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Kirkland Veterinarians

Meet Kirkland's Best Veterinary Team

vets in kirkland, waDr. Wendy Bernstein, D.V.M., C.C.R.T.

Critter Doctor Animal Hospital has been privately owned and operated by Kirkland veterinarian, Dr. Wendy Bernstein, for the past 19 years. Dr. Bernstein firmly believes in educating her clients in healthy pet practices and nutrition so their pets can live longer, happier and healthier lives.

Raised in southern California, Dr. Bernstein attended both UCLA and UC Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. She then went on to UC Davis where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. As a third-year student she was awarded a summer fellowship at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

After becoming a veterinarian—something she had her mind set on from the time she was 8 years old—Dr. Bernstein practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years before becoming a veterinarian in Kirkland, Washington. To get the lay of the land, she worked for a few local veterinarians before beginning her own practice.

In addition to her veterinary diagnostic talents and surgical skills, she brings a true passion towards caring for her patients, as anyone who has ever met her will testify. This translates into not just caring about her patients but also following up on all those little medical devils that are often in the details.

In 2016 Dr. Bernstein became certified with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). This is one of only two recognized canine therapy training programs in the country. She can now offer custom canine rehabilitation therapies in Kirkland, designed specifically for your pet.

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kirkland, wa veterinariansDr. Jessica Van Noppen, D.V.M.

Dr. Van Noppen was raised in Bend, Oregon. Her interest in becoming a veterinarian started as a young child when her Great Uncle, a mixed animal veterinarian, regaled her with his stories about life as a veterinarian; she was fascinated, inspired and hooked!

She did her undergraduate studies in animal science at Oregon State University, then went on to obtain her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in California. Dr. Van Noppen enjoys getting to know her patients and their families. During school she developed a passion for surgery which she continues to enjoy while out in practice. She's committed to ensuring the wellbeing of her patients and strives to help them live the happiest, healthiest lives possible.

After graduation, Dr. Van Noppen and her husband decided to return to the Pacific Northwest to live and work. Outside of veterinary medicine, her interests include hiking, stand up paddle boarding, sewing, spending time with family, traveling and exploring with her husband and their dog Paisley.

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kirkland, wa veterinariansDr. Louise Rutter, D.V.M.

Dr. Louise Rutter was born into a house with two older siblings and an ever-evolving menagerie including guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, fish, budgerigars, lizards and one dog (her mom drew the line at snakes). Even as a child, she knew she was always going to work with animals, and in Britain at that time, exposure to James Herriot was inescapable; so by the age of 11 she had decided she was going to be a veterinarian. She never found a reason to change her mind. But she didn’t share James Herriot’s fondness for draughty, nocturnal cow-sheds, so her commitment to become a small animal veterinarian was firm from the start.

She had a dramatic conversion to dermatology during her first year in practice. At university she had found it a rather dry subject, where all the patients had the same symptoms—they itched, they turned red and they went bald. At work, she found there are few things more satisfying than curing a dog that has itched constantly for years, and her interest in skin cases was sealed.

Despite being raised with a dog, her working lifestyle was more suited to cats, and she discovered she was perhaps even more of a cat person. Understandably felines are her favorite patients at our Kirkland animal hospital. Her husband got a job in Washington State in 2004, so the two cats and Dr. Rutter came with him. So began Dr. Rutter's tenure as a veterinarian.

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