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Our History

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital was started by Dr. Bob Darlington, a graduate of CVM-WSU, who purchased Dr. Wayne Klizer's veterinary practice located at the site which is now the Snohomish Inn. The practice grew and in 1964 Dr. Darlington invited his classmate, Dr. Gary Duskin, to join him in his practice here in Snohomish. Their practice focused on house calls to administer care to both small and large animals.

Then a unique practice came to fruition: they relocated to a “haul in facility” mainly for cattle. This was a new concept in the large animal veterinary field. This led both of them to the work they truly loved: Bob becoming the dairy cattle veterinarian and Gary the equine medicine and surgery practitioner.

Dr. Darlington and Dr. Duskin realized one more area of veterinary medicine needed to be fulfilled, so Dr. John Mitten was asked to join their practice in 1970 as the small animal veterinarian. At this point, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital was considered the most departmentalized animal medical facility at the time.

In 1972, the practice was outgrowing its current building, so in 1974 planning began for the construction of an 11,000 sq. foot building where the hospital is now located. It was “baptized” in December 1975 with three feet of water from their first flood. A second expansion took place in 2000 enlarging and reworking the Equine Referral Department as well as expanding the Small animal and Emergency departments. The most current expansion began in 2006 adding on an Integrative medicine building as well as three surgical suites and separate Equine exam rooms and reception area— evolving and growing into the State of the Art Facility we envision for the future of our community today!

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What makes Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital different from other practices?

  • Innovation, departmentalization, facility equipment, and exemplary customer service.
  • Cutting edge medical technologies and techniques.
  • Passion and encouragement for continuing education for veterinarians, technicians, our staff, and clients.
  • Long-standing personal and professional partnership, acting as a team, even with the departmentalization and specialization that has evolved here at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital.
  • Our history, combined with our present goals and true commitment, make us what we are today – a world-class veterinary facility delivering world-class veterinary care and service.

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Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital has served the Pacific Northwest as a full-service, mixed-animal practice since 1963. With more than 20 doctors on our team and a staff of 75, we provide professional veterinary care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are always looking for dedicated, compassionate and skilled individuals who are eager to help Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital continue providing the best-possible care and client service. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital


11308 92nd St SE Snohomish, WA 98290


24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICES Small Animal Reception Monday - Thursday: 8 AM to 7 PM Friday - Saturday: 8 AM to 5 PM Sunday: Emergency Only Equine/Large Animal Reception Monday - Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM Saturday: 8 AM to 12 PM Equine Reproduction Center Monday - Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM Saturday: 8 AM to 12 PM Integrative Medicine Tuesday - Friday: 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday: 9 AM to 4 PM