Our Team

Meet Our
Veterinary Team

Meet the veterinarians & team of Central Valley Animal Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Get to know our team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you and hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.
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Dr. Stacey Rutledge, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Stacey Rutledge is a South Sound native who earned her undergraduate degree at Central Washington University and her veterinary degree in 2014 at Washington State University (GO COUGS!). Fulfilling her lifelong dream, she became the proud owner of Bayview in April 2020, right at the start of the pandemic. Dr. Rutledge is now one of the co-owners of Central Valley Animal Hospital (CVAH) alongside Dr. Earl VanBuskirk. Their partnership began in 2014 when Dr. Earl mentored Dr. Rutledge as a new veterinarian. After working together for four years, their paths diverged, but they remained friends. In November 2023, they seized the opportunity to reunite as business partners and take over CVAH.

Outside work, Dr. Rutledge enjoys life on a mini-farm in Gig Harbor with her husband, Sam, and their two children, Clarity (7) and Cooper (5). Their home is bustling with four dogs, four cats, two goats, an alpaca, and chickens! Together, they embrace the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, and quad riding, reveling in the wilderness whenever they can. Dr. Rutledge’s passion for her work is evident, and she cherishes every moment as a clinic owner.

Dr. Earl VanBuskirk, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Earl VanBuskirk was born and raised on his family’s farm in Belfair, WA, where he discovered his passion for veterinary care at a very young age. Excelling academically, he became the valedictorian of the North Mason High School class of 1999. He continued his education at Washington State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in science with honors in 2003, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2007.

After spending 8 years in Pullman, Washington, Dr. VanBuskirk seized an opportunity to work in Marathon, FL, where he engaged in general practice, emergency medicine, and volunteered for surgical cases at the Sea Turtle Hospital, Marathon Wild Bird Rescue, and local animal shelters. Despite a fulfilling experience in Florida, Dr. VanBuskirk felt drawn back to Washington. He joined Columbia Veterinary Hospital in Tacoma, where he practiced for about 6 years. During his time at Columbia he found purpose in mentoring future veterinarians helping to guide them through the application process and enjoyed watching them grow through their vet school journey. While at Columbia he also had the opportunity to mentor a young Dr. Rutledge during her first year of practice.

In 2017 Dr. VanBuskirk decided to pursue an opportunity to work for the USDA ensuring safety and health of food animals. Working for the USDA, Dr. VanBuskirk supervised veterinarians, consumer safety inspectors, and food inspectors throughout Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. While this is important veterinary work it was not the type of veterinary work he was passionate about.

In 2023, an opportunity arose to partner with Dr. Rutledge in purchasing Central Valley Animal Hospital in Poulsbo, WA. While Dr. VanBuskirk once mentored Dr. Rutledge in medicine and surgery, Dr. Rutledge now fills the role as a business mentor for Dr. VanBuskirk in their ownership and operation of Central Valley Animal Hospital.

Outside of work, Dr. Earl spends his time with his family. His wife Tricia can often be found at the clinic ensuring things continue to run smoothly. When they are not at the clinic they are usually with their daughter Siddalee at sporting events or at home managing their farm. Their farm includes pigs, chickens, goats, peafowl and cows. They also have 3 dogs and 2 cats to keep them busy.

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Associate DVMs

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Dr. Sarah Fahr, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Fahr graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022 and is excited to have joined Central Valley Animal Hospital. She takes a comprehensive approach to her patients, addressing all aspects of a pet’s life and environment to support a high quality of life during all life stages. She has special interests in surgery, dentistry, and orthopedic medicine and is continuously expanding her knowledge in these growing veterinary fields.

Dr. Fahr is from Southern California and moved to Washington to attend school. She felt at home in nature and loved the opportunities for adventure. She and her husband have settled into life in Kitsap County with their cat, Gracie. In her downtime, she loves to travel and spend time outside hiking, backpacking, and trying new sports.

Dr. Christina
Dr. Christina Lock, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Christina Lock joined the Central Valley Animal Hospital family in 2017 after practicing in Port Orchard for nine years. She is a longtime member of the veterinary community and Kitsap County resident, having moved to Washington in 1986 when her father was transferred by the Navy. She has worked in almost every aspect of Veterinary medicine, including being an assistant and a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Dr. Lock received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Washington State University in 2001. She also earned an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Pierce College. Dr. Lock went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2008. She has a special interest in internal medicine and oncology. In her spare time, Dr. Lock loves reading, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with her faithful Boxer mix, Bugsy.

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Dr. Samantha Sweigard, DVM

Veterinarian

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Our Staff

The devoted team at Central Valley Animal Hospital is instrumental in upholding the smooth operation of our practice and providing outstanding care for your cherished pets. Their unwavering commitment is evident as they assist our doctors during appointments and procedures, always striving for excellence in every task. Together, each member of our compassionate staff creates a nurturing environment that fosters positive experiences for both pets and their owners, ensuring that the highest standards of veterinary care are consistently upheld.

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Andrea

Licensed Veterinary Technician

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Amber
Amber
Veterinary Technician

Amber Johnson is a veterinary technician with a passion for animals and a wealth of experience. In 2013 she received her associate of applied science in Equine Studies from the University of Montana Western and continued her studies at Penn Foster receiving her associate of science degree for the completion of the veterinary technician program in 2020. Amber is also fear-free certified, further ensuring a stress-free experience for her patients. She joined Central Valley Animal Hospital in 2018, where she specializes in assisting in surgeries and dental procedures, ensuring the best care for furry patients. Outside of work, Amber indulges in her love for horseback riding and practices natural horsemanship. Crafting is another hobby she enjoys during her free time.

Her furry family includes Bobby, a French bulldog, Presley, the tiniest chihuahua you’ve ever seen, her beloved horse Taliesin, and her feline companions Pancakes and Waffles. Amber’s dedication to animal welfare is evident in her compassionate approach, always prioritizing the comfort and wellbeing of pets under her care.

Debbie
Debbie
Patient Care Coordinator

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Rachel
Rachel
Veterinary Assistant

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Anna
Anna
Veterinary Assistant

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Kelsey
Lead Patient Care Coordinator

Kelsey Gilbert is an invaluable member of the Central Valley Animal Hospital team. With 14 years dedicated to the veterinary field. Kelsey joined Central Valley Animal Hospital 4 years ago and has become an integral part of the team, specializing in patient care coordination. Her commitment to creating a stress-free environment for animals is exemplified by her Fear Free certification, ensuring that pets under her care experience the least amount of anxiety possible.

A lifelong learner, Kelsey is currently pursuing a degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology through ASU online, showcasing her dedication to personal and professional development. Her fascination with surgical procedures and her enthusiasm for learning from diverse patient cases highlight her commitment to excellence in veterinary care.

Outside of the hospital, she enjoys attending concerts and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her beloved Basset Hounds, Jack Russell, and parrots. Not only does she own these wonderful pets, but she also dedicates her time to fostering newborn kittens and hand feeding baby parrots.

Hailee
Hailee
Patient Care Coordinator

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Ellisa
Ellisa

Veterinary Assistant

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Alli
Ali
Veterinary Assistant

Ali Kuzis, a Veterinary Assistant, has been at Central Valley Animal Hospital for 2 years. Her passion lies in handling emergencies, tackling skin issues, and fearlessly taking on all the “gross stuff” that comes with veterinary care. Ali’s hands-on approach and commitment to the more challenging aspects of the job make her an asset to the Central Valley Animal Hospital team.

Beyond the clinic, Ali is an avid reader, EDM enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with her husband and their furry companions. Ali’s pack includes a sassy 7-year-old Mini American Eskimo named Jeffery, a 5-year-old Mastiff mix named Molly, and a young Ball Python named Patrick.
With her diverse skill set, genuine love for animals, and a commitment to creating a positive impact, Ali exemplifies the spirit of Central Valley Animal Hospital’s dedication to the well-being of every patient under their care.

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Zoe
Veterinary Assistant

Zoe Mason, a dedicated Veterinary Assistant at Central Valley Animal Hospital, brings a unique blend of education, experience, and passion to the team. With a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, Zoe’s journey in the veterinary field spans six years, with the last two being a valuable part of the Central Valley team.

Zoe’s expertise goes beyond traditional domestic animals. With specialized training, she excels in properly restraining a variety of species, ranging from household birds to raptors, pocket pets, small animals, and even wildlife.

Hailing from Nome, Alaska where her deep interest in wild animals started, particularly birds, reflects in her long-term career goal of rehabilitating wildlife. Zoe’s passion for the natural world extends beyond the workplace, where she can often be found kayaking, enjoying the great outdoors, spending quality time with family, and capturing moments through her lens in her love for photography.

In her home, Zoe is accompanied by four feline friends, a Chinese water dragon and her husband.

Karanlyn
Karalyn

Veterinary Assistant

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Trisha

Veterinary Assistant

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Nick

Veterinary Assistant

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