At Ellensburg Animal Hospital our licensed veterinary technicians (LVT) and veterinary assistants are dedicated to your pet’s health and safety. Our skilled technicians work hard in both clinical and routine laboratory procedures to ensure both timely and precise outcomes are observed.


We have four fantastic receptionists that are available to assist you with appointments, general questions, checking-in, and accepting payments.


Our hospital’s kennel assistants are responsible for the daily exercise of dogs, feeding, and general sanitation of the hospital. They take pride in making our patients comfortable and providing compassionate care.

Over the years we have been pleased to have students from Central Washington University who have worked for us as kennel staff. We would like to mention those who have gone on to veterinary school (hopefully at WSU but we will forgive those who go elsewhere):

  • Candis Pajarin Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2012
  • Kaylin Getzlaff Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2014
  • Mary Sue Roster Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2015

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Michael Fuller, DVM

Dr. Michael Fuller graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and came to the Kittitas Valley. He joined the Ellensburg Animal Hospital in 1989. Dr. Fuller practices both large and small animal medicine with special interests in avian, exotic and wildlife medicine. In his spare time he is gardening, hiking or working with wrought iron.

Dr. Daniel Charlton, DVM

Dr. Dan Charlton treats both large and small animal patients. Growing up a farm kid in Kittitas County he gained an interest in small ruminant (sheep and goats) and large ruminant (cattle) herd health work. Dr. Charlton graduated in 1994 from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the practice in 1996. When not at work, he relaxes by farming and raising cattle and sheep.

Dr. Samantha Taylor, DVM
Veterinarian (formerly Dr. Howard)

Dr. Sam Taylor is a proud graduate of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine class of 2010 (GO COUGS!). Her interests include: Small and large animal internal medicine, geriatric medicine, soft tissue surgery, small and large animal neonatology, ferrets, as well as equine reproduction and lameness. She is married to the love of her life Ben and they have a daughter. They also have 3 dogs, 4 parrots, 4 horses and a ferret. In her spare time she enjoys: spending time with her family, hiking, horseback riding, reading and competing with her American English Coonhound “CCH PR Jep Boone Is Breaking Bad.”

Dr. Michelle Charlton, DVM

Dr. Michelle Charlton’s practice focus is small animal medicine. She graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She joined our staff in 2006. She and her husband, Dr. Dan Charlton, live on the family’s homestead ranch. Outside of work she volunteers as the sheep leader for a local 4H club and enjoys riding her horse and hiking.

Dr. Mary Sue Harrington, DVM

Dr. Mary Sue Harrington graduated from Ross University in 2016 after completing clinical studies in Oklahoma. Having attended CWU and fallen in love with Ellensburg, she and her husband James jumped at the chance to return to Ellensburg after graduation. She has a strong interest in small animal preventative and internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and large animal medicine. She enjoys horseback riding and showing her Paint horses as well as spending time with her husband and daughter on the family ranch.