Mt Stuart Animal Hospital

Mt Stuart Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility which offers the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for their highly-valued patients. Dr. Valerie Hedrick and Dr. Carsyn Beach, with their staff, are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventive health care and health-related educational opportunities for their clients. Mt Stuart Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Ellensburg and surrounding areas.

We are proud to offer a multitude of services here at Mt Stuart Animal Hospital, which include wellness exams, vaccinations, puppy and kitten care consults, geriatric care consults, emergency and critical care, pain management, and more. To learn more about the extensive services we offer, please visit the Services tab.

Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Mt Stuart Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

  • 807 E 8th Ave
  • Ellensburg, WA 98926
  • Phone: (509) 925-2332
  • Mon-Fri 7:30AM (Tue 8)-5:30PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM-12:00PM
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  • 515 E 1st St.
  • Cle Elum, WA (no mailbox!)
  • Phone: (509)674-2154
  • Tues: 7:30AM-5:00PM
  • Wed: 9:00AM-3:00PM
  • Thurs: 12:00PM-5:00PM
  • Dr. Valerie Hedrick, Owner

    For owner, Dr. Val Hedrick, Mt Stuart Animal Hospital is a part of her family.  Starting at the age of 13, she worked as a veterinary assistant for her stepfather, Dr. Fred Newschwander.  She graduated with her B.S. in Biology at Washington State University and continued on to graduate with her D.V.M. in 2003 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Val lives with her husband Brauc and their two Chihuahuas and two cats.  When she's not at Mt Stuart, she loves camping, fishing, reading and boating. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2003
    Education:
    Ross University, DVM
  • Dr. Carsyn Beach, Associate

    Dr. Carsyn Beach moved from Whitefish, MT, to Ellensburg in late summer of 2013. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.S. in Biology and a mathematics minor before attending Colorado State University's veterinary program. She has special interests in preventive care, internal medicine, and behavior.

    Carsyn lives with her Golden Retriever, Charley, and Labrador Retriever, Irish Death ("Irish"), and enjoys hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and curling up with a good book.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 06, 2013
    Education:
    Colorado State University, DVM
  • Dr. Fred Newschwander, Retired


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1981
  • Leslie, Office Manager

    Leslie spent summers and holidays on her grandparents' farm on Denmark Road.  It was there she developed her love for the valley.  After 27 years away from the valley, in 2007 she finally came home.  She has a background in accounting and restaurant management.  On a health visit to Mt Stuart Animal Hospital, Dr. Val told her they were looking for a receptionist and asked if she was interested.  Her career at Mt Stuart began.  She also fosters kittens for KCFOA and the Ellensburg Animal Shelter with her Aunt Bunny.  She and her husband Devin have 9 cats and 1 cat-loving dog.  She loves gardening, traveling, reading, exploring the canyons with her cousin Dave, and learning from Dr. Val and Dr. Beach.
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 27, 2008
  • Audine, Book-keeper

    Audine has been a part of the Mt Stuart family for over a decade. Her organization and skill with numbers are invaluable to the clinic operation. She also keeps the rest of the staff in line with an iron hand! She lives with her small rescue dog Stryder as well as her new shelter rescue Addy.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 01, 2000
  • Stacy, Licensed Technician

    Stacy has been in the veterinary field for nearly 25 years! She moved to the Kittitas Valley in 2004, and her family enjoys all the great outdoor recreation the area has to offer: trail riding and camping with their horses; waterskiing and wake-boarding; and hiking, especially. She is married with three teenage daughters. Stacy is leader of the local 4H group in which her daughters participate with their horses and livestock. Her husband is Top Hand, so a great deal of his time is volunteered to get ready for the Ellensburg Rodeo on Labor Day weekend. As the newest member of Mt Stuart's staff, Stacy feels very fortunate to be here!
    Years in Practice:
    May 02, 2014
    Education:
    Licensed Veterinary Technician
  • Ricky, Licensed Technician

    Ricardo received a B.S. in animal and veterinary science, along with a minor in biology and theatre arts, from the University of Rhode Island. He is a licensed veterinary technician and specializes in emergency and critical care medicine. He is currently a graduate student at Central Washington University studying primate behavior. He practices wildlife and pet photography. Ricky has a dog on the East Coast named Savannah, and a Poodle named Oliver and a Poodle-Shepherd mix named Elliott live with him here in Washington.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Interests:
    Critical Care and Emergency Services
  • Shannon, Veterinary Assistant

    Shannon started working at Mt Stuart Animal Hospital in 1994 with Dr. Fred. Although she and her family have spent a lot of time moving around the country for her husband's career, she always ends up back home at Mt Stuart. She has a BS degree in Zoology from WSU and a MS in Psychology from CWU. She has had a passion for all animals from the time she was very young and even though she has worked in other fields, working as a veterinary assistant has always been a job she truly loves. She lives with her husband, three children, three dogs, three cats and her horse and plans to remain in the Kittitas valley permanently this time.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1994
    Education:
    Washington State University, Central Washington University
  • Erin, Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Erin began working at Mt Stuart Animal Hospital in September 2010.  She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant, and has over ten years of previous experience as a CVA working with dogs and cats.  She is currently a double major in Psychology and Primatology at CWU (which means she is often busy monkeying around and that she is only interested in psychoanalyzing you if you walk around on all fours and are furry).  Erin is also a level three volunteer at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, so not only is she good at monkeying around, but at aping around as well.  In her home life she has two cats as children, plants as roommates, and keeps rocks as pets. 
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 01, 2010
  • Charity, Veterinary Assistant

    In addition to a Biology degree, Charity has over 10 years of veterinary-assisting experience. Most of her experience has been in small or companion animal practices, though she has worked with cattle, horses, birds, and exotics. She has a passion for all animals, including wildlife, and spent some time volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Originally a Nevada native, she has acclimated well to life in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently putting time into a post-bachelor degree at Central Washington University in Environmental Sciences. She is mom to an adorable red and white Border Collie named Spencer and a Springer Spaniel named Archie. She loves spending her spare time outdoors, whether it's camping, shooting, hiking, fishing, or cycling.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2004
    Education:
    B. S. Biology Pre-Veterinary Track
  • Lisa, Veterinary Assistant

    Lisa started working at Mt Stuart Animal Hospital in July 2013. She received a B.S. in Primate Behavior and Ecology along with a B.A. in Psychology from CWU in 2008, and she stayed on in Ellensburg after graduation as a caregiver to the chimpanzees at the Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute. Lisa is new to the field of veterinary medicine but is excited to learn and grow as a veterinary assistant. She lives in Ellensburg with her husband and two cats, Diego & Princess Pei Pei. She continues to work with chimpanzees as a caregiver at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum and, in her free time, skates for her local roller derby league, the Rodeo City Rollergirls.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 06, 2013
    Education:
    CWU: BS and BA
  • Becky, Veterinary Assistant

    Becky moved to Ellensburg from Bellingham, WA, in September when she got married to her husband Ryan. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Kinesiology. She will be returning to school next fall to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She worked as a veterinary assistant in her hometown for 5 years before joining Mt Stuart. Becky and Ryan love doing anything outdoors all year round. She also enjoys horseback riding, making coffee, baking, eating delicious things, and going on adventures.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 01, 2013
    Education:
    Western Washington University, Kinesiology
  • Sarah, Veterinary Assistant

    Sarah received a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Washington State University and hopes to return to Pullman next year to attend WSU's veterinary program. She worked in the anatomy lab at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine last year, and she worked as a veterinary assistant for 5 years prior to that. Sarah has two horses, Robo and Bird, and a Border Collie mix named Bailey. Sarah loves to ride her horses, play with her dog, cycle, and spend time outdoors in the sunshine.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 04, 2014
    Education:
    Washington State University, Animal Science
  • Blackie Big Eyes No Ears

    Blackie came to Mt Stuart Animal Hospital to have his ears amputated after ear mite-induced itching destroyed them. He has decided to stay and act as Cat Manager.  He is skilled at standing on keyboards while you are trying to type, headbutting you if you don't pay attention to him, and adding cat hair to any outfit.
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 01, 2012
    Education:
    Mt. Stuart Academy
    Interests:
    Head-butting doctors, yelling at staff if they don't pay attention to him, standing on keyboards.
  • Ms. CC (deceased)

    Ms. CC stood for Mt Stuart Clinic Cat.  She was truly the boss of our Ellensburg clinic. She passed away on August 4th, 2012. The entire clinic staff and our clients miss her dearly.  
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 20, 2000