animal Care Center! With over 30 years of valuable experience in our corner, trust that your pet’s health is in skilled hands. Schedule an appointment today for all your furry friends healthcare needs.
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