Welcome to Deschutes Animal Clinic
Your Veterinarians in Tumwater WA
Call us at (360) 943-8144

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (360) 943-8144!

The Deschutes Animal Clinic has been serving the community and county since 1943!

If you live in Tumwater or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Our Doctors are licensed WA veterinarians, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Our hospital was designed for the comfort and well-being of your pets. Boarding is available for pets needing regular medical treatment. View our boarding policy.

Our clinic is fully equipped with:

  • Laboratory
  • Surgery
  • Digital X-ray
  • Modern Pain Control
  • Dental Services
  • Isoflurane Anesthesia
  • Surgical and Intensive Care Monitoring by Licensed Technicians
  • Pharmacy with Licensed Medical Clerks

Our on-site pharmacy and lab make sure that your pet receives the timely diagnosis and expert treatment it deserves.

With over 8,000 sq. feet under-roof, we are very proud of our facility and welcome you to visit us in-person. We would be glad to give you a tour!

Hospitalized and Surgical Patients - All elective surgery, dentistry, digital x-rays, etc., are scheduled by appointment. Animals undergoing anesthesia must not have any food after 8pm the night before surgery. Your pet may have access to water, however.

At Deschutes Animal Clinic, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr.Hendershot l Dr. Kristin Ripka | Dr. Justin Ripka | Dr.Harriage
Tumwater Veterinarian | Deschutes Animal Clinic | (360) 943-8144

7248 Capitol Blvd.
Tumwater, WA 98501

Exclusive Offer!

Complimentary Wellness Exam for New Clients. Limit one per new client.

  • Justin Ripka

    Justin Ripka joined Deschutes Animal Clinic in the fall of 2017. He attended Washington State University for both his undergraduate studies as well as for his veterinary education. This is where he met and wooed his future wife (the other Dr. Ripka!) and he is very excited to be able to work with her now. In 2009 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and began to work in Chehalis shortly afterwards for over 8 years until he started with Deschutes Animal Clinic. 

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  • Andrew Hendershot

    Dr. Hendershot earned a degree in biology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2006, and he then moved to London, United Kingdom, to attend the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London, where he obtained a degree in veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Hendershot met his wife, Sarah in vet school and he ended up practicing in England for a few years before moving back to the USA. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but he has a particular interest in surgery.

    In his spare time, Dr. Hendershot enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his daughter Chloe, a Border Collie named Phoebe, and a Terrier cross named Joey. His hobbies include hiking and camping, golf, and photography.

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  • Kristin Ripka

    Kristin Ripka, DVM - Attended Washington State University for both undergraduate work and veterinary medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, and started working at Deschutes shortly thereafter. Forming strong, long-term bonds with her clients and their pets as a general practitioner has been her life-long dream.

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  • "Love this place. All of them so nice and caring. Thanks for doing everything you could for my Cooper."
    Lori V.
  • "I have been a client for 45 years...with dogs and cats...wonderful, skillful, compassionate care from Vets and staff...I recommend & refer folks to Deschutes Animal Clinic every chance I get!"
    Marilyn M.

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