Animal Care Center

1005 E College Way
Mount Vernon WA 98273
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 7:30am-6pm
  • Tue: 7:30am-6pm
  • Wed: 7:30am-6pm
  • Thu: 7:30am-4pm
  • Fri: 7:30am-6pm
  • Sat: 7:30am-12pm


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Turn to the Animal Care Center! With over 30 years of valuable experience in our corner, trust that your pet's health is in skilled hands. Schedule an appointment today for all your furry friends healthcare needs. We offer advanced technology, kind and gentle care, and high quality pet care products.Dr. Tim O'Rourke grew up in western Washington on a "mini" farm surrounded by horses, dairy and beef cows, and of course, a variety of family pets consisting of at least a half dozen dogs and cats. In high school he gravitated toward life sciences, but it was not until his senior year that the choice to combine his love of animals with biology led him toward becoming a veterinarian.After attending various colleges to fulfill his pre-veterinarian requirements, he applied to and was accepted at Washington State University's Veterinary School. Dr. O'Rourke gradually changed his learning emphasis from becoming a mixed animal veterinarian to a small animal/exotic animal veterinarian. During his senior year there a new dean, Dr. Leo Bustad, arrived at the school. Dr. Bustad is world renown for his avocation of the human animal bonds, and has published several books and articles on the relationship between companion animals and improving the physical and mental well-being of humans. This same belief influenced Dr. O'Rourke's view on the practice of veterinary medicine and what it can bring to families and individuals.After graduation from WSU, Dr. O'Rourke began his practice in Everett at a multi-doctor small animal hospital. In a few short years it was evident he wanted to create a practice utilizing his own ideas and practice methods. In 1986 he opened Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital in Marysville. In 1996 he opened a second Animal Medical & Surgical Center, also in Marysville. In 2006 he sold his hospital and opened the Animal Care Center Inc. in Mount Vernon. His reason for a small animal practice was an obvious choice since his residence is here in Skagit Valley.Animal Care Center uses the latest techniques and methods in veterinary medicine. As more technology is released, the more knowledge, tools, and skills we add to our hospital and team.